Oh my god, what have I turned into. I used to call myself a football fan and pride myself on what was going on elsewhere. I followed the careers of such luminaries as Jermaine McSporron and Danny Schofield. These days I’m so insular that I’ve just realised I know nowt about Wolves and if I were to write a match preview I’d be in real danger of sounding like one of those football snobs who assumes that sides are rubbish just because they’ve just been promoted.
So a quick email to a Wolves supporting mate and I’ve got a ready made appraisal of their chances. Over to Steve:
“Tonight gives us a chance to put the opening day defeat out of our minds quicker, assuming of course that we can pick up some sort of result at the JJB.
Considering your opening day win against Aston Villa, that probably isn’t going to be easy. Player of the Year Kevin Foley is ruled out as well as Christophe Berra and Michael Kightly, whilst we are also likely to be without striking trio Ebanks-Blake, Doyle and Iwelumo meaning this could be a chance for Sam Vokes to get his first start in the Premier League?
McCarthy has called the Wolves dressing room “emergency Ward 10” – that seems appropriate!!
Last time we played at yours (I was there and remember it well) was a Tuesday night, 4th January 2005, Diamond Lights Hoddle was still in charge and we lost 2-0 to two Ellington goals, the previous game was back in Sept 2004 and that was a 3-3 draw.
So it’s about time that we got a result against you guys, and with our bouncebackability there’s no time like the present!!!
I think were going to be a surprise for most teams! We played very nice passing football v west ham and certainly had our chances, I watched villa v Wigan; and yes Wigan played well but villa didn’t play that great, soooooo……………..
Wigan Athletic 1 v 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Come on you Wolves!!”
For me, we’re at home and if we can play as well as we did at Villa then we’d give anyone a game. Wolves might be a bit more up for it than their near(ish) neighbours but if the same team is available then you can expect Latics to be up to the challenge.
Expect Latics to go the extra step from Saturday with a 3-0 win, with the biggest question on the night being ‘how badly did Hugo Rodallega’s boots clash with Wolves’ old gold shirts?’.