This and That and The Hoff x2 (videos)
I’ve been off the net for a while and just want to keep you up to date on matters of concern for Wolves.
The reserves match against the little club down the road did not unfold as expected. Wolves lost it with 2-0, something that is not that important, but Wolves did not play well according to the report from the official site.
It seems that our third line – or what I should call them – of strikers has a hard time of finding the net. That goes for both Sam Vokes and substitute Jake Cassidy, who both were given chances in the game.
The goals in the back came on a penalty after a foul by Mouyokolo on Bednar and off an own goal by Craddock. WBA had their second line of strikers in the game and they should be better than the ones we used.
Zele (or Zeli, I don’t know which anymore) played the game from start to finish on the wing and seem to have caused them some problems. At one occasion he played a one-two with Edwards, but the shot by Spray was a couple of inches out. On another occasion Ismail was fouled just outside of the area. On the resulting free Forde fired a curled shot close over the bar. Zeli also had at least one corner that Elokobi went close to score on.
His winger friend Forde came on in the last quarter of an hour. It’s very satisfying that our most talented under 18’s gets the chance in games like these – and when I say talented – in these cases I do mean it. You can also read a match report on the WBA site and – if you have not seen it – look at the Soccer AM Skill School clip from a couple of years ago with Ismail and Forde.
Else about the game. Edwards played all of it and so did Craddock. I hope that they both are ready to play in the Premier League against Bolton.
Matty Hill has now left us for Barnsley and the talented youngster Griffiths has signed for Wolves. He will hopefully help Vokes and Cassidy to be more competitive.
Some of our out on-loan players have met action in the weekend. Greg Halford – on loan for the rest of the season to Portsmouth – played a draw against Leeds on Saturday and they lost out to Burnley with 2-1 at home yesterday.
But Halford went close on crosses from their new signing Liam Lawrence on a couple of occasions and it looks like a good cooperation. Makes me think that our crosses may not be good enough.
Bothroyd was back from start in Cardiff when they met Watford Saturday and Andy Keogh was back on the bench where he stayed for the game, which Cardiff did win with 4-2.
Darren Fergusson smiled with his whole face after winning with 4-0 against Hartlepool in his first home game as manager for Peterburough in League One. But Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was probably not equally glad after sitting on the bench all game.
In League Two Ashly Hemmings also spent his time on the bench as Torquay drew 1-1 to Gills.
The Burton manager Paul Peschisolido was upset that the match against Bradford City was postponed because of a frozen pitch. To him it didn’t look that bad, and the postponement together with missed matches in December means that Burton – with Scott Malone – face two games every week now until season ends. Tough!
Barnet played a 1-1 draw against Macclesfield on Saturday and they played a goalless draw against Port Vale away yesterday. In both games John Dunleavy stayed put on the bench. But they are on a relegation spot now and have gone four games without losing, so I can understand that the managers plays the same team.
What else? Ach ja! Our Austrian giant on loan to MSV Duisburg. He actually made a defensive error on a corner against Ingolstadt in the 2:nd Bundesliga a few days ago and they only reached a draw against the not so competitive team.
Striker Edson Buddle – a new signing for Ingolstadt from the American MLS-league took advantage. Here is the error and the goal.
But do you know what happened tonight? MSV Dusiburg played against Bundesliga team Kaiserslautern in the quarter finals of the DFB-Pokal (The German equivalent to the FA-Cup) and they managed to win with 2-0 at home to the top flight team.
The Hoff had a good chance to score in the beginning of the game, but blew it over the bar. And a report I just read wrote that it was no enigma that the Hoff didn’t make it in Wolves or Bristol City. In the 21st minute Maierhofer went close again but his shot was parried by the Kaiserslautern keeper.
Anyway. The goals from Duisburg came in the 36th minute by Bajic (and The Hoff had a head on that) and in the 58th by Sukalo. Both goals came from set pieces and Duisburg could hold out for a deserved victory.
They are now only 90 minutes from a Cup Final. The other teams in the Semi-Finals are Bayern Munich, Schalke 04 and Cottbus (2nd Bundesliga). It is not known yet which team MSV Duisburg will play. Stefan Maierhofer to an Austrian paper:
“We are one ride closer to the finals in Berlin. The Cup Final is the most important game in Germany”
What else? Karl Henry and Richard Stearman has signed new contracts and I hope that they will show their gratitude to the club by playing on top of their abilities the rest of season.
On the injury front it is reported that Michael Mancienne may have a long way to go before he will play again as he looks to have a similar injury to Kightly. But McCarthy still hopes that he can play a part for Wolves this season.
I’m nothing but a novice in these matters but I had a friend who practised too much weight lifting and got bad knees from that. Could it be that the players over-do it in training?