Wolves need to keep up their good form at Arsenal

28 03 2010

Wolves travel to Arsenal next weekend before facing rivals Stoke eight days later at Molineux.

Another good point and also a clean sheet at the sixth time of asking made sure that we are now up two places to 14th and more importantly five points clear of the drop zone.

You could even say we are effectively six points clear due to our relatively good goal difference of minus 22. It’s not bad in comparison to Hull’s minus 33, Burnley’s minus 34 and Wigan’s minus 30. It really could come down to that especially if everything is to play for on the final day of the season. The bookies are also starting to fancy us to stay up as our odds have lengthened to 9s, 10s and 11s to beat the drop.

It was a great atmosphere at Molineux yesterday as Wolves fans continuously cheered our team on after recent good performances away from. You would be mistaken to think that we had beaten Everton such was the cheer that greeted Mike Jones’ final whistle.

We rode our luck at times but the determination of people like George Elokobi and Jody Craddock to get in important positions at crucial times paid dividends.

I always thought it would be hard for either team to get a good passing game together as the midfield was so crowded. Both teams opted for five men in midfield and it just ended up being a bit scrappy at times..

Looking ahead…

Following the result yesterday I feel it’s so important to carry the good form into next weekend. Arsenal will be really up for the game as they know that either Manchester United or Chelsea will drop points in their lunchtime clash. You get the feeling we may have to park the bus and attempt to catch them on the counter attack as we did at Villa Park last weekend.

I think next week will be the same as when we went to Eastlands to face Manchester City at the start of the season.

Everyone was on a high after winning at Wigan and we just wanted to see Wolves put in a good performance. As it happened, Wolves only lost 1-0 and were unlucky not to have taken anything from the game. If Wolves can put in a similar showing next week that doesn’t damage our goal difference then I will come away happy.

I’m really looking forward to going down to the Emirates, it’s now only one of three Premier League grounds I haven’t been to and it looks like a great place to both play and watch football.  Here’s to another point (or three)!

Up the Wolves!!!

McCarthy aims for 12 points

9 03 2010

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has targeted 12 more points from Wolves’ 10 remaining games.

McCarthy's team have won only six games so far this season.

McCarthy also said that defeat to Burnley on Saturday would not be “the end of the world”.

He said: “If we get 12 points out of it – and I don’t know if that will be enough – then other teams have to get 12 points. That’s four wins. If we can win four games, the others in the bottom four or five have to win four and draw another, because we have a better goal difference.

“Burnley is a huge game and I’m not going to try to play down the importance of it, but I’m not going to ‘big it up’ either by saying it’s the end of the world if we get beat.

“Because if we do and that happens then we might as well pack up on Saturday. And there’s no chance of that.”

Sunderland are now immediately above Wolves after Wigan’s 1-0 win over Liverpool last night. The Black Cats play Bolton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light tonight.

McCarthy added: “Burnley play Stoke tomorrow, so we could be in the bottom three before we play them. It doesn’t matter – it’s where we finish that matters. Burnley is a huge game for us. But if they draw tomorrow and beat us on Saturday, they’d be three points in front of us.

“Then we have two or three ‘biggies.’ West Ham is a big one. Who’s to say we can’t beat them? We’ve got Blackburn and Sunderland here, we have Fulham away and Stoke and Portsmouth to play.

“We have winnable games right to the end of the season, so it’s just a case of keeping going, keeping cool and not losing our heads at all.”

My verdict: Wolves do have a favourable run-in and McCarthy should be confident of survival if the team can continue putting in performances as they did on Saturday. Wolves’ key game in hand is away to West Ham on 23rd March. Personally I think it will take less than 12 points to survive and as little as eight points could do it.