International Wolves Watch: A lot of bench-sitting

Many Wolves players have had matches for their national teams today, but only a few did actually play.

Marcus Hahnemann didn’t even make it to the bench as USA lost with 2-1 to Holland away. He has been their third keeper for some time now. With Tim Howard and the 25-year-old excellent second keeper of Villa – Brad Guzan in the team it is not easy for the Wolves keeper to get to play a match for his national team. But if Guzan don’t get any matches for Villa Hahnemann may very well sit on the bench in South Africa.

The first goal for Holland came after 40 minutes when Jonathan Bornstein brought down Sneijder in the area. Penalty, and Kuyt made no mistake against Howard. Holland had to wait until the 73rd minute for heir second goal, which again left Bornstein a very unlucky man. Huntelaar got the ball from Van der Vaart and drillied a low shot past Howard via the backside of Bornstein. In the last minute of the match the USA got a consolation goal when their captain and defender headed a free-kick into the net.

Wales played Sweden in Swansea and both Hennessey and Vokes started on the bench. Sweden took the lead late in the first half after a shot from Elmander on a corner.

Hennessey came on in the second half and made a fabulous one-hand save after 80 minutes on a shot from Hysén.Sam Vokes came on in the 53rd minute and was rather anonymous as the Swedes held the ball in their team for much of the time and could win rather easily. I believe that Wales could have had use of a strong force in the middle.

Both Chris Iwelumo and Christophe Berra started on the bench in their home game for Scotland against the Czech Republic. Berra came on for the second half, but Chris Iwelumo didn’t get a chance to show what he can do to their new manager.

Brown scored after launching a very good left footed shot low through the middle from the centre penalty area for Scotland after the hour. It was a match where the Czech team had most of the ball and the chances, but Scotland were successful in holding on to their lead.

Michael Mancienne sat on the bench for the entire game when England U21 lost out to Greece U21 with 2-1 at Keepmoat, Doncaster. The misery started after half an hour when the tall Kyriakis Papadopoulos scored the first. The agony continued after a goal by the other Papadoupolous in the team – Giannis – after only three minutes of the second half.

England did get a little comfort after 78 minutes when Aston Villa forward Nathan Delfouneso reacted quickly and scored after a Kyle Naughton volley that was saved by the Greek keeper. But it was not enough and England suffered a big blow in their pursuit of Euro 2011 qualification. Greece are the new leaders of their group.

I’ve got some more good news as well, though. Mujangi Bia played from start and almost 80 minutes when the Belgium U21 team won by one goal to nothing against Malta U21. But it was sad for the Malta team, as Sven Kums scored on a doubtful penalty when only 16 minutes remained of the game.

Nenad Milijas started for his native Serbia against Algeria away. He played for over an hour in a match that Serbia won with 3-0. And they did that changing eleven players throughout the game. Algeria only changed three of theirs. I believe that Serbia will be a surprise for many in the World Cup come summer.

I believe that it was very good for Wolves that Hennessey, Milijas, Muangi Bia and Vokes did get some playing time in international tempo. This will get them a valuable experience for their future at Wolves.

Paddytheflea

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~ by paddytheflea on March 3, 2010.

2 Responses to “International Wolves Watch: A lot of bench-sitting”

  1. I see MM says Milijas will stay on the bench as long as Dave Jones continues to play well. Surely with us struggling for goals we should find a way to accomodate them both! Milijas looks to be one of our biggest goal threats in many games.

    • Both of them? How? Maybe by moving Jarvis to the right wing and position Milijas at the left? But I think that Mick is reluctant to play Milijas instead of Jones because it weakens the team defensively. See my later article about the comparison between Milijas and Jones.

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