Discussion in 'Molineux Mix Archive' started by SanFranWolf, Jan 11, 2015.
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Sadly I didn't go today but I had a call from a friend of mine who is an avid Blackburn Fan and was at the game. He said we were worthy winners and should have had more goals ( where have we heard that before) he was particularly impressed with our two young full backs who he thought were immense. So looks like we have found two more decent players who are becoming the envy of our opposition let's hope they carry on as they have started
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Sounded great. Blackburn were booing all the second half and we really should have had 2 or 3 to calm the nerves but that wouldn't be Wolves I guess.
There's talk of the Play offs but get the right recruits in and we can win the whole $$$$ing thing!
No verdict from me as I didn't go or listen however I always like reading the oppositions message board after a game to see what they thought and lifted this which reads well for us.
Out fought, out battled. Wolves defended better, broke with pace, threw bodies in front of shot/crosses. If they had a finisher or more composure in the final third, it could have been 4 or 5.
For anyone who remembers Kenny Jackett's Millwall battering us a couple of years ago, today was much of the same.
We were third best.
First time I've heard a sustained and vocal anti Bowyer chant. "You don't know what your doing" in the second half.
In my opinion, under Bowyer were going to finish 8-14th. Is he the man to takes us up? I don't think so.
Ikeme - 8
Iorfa - 8
Batth - 8
Stearman - 9
Price - 8
Macdonald - 7
Henry - 8
Edwards - 8
Dicko - 8
Van La Parra - 7
Doherty & Landell introduced late in the game did what they had to do.
Wolves Support - smallish following by our usual standards -but backed the team when they had to
Stearman gets a 9 because he blocked everything that came his way
Macdonald got caught a couple of times in possession.
Van La Parra was a bit lightweight - couldn't tackle & wasted several opportunities
We got bullied a bit first half with the rovers forwards, but we played some good football in the second half & carved them up on several occasions - missed several good chances.
Rovers fans I spoke to had no complaints over our win -they expected that we'd turn up & get our usual pasting. Happy with todays result & the overall performance.
Dicko one of the first players over to the fans at the final whistle - loves playing for Wolves.
Glory glory Wolverhampton glory glory Wolverhampton glory glory Wolverhampton as the Wolves go marching on on on...
I have to say, from what I've seen that was our most complete away performance of the season. We were probably more dominant against Fulham way back in August, but they were in a mess at the time and there for the taking. This is a very good Blackburn side, yet we imposed ourselves on the game, defended stoutly, and attacked with real purpose. My only gripe is that the margin of victory wasn't larger, it would have made those final few moments a lot more comfortable.
I thought we started the game pretty well, first half we had a strong foothold in the game. The midfield shield of McDonald/Price was effective in stopping Blackburn's supply into the front pair, and although we barely tested Steele in the Rovers goal, we got into some very dangerous positions, but lacked a bit of quality with the final ball. Van La Parra in particular was guilty of dallying or pausing, allowing Blackburn to get a block in. Dicko's shot nearly squirmed in at the near post, and Batth had one nodded off the line with a loopy header from a corner. At the other end, Blackburn had 2 or 3 good chances, all of them fell to Gestede it seemed, but Ikeme was only needed on one occasion, flinging himself across to push Marshall's goal bound free kick away.
We started the second half on the front foot, and were rewarded almost immediately. Dicko did some sterling work with his back to goal, before teeing up Edwards, whose finish was perfectly placed into the far corner. In terms of build up play it was as good as we've produced this season, I'd suggest. The game seemed to open up after that, Blackburn pushed forward looking to put our young defence under pressure, but that in turn opened up plenty of gaps for us to exploit. Dicko thumped the crossbar with a wonderful effort, Van La Parra shanked the rebound over, Edwards twice couldn't connect with a sliding pass, and Henry fizzed one inches over after a mazy, 40 yard run. At the other end, the closest Blackburn came was when Stearman inadvertently nodded a clearance against his own post. It would have been very harsh, as Stearman was once again excellent. Right at the end, we were almost made to pay for our profligacy in front of goal when King found space in the box, his shot was on target, but Ikeme was equal to it, getting down smartly to smother it. Ikeme also made one excellent save just before Gestede was surprisingly substituted, flicking the striker's effort over the bar.
I thought defensively we were excellent again. Although Batth and Stearman struggled in the air against the powerful Gestede, they kept the shackles on Rhodes to the extent that I struggle to recall him getting a sight on goal. Iorfa and Hause continued to impress with performances of real composure and maturity.
The midfield of Price and McDonald has been very effective in recent weeks, and today was no exception. They complement each other really well, and I think McDonald's best performances this season have come in recent games, alongside Price. Today he was very good, broke up play well and retained possession effectively, whilst Price kept things ticking over without fuss.
The attacking players really worked hard for the team, and became increasingly influential as the game went on, Henry in particular was terrific, I thought. Although there was no goal for Dicko, he was as industrious and troublesome as ever, and Hanley, who I thought was excellent for Blackburn, really struggled at times to keep tabs on him.
Overall, I think the team can be very pleased with the result, as it sends out a real message. To go to a probably play-off rival, and put in a performance of such quality, endeavour and dominance, coupled with recent results, would suggest that the second half of the season has the potential to be very good. Strap yourselves in folks!
Ikeme- 8. Struggled with his kicking, but made three important saves, and came out to punch the ball on a couple of occasions, relieving the pressure.
Iorfa- 8. Seems to grow in stature with every game, struggle to think of an error in the 90 plus minutes. Occasionally exuberance gets the better of him and he loses the ball by taking an extra touch, but that will improve with experience. I think we've got a good one here.
Batth- 7. Kept the backline well organised, and was a threat at the other end with some good headers.
Stearman- 9. Continued his excellent form, made some vital tackles and blocks, and barely gave Rhodes a sniff.
Hause- 7. A couple of times he allowed the ball to bounce and was alost caught, but generally pretty solid, and got forward well, first half especially.
Price- 8. Did what he needed to, broke things up, and kept the ball moving. Only thing is, he's very reluctant to shoot. A couple of times the ball broke to him on the edge of the box, and had he taken the shot, with all the bodies in the way, anything could happen.
McDonald- 8. Did well again, put his foot in when he needed to, and generally kept things very tidy. Played a couple of very good passes to launch counter attacks too. Unlucky to be booked, I don't think it was a foul and the referee had previously allowed some far more cynical challenges to go unpunished.
Henry- 9- MotM. Probably won't get many plaudits, but I thought that was arguably his best game in a Wolves shirt, up there with Sheffield United away. He was so calm in possession, he hardly gave it away, and when attacking he chose the right option more often than not. Showed tremendous work rate too, as the game stretched and opened, he kept up with the more pacey Van La Parra and Dicko.
Edwards- 8. Scored a great goal, and put in his usual faultless work rate. Helped pressure the back line into some rushed clearances, and was unlucky not to get on the end of a couple of other chances.
Van La Parra- 7. Carried the ball with real purpose, but the final ball more often than not let him down. I don't think he looks up often enough when he runs, so quite often runs into traffic, and allows defenders to get back. If he knocked the ball 20 yards past his man and ran after it, I doubt they'd catch him, so I'd like to see him be a bit more direct.
Dicko- 8. Worked like a trojan again, spent a lot of time with his back to goal, holding things up and making things stick. Unlucky with a fantastic effort with cannoned back off the ball, and set up Edwards for the winner.
Doherty/Ebanks-Landell- Came on just to shore things up, and did just that.
Reading that hope we don't ever sign Hanley!!
Reading the Blackburn forum above they did not rate us too highly tbh? Basically the best of 2 poor teams. Not trying to bring things down on here but I wonder if we do rate our team better than they really are? Perhaps this league is not so great and we really could/should make the pos? My verdict from listening - brilliant 3 pts!
Thanks for starting a thread - can't believe how quiet it goes when we win!
First half I thought we edged it. We had better possession and more pressure although they probably had the best of the few chances.
Second half we looked better balanced with VLP on the right all the time and I thought the much maligned James Henry was excellent on the left. The goal was beautiful from our point of view and Edwards tireless running was crowned by a calm and well placed finish. Stearman was fantastic and although he almost scored an own goal, even that was a vital interception. Him and DB were obviously having a good laugh about it after the final whistle! On the rare occasions they did find a way through Ikeme was solid as ever and made a couple of good punched clearances. Iorfa battled very well and I still can't believe how quick he is.
So overall credit to Henry and Edwards on the basis they are the first two out for many if we are to improve and Stearman and Dicko for total commitment.
General comments - Blackburn's home crowd are literally the quietest I have ever (not) heard. Kenny has got us back to being very organised and hard to beat while still having plenty going forward. They seemed more interested in pulling and niggly fouls than playing. Their fans knew they were well beaten and 0-1 flattered them. Although Sunday games are a pain the M6 was lovely and quiet!
WS10 will tell you what actually happened shortly. (or in fact while I am typing this)
And after yet another brilliant report from WS10Wolf this weekend is now complete. Thank you so much!
Good game in which I thought we were the better team. First half we started well and were pressing high up the pitch but couldn't create a decent chance. 2nd half we scored early on with good interplay between Edwards and Dicko and then should have had at least three more via Batth, Edwards and VLP who had very good chances, the latter two were almost open goals. I was worried about our left side before the game but Henry played well, however, we didn't really have the width that we have with Sako and a couple of times it was noticeable that players wanted to cut inside rather than cross with their left foot.
The defence was very well organised and didn't appear to get stretched. Ole me made a three good saves, but all them he should make. His kicking was poor at times though. Iotfa played well if slightly over complicating things in the first half. Once in the 2nd he just knocked the ball past the fullback into space and left him for dead, he is quick. Hause was probably the weakest of the two but a good defender. Both Centre backs were solid with Stearman making a couple of good blocks and tackles. Midfield did well, Price is always harrying looking to pick up second balls and get a foot in whils MacDonald was tidy without running the game, he was unlucky with the booking. Edwards was Edwards, good goal a Clarkest miss and lots of running. If he had a first touch we would have been more dangerous. VLP was in and out of the game and I thought Henry was the better of the two wide men. But VLP did well in the last couple of minutes to chase balls into the corner and draw fouls. Dicko didn't have much joy against two very big Centre Halves in the first half but was constant problem after the break as we played on the counter.
When Afobe comes in I would go 4 3 3 with VLP/Sako, Dicko and Afobe. The midfield for me would be price, McDonald and one of Henry or Edwards on current form. This would meAn the full backs would need to overlap which wouldn't be a problem for Iorfa but could be for Hause who doesn't look as confident going forward. If Goldbourne was fit the I would play him for that role. Alternatively I could see 3 5 2 working well if Sako was delayed coming back but only if Goldbourne is fit.
Must again commend WS10 for his report. I don't need to buy a paper tomorrow or go online for match details as this is as good as it gets. How you do it mate is inspirational. Many thanks and well done!
Some great reports this week guys. Thankyou...
...and keep them coming!
Listening to it I'm surprised he wasn't ritually shot in the centre circle at the end!
Agree with that, very readable professionally written report.
And NNW, don't worry about the BR forum, from my memory, they are a dour bunch up there!
three points in the bag!
Are you waiting for the one saying the substitutions were wrong and too late?
Overall it was an enjoyable and somewhat easier away win than I expected. I was shocked by the lack of Blackburn fans, they could all have fit in the one large stand, it was so quiet it was almost embarrassing. I was similarly shocked at just how average Rovers were, Rhodes was poor, Gested was quiet the rest were mediocre....mid table fodder.
As for the game we were pretty much in command throughout. Defensively we were so solid it was untrue, we have the best pair of fullbacks I can remember seeing for a long time, both are absolute beasts and so quick it's truly exciting to see. Hause just needs to improve his distribution occasionally, hard to say what Iorfa could improve on! Batth was solid, Stearman was unbelievably good - probably should be our captain.
We created a lot of chances, it seems we aren't that as reliant on Sako after all, we do need to be a lot more clinical however. If Dicko could have finished the shot he crashed against the bar it would have been one of the best team goals I have seen Wolves score.
Ikeme : 8. Two or three great saves in a game whe he really had large periods of just standing about. The save from the free kick (at full stretch) looked top draw.
Hause : 8.5 Terrific defender, physically imposing, won't let his man beat him. Didn't get forward too much but was always involved. Occasionally his distribution is a tad "hit and hope"
Batth : 8. Very solid and strong in defence up against two bruising centre forwards. In honesty I think the Rovers forwards suit him rather a small, quick, tricky striker.
Stearman : 9. A total rock in defence, putting everything on the line to keep the ball out of the net, and still managed to get forward. Just looks top class in this league.
Iorfa: 8.5. What a find...to think he is going to improve even more, it's exciting as to just how good he can be.
Henry: 9. I thought he was absolutely tremendous today and was at the heart of most of our good attacking play. Puts the hard graft in too, helping out Hause...I thought he was hugely impressive.
McDonald: 7.5. Was efficient, always involved and got the ball out wide. He never hides but he isn't the dominant playmaker we saw last year.
Price: 7.5. Not showy, does the hard graft and keeps it simple, retaining possession. We look a better team with Price in it. He won a surprising amount of headers today and won a lot of 50/50 balls.
Van La Parra: 6.5. In my opinion the jury is still out . I just didn't think he added a lot to the team today. He can't/doesn't tackle, Concedes a lot of possession putting us under pressure, often with silly tricks/flicks or a surprisingly poor first touch. When he runs with the ball he is a danger and worries the opposition, but there's often little end product.
Edwards: 8. Tremendous run and finish for the goal, worked his nuts off for the team as usual and regained possession countless times.
Dicko: 8. We look a better team with him in it. Physically strong and with better finishing could have had a brace easily. Our first line of defence, his hold up play and closing down can't be underestimated.
Doherty & Landell came on to waste a bit of time, so not really worth rating.
We have done the hard yards away from home, let's just hope we don't follow it up with a silly performance against Blackpool.
Three points on the road
Fantastic away trip, great crack with the lads
First half, typical Championship battle of skill and strength, which we just edged with good showing by Edwards, Dicko and Henry
Second half we upped the tempo and got the goal we deserved. Blackburn then launched wave after wave of attack and pushed us back into our half. We withstood the storm well and counter attacked really well.....if only we could finish...
Ikeme 8 made three solid saves and commanded his box well
Iorfa 8 what a find he is, solid at the back, good going forward, great song
Batth 7 stood up to physical attackers well, threat on set pieces
Stears 9 MOTM defended like a man possessed
Hause 6 had a couple of dodgy moments, one where Ikeme bailed him out
KMac 7 battling performance, to keep us ticking over
Price 7 solid battling performance, number of opportunities to shoot but chose to pass out to the wings
RVP 6 did not hold onto the ball enough for me, got knocked off the ball to easily
Henry 8 good game from Henry, kept going right to the end
Dicko 8 worked his socks off for the team and set up the goal
Edwards 7 another who worked his socks off and got rewarded with a goal
Kenny got us back on the winning way
Ref you are having a laugh, gave us bugger all
Crowd good support through out the game.....were Blackburn there??
WS10's match reports are as good as it gets. Along with Tring's footballing insight on players and formations this forum is blessed with talent. Thanks very much UTW
Looks as though the Blagburn fans aren't happy with their manager Bowyer:
'In the second half, after Wolves waltzed through our 'midfield' unopposed get again, carved open our defence at will, hit the bar with the header and then sliced the rebound wide of the upright when it looked easier to score, I looked at Bowyer.
He was stood in the technical area, wildly clapping his hands together seal-like in manner whilst simultaneously shouting blind encouragement at the team. It reminded me so much of my time with junior football management.............'
Great report WS10.. and thanks to Bawtry too, I really look forward to these reports
I hadn't read this before posting my verdict, but wish I hadn't bothered posting a verdict now as we saw it very similarly
There are also some wonderful readers from all over the world.
But you need to get a grip, after praising Iorfa, you proceeded to ignore him in the points section.
I know...dutifully amended now!
Played well today, yet still allowed an admittedly decent team too many chances. They had 3 good chances (mainly headers) in the first half that were just straightforward crosses we didn't compete enough for. That said I thought Stearman and Bahtt had decent games.
Players of particularly worthy mention were Henry, Stearman, Ikeme and Iorfa. I think Iorfa looks to be a quality player and his burst down the right second half was electric. We'll do well to hang onto this lad if he progresses at his present rate.
Anyway, overall the team did well; second half could have scored several with a little more composure and getting into the box in quickly enough in sufficient numbers.
A little frustrated with RVL, who has the pace and his willing, but just dwells at times and doesn't use his pace enough. He seems a bit lightweight v typical championship midfielders and gets dispposed by their sheer 'presence' at times. Wished he realise the pace he has and just goes for it.
Would say we are getting there but still a little way to go. 3 tremendous points and the playoffs seem very possible.
Great support today. Enjoyed the match (good close championship tussle) and not many teams will take 3 points from Ewood Park this season.
Hopefully we get the lad Afobe, to give Noua the upfront support he deserves.
Good sober day out?
Loved it , quality all round .
The Wolves are on the march.....
Cracking day mate, bit of an early start for Sunday morning
Well I thought all the Reporting was First Class today. Reporters who smelled the grass and gave an honest response.
Not one stupid comment like ... "we SOUNDED good today."
On that subject, we were so close to the pitch you could almost smell the grass....was great to feel that way again.
Result made it worth it though!
The team celebrating en mass at the end was great to see
The player ratings on here seem to me a bit too generous, no doubt awarded under the heady influence of an important away win and perhaps not sufficiently recognising the tepid performance of the opposition.
There's no doubt that we deserved to win, but to use a well worn football adjective our victory was "workmanlike" rather than inspired. It reminded me of how we were winning games at the start of the season, ie. a solid defence, a good shape to the way we were set up, and dangerous on the break. Stearman had as good a game as I can remember, Hause had his best game to date and is gradually settling in to the left back spot while Henry's fine game based on hard graft was in contrast to RVLP who looked lightweight and surrendered possession far too easily.
van La Parra 5.5
Many thanks for all the reports.
The whole team to a man was outstanding today. The only negative was that we didn't win by a much larger scoreline. Played Rovers off the park. Things are definitely looking up now
At Bugsy's invitation I read the BRFC forum verdict. Our finishing was 'appalling' apparently, we should have had 3 or 4..
We do need to acknowledge this and hopefully we are now addressing this, even as we speak!
Well done to all who travelled.
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