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Forest Verdict Thread

Discussion in 'Molineux Mix Archive' started by Tring Wolf, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. Tring Wolf

    Tring Wolf MolMix Poster of the Season Winner 2011-2012 and r

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    After a slightly flat start, we gradually took control of the game before half-time and our second-half performance was quite superb. Given the importance of the game and the run that Forest have been on, that has to go down as one of our best performances and results of the season.

    Sako was unplayable in the second half, giving Mancienne a torrid time but my Man of the Match was McDonald who oozed class throughout. Special mentions to Iorfa who kept Antonio largely anonymous, Price who gave us a great platform to build on and Afobe for a magnificent opener. It's also only fair to give Jackett his due as we looked a really accomplished side.

    Ikeme (6) - Great to see him back. Dodgy moment in the first half but we protected him so well that he had very little to do. Came off his line a couple of times to good effect, which is something he definitely has over Kuszchak.

    Iorfa (8) - Absolutely the right call to play him against Antonio, who was eventually moved over to the other side. Pace to burn and always assured.

    Batth (8) - Kept the dangerous Akpom very quiet and delivered another excellent Captain's performance. On a really good run of form at the moment.

    Stearman (7) - Another very steady game from our uncrowned Player of the Year.

    Golbourne (8) - Back to his assured, classy and composed best. Broke up play on numerous occasions and linked up well with Sako.

    Henry (7) - Great work-rate and classy in possession. Fully deserving of his place at the moment.

    Price (8) - Excellent performance. His positional sense is superb and he provided us with a great platform from which to build on. Has completely won me over in recent weeks.

    McDonald (9) - MOM. The Scottish Xabi Alonso absolutely bossed the midfield with an imperious display. It's no coincidence that our improvement in attacking areas has coincided with his return to form.

    Sako (9) - Thought he looked a little leggy in the first half after his international exertions midweek. But that second half performance was as good as anything I have seen. Turned Mancienne inside out repeatedly and did fantastically in the build-up to the penalty which he coolly converted.

    Afobe (8) - Quiet first half but what an opening goal. Ran fully 60 yards before calmly passing the ball into the corner of the net from just outside the box. Has the talent to be as good as he wants to be. Premier League football beckons (hopefully with us).

    Dicko (7) - Great work-rate as always and extremely unlucky to have one cleared off the line in the first half. If only he hadn't been injured in October/November.

    Subs:

    Edwards (6)
    RVLP (6)
    Doherty - not on long enough.

    Jackett (9) - Got everything spot on. The team selection we all wanted together with great tactics and spot-on substitutions. Performances like that show that we are undoubtedly heading in the right direction under him.

    King Kenny. Long to reign over us.

    Happy Easter everyone!
     
  2. StefanWolves

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    I'll go left field with the MOTM. Iorfa. Antonio nowhere to be seen. Cancelled him out completely.

    Brilliant team performance, just brilliant. Afobe is an animal.
     
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    Was Jacketts 50th league win
     
  4. Skrilla

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    I thought Price was outstanding today, played it simple and kept us ticking over with the ball which frustrated them greatly. Brilliant all round performance by all but JP looked class today in a game that could very easily have gotten away from us after a nervy start.
     
  5. Netherton Wolf

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    Kenny Jackett makes history as the quickest #Wolves manager to win 50 League games - in just 86 games, one ahead of Graham Turner's 87.
     
  6. MolineuxMixer

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    KJ must go now
     
  7. North West Wanderer

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    Outstanding from Kenny proving his doubters wrong.
     
  8. reanswolf

    reanswolf MolMix's Manchester United Cheerleader-in-Chief

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    Absolutely.

    What a manager KJ is turning out to be.

    We (me included) need to show more faith in him.
     
  9. Goodbye Horse

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    I just can not understand why he has doubters, where we are from the state we were in before his arrival. What the $$$$ do you want!!!!!
     
  10. North West Wanderer

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    Me too.
     
  11. JOSWolf

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    Excellent stuff.
     
  12. reanswolf

    reanswolf MolMix's Manchester United Cheerleader-in-Chief

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    I don't mean that in an overly critical way, i've never seen fans have a go at him in any way, but I simply mean some of us need to have belief in him. At this level.
     
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    Thought that Ikeme was a bit rusty today to be honest, a couple of errors that could have cost us. Not knocking him but he was a bit off today.
     
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    Not too shabby is he, for an unadventurous, apologist for the board, tinkerman that has no idea how to use substitutes properly. :rolleyes:
     
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    Just back from work and watched the goals on fb. Brilliant! Superb result!
     
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    Lovely goal from Afobe. What a player!
     
  17. Poole Wolf

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    From seven points off automatic with seven games to play to six points off automatic with six games to play (subject to Watford not winning).

    Great result.
     
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    Stato! That is a very impressive post, clearly a Wolf through and through! :D
     
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    I know..... amazing isn't it! It is just a lucky patch, you know that don't you! :D
     
  20. WonderWolf

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    A result and a performance that tells you we are absolutely up for it. Superb!

    There is only one way we can go from here.
     
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    Ikeme 6 great to have him back and feel so u better with him catching. Dire communication on a number of occasions and nearly $$$$ed up majorly .

    Iorfa 8 on purely to defend and boy did he defend. Like I said before, best defender at our club at one on ones by a long long way, great to watch.

    Bath 7 could have given away a pen? But was it a dive? Not sure either away but had a good game on the whole

    Stears 7 same as above

    Golborne 8 great game

    Price 8 did very well. Gets tight at the moments.

    Mcdonald 8 so much pressure on him. Link between defence and attack and h's so much attention from opposition. He was great today , just ashame he cannot shoot at all. Can he not be coAched?

    Afobe 9 he is a class act. His run and finish was so composed and suPerb.

    Dicko 7 played well in parts, could have won a pen but I'm glad he stayed on his feet to be honest. Looked lazy / tired and brought off correctly.

    Henry 7 solid performance , clearly asked to keep it tight and play slightly central.

    Sako 8 He plays when he wants. Takes on players whenever he feels like it. His close feet skill is superb

    jacket 10 tight first half wEll done. Second half great subs and we played our game.

    We didn't play well on the whole Imo , felt forest were on top most parts despite our defence stopping everything they tried.

    Forgot to say, the fact they made Antonio swap wings for such a long time because of iorfa isuccessful a great achievement for the lad
     
  23. Essex Wolf

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    Well said re Iorfa JW.

    A young lad who has looked very impressive and today nullified one of Forests best players.
     
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    I lazed around all day and only realised at 18:30 today that we were playing (played!) today [emoji20] . Super result though.
     
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    Call yourself a Wolves fan, pah;)
     
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    Thats what my mrs's said as she laughed when I found out. Never done this before.
     
  27. Essex Wolf

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    You need to have words with the Mrs mate for not bringing to your attention this vitally important game.:D
     
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    If we're going to win on Monday, would you mind giving that one a miss too? :p
     
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    Ikeme - 6
    A bit rusty, understandably enough. Good to have him back though.

    Iorfa - 8
    Did ever so well to erase the threat that is Antonio. This lad has got a really bright future, no doubt about that.

    Batth - 6
    A couple of shaky moments, but did pretty good overall. Won a lot of headers as usual, but his passing is absolutely dreadful.

    Stearman - 7
    One of our best players this season. Gives his heart and soul for this football club. Love him. Not one of his busiest games though (mainly because of the job Jack Price did).

    Golbourne - 7
    So good to have him back. A natural footballer who can pass the ball. Makes us a better defensive unit.

    Henry - 6
    Decent enough, but didn't do too much today. Great delivery for the Afobe header that almost opened up the scoring in the first half.

    Price - 8
    Hell of a footballer. Makes it so much harder for the opposing midfielders to move the ball around, find space and break through.

    McDonald - 8
    Two players on him constantly, but keeps his cool. The brain behind most of our forward play.

    Sako - 8
    Decent first half, brilliant second. Could certainly do a job in the premier league. Players trying to tackle him look clueless. Quick, genius footwork.

    Dicko - 7
    Did well and was unlucky not to score. Good effort, but even better defending. Looked tired towards the end.

    Afobe - 8
    What a effort for the first goal! I'll probably watch that 100 times over the next couple of days. A natural finisher and exactly what we needed when Jackett picked him up from MK.
     
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    Finally a man we can all be proud of, thanks for selecting Wolves Kenny.

    Top 2 form so far. Auto promotion for me.
     
  31. Tring Wolf

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    Sako's performances in the last two games have been absolutely top-drawer. Not just from an attacking perspective either but for work-rate and overall contribution to the team (his tracking back and defensive work has been superb).

    His all-round game has come on hugely since Jackett's arrival.
     
  32. JW

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    Can't disagree with that Tring
     
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    So an average of around eight and 'we didn't play well on the whole'......just hope we can not play well for the rest of the season. :embarassed:
     
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    Great day out and excellent win, bedlam in the concourse when we scored, beer everywhere!!!

    10 for the fans and KJ, 9 for DI, KM and BA, 8.5 for BS (what a second half performance!) and 8 for the rest, still buzzing!!

    To cap it off got a lift back to the station and home a good 2 hours before I expected it, one of those days when it's great to be a Wolves fan, can't wait for Monday:D!!!
     
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    Managed to get a complimentary ticket last minute .What a great result and team performance . I was in the family enclosure unfortunately but there were a fair few wolves fans dotted about .The Forest lads behind me knew I was Wolves and kept asking me where we got MCDONALD from.He was awesome and it was a master class performance as others have pointed out special mention to the fullbacks especially Iorfa who totally nullified Antonio . Price for me was absolutely excellent.
     
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    We have a great goalscorer in Afobe, really pleased we have him, just give him the ball.
     
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    If we can keep Sako, Afobe and Dicko fit you have to believe we'll get the goals to get a po place.
     
  38. WS10Wolf

    WS10Wolf MolMix Poster of the Season 2013-14

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    I thought before the game that today would be a serious test of how much we want that top 6. Away, against a side in decent form, usually this season we've tended to slip up in these games (Derby, Norwich, Ipswich, Bournemouth, Brentford). Looking at their squad on paper, you could argue that Forest could easily pose as much of a threat as those teams just mentioned. With all this in mind, I'm absolutely ecstatic with the three points, and they were three points I thought we thoroughly deserved.

    Kenny made two changes from the side that saw off Derby under the Molineux lights just short of two weeks ago, with the fit again Ikeme replacing Kuszczak, and Iorfa replacing Doherty. The game started at a decent pace, with Sako driving about 40 yards before his shot was deflected away for a corner. At the other end, Akpom for Forest was lively, and twice closed down the Wolves defence but couldn't make anything of it. Clearly both sides were desperate for the points, as there was a fierce edge to the game. It threatened to boil over when, after a penalty appeal against Danny Batth was turned down, Gary Gardner went in late on Scott Golbourne. It was a poor tackle, and for me would be one of those hypothetical 'orange cards', as I felt it was worse than a yellow, but not possibly enough for a red. Mancienne's fierce drive was pushed round the post by Ikeme, whilst at the other end, Afobe's glancing header was just off target. Forest had other chances, but both Lansbury and Antonio were unable to test Ikeme, with long range efforts sailing wide and high. Dicko turned superbly and fired in a shot just before half time, but it was comfortable for Darlow.

    The second half had literally just kicked off, and we found ourselves a goal up. Afobe picked up the ball inside his own half. He glided past a couple of defenders, the rest backed off, and he found himself about 20 yards out. Instead of thumping in an effort, he carefully placed the ball into the bottom corner. It was a superb goal which showcased the very best of Afobe, the power and pace in the initial run, but then the guile and delicacy of the finish.

    After that, we enjoyed a spell of possession, where Sako in particular was really pushing Forest back. Henry's low cross was nodded just wide by Dicko, and then some terrific work from Afobe teed up McDonald, but he spooned his shot over from just outside the box. Forest then had one great chance to equalise, after Antonio found himself in on goal. It was a tight angle, and he could only hit the side netting. There was then a double change for Wolves, with VLP and Edwards coming on for Dicko and Henry. It seemed to work, as we kept the ball better, and soon afterwards doubled the lead.

    Sako, who was absolutely tormenting the hapless Mancienne, once again found himself driving towards goal. This time, his run was halted by a crude, rash lunge from Lansbury the Forest captain. Referee D'Urso took his time, but made (in my opinion) the correct decision to point the spot. Just as he did in midweek for Mali, Sako scored the resulting penalty with aplomb, finding the bottom left corner.

    We managed to largely see out the game from thereon, a succession of corners were well dealt with, and the added pace of VLP made us a threat on the break. It was a shame that Ikeme's comeback was not complemented by a clean sheet, as Blackstock found the net from about 12 yards following some neat build up play, with literally seconds left on the clock.

    In terms of the performance, what was great was how confident in possession we were. I don't think we necessarily lack confidence normally, but today it was noticeable how much the players enjoyed being on the ball. Nobody hid from the difficult pass, everyone made themselves available, and going forward in particular our passing was precise and accurate. There wasn't necessarily a terrific tempo to our play, at times we cleverly slowed things down, but I never once got the feeling that we were going to lose the ball, or make a mistake. And crucially, once we went 1-0 up, I never felt we would lose.

    As I say, I think today is the sort of fixture that we haven't done too well in this season, so it's really pleasing to pick up three points. Looking at the League Table and latest scores, there is every chance we will still be 8th going into Monday, but it's so tight at the top, things can change very quickly, and with some more performances like today, we've got every chance of extending our season beyond Millwall at home on May 2nd.

    Ratings:

    Ikeme- 7. Great to have him back in the side. Made one excellent save from Mancienne, and handled the ball superbly second half with what must have been a greasy surface, and slippery ball. His kicking was slightly erratic first half, whether or not he was a bit nervous about his foot, but nonetheless an encouraging return.

    Iorfa- 9. I thought he was immense today. I did feel when the team was announced that Doherty was hard done to, but you cannot question the decision to bring in Iorfa following that performance. Kept a lid on the dangerous Antonio, so much so that he was switched wings after half time. Matched him stride for stride, won several tackles and headers, and showed great maturity in possession.

    Batth- 7. Almost played us into trouble a couple of times, but as ever put his body on the line with some mighty headers and blocks, first half especially he was a towering first line of defence, racing out to clear the danger.

    Stearman- 7. Like Batth, solid as ever, he complements Danny's rugged, rough approach with some classy football. Akpom was lively at times first half, but Stears more than matched him, and restricted his chances considerably.

    Golbourne- 8. When Antonio was switched to the right, you did wonder whether he'd get any more joy against Scott. The answer was a firm no, as Golbourne shut him down brilliantly. He wasn't needed so much offensively, as Sako was marauding down the flank on his own at times, but he was always in support if needed.

    Henry- 7. Gets through so much work, and is a really nice footballer to watch. At one point he came across to the left, switched feet twice before pinging a cross in on his right which Dicko just nodded wide. Obviously VLP's extra pace made for a natural substitution, but it was no reflection on Henry.

    McDonald- 8. Once again, played with real swagger. Kept the ball superbly, and aside from one overhit through ball, I struggle to think of an occasion where he chose the wrong option in possession.

    Price- 8. Dovetails superbly with McDonald, as Price does the running McDonald struggles with. Whenever the ball was loose in midfield, Price was there, 'ratting' around if you like, nicking the ball and starting attacks. Whilst a lot of the praise for our revival since Christmas will centre around Afobe, please don't underestimate just how important Jack Price has been to the team since he was recalled.

    Sako- 9- MotM. Fantastic performance, a genuine threat every time he had the ball. In the end, the only way Forest could stop him was to foul him. He has this languid running style, where he sometimes stops completely to check back, but today we saw a lot more of the direct Sako, driving at defenders and pushing them back. The final ball wasn't always there, but his contribution was crucial to our victory.

    Dicko- 7. Spent much of the afternoon on the periphery of the game, didn't get much service first half, and second half he did a lot of running into the channels, stretching the defence. Had two decent chances, though they weren't chances where you thought he had to score. Replaced by Edwards around the hour mark as Kenny looked to tighten things up.

    Afobe- 8. Another really exciting performance from this star in the making. Someone said to me once on a coaching course, "the sign of a good player is that he can play at the same pace with or without the ball". That's very much the case with Afobe, he rarely breaks stride when coming into possession, and makes running past players look so effortless. Took his goal superbly and led the line really well throughout.

    Subs:

    Edwards- 7. Chased and harried well, and used the ball well.

    VLP- 7. Added a bit of pace on the break, but didn't get much chance to really run at the opposition, as most of his running came from deep.

    Doherty- Came on towards the 90 minute mark just as a bit of insurance.

    KJ- 9. Got the big tactical decision right. At Molineux, Antonio terrorised Doherty, whereas today, he got nothing from Iorfa. The decision to reinstate Ikeme was brave, but the right one I feel.

    Referee- (Mr D'Urso)- 7. Thought he did well, tried to let the game flow, and wasn't overly card happy. Got the big penalty decisions right too, the one in the first half with Batth was not a penalty, whereas the challenge on Sako was.
     
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    Enjoyed that and as Rhoswolf has said, the support was top drawer today.
     
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    Spot on Rhos, great day all around
    Few drinks in the Meadow bar, great atmosphere in there
    Please win on Monday
    Come on you Wolves
     

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