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.





Bristol City swap Wolves strikers

15 03 2010

Maierhoffer has made eight appearances this season, scoring one goal.

Stefan Maierhofer has moved to Bristol City on a one month loan according to the striker’s official website/facebook page.

Other press reports are also suggesting that Maierhofer is set to replace the returning Chris Iwelumo on loan at Bristol City and the move is imminent.

Reports in both the Daily Mail and Express & Star suggest that Gary Johnson is keen to keep a target man in the Bristol City ranks and it seems ‘The Hoff’ fits the bill.

Maierhofer is quoted on ‘www.stefan-maierhofer.com’ as saying: “I can confirm that I am now given one month at Bristol City and look forward to playing there and show my performance.

“On the one hand I am very proud to have done it here (played at Wolves), for me anyway it is not the end of the flagpole. I will also establish myself here and play if I can. That is why I moved to Bristol City!

“Most recently there had been discussions with the Queens Park Rangers, but they yielded no results. I am glad that it is now worked for a month with Bristol City and I am able to play and I’m very hot on it again!”

A lack of club appearances has also resulted in Maierhoffer’s omission from the Austrian national side.

He added: “Of course. I also had a conversation with him (the Austrian manager) in which he confirmed to me that I am an important part of the team for him. Because of a lack of match practice he has not summoned me this time, which for me is perfectly ok. That’s why the move to Bristol City, with good performances on the pitch, I can re-impose on the national team.

***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INTERVIEW WAS WRITTEN IN GERMAN SO SOME WORDS/PHRASES MAY HAVE BEEN LOST IN TRANSLATION.***

Iwelumo returned to Molineux today following a loan spell at Ashton Gate and will now be trying to impress McCarthy in an attempt to gatecrash Wolves’ squad for Saturday’s derby at Villa.

My verdict: Not a bad move considering Iwelumo now has some games under his belt and will be more match fit than Hoff. Let’s hope both can make an impact for Wolves in the final stages of the season.