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.





Neil Emblen’s views on Wolves from New Zealand

31 03 2010

In the second part of this week’s series of views from Wolves old boys: Neil Emblen shares his views on the club at the moment, the contact he still keeps with Chief Executive Jez Moxey and his hope of watching Wolves play in the Premier League

Emblen scoring against Sheffield United at Molineux during his time at Wolves.

Neil Emblen made 123 appearances for Wolves during a three-year spell at Molineux and he says there is plenty of Premier League exposure in New Zealand where he is a player/coach for Waitakere United.

He said : “We are lucky enough to see a lot of the Premier League on Sky NZ. We have six live matches on every weekend. The only problem is that they are in the middle of the night!”

Emblen has however seen enough of Wolves to give his thoughts on the club’s second ever Premier League campaign.

Emblen added: “I think they have been superb. Mick McCarthy has led the boys really well and made sure the spine of the team has been strong. Marcus Hahnemann has been a revelation, Jody Craddock has held the defence together and has proved many past doubters totally wrong and Karl Henry, the local lad who leads by example and puts in a truck load of work each week.

“The signing of Kevin Doyle probably raised a few eyebrows but what a signing! Firstly, he has a Paul Dickov type work rate giving defenders no time to dwell on the ball which the Wolves fans love but he also has a superb eye for goal and a great touch. Mick McCarthy has done a fantastic job and his team typifies him as a man; hardworking, honest and up for the challenge.”

The Bromley-born utility man think Wolves have done enough to survive this season and as long as they can keep the key players fit, they should be fine.

Emblen added: “I think they will (stay up). The team is showing a real togetherness to survive and I think they will stay up for sure as long as the above key players stay fit.”

With there being a huge squad overhaul since Emblen left Molineux nearly ten years ago, there are not many of the playing staff left besides ‘keeper Matt Murray. Emblen has also previously admitted he was going to make an early return to England when he applied to replace Chris Evans as academy manager. However Wolves cited that they wanted a more experienced candidate.

Emblen said: “There are not many players left from my time, only really Matt Murray remains at the club. I have exchanged a few emails with Jez Moxey wishing the club all the best and congratulating them on the triumphs of promotion last season. I keep in contact with plenty of Wolves people via Facebook and I hope they are enjoying what looks to be wonderful season.”

Emblen scored ten goals during his time at Molineux and will be hoping to see his successors scoring a few when he returns for a holiday in September.

He said: “I am back for a couple of weeks this September and I’m hoping I will be able to watch the boys in the Premier League.”

*Check back tomorrow for another exclusive interview – this time with ex-Wolves midfielder Simon Osborn.