Wolves 1-1 Blackburn – GOAL HIGHLIGHT

25 04 2010

Wolves 1-1 (Ebanks-Blake)

Wolves’ goal drought making my season ticket the worst value of the decade

12 04 2010

Doyle is Wolves' top scorer this season with seven league goals

After yesterday’s bore-draw with Stoke, Wolves have now scored just one goal in the last 760 minutes of football at Molineux. Wolves have scored once at Molineux this year, a David Jones goal against Tottenham in February. Overall, we have only hit the back of the net ten times in 17 games so far – an average of 0.59 a game and the worst in the Premier League.

Back in 2003/2004 (our only other Premier League campaign) we scored 23 goals in 19 games; winning seven.

This season’s efforts have hit a resounding low for a club that normally scores goals with ease. Maybe I’m still on a goal scoring high after last season’s tally of 44?

Anyway, here’s our record since I got a season ticket nearly a decade ago:

Year/Games played/Goals

2001/2002: 23/33

2002/2003: 23/40

2003/2004: 19/23

2004/2005: 23/40

2005/2006: 23/24

2006/2007: 23/33

2007/2008: 23/31

2008/2009: 23/44

2009/2010: 17/10

You could look at it in a number of ways:

  1. We have missed good chances – Sam Vokes against Manchester United and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on numerous occasions have denied Wolves from getting on the score sheet.
  2. Change of formation – The mid-season change to 4-5-1 (or 4-3-3 as MM prefers to refer to it) from 4-4-2 significantly reduced Wolves’ chances of scoring by playing only one striker against two centre halves.
  3. Better quality defences – Obviously the calibre of defences that Wolves will play against rises each year and this season there has been a big jump due to us playing in a higher division.

It was after missing a glut of chances that Ebanks-Blake lost his and Wolves’ second striker place to a midfielder and McCarthy has refused to change back since.

When going forward we only have Kevin Doyle who looks like scoring and even he has only scored seven times. In Kevin Foley we have a man who is filling a gap. His shooting technique is not great because he is a defender at heart. He has been unlucky with efforts that have come back off the woodwork but you would not bet on him scoring given the chance.

On the other side you have Matt Jarvis. For someone with pace such as his you would expect a better goal return but the little man has not delivered. Shooting is not his best attribute although he has improved significantly since his arrival at Molineux nearly three years ago.

In the centre Wolves have recently played two defensive midfielders in Karl Henry and Michael Mancienne who are not expected to get goals but the man in front of them e.g. Dave Jones or formerly Adlene Guedioura, Nenad Milijas and Dave Edwards should be chipping in. Sadly not, the four have mustered just four goals between them this campaign.

On the flip side, away from home Wolves have scored 18 goals. That is more than Liverpool have scored (14) in 6th place. If we could keep goals out at the other end we could have finished top half.

It looks as though we are going to get through this season by scoring a minimal amount of goals. However, if we are going to put up a better challenge next season we need to get some players in who have a good shooting ability from midfield. Then if we do still opt to play 4-5-1 at least we know we have people who can shoot from range given the chance.

Why do you think we’ve scored so few goals? Leave your comments below.

Doyler chasing goals

12 03 2010

Kevin Doyle has has revealed he enjoys playing as a lone frontman in Wolves 4-5-1 formation and added he is keen to add to his tally of six at Turf Moor tomorrow.

Doyle is set to play a lone role again at Burnley tomorrow.

The Irish International said: “Strikers thrive on goals – it doesn’t matter how well you play, when people talk about you, that’s what you’re judged on. You can be Diego Maradona on the pitch¸ but I think if you can’t score a goal as a striker it doesn’t really matter.

“It’s tough but I’ve enjoyed the games. The chances may not have been coming my way but we have been getting some chances. That’s positive. I know from experience before it will happen again.

“It’s just a case of keeping working and keeping doing the right things and when it does fall my way, I’ve got to enjoy it and try to get some goals between now and the end of the season. It’s going to be like that in our situation – we’re not going to be scoring loads of goals so it’s up to us to try to keep them out at the other end and nick one or two from an attacker’s point of view.

“I’ve enjoyed every game. I’ve enjoyed it whether I’ve got goals or not. We played Manchester United the other day and I really enjoyed the game and that’s the way I look at it. It’s the same for any of us – whoever plays up front and in the wide positions must just keep plugging away and hope to capitalise on chances we do get.”

Tomorrow’s game at Burnley is huge in Wolves’ bid to beat the drop and Doyle is under no illusions about how the result could affect Wolves’ end of season position.

He added: “It’s a big game, just the same as last week and this is the next game so it is the most important. It is a pressure game so we’ll all enjoy playing in it.

“Burnley got a decent result against Stoke on Wednesday in coming from behind to get a draw and they’ll be confident at home.

“The crowd are very good, they’ll be passionate and they’ll be right at us because they’ll realise that playing against us will be a great chance for them to get out of their situation. So it will be similar to ourselves in that we’re both confident we can win.”

The striker says that he doesn’t tend to look at the league table as it depresses him.

Doyle added: “For the last week or so I haven’t bothered looking because you look good one week after a result and you look depressed the next week after a bad one. So I’ve decided to forget about it.

“It does your head in and  I’m sure it’s the same for fans looking at it because it only make you nervous. There are 10 games left to finish our season brilliantly, have a great finish to the season and we are two or three games away from being safe. That’s our opportunity – it’s there for us if we want it. If we play well that can happen.

“The only time to be feeling pressure is if it comes to the situation where we have to win to stay up, so we shouldn’t let it get it to us.” My verdict: I think Doyle would easily get double figures each season if he was playing in a decent Premier League team that plays two up front. The problem he face at Wolves is that McCarthy is employing him as a lone striker; meaning he is having to create his own chances.

*Picture courtesy of Getty Images.

My verdict: At a better Premier League club I am sure Doyle would bag at least 10 goals a season but here at Wolves he is playing as a lone frontman. As a reult he is having to create his own chances. Give him a partner Mick!