Wolves need to keep up their good form at Arsenal

28 03 2010

Wolves travel to Arsenal next weekend before facing rivals Stoke eight days later at Molineux.

Another good point and also a clean sheet at the sixth time of asking made sure that we are now up two places to 14th and more importantly five points clear of the drop zone.

You could even say we are effectively six points clear due to our relatively good goal difference of minus 22. It’s not bad in comparison to Hull’s minus 33, Burnley’s minus 34 and Wigan’s minus 30. It really could come down to that especially if everything is to play for on the final day of the season. The bookies are also starting to fancy us to stay up as our odds have lengthened to 9s, 10s and 11s to beat the drop.

It was a great atmosphere at Molineux yesterday as Wolves fans continuously cheered our team on after recent good performances away from. You would be mistaken to think that we had beaten Everton such was the cheer that greeted Mike Jones’ final whistle.

We rode our luck at times but the determination of people like George Elokobi and Jody Craddock to get in important positions at crucial times paid dividends.

I always thought it would be hard for either team to get a good passing game together as the midfield was so crowded. Both teams opted for five men in midfield and it just ended up being a bit scrappy at times..

Looking ahead…

Following the result yesterday I feel it’s so important to carry the good form into next weekend. Arsenal will be really up for the game as they know that either Manchester United or Chelsea will drop points in their lunchtime clash. You get the feeling we may have to park the bus and attempt to catch them on the counter attack as we did at Villa Park last weekend.

I think next week will be the same as when we went to Eastlands to face Manchester City at the start of the season.

Everyone was on a high after winning at Wigan and we just wanted to see Wolves put in a good performance. As it happened, Wolves only lost 1-0 and were unlucky not to have taken anything from the game. If Wolves can put in a similar showing next week that doesn’t damage our goal difference then I will come away happy.

I’m really looking forward to going down to the Emirates, it’s now only one of three Premier League grounds I haven’t been to and it looks like a great place to both play and watch football.  Here’s to another point (or three)!

Up the Wolves!!!

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New Nike match ball to be used in the Premier League

11 03 2010

This is an alternative colourway of the ball currently used in the Premier League.

In a Premier League first, a new Nike matchball will be introduced for one matchday only.

The ‘Nike RED T90 Ascente’ will be used by teams in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A this weekend to back Nike’s Lace up save lives campaign raising awareness about AIDS.

See a close up picture of the ball here and Wolves’ players training with the new ball here.

In this video, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger gives his opinion on the new ball.

My Verdict: All I can say is good effort by Nike but I can’t see many people buying one for £150 – even if the money is going to charity

*Picture courtesy of football shirt culture.





Arsenal ticket news

11 03 2010

So far this season at home Arsenal have W12 D1 L2

Details for Wolves’ first ever trip to the Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium have been released today.

Supporters will be suprised to hear that tickets are not as dear as expected.

Saturday 3rd April, 3.00pm

Allocation: 2864

£33 adults

£14.50 seniors (65 and over)

£13.50 juniors (under 16)

Away Coach Travel

Departure 10am, £18 adults, £15 concs

Available to STH’s with at least 1060 loyalty points*

Saturday 13th March, 1 ticket per supporter number, subject to availability

Available to STH’s with at least 1030 points*

Tuesday 16th March, 1 ticket per supporter number, subject to availability.

Available to STH with at least 1000 loyalty points*

Friday 19th March, 1 ticket per supporter number, subject to availability

General Sale

Wednesday 24th March, 1 ticket per supporter number, subject to availability

My Verdict: It should be a good day out for Wolves fans at one of the country’s newest stadia. We could get passed off the park on Arsenal’s immaculate pitch but Wolves will undoubtedly ‘park the bus’ and try to catch the Gunners on the counter attack.

*Wolves have today sold the remaining tickets left for Burnley on Saturday. A sell out of 2,300 will be backing Wolves at Turf Moor.