Wolves play Hearts and comes up on top
Well, that’s better!
Wolves kept a clean sheet and managed to score twice against Hearts yesterday. With only ten days left until kick-off of the Premier League and with only one pre-season match left it is high time to show what the team can do.
But this was not by far the team we will start the season with. It is best described as the ‘Shadow XI’ – the players that are fighting to take a place in the first eleven against fierce competition. Wolves started like this:
——– Hahnemann ——–
Halford – Stearman – Mouyokolo – Elokobi
Keogh – Edwards – Foley – Milijas – Ward
——— Doyle(c) ———-
So maybe we’ve got three of the starting eleven against Stoke among those eleven; Hahnemann, Foley or Edwards and Doyle. But you cannot be certain of any, really.
The key to the game was of course the early goal from Halford after just four minutes. It was from a free-kick to the left just outside the Hearts penalty area that he managed to get the ball over the wall and into the net.
And the second came after just 18 minutes and Halford was involved again – this time with one of his long throws. Ward jumped the highest of all and it was two up for Wolves.
Wolves are reported to have played a fantastic first half an hour or so of the game when they dominated the game completely. This time it was we who had the advantage of playing 4-5-1 against a team that played 4-4-2, but Hearts are reported to have changed their formation – maybe after that first half an hour – I’m not sure.
Wolves remained the best team on the pitch for the rest of the half, though, but there were no more goals. Hearts had a couple of half chances, but they were no real threat to the Wolves lead. Andy Keogh had a very well taken volley that the Hearts keeper could fend off with difficulty.
Mujangi Bia came on for Keogh in the second half. According to supporters who went to Scotland to watch Keogh made a better job in the first half than Mujangi in the second. But so was the team as a whole.
Just after the hour Elokobi -who apparently had scared the wits out of the little Spanish winger of Hearts – was substituted by Hill.
With about fifteen minutes left Berra came in cheered on by his former supporters of Hearts and his current ones of Wolves alike. Three other changes were made and the formation changed to 4-4-2 with Vokes and Ebanks-Blake up front.
Jones also joined in and he had a very good chance to score after he was sent clean through, but his attempt was just wide.
Mouyokolo were specially mentioned at the official site after the game. Halford of course has upped his chances of staying in the squad after a goal and an assist. And Hahnemann seem to have made no mistakes between the uprights.
The conclusion is that Wolves are getting better and more match fit. The reports from rags close to Hearts writes that Wolves looked much stronger and had much better technique than the Scots. So keep on the good work, lads!
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