Reading FC v Wolves. Short report and Analysis

Wolves last night lost out to Championship club Reading away in the pre-season preparations.

I only listened to the match on the radio as many other fans. Only 813 Wolves supporters made the trip.

Wolves started the match with a team looking like this:

Foley, Stearman, Batth, Elokobi
Guedioura, Henry, Milijas, Hemmings
Doyle, Vokes.

I’m not going to report the match minute by minute to you, but some events are worth mentioning. Milijas started the match very good with a powerful shot from 25 yards out, but the Reading keeper Federici was standing in it’s way.

After just ten minutes Reading got a harshly judged penalty after Stearman made contact with Kebe in the area. But after looking at a clip (scroll down the right margin under ‘highlights, Video 2010-11’) it seems that he played at the ball.

Anyway. The first half was dominated by Reading and Wolves was only saved by some good defending and goaltending by Ikeme.

McCarthy made five changes to the team for the second half and now the team looked like this:

Zubar, Stearman, Batth, Elokobi
Guedioura, Henry, Jones, Jarvis
Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher.

(After 60 minutes Hill came in for Stearman and Elokobi moved to the centre of defence. Halford came in for Guédioura after 70 minutes. Davis for Batth and Winnall for Henry in the 82nd)

Wolves are reported to have played much better in the second half of the game. Fletcher and Jarvis both came close after a cross by Ebanks-Blake early on and Jarvis served Jones who passed the ball to Fletcher who headed it inches over the bar.

But despite this promising development Reading scored their second after 70 minutes. A free from the right side was flicked on by Noel Hunt and Antonio tucked it in from a suspected offside position a couple of yards from the line. A little bit against play, it seems.

Just before the 80th minute, though, Wolves had their reward for the better play in the second half. After a free-kick by Jarvis, Jones found the net, having the time to stop the ball and aim in the right corner (scroll down the right margin under ‘highlights, Video 2010-11’ for the clip).

McCarthy after the game to the Official Wolves Site:

I never like to lose but maybe it’s not a bad thing. If you go through the pre-season winning all your games everyone thinks you’re wonderful but we know we’re not now. I don’t need a reminder of that but maybe it’s a nice reminder to everyone else. It was a step up in pace, power and quality from the games that we’ve had.

And I thought the two young lads were great. Danny Batth was excellent – as good as anyone on the pitch – and Ashley did well and it was nice for David Davis and Sam to come on. It’s been really encouraging to have the young lads coming through.”

Mick also mentions that he felt sorry that Keogh travelled, but didn’t get the chance to play, but he thought 10 minutes meant more to the youngsters than to Keogh. He probably said that to avoid speculations among rags and fans about Keogh.

Edwards had been stung by a wasp and had a reaction to it and therefore couldn’t play(aren’t they black and old gold? Should support us!) 😆

Finally McCarthy repeated that Wolves got to sell before signing new players on and that he was not ‘looking at all at the moment’ and that he was delighted with the guys he got in.

I find it very possible that Wolves will not go out on the market any more this summer. And I do believe we have the quality to compete in the Premier League with the team we now have.

To the match again. Based on their excellent first half Reading deserved the win, but they are one week ahead of Wolves in preparations and I don’t believe that we should sulk too much. Wolves did an o-k second half and many players got the match experience needed to pick up better pace and match form.

Elokobi had been totally outran by Kebe in the first half and continued to have troubles with him in the second, so the decision to play him as a central defender after the hour was very called for. Perhaps that is in fact his best position for the future? He does not have the speed and technique necessary to take on fast wingers, in my opinion. And we have Jelly and Wardy on the left.

McCarthy keeps letting young talented development players try their wings in the senior team. Batth and Hemmings got praise from him after the match. The fact that Stearman went out already in half-time and Batth stayed on almost the match means something.

Finally. I asked a question about who the press officer at Wolves thought was MoM against Reading in the excellent Wolves match blog, and he mentioned that he and others watching the game thought that Matt Jarvis looked best in Wolves when he came on for second half.



~ by paddytheflea on July 28, 2010.

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