Andrew Surman: Sunday is a big derby battle

Wolves versatile young midfielder Andrew Surman presented himself against Chelsea last weekend. Rather surprisingly he got the nod from the manager to a place in the starting eleven against Chelsea. But in my opinion he did a good debut in the Premiership against the league leaders and may very well get more chances.

It was amazing to make my Premier League debut at Stamford Bridge but obviously the result was very disappointing. They had a few players missing and we’d have hoped to have tried to take advantage and get something out of the game. It was a great place to play but unfortunately the result wasn’t!



There’s a big squad here with a lot of competition for places. We all have to be patient sometimes and just keep working away but you do get your rewards and that came for me with a debut at Stamford Bridge. You want to pit your wits against other Premier League players like those at Chelsea and you tend to find yourselves up against some of the best players in the world week-in week-out. Going out there you just try and play as well as you can, do you bit for the team and make something happen. That’s what I did, trying to keep the ball and do something with it.

It’s like the manager has said – we’re not going to be judged this season on games like Arsenal and Chelsea. We’re going to be judged on our results against the teams in and around us in the table. We know we’ve got three massive games at home this month against Birmingham, Bolton and Burnley. These are our big games rather than the ones with Arsenal and Chelsea and if we can get some decent results we can hopefully push out of the relegation zone.

About the upcoming match against Birmingham

Birmingham are a different proposition to Arsenal and Chelsea but it will still be just as tough as most teams are in this league. They’ll be looking at us and thinking they can get a result in the same way as we will given the two teams both got promoted last season. It should be a good game of football and probably a battle as well and if we can win that then we’ve a chance of winning the game.

About the competition for places at Wolves

Now it’s all about trying to keep my place. There is strong competition with players now back from international duty and fully fit so it’s there for this weekend. If I’m not in there for the Birmingham game it will be about knuckling down again and doing what I can to work my way back in.

About the supporters

The fans were still right behind us even at 4-0 down at Chelsea. They’ve been fantastic all season. I’ve been sat in the stands at times for home games this season and the atmosphere has been great. Sunday is a big derby and if they can carry on getting behind us as I know they will it can make a real difference.

Andrew Surman, 23, is clearly a coming man and he will grow to be a very good Premier League player. In his debut against Chelsea he even had a shot at goal (23rd minute). Unfortunately it was blocked. He had an 83% rate of correct passing and won four out of four tackles. He also won the ball from Chelsea four times – better than any other Wolves player. Will he play against Birmingham? I don’t think he will play from start, but he may very well come in as a substitute.



~ by paddytheflea on November 27, 2009.

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