Loan Watch: Vokes injured and Mendez-Laing looks sharp

As if it would not be enough with injuries!

Wolves young striker Sam Vokes came on for his loan club Bristol City after 54 minutes. Bristol were aready then behind with two goals. Actually the first one from the newcomers in the Champioship, Londoners Millwall, came from the foot of former Wolves central defender Darren Ward.

But back to Sam Vokes. He had only played for 13 minutes when he was carried off the pitch on a stretcher. It is reported that it is a hamstring injury, so it will probably take some time before Vokes is on for Bristol next.

And injury stricken Bristol City – what is to say? – they were said by many to be a top team this season. But the injuries to so many players is really disturbing the important preparation and early days of the season. They went on to lose out with 0-3 today and that was probably not against one of the better teams in the keague.

Prominent manager Steve Coppell said to Sportinglife:

The way the match went was an indication that we have an awful lot of work to do to be competitive in the Championship. I am not going to make injuries an excuse. We had 11 players out there raring to go, but they were not able to put in the required performance. It’s always a concern when you lose a game 3-0. There are a lot of areas in which we can improve.

Elsewhere – and much more uplifting – is that Nathaniel Mendez-Laing made his debut with Posh today with honour. He played for an hour before he was substituted with Davies – a guy I thought would take the right wing spot from the start.

And Peterborough managed to catch a win against Bristol Rovers with three goals to nothing. And according to the reports the Wolves out on-loan winger did really well. He delivered an excellent cross already on six minutes, but it was cleared.

After about twenty minutes he made what is said to have been ‘an impressive burst’ into the penalty area, but he was tackled in the last second. But the Posh sites thinks that he ‘looked very sharp’ and it is propable that he has made it into the first eleven for the time being.

Nice! He needs much playing time in order to up his play and get experience. And he seem to be in a good team. Posh are looking to bounce up again this season, and they may very well suceed in doing it with the help of our young winger Nat Mendez-Laing.

Another former Wolves player that scored today is Chris Iwelumo. He scored the only goal for his Burnley when they were victorious in their opening game in the Championship against Forest.

And he did it well. A perfect header lying in the air after a perfect cross from team mate Wade Elliott. Big Chris was very happy after the game talking to the Official Burnley site reporter:

We’ve got a 1-0 victory and I’ve got the goal so I’m delighted. But it’s a team game, we are all in it together, we win together and we lose together. It was the perfect start for me to open my account but it was a positive for everyone. But we’ve got to keep our heads down and go one game at a time. We are a bunch of realists and our feet are on the ground. It was a hard fought win and I think we deserved it. They are one of the big boys and it was always a tough start but we got the goal and dug in.”

Good for him! I’ve always liked Big Chris and miss him a little, although I wouldn’t change him for Fletcher – or anyone of our strikers, really. Burnley could very well bounce back this season and perhaps we will see Iwelumo back in the Premier League this time in a year – on the other side of the fence, so to speak.

Paddytheflea

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~ by paddytheflea on August 7, 2010.

One Response to “Loan Watch: Vokes injured and Mendez-Laing looks sharp”

  1. Agreed Paddy – Chris gave his all for us and deserves to be remembered with both respect and affection.

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