Guedioura misses out once again

18 06 2010

Guedioura made his debut in Algeria's warm-up game against Ireland.

Despite Algeria losing their first group game to Slovenia, Adlene Guedioura has failed to grab a starting position for the game against England tonight.

Guedioura was a late sub in the first game and Algeria have copied England in dropping their keeper for the game.

Here are tonight’s teams:

England: James, Johnson, Carragher, Terry, Ashley Cole, Lennon, Barry, Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney, Heskey.
Subs: Green, Dawson, Crouch, Joe Cole, Warnock, Upson, Milner, Wright-Phillips, Defoe, King, Carrick, Hart.

Algeria: M’Bohli, Bougherra, Belhadj, Yahia, Kadir, Yebda, Lacen, Halliche, Boudebouz, Ziani, Matmour.
Subs: Gaouaoui, Mansouri, Ghezzal, Saifi, Djebbour, Bellaid, Laifaoui, Guedioura, Medjani, Mesbah, Abdoun, Chaouchi.

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

*Nenad Milijas was an unused substitute in Serbia’s suprising 1-0 win over Germany earlier.

Guedioura misses out on starting place

13 06 2010

Guedioura played in Algeria's recent warm-up game against Ireland.

Wolves midfielder Adlene Guedioura has missed out o a starting place for Algeria in their opening World Cup game against Slovenia today.

I expected Gueds to line up in central midfield but obviously the Algerian’s don’t rate him as highly as we do.

Ah well, let’s hope Milijas starts later. Here’s the Algerian team in full.

Algeria: 16-Faouzi Chaouchi; 2 Majid Bougherra, 5 Rafik Halliche, 4 Antar Yahia, 3 Nadir Belhadj; 13 Karim Matmour, 19 Hassan Yebda, 8 Medhi Lacen, 15 Karim Ziani; 21 Fouad Kadir, 11 Rafik Djebbour.

Guedioura and Milijas book their place on the plane to South Africa!

2 06 2010

Wolves had no players at the 2006 finals in Germany.

Wolves midfielders Adlene Guedioura and Nenad Milijas have been named in their respective countrys’ 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.

This means there will be a trio of Wolves players at the finals with two expected to play for their countries. 

Guedioura recently played 90 minutes at right back for Algeria in Ireland whilst Milijas played the first 45 minutes of Serbia’s friendly against New Zealand last week. 

The USA arrived in South Africa two days ago and although he is in the squad, Marcus Hahnemann is unlucky to dislodge Tim Howard from the number one slot.

World Cup watch: Milijas, Doyle and Guedioura play in warm-up matches

30 05 2010

Guedioura will be hoping to make Algeria's final squad for South Africa.

Nenad Milijas played 45 minutes in Serbia’s 1-0 defeat to minnows New Zealand last night.

Nemanja Vidic was forced to appeal to Serbia fans for calm as they rioted during the game in Klagenfurt.

During the second half in Austria, fans threw flares and missiles onto the pitch while a number of fans ran onto the pitch before being captured by stewards. Vidic had to speak over the tannoy to calm fans with New Zealand apparently ready to abandon the game.

The trouble calmed but Serbia were unable to salvage anything from the game following Shane Smeltz’s first-half strike.

On Friday night both Adlene Guedioura and Kevin Doyle featured in Ireland’s 3-0 win over Algeria in Dublin.

Guedioura made his debut for Algeria at right-back with Dolyle partnering Robbie Keane in attack for Ireland.

Guedioura hit the woodwork late on for the Africans.

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.”

Wolves still in the mix after matchday 29

14 03 2010

Wolves fans should be happy after the weekend's set of results.

So there we go, another matchday over and Wolves still have their Premier League destiny in their own hands.

Injury time goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Adam Johnson for Arsenal against Hull and Manchester City against Sunderland respectively have ensured that Wolves came out the big winners from this weekend’s games.

Wolves have two tricky games coming up in a four day period starting next Saturday when they face Aston Villa followed by West Ham on Tuesday, (both live on Sky Sports HD). I think the most Wolves fans can realistically expect from these games is two or three points. I wonder whether Mick McCarthy will change his team slightly for Villa, (without incurring a £25,000 fine) with Tuesday’s relegation battle in mind. Even with our best team out, Villa have the pace, strength and skill to bully us all over the pitch. It may sound pessimistic but it’s the truth. Although like ours, West Ham’s home record is patchy, I still believe they have better quality in their squad than we do and we will be in for a tough night in East London.

Wolves’ fans yesterday were fantastic. Although there were numerous nervy moments (i.e. 11 Burnley corners/Brian Jensen running up to score from them at the end), they were great getting behind the team when it mattered most. Even old renditions of Ring of Fire echoed around the wooden seated away end.

It was nice to see a set of fans other then ours booing their own manager when substitutions are made. Burnley’s fans went ballistic at Brian Laws when he decided to withdraw Andre Bikey and Chris Eagles at 0-2. You can only laugh to yourself. Another huge factor in us winning yesterday was the early exit of Danny Fox. A great set piece taker and undoubtedly someone who may have caused us problems late in the game.

The sight of Dave Edwards travelling with the squad to Turf Moor is a boost; you would assume the Welshman can’t be too far away from the first team scene again if McCarthy is getting him involved.

The only other injury concern is Michael Kightly. McCarthy said a week or so ago that he wasn’t fully involved yet so it could be a case of seeing him for the final three games or so. We can’t afford to throw players in now who aren’t up to match speed, even if they may be better than the players we have out there.

One wonders what has happened to Geoffrey Mujangi Bia? He was watching in the stands yesterday along with Edwards, Greg Halford, Andy Surman and Richard Stearman and looked detatched from the rest even when walking to and from the dressing room at the start of each half. After a couple of appearances against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, he hasn’t been given any first team action whatsoever. Ironically his former teammate at Charleroi, Adlene Guedioura has sprung into life at Molineux and is quickly becoming a fans’ favourite. What I love about him is the fact he has come here with no fear and will put his body on the line for the team. He is fairly quick, will run at defenders and has skill to boot. Definitely the kind of player we should be signing in the summer even if we are relegated.  I wonder whether one was bought to look after the other so to speak. Maybe McCarthy thought Mujangi Bia would help settle Guedioura down? Who knows…… That’s all from me. Up the Wolves!

Oh and one other thing…Any chance of the Premier League taking the obligatory nine points from Portsmouth to put all our minds at rest. The longer they leave it…you do wonder.