Former Wolves midfielder Carl Robinson tips Wanderers to survive!

21 04 2010

Robinson scored 19 league goals for Wolves including two memorable efforts against Blues.

Former Wolves midfielder Carl Robinson thinks Wolves will survive this season but must not become a yo-yo club in years to come.

Robinson made 165 league appearances for Wolves between 1995 and 2002 and now plays for Major League Side New York Red Bulls.

Robbo said: “First of all it’s about staying up and then building on that. They must not become a yo-yo club. I have confidence that they wont.

He added: “I think Wolves have done very well with the group of players that they have. Mick had got them organised, fighting for each other and I think they will survive!

“I’ve seen a lot of games this season and the common problems seem to be goal scoring. But when you play with 5 midfielders then that is possible to happen. Still if you don’t concede then you always start with a point.”

Despite leaving Molineux for Portsmouth nearly eight years ago, Robinson still speaks to some of Wolves’ Welsh contingent.

He added: “I still speak to Matty Murray and know the Welsh lads through national team. He (Mick McCarthy) has a good mix of old and young players at Wolves at the moment.”


Chris Iwelumo talks about Wolves strikers’ frustration

15 04 2010

Wolves reverted to a 4-5-1 formation following the home defeat to Manchester City in December.

Striker Chris Iwelumo admits the change of formation this season has worked wonders this season despite playing in the previous shape.

Iwelumo recently returned from a loan spell at Bristol City and is now challenging for a start in the first team. He says the change in formation was and still is for the good of the team.

The Scot said: “We were at a stage when we were playing 4-4-2 and were playing some really good football.

“Against Manchester City I was up there with Doyler up top and the team did really well but we still got beat. The gaffer said that as well as we were playing we just couldn’t get the results and so he mixed it up and changed things around and it’s worked.

“At the end of the day you can’t complain if the team are doing well and getting points. The 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 has worked so well and has put us into the position we are in this season.

Iwelumo has made 11 league appearances this season and thinks Wolves have now got a great balance to their play.

“The whole objective of the season is to stay in the league and we’ve come a long way towards doing that in the last couple of months. The team are playing well and are confident and I think teams facing us now know they are going to get a football game.

“Everyone has stepped up and played their part and we’ve got a good balance now.

“Everyone has played their part and everyone has benefitted from this season whether they’ve been in the team or trying to get in.

“Training has been good and of a really high standard. We’ve always known it’s a squad game and it’s just unlucky for the strikers that Kevin Doyle has done so well and doesn’t need a rest! I don’t know what he’s eating or what he’s drinking but it’s working well for him!”

*Wolves have now sold out their 2,4oo allocation of tickets for the final away game at Portsmouth.

Ronald Zubar talks about the Stoke City battle

14 04 2010

Zubar has now cemented his position as Wolves' right back.

Wolves defender Ronald Zubar has admitted his relief after securing a point against Stoke City on Sunday.

The Frenchman says he has never experienced a game of that nature before but thinks the team defended very well.

He said: “I’ve never played in a game like that before, I couldn’t believe it! But Stoke do well and I have nothing bad to say about them at all. They work very hard and they do very well with that way of playing.

“And they have got 43 points so that shows how hard they are to beat – they can’t be lucky all the time. They score goals from playing that way and it’s very difficult to defend against.

Rory Delap does very well with those throw-ins – it is more easy to defend a corner than one of his throws. The ball comes in so quickly and it changes direction in their air as well, so it’s very hard for defenders.

“Thankfully, Jody and Christophe did superbly well heading all those balls out. Stoke came to win and it was a real battle, so we were all very happy with a point.”

Guedioura’s hope of a recall

8 04 2010

Guedioura has not featured for the last three games after a half-time substitution at Aston Villa.

Wolves midfielder Adlene Guedioura has admitted that even if he is not picked to replace Karl Henry he will still cheer on whoever takes the captain’s place against Stoke City at Molineux on Sunday.

Henry starts a three-match-ban this weekend after being sent off against Arsenal last weekend and Guedioura says Henry’s absence is not good news for the team.

The French-Algerian said: “It is an opportunity for someone to come in but the decision is up to the gaffer. All of us will want to play but will also support whoever it is that does play. It’s not good news for Karl or for the team.

“We have lost our captain and a good player for three games. It happens in football and we all have to work hard to replace this kind of player and still get a result. A season is very long and you get injuries and suspensions. It’s a squad effort and we all have to be ready to play a part. That’s the way I look at it – I have to be ready for each of these last games if I am called upon to play.”

Guedioura has also praised the Wolves coaching staff for helping him to adapt to the Premier League quicklyand says he just wants to be involved in every match.

He said: “It’s also because the gaffer and the coaches worked with me and the players helped me adapt quickly and accepted me into the team. It’s a good challenge to play in the Premier League and I’m hoping to do more of what I did when I came into the team.

“Now I’ve come out of the team it’s the same as for everyone else in that I have to show every day in training that I can get back into the team. Like every player I want to be involved in every match and so I have to work again to prove to the gaffer that I can be in the starting line-up.

“I enjoyed coming on against Everton and getting involved. Whether the gaffer gives us two, or five or 20 minutes it’s up to us to use that time to show what we can do. Every minute on the pitch is important when you’re in this situation. The gaffer is putting you on the pitch for a reason and you have to do what you can for the team.”

Jody Craddock insists morale is still high in Wolves’ squad

7 04 2010

Craddock was loaned to Stoke City and looked set to leave Wolves last season before coming back and cementing his place in the team at Molineux.

 Wolves defender Jody Craddock has labelled Saturday’s narrow defeat to Champions League flops Arsenal as the “hardest defeat to take this season”. 

Craddock is set to make his 500th league appearance against former loan club Stoke City on Sunday but the defeat to the Gunners was a sickener for the 34-year-old. 

Craddock said: “It was bitterly disappointing – for me, it was the hardest defeat to take this season because we’d done so well. Yes, we were under the cosh and they’d had some chances, but we’d done brilliantly to hang on in there, especially with 10 men. 

“You get to 90 then almost 94 minutes and you think that should be the end of the game and we’d held them. So to lose it so late on was horrible. 

“But that’s why they are where they are and we took it on the chin and we’ll get on with it – I don’t think that will affect confidence. To have held them for so long at the Emirates shows how far we’ve come but it also shows how a game can change in a split second.” 

My verdict: It was horrible to see Wolves lost the game in that way but as Craddock points out the players have taken it on the chin and will get on with it. Let’s hope it’s the only time a late winning goal is conceded this season. 

*Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was on target for Wolves reserves in a 1-1 draw with Fulham last night. 

What do you think about Jody Craddock’s performance this season? Leave your thoughts and comments below!

Karl Henry launches stinging attack on Arsenal’s theatrics

5 04 2010

Karl Henry has played all but one of Wolves' games this season.

Wolves captain Karl Henry has heavily criticised Arsenal’s players, claiming they all go down like a “sack of spuds when challenged”.

Skipper Henry was dismissed with 25 minutes to go at the Emirates stadium on Saturday as Wolves lost 1-0 to title-challengers Arsenal. It is fair to say Henry was far from happy with his dismissal.

He said: “I would have been screaming at the referee had I got even a yellow card for that tackle so to get a red card for it is an absolute disgrace.

“I’ve nicked the ball cleanly. One of their players – Vermaelen I think it was – has then come flying in trying to get me sent off. Rosicky is rolling around but two minutes later he is up running around and absolutely fine. That’s what they do here. Their players moan when they get tackled, when they get hit hard, and so does Arsene Wenger.

“Their players go down like a sack of spuds. They get hit hard, like players at other clubs do, but with them we hear about it for weeks and weeks. We love Arsenal’s great football but when they are rolling around getting people sent off, it makes you not want to see them do so well.”

Wolves have until Tuesday lunchtime to decide whether they are to appeal the three match ban handed to Henry. If they opt to, Wednesday lunchtime is the deadline to provide relevant video evidence to support their case.

Mick McCarthy took plenty of stick from the Arsenal fans after he appeared to applaud Henry’s challenge on Tomas Rosicky. However, according to McCarthy that was not the case.

He said: “I’ve applauded Karl Henry off because he didn’t kick him. I felt bad for him so I ushered him off and congratulated him on his performance. The fans may have thought I was congratulating him on kicking one of their players but I don’t advocate that. I don’t ask anyone to kick anyone.

“I became the pantomime villain, but is that not part of the Premier League? They booed me off because my team actually gave them a fright. Maybe I should have set the team up 4-4-2 and attacked them and got beat by seven goals.”

My verdict: Couldn’t have put it better myself Karl!

Simon Osborn talks about Wolves’ Premier League survival chances

1 04 2010

Simon Osborn playing for Cray Wanderers.

Simon Osborn left Wolves nearly ten years ago but still follows the fortunes of the club and believes the club has had a terrific season.

The midfielder now plays for Cray Wanderers in the Isthmian League Premier Division after signing a new deal with the Kent club earlier this month. However, on weekdays he runs a air conditioning company with his brother. He has taken note of Wolves this season and thinks the players have done the fans proud.

He said: “It’s a great achievement for any promoted club to finish fourth bottom. Wolves are doing even better than that. Lots of clubs go up and spend loads of money and go for broke but Wolves have done it gradually.

“I’ve seen them on TV this season and they look like a team with a great spirit.”  

The midfielder spent five happy years at Molineux before moving elsewhere. Spells at Tranmere, Port Vale and Gillingham preceded coaching work at Walsall when the now Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson had a spell in charge.Following a stint at Walsall and a solitary appearance for Hereford, Osborn retreated to his native south to link up with Bromley to take up a management role and after spending a small amount of time with the Kent club, Osborn went to Croydon Athletic. More coaching work ensued before moving to his current club Cray Wanderers.

Osborn still follows Wolves’ fortunes and went to White Hart Lane earlier this season to see Wolves’ famous 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

He said: “I went to the Spurs game earlier this season and Wolves were great. I know Matt Jarvis from when I had a spell at Gillingham and he is starting to cause defences problems. He has really picked up since Christmas and people like him and Kevin Doyle give the team real energy.”It has been a terrific season for Wolves and with the run they’re on at the moment I think they will stay up.”

“Karl Henry has been a steady player all season. I don’t think you can pick out anyone in particular because they all work hard for the manager. From the outside you can tell they’ve all got a very good spirit amongst them.”