Stears in interview: Thank godness we don’t play Arsenal every week

Richard Stearman has played right back for Wolves this season. Last season he was found in the centre-back position. But against Arsenal he took Elokobi’s place on the left back. How come? He explains to the official site:

At Leicester I’d pretty much played all over the park so I felt quite comfortable in there at left back. The gaffer asked me to do a job for him and despite the scoreline I was quite pleased with how I played.

About the match and Wolves effort

It was always going to be a tough ask but in general I was pleased with how it went but unfortunately the main priority is always the scoreline and we didn’t get the result we wanted. It just shows where we need to get to in terms of just how good Arsenal were. Thank goodness we don’t play Arsenal every week and as the gaffer said we’re not going to be judging our season on results against the very top teams. It’s going to be positive results against the teams in and around is that will keep us in this league. If we manage to nick a point or two from somewhere against one of the big boys then great but we are looking at the teams in and around is from which to get our points.”

About his own play this season so far and the harsh competition for places in Wolves

I’d been delighted with how I started the season and then took a bit of a setback with the injury. The gaffer had pulled me to one side and said how well I was doing and just told me to keep my head down. It was testament to how well Zubes has done and the rest of the back four that it’s been so hard for any of us to get back playing. You only have to look at Kevin Foley who was Player of the Year and he’s being kept out through no fault of his own because the boys have been doing so well.”

It’s made it tough and is still making it tough for any of us to get the shirt. You just have to keep telling yourself that a chance will come along and when it does be ready to take it and grasp it with both hands. The competition shows we’ve got some good strength in depth and that’s throughout the team. It’s great to be able to look at the bench and see players who can come on and affect games and that we’ve got a talented squad and plenty of internationals. That should stand us in good stead for the tough times that will happen and when we pick up a couple of injuries and suspensions. We’ll then have players who can come in and do a good job.”

About Wolves position in the Premier after one third of the season

You look at the table at the moment and we are second from bottom but one win and you jump about five places. It’s so tight at the bottom there and we said this week on the training ground how well we’ve done so far despite how it looks. We’ve just got to keep picking up points and a few wins and the whole table will take on a very different view. As a team we are happy with how it’s gone so far but just have to make sure we pick up points.”

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Richard Stearman – Back in the starting eleven

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~ by paddytheflea on November 10, 2009.

4 Responses to “Stears in interview: Thank godness we don’t play Arsenal every week”

  1. Hi there – a Gooner here…

    I thought you played really good football for the first 20 minutes, you had us on the back foot. The injury to Diaby was the turning point, Song came on and settled our midfield. If Wolves play each week like they did for that first twenty minutes, your premiership place will be in tact come May..

    Good Luck…

    • Thank you, rico. Many of you Gooners says the same. That Songs entry changed the match. Maybe you are right but the first goal – against play – looked to be the turning point for me. After that Wolves tried too hard to get forward and were left with only Craddock to defend for your second.
      Good luck to you lot as well. You play a beautiful football and deserve some silverware at the end of this season.

  2. Hi another Gooner. Wolves did very well for the first 30 minutes, played exactly the way to frustrate us but Song’s introduction swayed control of the midfield and then we scored and the rest was history.

    I do think though that your team should have setup in a 4-5-1 formation with that big lad Meirhoffer (sp) up top and made sure quality crosses from set pieces and open play were played into the box. McCarthy should have started with Mancienne as well…in the holding role.

    Anyway well done, your fans were fantastic and good luck for the season.

    • What I’ve seen of Maierhofer so far doesn’t impress much, unfortunately. But I see where you’re going. Mick’s plan was apparently to try to push forward to get a goal and then go to a 4-5-1 formation. We scored, but in the wrong direction. Doyle and Ebanks-Blake are good strikers, but I’m not sure that they got the right service from our midfielders. And your centre-back pairing was very strong.

      Many fans of Wolves has pointed out that Mancienne could be used in a holding role and he played the last 15 or so in that role. We’ll see what the future has in stall for him and the team. Good luck to you as well, Arsha!

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