Karl Henry lost it
Wolves started the game against Wigan very bright, having lots of ball and passing it along very well.
Surprisingly Wolves started with a 4-5-1-formation with Fletcher on the right wing, perhaps a little over cautious as Wigan showed no real quality at all going forward.
But the match decisive moment came as early as the tenth minute, when Karl Henry – captain (at least up til now) – lost his head and ran five yards and then rammed a Wigan player to the ground without hitting the ball. The referee could do absolutely nothing but show the red card to the perpetrator.
The rest of the half Wolves played well, considering having only ten men. But the good start and the Wolves initiative in the game was lost, of course.
No changes were made to the Wolves team at halftime but five minutes into the second half Fletcher went off and Elokobi came on, taking the left back position while Ward moved up midfield.
A Wigan goal was expected, as they came closer and closer to the Wolves area with their attacks. The Wolves midfield sat in the lap of the back four as Wigan pressed hard.
On such an occasion after the hour Edwards was fouled – a little harsh in my opinion – and Wigan got a free just outside the area. Gomez launched a hard shot that went into the net high up to the right of Hahnemann who were late to react, caught on the wrong foot. But it was a hard one and there was probably not much to do for the Wolves keeper.
After that I – and many with me – expected Wolves to push a little more forward – despite being one man short, but that was not the case. The respect for Wigan seemed very big and the Wolves team remained in a defensive position most of the time.
The last ten McCarthy tried to get an equaliser by bringing on both Ebanks-Blake and Bent, but a second goal to Wigan by striker Rodallega – with some help from Chris Berra – on a counter attack, sealed the faith of Wolves and Wolves were defeated with 2-0 without even having a shot on goal.
The match was of course decided by the mistake of Karl Henry after only ten minutes. I don’t know if the fans will ever forgive him for this. The question is if Henry has totally lost it, being accused of playing dirty the last weeks.
I would be surprised if he doesn’t at least gets a three match ban for the dirty foul. And I believe he deserves it. I am very angry at him!
But McCarthy could have done better coaching his team after the sending off, and especially after the Wigan goal. Wolves should have taken more chances going forward earlier on in the game than after eighty minutes.
I will not give any ratings in this game, but Mancienne and Foley played well in the first half and Craddock was a rock as always.
Wigan didn’t show anything to me that they will be in the Premier League next season. But the risk that we will follow them down is growing.
P.S. If you want to suffer there is a link to highlights in the right margin as usual.D.S.