Wolves Victorious Against Celtic (video)

As pre-season friendlies go the result is not of primary importance, but I prefer when we win them and a 2-0 win away at Celtic is always something for the boys to brag about when they grow old.

The ones playing in Glasgow begin to look more and more like the team that Mick McCarthy will put out on the 13th of August against Blackburn and the match fitness is getting better and better.

Wolves played against a depleted Celtic team without their best players and with a couple of trialists in the team. On the other hand they have already started their league so we are three weeks behind them in fitness and training.

There are two pairs of players we could be shure of in the starting eleven against Blackburn. Doyle and Fletcher upfront and Johnson and Berra at the back. O’Hara bettered his odds – which were low already to begin with – for starting in the league aswell. His goal taken from the free-kick just before the half hour was perfect (see video below).

Hennessey made a couple of important and impressive saves to assure that he will be our first keeper at start of the season.

Wolves second goal in the game – after 72 minutes – was an own goal after a cross by Ward, who came in as a striker after the hour to replace Fletcher. A little bit surprising and that leaves me and many others in the dark if he will look for a position as striker or left back, but I guess he will serve as a utility man the upcoming season once again.

I am still hoping that Wolves yet will employ a defensive mid to strengthen the position now held by Henry. He needs the competition and we must have someone to play there if he gets injured. Hitzlsperger could provide such competition, but as a free agent of high quality he has a choice of several clubs to sign for.

Many wants to strengthen the left back position aswell, as Big George can have bad days on the pitch but good left backs are hard to come by. Ridgewell was rumoured to be on the list, but it now looks like the little club down the road are signing him.

Mick McCarthy gives no real answers to if Wolves will get more players in, perhaps because the best players are wanted by many and we could find ourselves being beaten to the signings in the end.

But it looks good apart from a couple of probably and hopefully light injuries on Jarvo and SEB and a perhaps more serious one on Guédioura. Looking forward to the match against the Tractor Boys on Saturday. They have a very good team and it will be a good measurement on how far Wolves are from form and fitness.

Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Elokobi, O’Hara (Milijaś 85), Johnson, Berra (Zubar 81), Kightly (Foley 77), Henry (capt), Doyle (Keogh 81), Fletcher (Ward 62), Hunt (Hammill 62).




~ by paddytheflea on July 28, 2011.

4 Responses to “Wolves Victorious Against Celtic (video)”

  1. Solid performance with the exception of a few incidents we’d been punished for in premier league. I don’t feel it’s the end of the world if a left back isn’t bought. With Hitzelsberger on wait we don’t have any spots available in the squad, so we must first get rid of some dead meat, which can take some time.

    It’s midway through the pre-season and he hasn’t played a single minute.
    I’m surprised we can’t get rid of Maierhofer, as he had a decent stay in Germany.

    • Yes. The Hoff did well in Duisburg, but many German clubs seem to have a hard time financially. I read that Eintracht Frankfurt wants to buy him but they don’t have the money yet and have to get rid of some players first.

      • If there is interest he’ll move on sooner or later, that’s for sure. Ideally it would be sooner than later. I would rather get in a left back before the season starts than in january. Even though I’ve got faith in Big George there should be harder competition on left back. And as Milijas was given a running program, so should Big George be given some special on the ball training. He wasn’t exactly friend with the ball in some of the situations in the Celtic match. It might be that he was tired by the hard workout preparations for the new season though.

    • KJK, I don’t think it’s true that we have no space in the squad compared with May. From the 25 in May we’ve lost three outfielders, Mancienne, Mouyokolo and Jones, but we’ve only added Johnson; so two places are still available. Also, Maierhofer going would not create a space in the 25, because he wasn’t in it last season; although I realize we also have to balance the books. I hope we will make another signing before August 31, but right now it looks like Keogh and Vokes may be in our squad.

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