Wales’ defeat, Liam Lawrence and Kevin Doyle’s sore throat

24 05 2010

Kevin Foley is also training with Ireland this week.

*Wayne Hennessey, Dave Edwards and Sam vokes all featured in Wales’ 2-0 defeat to Croatia. Hennessey played 45, Vokes 19 and Edwards played the full 90.

*Liam Lawrence has said he wants to leave Stoke and has talked highly of Mick McCarthy. Maybe a potential move for the winger?

He told the Express & Star: “Mick gave me my chance when he signed me from Mansfield for Sunderland. He’s a great manager and he’s done an amazing job this year keeping Wolves up.

“I’ve spoken to my manager at Stoke, Tony Pulis, and told him that I think it’s best if I move on.

“If I’m not playing regularly, the Republic of Ireland boss isn’t going to take a chance on me.”

*Kevin Doyle missed training with Ireland yesterday due to a sore throat. Get the Strepsils out son!

Best and worst Wolves moments this season

20 04 2010

I’ve looked back over the last nine months to pick out my best and worst five moments of the season.

Best moments of the season

  1. Kevin Doyle’s winning goal at Spurs – Doyle headed in Nenad Milijas’ wide free-kick after only three minutes at White Hart Lane. Wolves held on for a further 91 minutes and recorded a famous victory in the capital. Jubilent!
  2. Adlene Guedioura’s goal at Burnley – after already being a goal to the good thanks to Matt Jarvis, Guedioura struck a second just after half-time to seal a crucial win for Wolves in what was a huge six-pointer. Overjoyed! 
  3. Andy Keogh’s header at Wigan – Keogh’s goal after six minutes handed Wolves their first win of the season and their first ever Premier League away victory. Buzzing!
  4. Nenad Milijas’ screamer against Bolton – Miljas sealed the win against Bolton at Molineux with a rocket from 35 yards after Jody Craddock had put Wolves ahead. Astounded! 
  5. Beating Spurs 1-0 at Molineux – Wolves completed the double over Tottenham thanks to a goal from midfielder Dave Jones. An 18-pass move resulted in Jones volleying home from 18 yards to send the Molineux faithful into raptures. Delighted!
  6. Matt Jarvis‘ goal at West Ham – Another great night for Wolves in London was confirmed by Matt Jarvis’ sweet strike from the edge of the area. Glorious!

Worst moments of the season

  1. Nicklas Bendtner’s stoppage-time header at the Emirates – After holding out for 93 minutes, Wolves’ resolve was finally broken at Bendtner headed home to give Arsenal a 1-0 victory. Gutted. 
  2. Losing to Birmingham City thanks to one man: KEVIN PHILLIPS – Wolves led 1-0 thanks to Kevin Doyle. Then came on Wolves’ arch-enemy, Phillips. The former West Brom striker scored the winner ten minutes from time to give Blues the win. Wounder!
  3. Losing to Portsmouth – Portsmouth had lost eight straight games before coming to Molineux in September. A single goal from Hassan Yebda seeled the points for the now relegated side. Devastated!
  4. Wolves 0-0 Stoke – possibly the most boring game in the history of the Premier League. Enough said! Zzzzzz!
  5. Getting thumped at Chelsea – Mick McCarthy opted for a 3-5-2 formation against the country’s best side at the time. Messrs Surman and Halford started and boy did they wish they didn’t. Chelsea 4-0 Wolves. Embarrassment!

Do you agree or disagree? What were your best and worst moments. Post your comments below.

Ronald Zubar talks about the Stoke City battle

14 04 2010

Zubar has now cemented his position as Wolves' right back.

Wolves defender Ronald Zubar has admitted his relief after securing a point against Stoke City on Sunday.

The Frenchman says he has never experienced a game of that nature before but thinks the team defended very well.

He said: “I’ve never played in a game like that before, I couldn’t believe it! But Stoke do well and I have nothing bad to say about them at all. They work very hard and they do very well with that way of playing.

“And they have got 43 points so that shows how hard they are to beat – they can’t be lucky all the time. They score goals from playing that way and it’s very difficult to defend against.

Rory Delap does very well with those throw-ins – it is more easy to defend a corner than one of his throws. The ball comes in so quickly and it changes direction in their air as well, so it’s very hard for defenders.

“Thankfully, Jody and Christophe did superbly well heading all those balls out. Stoke came to win and it was a real battle, so we were all very happy with a point.”

Don Goodman gives his verdict on Wolves vs. Stoke

12 04 2010

Goodman scored a legendary goal for Wolves at Elland Road in an FA Cup quarter final in 1998.

Former Wolves striker and now Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman talks about Wolves’ frustrating 0-0 draw with Stoke yesterday, Wolves’ achievements this season and what Wolves need to do during the summer.

Don Goodman made 125 appearances scoring 33 goals for Wolves during a three-year-spell at Molineux and now offers his views from television gantries nationwide on Sky Sports’ live football coverage.

The 39-year-old, retired from the game five years ago but after successfully completing the Premier Diploma in Personal Training has now formed his own Fitness consultancy business.Wolves moved six points clear of the Premier League relegation zone with the draw and Goodman was the pitch announcer at the game. He thinks Wolves fans should be more than happy with the point.

He said: “It was a great point against a tough side. They defended the aerial balls very well. It wasn’t a pretty game by any stretch of the imagination but Wolves should be proud that they got a point and should be proud of their achievements this season.

“It’s now going to take a monumental effort from either Hull or Burnley to pull Wolves back in it and I can’t see it happening. This season is a fantastic achievement for Wolves and they look set to meet their objective of staying in the division.

“I was in some of the corporate lounges after the game and although many of the fans were annoyed at the nature of the game they were putting it into perspective that it was another point towards survival.”

Hypothetically speaking, Goodman says that if Wolves do stay, the club’s hierarchy have a big decision to make.

He added: “The 54-million-dollar question that Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey need to decide in the summer is do we settle for what we have or do we really want to push on up the table next year.”

Don Goodman’s fitness consultancy company can be found at

*Picture courtesy of the Birmingham Evening Mail.

Wolves vs. Stoke match highlights

12 04 2010

I didn’t think there would be any highlights but Match of the Day put something together so here it is.

Who was your man of the match against Stoke City?

11 04 2010

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Wolves and Stoke City play out a snore-draw at Molineux

11 04 2010

Wolves remain 14th after the draw

Wolves drew 0-0 with Stoke at Molineux to move six points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

In a hugely forgettable game, neither keeper was seriously tested and the game was continually disrupted due to the time it took Stoke to set up for Rory Delap’s long throws.

Delap had 27 throw-ins during the game yet he only completed 24 passes. Maybe you’re better suited to basketball mate?

Wolves defended the aerial onslaught well and can go into the final four games knowing that either Burnley or Hull will have to win two more games than Wolves

As a result, Wolves struggled to put a good passing game together and it was not ever going to be a game that attackers Matt Jarvis and Kevin Doyle could compete in due to their physical opponents of Robert Huth, Abdoulaye Faye and Danny Higginbotham.

The Potters have the joint meanest defence in the Premier League having only conceded 16 goals on their travels.

Wolves went closest when Kevin Foley’s dipping shot dropped narrowly wide from 20-yards and Stoke’s Mammady Sidibe should have converted midway through the second half.

My verdict: Boringgggggggggg. Strange game really because although Stoke’s set pieces kept halting play, once Wolves did have the ball they looked happy to keep it and play square balls instead of taking it forward.

Man of the match: Jody Craddock – the experienced defender headed everything away that came in his direction and lead the defence well to defend Stoke’s long throws.

Flop of the match: George Elokobi – not George’s best day in a Wolves shirt. His passing and overall decision making was dreadful to say the least. Mick McCarthy took exception to some Wolves fans booing the Cameroonian but I have no quarms with criticising him on here. I’d be surprised if McCarthy knows what a blog is.

Referee: Chris Foy – despite one or two 50/50 decisions that went in Stoke’s favour I think the Merseyside official had a good game.