Mick McCarthy: I’m pleased with them all
Wolverhampton Wanderers got a 4-0 win against local ‘rivals’ Walsall in their second pre-season game.
I could unfortunately not see the game myself, but I heard it on the radio and have watched some clips of the highlights (look under Videos, highlights 2010-11 in the right margin).
McCarthy surprised us all with engaging a bunch of our young Development squad players from start. Thus the starting XI was:
———– Ikeme ———–
Stearman – Elokobi – Batth – Malone
Halford – Foley – Edwards – Hemmings
— Ebanks-Blake -Vokes —
Batth is the young man who played out on-loan to Colchester last season and became the ‘Wolves Young Player Of The Season’ last. Malone was also out on-loan, to Southend.
These eleven did a very good job yesterday and managed to put three goals in the Walsall net. Nice to listen to!
The first came from a very well taken cross from Halford on the right. Hemmings did no mistake with his header from the back post.
The second came from a low cross of Scott Malone, that Sam Vokes tapped in from the near post. Malone did a very good job on the left, it is said.
The third came just seconds later when the Walsall defence did a mistake and Vokes took advantage and rounded the keeper to slot it home with ease and grace.
McCarthy started the second half with the same eleven, but changed Stearman for Dunleavy – another Development squad player – just before the hour.
The play went pretty sleepy for a while, but in the 66th minute Banks’s Stadium exploded when Halford flicked on the ball down to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake with his head and he did his, for many forgotten magic, when passing almost through a defender and – in full command – shot the ball past the keeper and into the far corner. Wonderful!
Just after that Wolves changed ten (10) men and had a team similar to the one starting against Bohemians the other day.
Dunleavy – Craddock – Berra -Van Damme
Winnall – Henry – Jones – Jarvis
——— Doyle – Fletcher ———
Allthough that team did not score any more goals, they had their chances to and it is reported that Doyle played very well and the yougster Winnall was impressive.
Manager Mick McCarthy was very pleased -especially with the strikers – after the game and said to the official Wolves site:
“I’m excited we’ve got four strikers scoring goals, Doyle and Fletcher played well on Saturday and Sam and Sylvan did the same last night and got their goals. They both did well and they had to because the other two then came off the bench and showed what they are about as well. I’m pleased with them all – they are all hungry to play and that’s in every position.”
“Sylvan was terrific and his workrate was excellent. He knows that’s what he’s got to do and fair play to him. And you could see how much it meant to him to score a goal. I think Sam possesses the belief to do something and he’s certainly got the desire to. He came in as a really young lad from Bournemouthand it’s a quantum leap from there to being in the Premier League. He went out on loan last season and he’s another one who maybe needs a bit of stability but I think he’s definitely got the belief.”
I’m very pleased that McCarthy did let six players from the Development squad play and hope that they will get more chances to show what they can do in the cups – and maybe even in the league.
Two impressive performances from two pre-season games. This does of course mean nothing. Playing against Premier League teams is a complete different thing. We all know that, but it looks good and the preparation goes forth as planned. High hopes for the season!