Wolves hold Everton to a goalless draw at Molineux

28 03 2010

Wolves are unbeaten in their last four league games

Wolves drew 0-0 with form team Everton to move up to the dizzy heights of 14th position in the Premier League.

Both teams lined up with a 4-5-1 formation which meant there was little space for anyone to create anything in the midfield area.

Wanderers mustered only one shot on target all game compared to Everton’s 14 and rarely gave Tim Howard any trouble in the Everton goal.

Everton were tidy with their passing but missed good chances at a sun-soaked Molineux.

Ronald Zubar seemed to have a huge, green Fifa 10 arrow above his head as he continuously bombed down the right flank to support the impressive Kevin Foley but his crosses didn’t find their intended targets.

My verdict: A great point for Wolves and our first clean sheet since beating Spurs in February. The fact there was no Mikel Arteta for Everton helped us as his replacement didn’t cause many problems. I’m a bit gutted that I didn’t get to see him play because he’s been on fire recently.

Man of the match: Jody Craddock – great display from the veteran to keep Saha and then Yakubu in check. A vital goal line clearance in injury time made sure Wolves took a point.

Flop of the match: Christophe Berra – despite some people saying he’s a no messing defender, I think he’s terrible. He just seems to mess up needlessly and bottle it under pressure. To compound Berra’s misery, Ronald Zubar said on Soccer Saturday that he had the worst accent in the whole Wolves squad.

Referee: Mike Jones – I’m not going to waste my time writing about the catalogue of bad decisions from the official today. In one word – shambolic!


Morale could not be Berra

8 03 2010

Berra has made 22 appearances so far this season.

Wolves defender Christophe Berra insists players’ spirits are not dropping despite a dismal recent run of results; notably the narrow defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

The Scottish International said: “It was hard to take. It was the same old story, doing so well and then getting beaten by a top team who take their chance. But we are not on a low. It is natural to be disappointed when you lose but we can take a lot of positives out of our performances.

“We will turn those positives into three points eventually. If we keep playing as we are, maintain the same commitment and work just as hard, I am sure we will get a few results. We feel we have been playing well and not getting our reward – but that is football for you. Hopefully, our luck will change.

“There will be a bit of nerves but it will also be hell and belter because both teams will be going for it. Going away from home is always going to be hard and Burnley play good football so it is going to be a very difficult game.

“But it is a game we know we can win. We can’t just turn up. We have to earn a victory because they will think they have a great chance of one themselves. It is going to go right to the end for whoever wins the title and right to the end for whoever gets relegated as well.”

My verdict: I hope their spirits are up on Saturday because this game could define the remainder of our season. I still don’t know how or why we paid circa £2.5million for Berra. He keeps losing it under pressure against big players or putting it out for a throw in when he could easily boot it up the field. Come on Christophe, sort it out!