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Reading Fan Chat – Wolves v Reading

Discussion in 'Molineux Mix Archive' started by daib0, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. daib0

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    Reading Fan Chat – Wolves v Reading

    Saturday 7th February, 2015 (Championship)



    As always, friendly greetings from daib0. So onto our game together this coming Saturday – and I wondered if I could get a bit of chat going once again.


    The first thing I notice is that you are more-or-less like Reading were last season, in and around the play-off places. However we failed at the last hurdle, but hardly deserved it due to a lukewarm end of season, though actually it was only for one position and one point that we had to put up with a 7th place finish.
    So can Wolves do a bit better? Where do you now see it going – both with using your head & your heart!


    How has the winter transfer window treated you, any incomings or outgoings of note, and might you be stronger as a result?


    Reading have certainly tightened up at the back now, but are goal-shy. But we have attacking arrivals in the window, let’s see if it gets a bit more positive. Taking all into account, how do you see the weekend game going?



    As always, I promise that any snippets used will be credited by reference to your forum, and the member name. And guaranteed absolutely no ‘wind ups’ on our forum, to the contrary, our highest respect.
    Our match presentation is here -http://royalsrendezvous.co.uk/topic/10264575/1- and loads of info up on Wolves, though please do feel free to point out any small inaccuracy you may find!


    daib0, and the team on ‘Royals Rendezvous’
     
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  2. Dan G WWFC

    Dan G WWFC Just doesn't shut up

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    I said at the start of the season we are going to the win the play offs.

    I want us to be steady and kept with he pack till the End but finish with a nicely timed run to see us win the it.
     
  3. Ginger Chimp

    Ginger Chimp Just doesn't shut up

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    a) I think we'd like to think we can make the play offs but we do have a much poorer goal difference that others in and around that area at the moment. Head says " maybe play offs - 6th place and a losing semi finalist", heart says "no reason why we can't finish strongly and take the third promotion spot". That'll be 6th then.

    b) One incoming addition to the first team squad (and already on the score sheet), managed to keep hold of Sako (lot's of rumours that he may have been the target of some PL clubs) and we've finally off loaded Roger Johnson (by mutual consent). Over all feeling? We didn't do much and we'll probably rue that fact later in the season.

    c) We'll probably huff and puff and, maybe, flatter to deceive and it'll be a tight edgy finish with the just the one goal separating the teams at the end. I have no idea which way it will go though (forever a pessimist where Wolves are concerned).
     
  4. It's Mixu Paatelainen

    It's Mixu Paatelainen Just doesn't shut up

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    Can Wolves do a bit better?
    On our day (especially at Molineux) we can be a tough opponent for any team in the play-off mix, as shown by our reasonably simple wins over Middlesbrough and Norwich, and very good performance in an unfortunate defeat against Bournemouth. However, our capitulations at Derby, Ipswich, and Brentford highlight that we're probably not good enough to maintain a promotion challenge. Given our lack of squad depth compared to teams around us, I'd be surprised if we make the play-offs. 10th would be a realistic finish.

    Winter Transfer Window
    Ideally, we would have liked a few more senior players brought in to cover some of our key players, as we have tended to rely on youngsters from the Academy to cover any gaps. Given the sluggishness of the transfer window as a whole however, signing Benik Afobe and keeping Bakary Sako is probably worthy of a 5/10 grade.

    How Do You See The Weekend Game Going
    We're unbeaten in the league for eight games, but have struggled to break down Blackpool and Charlton in our last two home games. The unbeaten run has been built on solid defending (five clean sheets), so I doubt it will be a particularly attacking encounter. Given that Reading seem to have improved under Steve Clarke, I'll have to err on the side of caution and predict a 1-1 draw.
     
  5. Alex Rae The Substitute

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    A) Got a shot at the playoffs, if out key players stay fit I believe we can sneak into the top 6, although fall at the semi-final hurdle. Any prolonged injuries to key players (Dicko, Sako or Edwards) for the run in and we'll finish around mid table. Basically out paper thin squad will most likely be out undoing.

    B) Content with out transfer window, delighted we signed Afobe as I think he's got some real potential, I for one am loving our policy of signing youngsters. Also pleased to see the back of Roger Johnson, I don't care how much we paid him to leave I'm glad he's gone. Overall I would have liked one or two more ideally - but then who doesn't? Just glad we're running a tight ship financially these days.

    C) Being a Wolves fan I am naturally pessimistic so struggle to predict wins at the best of times. Think Clarke is a great appointment and will set you up tactically well against us. You say you're tight at the back now which concerns me as of late we've struggled to break teams down. Chalobah is a decent signing and it will be interesting to see how we cope with him. Glad Murray has left, but you just know Yakubu will score his one and only goal for you against us. He's a typical sort of player who will score against us then do nothing. I reckon it will be tight, potentially a 0-0 or the odd goal in it.

    I'm actually going with my Reading STH mate, so hoping for either a high scoring draw again (or if truth be told a huge home victory).
     
  6. WeAreTheWolves

    WeAreTheWolves Just doesn't shut up

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    We are tough to beat and have pace in the side so in theory always possess a threat.

    Usually we will not get hammered (bar a mad November spell), however we rarely win comfortably either. Since October 21st we have won one game by more than one goal, against Blackpool when we scored in the 86th and 90th minute!!

    Despite on paper having what we believe to be a good team, something is not right with the performances, the last 3 games have seen us play Blackpool, Charlton and Bolton and we got 5 points, which isn't the end of the world but the performances against three lower end sides have been woeful.

    From what I gather from your post (may be well wrong) you will come here make it tough and try and stifle us.

    It won't be too hard, defending deep and stopping our wingers and you are laughing. To be fair Sako and Van la Parra are unpredictable so it depends what day you catch them on. (Maybe a bit unfair on Sako, who is arguably the best in the league on his day, and the last 3 poor performances being poor is not coincidental with Sako's absence to the ACON.)

    The window wasn't good, we needed to address this creativity, in terms of a midfielder or a number 10, we didn't and this limits us significantly. I don't think we are anywhere near the likes of Boro, Derby, Bournemouth and think we will end up finishing between 7th and 12th.

    I think it will be close on Saturday with a 1-0 either way or 1-1.
     
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  7. daib0

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    Fantastic answers guys & gals, many thanks ...

    Likewise, any question on Reading or such coming back just write and I'll do my best to be of help :shakehands:
     
  8. DasWolf

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    Wolves have a habit of being their own worst enemy at the moment, so the result will depend significantly on whether they bother to turn up this weekend.

    What Reading did brilliantly last time was prevent Wolves from playing. At home you used a more aggressive approach to hassle players into making mistakes, which worked very well and it was a fully deserved lead.

    We're very poor at breaking down defensive minded tactics, which has meant we've dropped a lot of points against weaker teams which our promotion/playoff rivals have not.

    Wolves seem to play at their best against other attacking teams, mad spell aside. For example, see away to Watford where it could easily have been 3 or 4 nil with better finishing. Even vs the Cherries, we were well on top until robbed by the ref.
     
  9. Essex Wolf

    Essex Wolf Just doesn't shut up

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    KJ has apparently said that he is happy with the squad he has after the club failed to make anymore transfer window signings. If that truly is the case then he can utilise the squad he has to prove that it's good enough to achieve success.

    With the exception of Rowe and Boukari, who have been more injured than not and therefore rarely feature, KJ has as far as I can tell a full squad to choose from.
     
  10. Mr Wolf

    Mr Wolf Just doesn't shut up

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    I can see Doyle coming off the bench & getting a goal, well him or Matt Doherty.
     
  11. Essex Wolf

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    If Doyle were to do such a thing MW I'd be chuffed.
     

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