The lull before the storm is almost over. Itâ€™s Molineux on Sunday afternoon before Milan on Wednesday, and then another lull.
Chelseaâ€™s result on Tuesday night has dampened slightly the jollity engendered by the hilarious performance and result at Wembley on Sunday. The feel good factor produced by Koscielny the Clown and his colleagues was alive and well at half time at Stamford Bridge as it appeared Rooney and cohorts were going to both do us a favour and put another tear in Wengerâ€™s master plan but by the end the evening had a more depressing gloss to it.
Wolves lie in the relegation zone in 18th place. Theyâ€™ve suffered 5 defeats at home but have won 7 which include defeats of both of Tuesday nightâ€™s combatants. Last weekend Blackpool were thumped 4-0 which using playground logic means weâ€™re in for a tough game given our loss at Bloomfield Rd last week. We should expect nothing else of course given our recent record against them. They did the double over us last season and were in the lead for a long time at WHL in September before Alan Hutton of all people took charge leading us to three goals in the last quarter of an hour.
Organisation and industriousness are the hallmarks of any Mick McCarthy team and Wolves are no exception. Jarvis and Hammill provide subtlety as does Doyle up front. Jamie Oâ€™Hara has already proved influential in his brief time there and his absence due to being our loanee is bound to disrupt them. Whether we can take advantage is a different matter. The Ronnie Rosenthal like finishing at Blackpool has led to much wailing & hand-wringing. Confidence is the key though and Pav & Defoe need some desperately.
Hopefully weâ€™ll have some returnees available, Van der Vaart and maybe Hutton whose mysterious disappearance may soon be over. Bringing him back to replace Bassong is probably the right thing to do but given the form of both players it also has an air of replacing one potential accident with another.
Harry will have half an eye on next Wednesday and remembering Sunderland, may well play a slightly cut down team here. There are though only eleven games to go and now is the time we should be cranking things up not taking things cautiously. Itâ€™s hard not to have our injury record at the back of oneâ€™s mind when thinking about what side we might put out though. How much more confident weâ€™d feel with a fully fit Bale, Van der Vaart, Huddlestone, Kaboul and King available. We donâ€™t want to risk losing anyone else before Milan so I suspect a team similar to that at the Stadium of Light to take the field. Weâ€™ll need to start well and keep it tight early on, i.e. the complete opposite to Blackpool. Do that and take our chances and weâ€™ll be ok. COYS.
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