It’s mighty difficult to conclude which of our recent back-to-back home defeats was the more disheartening.
Villa, because Wolves promised so much but ultimately delivered nothing?
Or Liverpool, because the second half capitulation bore the unmistakable trademark of a team heading for the drop?
Either way, the combination of the two – coupled with the fact we haven’t won a league match since the start of December – means we head to Loftus Road desperate for 3 points.
Given the contrasting atmosphere surrounding the clubs of late, it’s perhaps difficult to comprehend that a Wolves victory would actually draw them level with QPR.
But it would.
And while there’s no doubting that their change of manager and January spending has given them a timely boost, it would certainly be foolish to discount them from the relegation dust-up just yet.
We need only look back to West Ham this time last year to learn that splashing the cash at the bottom doesn’t necessarily guarantee an escape. For Cisse read Ba, for Zamora read Keane, for Onouha read Bridge.
As I say, no guarantees.
Wolves have their own new signing to boast tomorrow and I sincerely hope Sebastian Bassong is thrown straight in. Our chronic lack of pace and athleticism at the back was once again ruthlessly exposed by Bellamy on Tuesday night. We just can’t keep a clean sheet and something has to change.
I maintain that 451 remains the way forward and this is the team I would send out.
Berra is the defender to miss out, simply because his consistency has slipped in recent weeks whereas Johnson has improved of late (prior to Tuesday of course). Also, Bassong is left-sided so you get the correct balance.
I believe O’Hara is somewhere close to fit so he must start. With Henry suspended, Jonnson not good enough and Milijas too hit and miss, I think Mick has to throw Jamie straight back in. If he has to come off after an hour, so be it. I’d rather that, than throwing him on for the last 20 minutes when we’re losing.
Hammill must be on the bench at the very least. If Mick thinks swapping Kightly for an under-performing Hunt is a good idea when we’re chasing a game, then I’m sorry but we’re already doomed. We need impact players who can make something happen.
In that respect, I’m completely despondent that we sent Guedioura to Forrest, particularly when Mick only submitted a 24-man squad to the Premier League. Figure that one out!
17 people correctly predicted we’d get stuffed by Liverpool.
Only 2 of those went Hollywood and got the 3-0 scoreline too though, so well done to Jed and Ash K.
I don’t really know what to predict this weekend.
However, I do know that revenge would be sweet after the misery they inflicted on us at Molineux back in the sunny days of September.
Perhaps foolishly, I think we’ll get a response from Tuesday and a result.
If you’re heading to London for this one, have a great day and I sincerely hope the lads turn it on for you.
Up The Wolves.