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Sheff Utd Verdict

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  1. MobNet Wolf

    MobNet Wolf Just doesn't shut up

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    Happy with a draw, there won't be another side at Molineux this season as competent as the Blades, and on the balance of play, a pleasing result.

    Was happy with the team selection, and the substitutions were spot on, so well done Mick.

    Feel bad for Hennessey, he made save after save, keeping us in it. Including 2 fantastic point-blank efforts, so its a shame fingers could be pointed at him for the goal.

    Foley was imperious as ever.

    As in previous weeks, I feel we completely lost the central midfield battle. Edwards works well as a sub, but I feel Jones, although not perfect, is a better choice for a start. Edwards seems lightweight and I thought he often found himself behind play, or being bypassed. This makes Karl Henry's job harder, thus affecting our whole dynamic. If we can shore up the middle in January, I feel we will be nearly the finished Championship article.

    Upfront, SEB and CI didn't get a sniff, but Keogh and Vokes came on and made us look like we had half a chance of sneaking it. I think Vokes can't be too far from a start if either of the main two are ever unavailable.

    Mancienne had to come on for Ward. Nothing against Wardy, just their number 10 was ripping us to threads. Thankfully the change nullified his threat. I think Mancienne will start ahead of Collins at CB next game. Although Collins scored another great header, we were at sixes and sevens at times at the back, and probably missed Mancienne's assurance. It was the right decision to start Collins against physical Sheff Utd, but now it is time for Mancienne to come back.

    Feel Kightly is still not reaching his desired performance levels. Seems somewhat predictable at the moment, dare I say it 'found-out' by certain defences. A little competition probably wouldn't go a miss.

    Overall, a satisfying point, especially with Reading just drawing. Still seven points clear, we only need to match their results.
     
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  2. Exile Wolf

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    Foley outstanding again today. Stearman very good and supported well by Collins. Hennesey kept us in the game with several one on one saves. Ward torn apart by Nathan Dyer who dictated the pace of their game first half

    Midfield anything in the last third and Edwards just humps it up the field. Jarvis a welcome return probably a game short of full match fitness. Kites has to come in field to assist the midfield and has been found out even one on one.

    Front 2 tried but got nothing all game and SEB does look out of sorts.

    Subs Vokes looked good Keogh did not. Macienne for Ward was a sensible move but he provided nothing going forward.

    We were lucky to hang onto the point and that's all we deserved. A full house and yet again we tense up and cannot play to full potential. Sky cameras on us Monday we need to put in a good performance
     
  3. Wolv3nsam

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    Hennessey was MOTM today for me, I think the kid is finally back to his best and kept us in it with some world class saves - he is never going to be a keeper who is confident at coming for corners and crosses, we are spoilt with Murray in that respect, but what he is good at he's exceptionally good at. Special mentions to Foley, Collins and Jarvis as well - Foley was his usual reliable self, Collins looked very composed compared to his usual standards and hardly got beat in the air, Jarvis was really the only attacker to come away with any credit.

    David Edwards was awful today and I think we need to bring Jones in for Blackpool who has far more composure. Edwards ventures forwards too much and leaves our midfield horribly exposed on the counter, I think Henry coped admirably.

    Mancienne did well at LB, even though offering nothing going forward he did his job in nullifying Dyer's pace which was running Ward ragged.

    Also more fantastic passion for Collins - it's great when he scores, you can see how much it means to him.
     
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  4. WKET

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    You cant have Kites,Jarvis and Edwards going forwards all the time,Jones sits deeper most of the time hence giving Henry more support,we are a better balanced football team when Jones plays.

    Well done to Wayne today,yes it was his fault for the goal but he gained us a point today with vital saves.
     
  5. Wulfhere

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    Harsh but I thought Hennesey was at fault for the goal, he also let another one through his fingers in the second half and dithered on whether he should come or not several times. Made some good saves to keep us in it in the first half but all round I prefer Ikeme who is a far more positive keeper and his judgement on when to come and when not to come is better.

    Ward looked out of his depth today against Nathen Dyer and never got close enough to him. Not a huge fan on Edwards in midfield, he is an hard worker and honest runner but lacks the range of passing required for a top class midfielder.

    I thought we were second best for a lot of the game today and our ball retention is poor and we lack fluency. We appear top really struggle against these tough physical teams. Fair play to SU today they came to win and probably should have done although we did steady the flow in the second half with out creating a lot.
     
  6. BlahBlah

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    I think Seb and Iwelumo have seemed ineffective in recent weeks due to poor midfield play.
    We're not getting the jump on teams in midfield and the opposition are quite prepared to sit back, give them space and concentrate all their attention on marking Kightly, Seb and Iwelumo (and now Jarvis) It's almost as if they know our midfield are unlikely to storm through and stick a goal in.....so let them go and just make sure the passes to dangermen are covered. It nullifies our threat.

    Edwards wasn't great again...his control is suspect and his feet aren't quick enough. He bombs forwards more than Jones, but Jones has more subtlety and craft and we've really missed his excellent left foot free kicks and corners.....it keeps defences guessing and balances our attacks. You'd far more expect Jones to plant an angled crossl onto Iwelumo's head than Edwards?
    I think the opposition know what Edwards is about and are quite happy to handle him.

    Collins I thought was great today. Yes Mancienne will probably have a better career...but central defence is all about partnerships, not individuals. Collins is really putting in his 50% and if anything, Stearman's the one taking silly risks now?
    I really like watching Beattie's physical play and he's got a heck of a jump on him, but thought Collins played him pretty well today.

    Ward got mullered by that whippet winger...no disgrace in that...it happens to full backs sometimes. Mancienne obviously had the express instructions to stick his boot in right away and not let the guy control the ball....he did brilliantly.

    Foley is just amazing....edging Iwelumo now for best player so far. Danny Webber's no slouch but Foley played him off the park and ended up bombing down the right at will. That's some player we've got.
     
  7. Golden Bull

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    On todays display, if we don't get promotion it will be down to the midfield. Today, as soon as the ball went forward it was coming back. We cannot retain the ball nor pick a killer pass.

    They gave the front two nothing.

    We seriously need a creative player in there. As WKET says, we already have enough runners on the wings.

    Edwards was very poor. Big Wayne was MOTM for me. A point gainned IMO.
     
  8. Wolv3nsam

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    If we can sort out the attacking midfield slot we will be the complete team IMO, O'Toole wouldn't go amiss and neither would Watson or Surman. All of them are battlers, where as I don't think Edwards nor Jones are.
     
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    I think Hennessey's a much better keeper and he kept us in it with those first half saves...but he almost lost it us through indecision twice, once at an average cross that he "half" came for and put himself in no-man's land.
    The other one that Beattie slid past the post when Collins just managed to put him off was Hennessey's ball all the way....he didn't need to think about it. Start...stop...start...makes sure Beattie beats him to the ball and then it could go anywhere.
    He's got to learn that at 6'5" he dominates every time and clatters the ball and attacker if need be. Next time they'll think twice about going in on him.
    If only we could get him some psychological coaching off John Burridge :D
     
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    Happy with a point against a side really fired up - can't remember a side closing down all over the pitch as quickly as SU did today.

    Hennessey was outstanding - couldn't see their goal very well but if he was at fault he made up for it in spades!

    Defence coped well with the aerial bombardment - Beattie looked good and really attacked the ball.

    Edwards covers a lot of ground and given our formation if he doesn't get forward in the central midfield area no-one does. If you play two wingers the central midfield will get over-run at times. In the first half particularly the forwards barely held the ball up and it kept coming back - I don't think you should be too critical of Edwards getting forward for knock downs as it's not his fault we hardly won one.

    Big Chris seemed yet again to get some dubious decisions from the ref. SEB looked well out of sorts and there wasn't a lot of movement from him, and he just seemed to want to lay the ball off first time when at times he had a chance to bring it down and control it. A performance of this quality from Keogh would send some people on here over the edge!

    As said above 3 good subs - Mancienne really shut them up on the left and by the last 5 minutes we looked like we might nick it which would have been floodlight robbery!

    Quite glad Reading and Blues have still to play SU who looked a good side, especially Howard and Dyer. Can't help thinking there are reasons other than football that have played a role in Southampton letting him out on loan!
     
  11. MobNet Wolf

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    Can't believe Reading's luck today. For those of you who haven't heard, they went 1-0 down in the 89th minute, only to have their keeper equalise in the 95th! Hope it is not an omen!
     
  12. Ian Dowie reported on our match today and he seemed quite impressed with Wayne and was very sympathetic towards his error on the goal.
    He also was very impressed with Jarvis made it sound like he was the only thing we had going forward though.

    Quite obviously i didnt go and dont listen to matches anymore but judging by what people have been saying its seems quite easy to identify the weak links in our side especially the centre of midfield!

    slightly worried about Kightly's performances recently sounds like hes getting a little bit too comfortable and almost knows hes going to be starting, think the best thing would probibly be dont start him against Blackpool and bring him on at half time to see how he responds to that.
     
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    I would suggest we don't bring him on as he's suspended!
     
  14. Wolv3nsam

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    I think we could be in some trouble if we bring Kightly on vs Blackpool.
     
  15. Yeh i saw that too i couldnt belive it i though we were goin to gain another point on the following pair.
     
  16. good point forgott about that
     
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    I'm just home, i'd agree that Utd will probably be the toughest side we'll face this season (maybe Reading aside).

    I was bewildered to be honest, from kick off til we scored we looked great, then Beattie scored his customary goal against us and we hung in there for 60+ mins.

    Kicking it in the air was never going to work against such a physical side, and we're indebted to Hennessey for getting a point today. Mick made the right subs, just maybe at the wrong time. Utd came out with a point to prove after we hammered them at the Lane, and they could have done it. Their keeper was a bag of nerves, no idea what had happened to Kenny, but we barely got close to testing him.

    Maybe we were lucky to get a point, maybe we should have tested their keeper more, but they didn't have bags of clear cut chances either, just several :rolleyes: Why won't anyone shoot? No idea why Utd's second disallowed goal was disallowed, first one was definitely shouldn't have stood so the right decision there.

    Hennessey 9 - my MOTM, alright he wasn't tested directly as many times as he could have been, but it's testament to his judgement that they were limited to taking the chances that they had early. Had one blunder when he failed to come off his line, but i'm happy to blame the defence for a lack of communication today. From EE in the South Bank, i'm not sure if he was to blame for their goal or not.

    Ward, S. 5 - Tried hard but united's winger absolutely ran rings around him today. Couldn't believe he came back out for the second half, Mancienne should have been on earlier. Wasn't particularly bad other than being absolutely shown up for pace.

    Collins 6 - an enigma. Some solid defending, and yet he seems great at passing back to Hennessey.. so long as no-one's around to take it off him. Got the goal which gets him off the hook, but seemed to show no awareness of the Utd players around him when distributing the ball.

    Stearman 7 - had one of our better shots (from distance i'll add), any closer and it would have hit the post, defended well and did his job.

    Foley 7 - looked assured in possession, unfortunately Kightly fading in the second half limited his ability to get up the pitch, but cleared the danger several times.

    Jarvis 6 - was starved out in the middle of the match as we decided to forget we had wingers and try and punt the ball upfield for 20 minutes. Showed great pace in getting around defenders and crossing the ball, but unfortunately when all the Utd players are 10 foot tall, that's not much consolation.

    Henry - 6 - to me he seemed rather anonymous in the first half, maybe due to Edwards' own performance, but picked up in the second half game of aerial chess.

    Edwards 5 - doesn't link in well with Henry and maybe the reason the forwards were starved of service through the middle. Though it was a team effort to play hoof-it football, we came alive in the last 5 mins when we started to pass it along the floor.

    Kightly 5 - scared to take the man on, didn't do as well as Jarvis. Faded badly in the second half, maybe needs a rest.

    Iwelumo - 6 - defended well as he did at the Lane, but should have been doing Ebanks-Blake's role in the first half. When he was given the chance to flick the ball on in the 2nd half, there was no-one there to get them.

    Ebanks-Blake - 5 - perhaps unfair but he wasn't in the game today, was glad he was subbed rather than Iwelumo but neither got much of a sniff.

    Subs - Mancienne - 6 - defended well but was probably relieved to see that winger go off!

    Keogh - 5 - i don't want to turn into one of the boo boys, but he was ineffective, just didn't seem interested. Wasn't willing to take anyone on or shoot.

    Vokes - 6 - could have scored with his first touch (was him who had the header wasn't it?). But again starved of service til the last couple of minutes.

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    Referee wasn't great, but the linesman at the NB end in the 1st half was terrible, seemed to be complaining the sun was in his eyes when stood in the shade. No idea why Utd had their 2nd 'disallowed' ruled out either.

    Crowd died out in the 1st half as soon as Utd equalised, still prefer away days.

    The result can be viewed in two ways - a hard battled, lucky point, or that we're beginning to get unstuck, next game should be a better indication.
     
  18. wolfyjoe

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    Agree with this in the most part. On Edwards, I'd agree that changes need to be made as he lost the ball on numerous occassions, often under little or no pressure. The centre of midfield seems to be our weakest area at the minute.

    Thank heavens for Hennessey who pulled off around 4 amazing stops in front of the North Bank when constant defensive errors or lack of organisation let the blades through.

    Ward was run ragged by their right winger, Dyer is it? He looked so assured and often beat two men down his right side to deliver. I'd agree that Mancienne nullified that threat and he probably should have started the game.

    Kightly needs better service in my opinion. Balls are constantly driven up the pitch towards him making it easy for defenders to clear. Jarvis was given the ball to his feet in space and he tore down the left, by far our most creative and potent midfield threat today.

    The ref was fairly $$$$.. He penalised Iwelumo just for challenging half the time and this didn't help our plight.
     
  19. Netherton Wolf

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    Just seen the goals, think Hennessey should have held onto the ball for their goal, shame really cus he had a really good game.
     
  20. kal1000

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    That was definately a point gained today, Sheffield United were the best team to come to Molineux this season in terms of attacking intent (Ahead of Coventry, Reading and Blues). Dyer was a constant threat to the Wolves left hand side and despite being up against Ward + Jarvis/Collins, he had the beating of them on nearly every occasion. This was nullified as soon Mancienne was introduced into the game. I expected the Baldes to be a hoofball side who relied heavily on their physical presance but in reality I found them to be a decent footballing side.
     
  21. JonnyQ

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    After everything we had to put up with it was a good point. Hennessy kept that from being a Sheff Utd win.

    Felt Stearman had a good game other than that attempted turn in the second half. But I've noticed he keeps getting beaten by long balls.

    In possession, Jarvis looked fantastic, but when we resorted to long balls he obviously didn't feature as much.

    Why do we continue to pump long balls to teams like that when we could easily break them down with pace? That's a bit frustrating.

    Is there a point in saying Foley had a good game? He's the most consistently good player I've ever seen.

    That ref was awful. Iwelumo looked scared to challenge for headers as he always got penalised.
     
  22. rincewind

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    In the end a good point. Never really got going. IMO Edwards is a good sub to change the team shape especially if we need a goal. As a starter he leaves Henry exposed as a 1 man central midfield and again we got overun. This means the forward line get little service and the defense come under excessive pressure making them look weak. I would start Jones personally although I would like to see another dominating midfielder such as Watson arrive in the window (according to others I should add). Jarvis looked ok when we had some possesion and again looks more of a threat than Kights.
    As an aside I understand that Ward has been ill which explains his poor performanc perhaps.
     
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    we looked fine and in control until we scored then many of our players pretty much stopped working/concentrating and as said already we struggled for much of the first half with a better performance in the second.

    Hennessey 7 - some fantastic saves but also guilty of some awful decision making, i dont think he makes the centre halves very comfortable with his command of the 6 yard box. I feel it is no coincedence that our centre halves have looked their strongest when ikeme has been in goal.

    Ward, S. 5 - was well beaten by their winger which was surprising after some admirable performances in this position this season.

    Collins 8 mom - was excellent at the back all game apart from one moment right ner the end where he made a wrong decision and tried to play out of trouble. otherwise he won much of the aerial battle and on one corner was the only one who reacted to hennesey's save and took the ball away from trouble. superb goal too.

    Stearman 6.5 - good for large parts but keeps trying to turn people in the wrong area of the pitch which puts us in trouble. stick to the basics and everything will be fine.

    Foley 7 - another good well balanced performance.

    Jarvis 7 - when given the ball he had the beating of the opp full back but wasnt used nearly enough and then subbed despite easily being our strongest attacking outlet.

    Henry - 6 - played confidently and passed well right up until we scored. then became hesistant, doing silly turns and loosing posession but still did the ugly stuff well.

    Edwards 5 - pretty poor all game got out muscled and seemed behind the play, nothing like the edwards we have seen coming from the bench.

    Kightly 5 - still think he is carrying an injury, also im not sure whether he s told to keep coming into the middle but i think it isnt doing the shape of the team any favours.

    Iwelumo - 6 - had a difficult game with the ref blowing for a foul every time he jumped for a ball in an attacking sense, any of his defensive work the fouls would go his way.

    Ebanks-Blake - 6 - thought he was ok for the limited service he got i would have kept him on as anything that drops in 6 yard box he would have probably got to.

    Subs - Mancienne - 6.5 - coped with their winger well did forget a couple of times that he was left back though!

    Keogh - 5 - for the first 5 minutes looked like he would make a difference but then went back to being ineffective and lightweight and near the end looked like he was tired out!

    Vokes - 6 - was ok nearly scored but with jarvis going off and a what ibelieve to be an unfit kightly didnt get a lot of service.


    for me the subs were wrong we were clearing lacking in midfield and it needed a change, plus jarvis was easily our biggest threat. keogh for seb also for meant we had nothing in the penalty box.
     
  24. dolmanrj

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    Not far off the same game as at Bramall Lane. We defended well again today and rode our luck but thats what you get when you are top of the league. Mick was spot on by saying if we took 4 points off sheffield united this season it would be a good result, 3 more than last season anyway. Hennessey's saves kept us in today, some excellent goalkeeping. I felt sorry for Wardy as he wont come up against anyone like that again in this division this season, Dyer tore him apart. Good sub by Mick. I thought he should have brought Jones on for Edwards though. Not only was Edwards ropey after getting booked but he sometimes leaves the midfield awfully exposed and poor Karl Henry has to pick up the pieces like he does every game. What people fail to realise about Jones is that even though he isnt as attacking as Edwards he helps Henry out alot picking up the pieces and starting our counter attacks and having wingers with pace and 2 excellent frontmen this is clearly when we are at out best. It enables us to play almost a 4-2-4 with two holding midfield players and 2 attacking wingers leaving us less exposed in the center of the park. Not also to mention that his set pieces are excellent so I think he has to start next game!.
     
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    A good point in the end. For the second game in a row and more games than that for certain players, we were poor. We gave the ball away far too easily, our forwards couldn't hold the ball and our defence had big gaping holes in it. Fortunately, Hennessey kept out a number of one-on-one chances and ultimately got us a point.

    Time to use your squad Mick !

    Hennessey - Although he failed to hold the cross that lead to the equaliser he made a number of excellent blocks as Sheff Utd breached our defences.
    Foley - Steady
    Collins- I know he scored but we look to have big holes in the defence when he plays, particularly if a routine ball is played into the channels.
    Stearman - Gambles too much for my liking, needs to maintain concentration defensively.
    Ward - Terrible ! Got murdered by Dyer and gave Jarvis nothing. Rightly subbed just after the break.
    Kightly - Made the Collins goal again but was very ordinary for most of the game.
    Henry - Did some good things when defending but spent most of the game trying to cover others and struggled to gain a foothold.
    Edwards - Lacked quality of passing and composure but ran around a lot.
    Jarvis - Had the beating of the full-back but suffered from poor service.
    SEB - Did nothing of note.
    Iwelumo - Did nothing of note.
    Subs
    Mancienne - Should have started and showed his defensive stengths when replacing Ward.
    Keogh - Why he's first change up front is baffling. Like a steam train without wheels. Huffs and puffs but doesn't get anywhere.
    Vokes - Looked purposeful again and IMHO now deserves a start.

    Referee - Moan as much as you like but he wasn't the reason we didn't win.
     
  26. Sephiroth

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    given the other results i cant complain with a 1-1 at home.

    anyway lets look at it this way, poor against barnsley, poor against doncaster, poor against sheff utd? 7/9 points? if this is our "bad run of form" that we're to endure during the rest of this season then bring it on - we're already up! :p *cue the oh my god he said we're already up - we're doomed posts!!*
     
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    I feel that it's obvious, and has been for two seasons now, that the 'hoofball' tactic is nothing to do with mick. Without any experienced players out there that are able to influence and dictate the play in the middle when young players are under pressure they panic, they can't help it it's just that they by and large don't know how to handle it yet having never been in this situation before. I'm convinced mick sees this but getting a player that will make the difference isn't easy although i concede the position we are in does give us an edge. I hope it comes right for mick in the transfer market as this team needs some on the field guidance, we're nearly there just a bit of fine tuning.
     
  28. JR's Boots

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    January transfer window can't come round soon enough for me. A central midfield player of a real quality is a must. We were lucky to scrape a point today and I fear we will fade away in the second half of the season if we don't bolster our squad.

    The Collins/Ward combo, just like against Reading is totally exposed against any pace. The Ward experiment has clearly passed its sell by date. Bring Hill and Mancienne back in pronto.

    Jones needs to be starting again. Edwards is a good sub but lacks the footballing brain to control a game. We couldn't get the ball quickly enough to Jarvis and Kightly and as a result our attacking game never really clicked.

    SEB and Iwelumo did very little but there again got little service.

    Mick should have taken Ward off after 20 minutes as it was clear he was being mullered.
     
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    Its possible that the mistake was in playing him yesterday. Ward has done a terrific job this season, and I'm surprised that some could write him off after one poor performance.
     
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    As I said in the forecast thread we had no divine right to expect to beat SU at the Mol. They are not a bad team and our performance at Bramall Lane was itself full of good luck on our part. We have taken 4 points from SU this season. The consensus among fans seems to be that the team is not performing as well as it had been earlier in the season. This is to be expected, teams may not have the measure of us or the quality of player we have (only the top 4 or 5 have), but they will act to neutralise our strengths and we can expect a lot of this in the second half of the season. It remains to be seen if Mick will spend in the current transfer window or whether one or two of the younger players will be called back from loan to strengthen our weak links (there is speculation that Davis is on his way back from Leicester). I think that as the team stands we are good enough for promotion, it is in the close season we will have to invest in quality players to secure our position next season. As for the remainder of the season, expect the pretty football to be curtailed and a lot more of grinding out results (enough hopefully).
     
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    Midfield was awful & so was the ref.

    I'm hoping that wolves will do some good business in the transfer window to add more quality to the squad
     
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    Well, first time in the South Bank yesterday (Thanks Denmead Wolf and 306NOTOUT). I sat at the top almost in the very middle and I have to say the suppport was $$$$ for the most part. Unusually quiet for the SB.

    The game was terrible. It was a Wolves performance from last season. Couldn't string 3 passes together going forward, passing it about in defence then and then resorting to humping it up to the strikers.

    Even though we created one or two opportunities via some neat one-touch passing between Foley, Henry and Kightly, which mainly fell to Dave Edwards, we looked like we had zero creativity. Henry had a solid game all afternoon mopping up around him, but he had zero outlet once he got some space on the ball thanks to his anonymous partner and our static forwards.

    Ward and Collins were getting murdered with balls down the channels to Beattie and Dyer (I $$$$ing said we should have signed him when we had the chance). Collins at one point gifting Beattie a one-on-one after watching a ball sail over his shoulder straight to the striker.

    Whilst Dave Edwards was doing ok in the final third he was $$$$ing awful everywhere else. Standing stilll waiting for the ball to come to him and not tracking players back on counter attacks. Jones should have come on at half-time.

    Hennessey made some amazing saves to keep us in the game, but once Neill Collins rose like a lumbering salmon to nod past Bennett, and once again after a brilliant one-on-one block he made a simple error of spilling the ball AGAIN!! His handling seems to be a major weakness in his game. I can't remember a game I've seen where he hasn't spilled a shot at least once. He needs to sort it out.

    2nd half we looked a bit more solid, mainly due to Mancienne coming on and snuffing out their outlet down our left. Stearman seemed more composed and Foley continued his impeccable positioning and mopping up, also getting forward well to put crosses in the box - Well $$$$ing Mr. Anonymous Kightly wasn't doing them was he? Kites had one good chance late in the second half which could have won it but from my seat I couldn't tell whether his shot was blocked or just fluffed.

    Jarvis got more into the game once Mancienne was on, probably because we actually started winning the ball back down our left. He made some good runs, but rarely cut inside, and his crosses weren't telling enough.

    Their main threat then became Beattie in the air, who wins an awful lot of headers and generally causes a nuisance of himself. The only way he was going to score though was from a Collins or Stearman howler which they tried their best to gift him on a couple of occasions trying to play the ball across the defence or through the onrushing forwards.

    I thought McCarthy got his subs correct at the right times. Keogh deserved a run out for the completely ineffective Ebanks-Blake who at times appeared to be playing with roller-skates on such was his ability to fall on his backside any time the ball came near him. Unfortunately Keogh, whilst making a couple of good runs when the attack was in advanced positions, often waited too deep on counter attacks and gave Foley no outlet. Also his quality on the ball was seriously lacking. Unless one of our main two get injured I fear his time at Wolves is up. Our idiot support certainly won't give him another chance.

    Vokes on the other hand continued to impress me. The man he came on for, Iwelumo, was very static and when he won headers they went into no-man's land. The young understudy not only got himself into space to win headers but his flick-ons were torwards goal and had good direction to them. He also looked good on the ball, picking his passes well and with good timing. I can see great things for him in the future.


    All in all a good point, which could have been zero if it weren't for Hennessey.


    Ratings:
    Hennessey - 7
    Foley - 8 MOTM
    Stearman - 7
    Collins - 6
    Ward - 4
    Kightly - 5
    Henry - 7
    Edwards - 5
    Jarvis - 6
    Iwelumo - 5
    Ebanks-Blake - 4

    Subs
    Keogh 5
    Vokes 6
    Mancienne 7

    McCarthy 6 - Made his subs early enough to count, but should have taken Edwards off.
     
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  35. The Bear

    The Bear Just doesn't shut up

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    Actually I think that the equaliser had taken the wind out of our sail yesterday. It was a stupid goal to give away. Hennessey was totally at fault, he did not even need to stretch himself to collect the ball which was coming strait to him, let alone releasing it to Beattie, just telling him to put it in the net.

    Ok he did a number of saves aswell, but naturally that is why he is the goalkeeper.
     
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    Deutsch Wolf Just doesn't shut up

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    He'd just made two great saves, blame the defence for having three opportunities to clear the ball properly and failing to do so.
     
  38. Haggstone

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    Ok, this is my first ever posting on here so hopefully I haven’t messed it up.

    Not a great performance but then Sheff United played really well. In fact they looked like the home team that was top of the league so on reflection I am happy with a point.

    Hennessey 8 MOM. Made some superb saves, particularly in the first half that kept us in the game. Was at fault for Beattie’s goal but considering how many times he was called into action its understandable that he dropped one clanger.

    Foley 7. Only gets a seven because I do recall him getting skinned once or twice in the second half but in all honesty this guy is on a different level. People often talk about his composure. For me it all comes down to his first touch which gives him that extra split second to make a decision and is why he rarely looses possession. He has the potential to be a top six premiership player.

    Collins 6.5. Solid, thought he did well today. Love the passion he shows when he scores.

    Stearman 5.5. Not great. Some of his pass backs were woeful and he seemed prone to lapses in concentration.

    Ward 6. This type of game happens to every full back even the very best. Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say ‘he got the better of me today’ and move on. I thought he looked decent going forward and remained positive throughout.

    Jarvis 6.5. Our best attacking player, his pace really is frightening. I felt that he could have done a little more on the defensive side to help deal with Nathan Dyer though.

    Henry 6. Half decent, made some tackles but overrun at times. I think if we can find a quality CM to partner him you will see a vast improvement in his game against the stronger opponents in this league which is where he seems to struggle.

    Edwards 4. Total $$$$ im afraid. He ran around a lot but did not tackle and his passing was $$$$ poor as well.

    Kightly 4.5. Put in some excellent corners in the first 30 minutes or so one of which we scored from but that aside did nothing. Something is not quite right here, he looks short on confidence to me as he just will not attempt to beat his man. Hopefully sitting out the Blackpool game will do him good.

    Iwelumo – 5.5. Couldn’t fault his effort but was crowded out whenever the ball went long. Did manage some flick ons but nothing seemed to stick up top today. The ref didn’t do him any favours either.

    Ebanks Blake 4.5 Didn’t get a sniff all afternoon and looked very ordinary. As poor as he was though if a half decent chance had fallen to him, you have confidence that he would have tucked it away. Just not his day.

    Subs.

    Keogh 4. Poor, very poor. I have no axe to grind with him honestly but he is just not playing very well at the moment. The job he was asked to come on and do was very simple, hold the ball up and lay it off to the oncoming supporting players. Basics.

    Vokes 6. We thought he had scored with his very first touch from a corner. He looked more of a threat than Iwelumo but Id keep him on the bench for the time being.

    Mancienne 7. Very good substitutes performance and probably saved us from defeat. Has to start the next game alongside Collins or possibly Stearman I should think

    MM.

    I think Mick has a tough job in striking a balance between trying to keep team spirit by honouring the ‘if he performs he keeps the shirt’ philosophy and picking the strongest team. Manciene is the best defender at the club, easily, but he wasn’t picked yesterday. I can understand that he doesn’t want to upset the apple cart by changing a winning side but by the same token you rarely see such sentiment from top clubs when their better players return from injury or suspension.
     
  39. derbyrameater

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    Thanks Marrs. Hennessy reminds me of Oaks a good shot stopper.Needs to get a pair of those gloves German goalkeepers wear, the one which make the ball stick!

    I now sit back to be shot!
     

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