Loan Watch: The Hoff stuck in traffic

The first game in the league tomorrow, but we must not forget our players out on-loan.

Well. We can probably forget poor Sam Vokes for six to eight weeks as he is recovering from his injury. And he can forget playing for manager Steve Coppell as he left Bristol City yesterday, probably to low to function after the terrible start to the season the club has made.

Somebody I must confess I’ve already forgot is the tall Austrian who left for Duisburg on loan. I know many Wolves supporters who prefers to forget him all together, but he remains our player.

The Hoff has been on the team sheet to play two pre-season friendlies for Duisburg, but the first time he got stuck in the traffic and couldn’t make it and the second time he had a slight injury to his hip.

But this weekend Stefan Maierhofer will play in the Cup for Duisburg against Lubeck – a non-league club. Or at least that is what is planned…

The only really interesting Wolves player out on-loan is Nat Mendez-Laing. His Posh experience is folding out real well and the top League One club are doing really well.

They took their second victory for the season against Rotherham in the Carling Cup a couple of days ago after crushing Bristol Rovers in the league opener.

Manager Gary Johnson played the strongest team available to him and that meant our Nat on the right wing. And he started well -crossing in to Bennett, who missed his header with a small margin.

But it was Rotherham that actually took the lead after nine minutes and Mendez-Laing was involved with some poor defending on his part. But it was against play and the Posh still looked the stronger team.

After a while they could get level after a corner by Boyd that Ryan Bennett could head into the net. Four minutes later Boyd scored himself and order was restored.

In the second half the Posh continued the good work and were passing the ball around very well on the middle. Boyd had a very nice a one-two with Mendez-Laing on the edge of ‘The Miller’s’ area and our on-loan youngster found himself with a great opportunity to score but the on-rushing Andy Warrington in the Millers goal managed to thwart the danger with a good save.

Instead it was our former player Mark Little who decided the game for Posh when he got the ball for free from a failed kick-out by the Rotherham keeper and rushed forward. He squared the ball back to Aaron McLean who finished without any mistake. 3-1 to Posh.

A few minutes later the goalscorer McLean became what first looked as severely injured. But later reports says that the injury was not that bad. But he will probably be out for some time. Posh made a fourth goal in his absence, though.

In much  the same fashion as Little before the third, Tomlin drove the ball down the right wing and played it back to Craig Mackail Smith who scored from close range. The end result was 4-1, which means that Posh has scored seven in two games and only let in one. Good work!

And Nat is first choice on the right wing and I hope he will continue to be when they take on Bournemouth tomorrow. But his performance against the Millers could have been better according to a supporters voice. He want Mendez-Laing to control the ball better and get to the byline more often.

Oh, and Posh was drawn against Cardiff next in the Carling Cup.



~ by paddytheflea on August 13, 2010.

One Response to “Loan Watch: The Hoff stuck in traffic”

  1. An extremely useful thread Paddy.

    Keep up the good work on covering our “ex-pats!!”

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