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  1. wolvesjoe

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    All of the division have played 9 games since the turn of the year.

    The form of the top 8 makes for interesting reading:

    Derby P9 W6 D2 L1 Pts20
    Bournemouth P9 W3 D2 L4 Pts 11
    Middlesboro P9 W6 D2 L1 Pts 20
    Ipswich P9 W4 D1 L4 Pts 13
    Watford P9 W6 D0 L3 Pts 18
    Norwich P9 W7 D1 L1 Pts 22
    Brentford P9 W6 D0 L3 Pts 18
    Wolves P9 W5 D2 L2 Pts 17

    A blistering pace, apart from Bournemouth and Ipswich, and one we are only just holding onto. If it continued like this over the next nine, we would still only be seventh for instance with four to play.

    Natural odds would tell you that the group will probably drop one or two as the competition gets tougher. We are not well placed for that, although signs in our performances that we may improve.
     
  2. merseawolf

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    I can see us taking 6th place ahead of Bournemouth and Brentford. I think the others will have enough in their squads to finish above us. I fancy Derby and Norwich for top 2. Whatever happens I think you have to say its been a good season by KJ and the players although somewhat let down by recruitment at vital times. Do hope we make it to play offs because I would fancy our chances then.
     
  3. Essex Wolf

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    Looking tight there but Bournemouth and Ipswich slightly off the pace with little to choose between the rest.

    Win Saturday whilst a few on that list lose and suddenly Wolves are almost up there with Norwich. All getting very close indeed.
     
  4. goldeneyed

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    We have to make up that five points and have a vastly inferior goal average. The odds are against us unless we can go on a significant winning run. Beating Bournemouth would make a huge difference. But where are those bloody reinforcements?!
     
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    We've got Cardiff before B'mouth! Saturday's game is massive - I think whatever the result there can then be replicated on Tuesday. Lose Sat and it really will be uphill on Tues but a good result at Cardiff will give us the momentum to beat B'mouth as well. I can see 6 pts but equally I can see 0 - if the latter then our po hopes will be down the toilet.
     
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    2 defeats in a row this place will turn into a morgue again
     
  7. Essex Wolf

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    After the recent good form, 3 wins from 4 games, the much improved scoring record and fact Wolves literally are with touching distance of a PO place I sincerely hope KJ's recent comments of looking to the loan market are both truthful and subsequently proves successful.

    The vital games as far as I can see goldeneyed will be the home games V Ipswich and Watford and the away game at Bournemouth. I know Wolves also face Boro and Derby but they may be just too far ahead but I accept still catchable. But take max points or close to from the first 3 games I mention and there's a good chance of getting into the PO zone, I hope.

    And whilst I never assume anything I'd like to think if Wolves are there or there about their last 2 games should see them collect 6 points, again I hope.
     
  8. Peszkywolf

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    For me it's Norwich and Derby for automatics
    middlesborough a close third
    Everyone else pretty much the same, I'm sure the number of games left will mean our lower points will count far less than our form, especially away form.

    We'll probably get a draw on Saturday and we'll be talking about summer transfers again.
     
  9. wolf97

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    No mate, 2 defeats in a row and this place will be extremely lively!
     
  10. merseawolf

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    Yes it's amazing the highs and lows that you read on here. Doom and gloom one week euphoria the next. Reality is we're doing as well as could be expected with what KJ has at his disposal. Board will no doubt look at it that we've achieved what was expected and we've done better than a lot of clubs that were tipped to do well.
     
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    Doyle will score the winner at wembley in the 86th minute ,coming on as late sub,to return us to the prem.Ok it was a dream after a large balti with extra lime pickle .
     
  12. Wagstaffe Was Magic

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    Taking the best two of those mentioned out of it, I'd fancy us against any that are left, if we make it into the final six!

    Never stop believing
     
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    It's nothing to do with loan players or lack of signings now, we have no injuries apart from 2 people who don't play anyway. KJ let Clarke go as he feels confident with the squad the way it is. We are not down to the bare bones & I really can't see any players coming in who would be instantly better for the team than what we have got.
     
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    you need to lay off that lime pickle, its nasty stuff :D
     
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    There's very little back-up to the first team, defence apart, which is probably what will derail any promotion run, in fact. Wolves do have a very good record with injuries, it is true, and after years of having more than their fair share that is very welcome. But in high pressure intense games towards the end of the season, injuries become more likely.

    But look at the squad: what happens if Mcdonald is injured, or Price, or Sako, or Afobe or Dicko?? Lose anyone of those five and we are struggling to replace them. Maybe Edwards for Price, maybe Van Parra for Sako?? At present, players like Jacobs, Doyle or Evans who have barely played for months are first choice standbys. It is a ridiculous situation to be honest. And if Kuzcack is injured!!

    The obvious comparison is Derby. Despite already having, arguably, the strongest team in the division, they go out and bring in two good players in January. We probably need the same.
     
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    I'd keep off that lime pickle mate!
     
  17. HowfenWolf

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    We have to play the teams above us - it really is in our hands.
     
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    Indeed it is, but we have to do better against the better teams than we have really to date this season.
     
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    The Force is with us, chaps, I feel it in my bones...
     
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    I don't think more players get injured when there is a greater amount of pressure on the game. The squad is a bit short overall but not so much where we can't compete & have to play kids. As I've said on another thread any team could lose 3 or 4 of their players also & be in the same boat but we have no major injuries, haven't all season really.

    We have La Parra, Doyle, Evans then Henry/Price on the bench who have all played recently & know how we play. If we lose our 1st & 2nd keepers we have McCarey who kept 5/7 clean sheets last season covering then Flatt or an emergency loan.

    I'm not saying the squad is fine but the issues should have been sorted out permanently in January I just can't see any loan players coming in & having an impact. I'm sure KJ has/is looking & doesn't fancy another Sagbo getting thrown in.
     
  21. Tring Wolf

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    Yep. Pretty much agree with all that.

    The signing of Afobe was probably the standout signing of any Championship club in January but it's a shame we couldn't have brought in another couple just to give us a bit more strength in depth. It hasn't hurt us too much over the last 6-7 games but we really shouldn't be leaving anything to chance.

    My own view is that we will finish just outside the Play-Offs as the squad is still very inexperienced at this level and will undoubtedly put in at least a couple of inconsistent performance between now and the end of the season. We definitely have half a chance though, so who knows.

    Either way, we've laid down some very good foundations for the future with a talented, young and committed squad which should continue to improve and develop in the future.
     
  22. Essex Wolf

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    There's a severe lack of back up from the bench to start with MW. Bringing in some quality at this stage could, not saying will, but could be the difference between success and failure. All small margins I know but for me one of the reasons Wolves are not doing even better is due to the lack of investment in quality when the club had chance and should have made more effort.
     
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    Are you sure that isn't arthritis
     
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    That's what I put on another thread, those points dropped at home early on are the reason we are not 5/6 points higher up. I agree that if we replaced Landel/Jacobs on the bench with another attacking option it would add to us but I just don't think KJ see's it that way or he can't find a player to match what he wants.

    Derby seem to have fallen lucky (or they are just good) because loan players don't usually have that good an impact as shown when Ince & Bent did sweet FA in their last spells. It's easy from here though isn't it mate, if we'd have signed Dorans, Lingard & Ince we'd be top 2 :)
     
  25. JR WAS KING

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    Derby (a) Lost
    Boro (h) Won
    Ipswich (a) Lost
    Bournemouth (h) Lost :mad:
    Norwich W&L
    Watford (a) Won
    Brentford W&L

    Won 4, lost 5 (1 very unfortunate)

    5 matches to play, 3 at home, 2 away

    I don't think we've done too badly against the top teams this season, its points dropped against the bottom 4 teams that is stopping us being in the play off positions now
     
  26. Essex Wolf

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    Agreed MW, always far easier from a keyboard.

    Nothing can be done now re those lost points though but there is something that could still be done to at least try and avoid dropping more? Improving the squad should mean, no guarantee I know, that results get even better?

    Derby do seem to have dropped lucky but that could be because either they are lucky or more likely that have planned well, scoured the market and been pro active. Any player signing, permanent or loan, has a risk factor about it but likewise nothing ventured nothing gained.

    Wolves in the meantime talk about what's needed, talk about what's to be done but never seem to act on their talk.
     
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    I am normally right with you regards to signings put you must see we would be in a better position had we signed either one of Ince or Lingard. I think you are being incredibly stubborn in denying so. I take your point about it not ALWAYS working, but to not take those type of chances could cost us and given there impact at Derby looks like it may will. You have to speculate to accumulate in this game and that is why we still need one or two additions of that ilk, nobody can disagree with that, surely that is a wholesale opinion of everybody at the club?!

    To dispute it, and try and make a mockery out of the opinion we do is a joke in itself.

    If we do not get any new additions in, then we need some luck. Big part of that luck would be avoiding injuries to our key players. If we stay injury free we are in with a shot. What else needs to happen for me is for Kenny to not play around with things too much. It is often when he over tinkers that we pay for it. I am still not sure Jack Price is the answer, particularly outwide and hope Jackett doesn't think he is the permanent fix in games that we look in the slight vulnerable.

    A good point was made above about the teams to play, we play 5 out of the 7 teams infront of us (i think) and that is a great opportunity to use the initiative. We cannot fear those games like we have done earlier on in the season such as Derby and most recently/disappointingly Norwich. We need to embrace those games else we will just crumble and let teams pick us off in the play-offs anyway.
     
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    If we'd have signed Lingard, I would be confident of promotion. One more play could have and still may make such an impact for us.
     
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    A fairly bland prediction there Tringo ... one that you'll be unlikely to be proved wrong with. :D

    My prediction ? If we beat or draw with Cardiff and then go on to beat Bournemouth the confidence we gain from that will see us into the playoffs.

    After that anything can happen.

    If we lose to Bournemouth and fail to beat Cardiff we're toast sadly.
     
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    Win all 13 games and we will be promoted automatically. End of...:cool::p
     
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    Let's play one game at a time and not get ahead of ourselves
     
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    This, could be a nothing game this time tomorrow!!
     
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    :cool: BANG ON.
     
  34. The introductions of Kusczak, Iorfa, Afobe and Price have seen an upturn. Throw in a fit Golbourne and the improving form of our centre halves and sixth becomes a real possibility BUT I'd give it another four, maybe five games before we even start to think we are serious contenders. Some magic from Thelwell could turn us into a team to fear. All in all, I'm happy with the progress whatever happens ... que sera sera
     
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    Kusczak better than Ikeme? I suppose you're entitled to your opinion
     
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    I think he's superb if a tad rusty. Never thought Ikeme as that great
     
  37. Why would you choose Ikeme over him?
     
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    Personal preference
     
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    Walsall you're reading me wrong, well my last post was a little rushed also.

    I'm not saying we shouldn't strengthen just that for me the chance has been & gone. I meant if we had picked those sort of players up earlier we would be up there challenging. It hasn't been a recent thing that we've known about Jacobs, Rowe & Saville so unless we have any major injuries I can't see Kenny bringing players in. He hasn't really moved for anyone since Clarke left either especially since we're playing with 2 up top now.

    I wouldn't even be that bothered if we tried some of the other academy players attacking wise on the bench instead of being defensively heavy.

    I just think with the way the transfers have gone this summer that is it, I'm past it & just hoping that this squad injury free is good enough.
     
  40. Based on what?
     

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