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Bolton Verdict

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  1. WS10Wolf

    WS10Wolf MolMix Poster of the Season 2013-14

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    I actually thought we were very poor today, and we could certainly have had no complaints had we lost. Yet somehow, the nature of our late equaliser made it feel like more than a draw. The reality is a point away at Bolton is not such a terrible result, and in the context of the performance, it certainly gets chalked up as a point gained.

    We actually started very brightly, for the first time in a while, and it can only have been two minutes on the clock when Dicko gave us the lead. Collecting a lofted pass, he raced into the area before firing low into the near post. It was a very well taken goal. After that though, we seemed to stop playing. There was no zip, no zest, no tempo to our play. McDonald saw a lot of possession but didn't do an awful lot with it, and the service to the front players was scarce. Defensively too, for the first time in a while we let ourselves down. Twice we were done on the counter, and twice Bolton scored. The first goal was a well struck free kick, after an unnecessary foul from Batth on the edge of the box. Two minutes later it was 2-1, Van La Parra failing to get back quick enough, allowing a simple ball inside to Clough, who had ample space to clip a shot into the bottom corner. Both goals were avoidable to be quite honest, the fact we were so open to the counter was worrying given how well we'd been able to shut teams off in recent weeks.

    That said, I don't recall Ikeme having anything else to do first half, Le Fondre whizzed one wide from a good position, but that apart he was untested. At the other end we didn't offer enough of a threat. There was very little creativity. The ball did on occasions find it's way in and around the Bolton area, but no one was prepared to shoot, or try something different, so inevitably the ball went backwards. As with last week, I think we badly missed that spark that Sako gives us, we look a very easy side to contain without him.

    Second half, well, for me it was a bit of a non-event. Ikeme made one excellent save to flick Le Fondre's low drive away from the bottom corner, but again, that aside, had very little to do. In our case, it was more of the same really, plenty of possession, but little end product. We had a few more runners at times, Afobe, Dicko and VLP all had opportunities to get past the defence, but the final touch or final pass just wasn't quite there. You got the feeling it wasn't going to be our day, especially when a series of set pieces near the end were wasted. But then, seemingly out of nothing, the equaliser came. The ball innocuously fell to Henry, about 30 yards from goal. He came to us with a reputation for scoring the odd screamer, and we haven't seen it too often. Today we did. My word, what a goal! I don't think he could have got it further into the top corner if he'd have picked the ball up, walked into the box and thrown it in there. It was a moment of pure ecstasy in the away end, to compensate for a pretty poor performance.

    As I say, I don't think we were at the races today, but Bolton weren't exactly the dominant force, a draw is a fair result in the sense that nobody deserved to win. I thought, as with last week, what underpinned our lack of dominance was the fact that the midfield was far TOO DEEP. It was like playing with six at the back at times, both McDonald and Price were guilty. It affects the way we play badly, as not only do we invite pressure, but it means our attacks are starting 20-25 yards further back. We have the players to rip teams apart on the break, but we won't do that if our counters are starting on the edge of our own box. The whole team could do with pushing out a bit, would really add a new dimension to our attacks I feel.

    Not sure what to make of the referee, it was a physical but not a dirty game, yet towards the end he seemed to be very 'selective' of what he deemed to be a foul or not. And also, although better qualified people than me will tell you he was correct, allowing Bolton to kick off while we were still getting into position after the goal wasn't particularly within the spirit of the game.

    Ratings:

    Ikeme- 7. Had to pick the ball out of his net twice, yet apart from one fine low save, was virtually untroubled all game. Good to see him looking for the quick release second half too.

    Iorfa- 7. Another very solid outing, did very little wrong. Won one or two challenges by getting those telescopic legs around the ball. Was left exposed by VLP for the second goal, but also got forward when he could.

    Batth- 6. Enjoyed the aerial side of things, won most things he went for, but blotted his copybook with a silly foul, from which Bolton equalised.

    Stearman- 8- MotM. Another excellent performance. Made two vital interceptions towards the end of the game to prevent Le Fondre from breaking clean through, won numerous headers and generally kept Bolton pretty quiet. Was booked, although it was a shocking pass from McDonald that played him into trouble.

    Golbourne- 6. A steadying, calming influence, and kept the lively Feeney pretty quiet. Offensively, I feel he suffered from the lack of natural width in front of him. He dovetails with Sako perfectly at times, and having Edwards/Afobe drifting in left him with too much ground to cover.

    Price- 5. Big fan of Price, but I think he dropped a little bit today. He didn't have an awful lot of the ball, and struggled to really get into the tempo of the game. The nature of the game meant we were looking for something a bit more expansive than what he offers. Unlucky to be booked.

    McDonald- 6. Bit of a mixed bag again, for the the first 15 minutes I thought we'd got the old McDonald back, he was striding forward, brushing off tackles, trying those threaded balls into the front players. Then he got deeper, and deeper, and deeper, until like I say, he seemed to be an extra centre half at times. His influence waned as a result.

    Van La Parra- 5. Saw plenty of the ball again, but had little end product. If he looked up a bit more often, he'd be a fantastic player, because his touch, pace and skill are at times exceptional, but he ends up holding onto the ball for far too long at times, and it seems to me there are occasions where he just doesn't see the attack opening up in front of him.

    Edwards- 5. Hardly in the game at all, don't remember him having a sniff of goal, which is unusual, and just generally seemed to fall into the old habit he had of being neither a midfielder nor an attacker, just generally hovering in between hoping for a touch.

    Afobe- 7. I actually thought he did well today. Seen a few people on twitter suggesting he didn't, but when you consider he was starved of service and shunted out wide, I can remember a few occasions when he really sparked into life, there were a couple of mazy dribbles in particular where I think we saw the player Kenny wants him to be- strength, skill and pace.

    Dicko- 6. Took his goal well, but generally had a quiet afternoon. Quite often the ball was played up to him more in hope than anything, and so he was reactive rather than proactive, in the sense that he was having to wait to see the service he would get, whereas when at his best, he knows the pass that's coming and can start dragging defenders with him.

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    Henry -7. Actually did very little of note until the goal. Offered us some width, but lost the ball cheaply on a couple of occasions. Deserves an extra mark though for what will surely be goal of the season?

    Evans- 6. Came on to add a bit more ambition to the midfield, and although his intentions were good, not a lot came off, a couple of crossfield passes in particular weren't up to scratch. Got stuck into the midfield battle though, and picked up a booking.

    Doherty- 6. Came on for Iorfa, presumably to add a bit more to the attack, but the nature of the game meant he wasn't given time or space to utilise his abilities going forward.
     
  2. andyc225

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    Ikeme: 7 - Fine. Couldn't do anything about the goals.

    Iorfa: 7 - Needs to rein in the constant use of his arms against opponents before he turns into Berra MK2. On the whole not bad.
    Batth: 5 - At fault for both goals. Looked to be shaken off for the second. Needs to do better.
    Stearman: 8.5 - The main thing that came between us and a stuffing. Immense again.
    Golbourne: 6 - Doesn't look 100% to me. Beaten by his winger on more than one occasion.

    McDonald: 4 - Awful. The hospital pass on the edge of his own box to Stearman which caused Stears to be booked summed up his afternoon. Didn't want to run and every touch was too heavy. Constantly lost the ball.
    Price: 7.5 - Carried McDonald's workload. Gave everything and didn't really deserve to be on a losing team.

    Van La Parra: 6 - If you work on anything this week, please let it be delivering crosses and not slowing down the play at the edge of the opposition penalty area. He had a lot of time on the ball without actually making a truly telling contribution.
    Edwards: 6 - Ran around. Seemed to play further forward than usual. Didn't seem to find pockets of space.
    Afobe: 6 - We didn't get the ball to him enough. Completely wasted out on the wing.

    Dicko: 7 - Scored. Did okay overall.

    Subs:

    Evans:
    Came on. Got booked. Tried to offer attacking impetus but it just didn't happen for him.
    Hames: I wish I'd stayed until the end to see his goal.
    Doherty: Not sure why he was brought on. Did nothing of note.
     
  3. Elvis Wolf

    Elvis Wolf Just doesn't shut up

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    Another excellent report WS10, many thanks.
     
  4. Summer_Wolf

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    Not a great quality game, but would have been a travesty if we'd lost to that dire Bolton side. A mad 2 minutes cost us but a fabulous strike from Henry.

    McDonald and Batth were $$$$ poor, Batth at fault for both goals and McDonald, well, just clumsy and gave the ball away.

    2 points off the top 6 but a slight missed opportunity I think
     
  5. Berlin Wolf

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    An excellent report, WS10 well done son.

    Always good to get other reports to compare, so thanks Andyc225.
     
  6. Dawley wanderers

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    The run continues and shows great spirit to come back so late on. Great support. I was corporate today and if anyone was there, the ball that hit the back of the swede of the #### head lennon was thrown by a wolf in the corporate section. Quality
     
  7. Makes good reading. Hard to gauge on the comms. Lack of focus/discipline but as a unit appears they continued their good form. Stearman very consistent at the moment.
     
  8. 1965Wolf

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    Agree with pretty much everything that has been said.

    My main concern with the first goal for them was the fact that the Bolton player was allowed to run 50 yards without a challenge before Baath fouled him. Where was the midfield and/or the tracking back from the front runners. Yes Danny was at fault, but we should never been in that position in the first place.
     
  9. JW

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    First goal has gone in ikemes side; yet he is no where near it. Seemed to have set the wall up cometely wrong
     
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    Woeful performance, don't understand playing Afobe wide on the left and occasionally swapping with VLP.

    To make matters worse when he took Edwards off and replaced with Henry for the first 10 minutes Henry played in the hole as a direct replacement for Edwards. At that time we had a natural winger playing in the middle and a natural centre forward playing out wide. Absolute madness!!!!!

    Thank goodness he eventually switched Afobe and Henry, looked what happened then.
     
  11. we8wba

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    Ikeme 5 - little to do bar goals, free kick good strike but keepers side, second close range but got hands to it and should stopped it seems did so

    Iorfa 7 - good forward threat, iffy times defensively with clearances

    Batth 5 - good aerial, poor distribution and done kipper on second goal

    Stearman 7 - good covering of others

    Golebourne 8 MOTM - solid display, offered option going forward

    La parra 4 -frustrating frustrating frustrating he gets so many good positions but final ball is nowhere

    Edwards 4 - none existent

    McDonald 2 - woeful, living off past performances very lazy display

    Price 3 - poor in possession

    Afobe 7 - fairly useful, remained a threat

    Dicko 6 - composed finish did little after


    End report:

    Two poor midtable sides, slow one paced side and we lacking massively in centre three - Edwards McDonald Price all nothing players

    If sako is to leave I'm getting increasing more worried as minutes go by
     
  12. Erick1011

    Erick1011 MolMix Poster of the Season 2012-2013

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    Didn't McDonald play a superb through ball to Dicko for the first goal?
     
  13. Mr Wolf

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    No he played a clip over the top that Dicko ran onto vs the worlds slowest defender then manged to get into the 6 yard box before the keeper moved.

    No shape, no speed just nothing again, plus now KJ has started to shoehorn players in. Not a good sign at all. Buy some better midfielders or play some kids just stop playing people out of position.

    If I have to watch Price, Mcdonald & Edwards play like that again for the 4th game in a row next week I'm giving up. Can't we find a championship Courtino, Silva, Corzolla.
     
  14. NewarkWolf

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    So can we admit that price isn't the answer and his absence on loan gave people yet again the illusion that he's much better than he really is. A very limited midfielder nowhere near Karl Henry's ability ( who gets hammered on here ) and who really needs improving on asap.
     
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    It was much more than a clip, whether he was average or abject for the rest of the game, it was an excellent ball.
     
  16. Erick1011

    Erick1011 MolMix Poster of the Season 2012-2013

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    +1. Seen the highlights and it's a great ball. You don't see those much from Wolves.
     
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    We keep coming back to the same problem. . .

    The Price McDonald Edwards axis, the very nerve centre of the team. Individually slow, or one paced, collectively playing too deep, results in a 'disconnect' with the sharp end, leaving Dicko too isolated!! Consequently the opposition are invited to take the initiative and ground is conceded.

    Ok, a blind man can see that. The very troubling thing is that the Management can't or won't.
     
  18. stuj4z

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    Or the fact that since he's been back we've actually worked more as a team than individuals. He is already better than Karl Henry, that's a ridiculous statement to make.
    If anyone should have been took off today it was Mcdonald who was as bad as he's ever been in a wolves shirt.
     
  19. BrummieNick

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    We were really unbalanced again which we have been since Sako went away. This has seen us drop deeper again . And Edwards offered nothing today in position that's pivotal to how we setup. Sako should improve this . But the comments by KJ about not signing anyone if true is very disappointing.

    MOM Stearman the rest were average to poor !
     
  20. NewarkWolf

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    Dicko is the reason we improved! Not price, Evans has played far better when he had played and dovetailed as well with macca
     
  21. BrummieNick

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    Evans allows players to run past him at will Price doesn't.
     
  22. Berlin Wolf

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    Erick, have you got a link to the highlights from yesterday, cheers.

    Only found highlights from Bolton - Wolves 1977 in front of 35,603.

    A memorable game for the 8,000 Wolves at Burnden Park that day, and a wonderful, inventive freekick from Willie Carr and Kenny Hibbitt to make it 1-0 to us.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXVp1eVj65c
     
  23. Erick1011

    Erick1011 MolMix Poster of the Season 2012-2013

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    Not on YouTube mate, someone posted a link on Wolves-news Facebook group.
    I'll look for it in a bit.

    http://www.goalsaim.com/bolton-vs-wolves-2-2-highlights-2015-championship/
     
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  24. NewarkWolf

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    Yet price only acts as a third centreback rather than a midfielder. He offers nothing on midfield but yes adds a bit of protection to the back 4
     
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    Erick1011 MolMix Poster of the Season 2012-2013

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    That's his job. He tackles, interceptes, regains possession and recycles it. McDonald's role however shouldn't be the same. He's the one that should be moving forward not dropping back to defend the way that Price does.
     
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    Regardless of the chip ball McDonald was useless and very lazy

    Shape up or ship out
     
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    good point away from home against one of wolves bogey teams
     
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    My fear was that Afobe would be played out on the wing. That fear seems to have been justified.

    Regardless who is to blame the adjectives slow and ponderous keep coming up.

    Who was our last genuine goal scoring midfielder?
     
  30. Taffywolf

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    Agree, I think the fact he's a local lad plays in his favour. Not good enough for the league and certainly not for a team trying to push for the playoffs.
     
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    For me the unsettling of the team was down to 1 thing, Edwards! By starting with Henry instead of Edwards would of allowed Afobe to play down the middle and VLP and Henry out wide.
     
  32. Hebburn Wolves

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    how can you drop edwards who is wolves 3rd highest goal scorer just one behind sako and dicko
     
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    I just get the feeling that KJ doesn't do 'bogey' teams, a bogey team is a bit like a self fullfilling prophecy, you lose a few times to a team, and the thought of a game being against a bogey team gets into the players heads, and they are mentally half expecting a defeat.
    KJ has the calming influence, mental strengthening ability to keep players focussed and mentally strong.

    (Only my opinion of course, I could be wrong:wavey:)
     
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    He might be third highest goal scorer but that hardly makes him prolific. If it helps the balance of the team drop him.
     
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    he is prolific regarding the rest of the team.
     
  36. Hebburn Wolves

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    doesnt really matter if KJ doesnt do bogey teams, all teams have bogey teams the stats dont lie wolves havnt won in over 20 years
     
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    This local lad thing is $$$$$$$$, ask Henry Clarke and Naylor!!!!
     
  38. bigbadwolftoo

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    Agree with this, bad positioning and taken by surprise it seemed.
     
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    In the last 3 games I can see why people would see Price as ineffective due to the loss of Sako were unbalanced on the left side have lost pace and started sitting deeper. None of this is his fault it's the shape and set up of the whole team. But it puts focus on his position. Losing Sako is similar to losing Dicko we lose spark up top. This time though we're not getting tanked like in November. Price does a job we need doing we don't have anybody else to do that job.
     
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    We aren't scoring goals. Maybe If we had a number ten who could actually create something we'd score more. James Henry has now scored the same amount of goals in the league as Edwards so I take it he's undropable too?
     
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