Walsall FC 0-3 Wolves

Nouha Dicko bagged a brace and Bakary Sako scored a wonderful free-kick as Wolves won the Black Country derby with Walsall.

Dicko opened the scoring just past the half hour mark when he poked home James Henry’s cross and doubled the advantage early in the second half after another Henry cross had hit the woodwork.

Sako got the third when he curled a 25 yard free-kick past home keeper Richard O’Donnell.

Walsall’s best chance fell to Febian Brandy but he headed straight at Carl Ikeme from six yards out.

Victory at the Banks’s Stadium equalled a club record as Wolves picked up their eighth win in a row, while they kept a sixth straight clean sheet – which equals their best run since February 1992.

But they were made to work far harder for it than the scoreline suggests, by a spirited Saddlers. In reality the game was decided the visitors clinical finishing.

While Wolves were unchanged for the fourth straight game, Saddlers boss Dean Smith sprang something of a surprise in his starting line-up with three changes.

Paul Downing, Craig Westcarr and Mal Benning were all on the bench, with James Chambers, Troy Hewitt and fit again Andy Taylor coming in.

The Saddlers made a bright with Romaine Sawyers seeing a shot from distance deflected into the arms of Ikeme, while Milan Lalkovic fired well over the bar from a similar range.

But the first attempt on target came from Wolves in the 20th minute, when O’Donnell did superbly to tip behind a Jacobs shot after the midfielder had met Sako’s cross.

With the game beginning to liven up, Hewitt has a drive blocked by Sam Ricketts, while at the other end James Henry poked wide after Sawyers had been guilty of losing possession.

Brandy was looking the Saddlers best attacking threat and sent a shot just wide from the edge of the box after seizing on a loose ball.

But it was Wolves who grabbed the lead just past the half hour. The goal owed much to two excellent touches from Jacobs before he set Henry away down the left, who crossed for Dicko to poke home after the striker had got in front of Saddlers skipper Andy Butler.

Walsall looked to hit back and after Lalkovic had sent a free-kick wide, Hewitt came within inches of levelling with an audacious shot which flew just wide of the far post.

In first half stoppage Brandy cut inside Golbourne but his hurried shot was straight at Ikeme.

Nicky Featherstone tested Ikeme early in the second period, while Dicko shot wide after getting away from Butler.

Just seconds later he was celebrating a second goal as Wolves doubled their lead. Henry’s cross from the right was overhit and off target but the ball sailed over O’Donnell before clattering into the bar, then post, before being hit home from two yards out by a grateful and no doubt surprised Dicko.

It looked a long way back for Walsall but they did threaten through Hewitt, who fired straight at Ikeme after turning Batth, while Brandy headed straight at the keeper after meeting a Lalkovic cross.

He repeated the trick soon after but from a far better position after Featherstone’s perfectly placed inswinger found him six yards out.

Midway through the half, Sako showed him how to finish to kill the game as a contest. Wolves were handed a free-kick 25 yards from goal when Taylor was penalised for blocking off Henry and the Mali international sent a superb effort into the bottom corner past a diving O’Donnell.

Smith introduced Craig Westcarr and Michael Ngoo as the Saddlers looked for a consolation. The latter forced Ikeme into a save with a shot from outside the box and Westcarr drilled a free-kick into the wall.

Comments for: "Walsall FC 0-3 Wolves "

nik.hare1

Could'nt go as was working,but what a result .

We'll done WWfc, another clean sheet, 3 points and 8 wins in a row.

Roll on Swindon town. U t w .

1wolves

Like I said last week - of course we can equal the record.

Now wait for it - the E & S BIG DEBATE

Can Wolves set a new record ?

jas_manku1

Anyone else notice that 2 goal hero Dicko is not on the list. Come on E & S, get the basics right before asking our opinion.

chris h

Just warming up for the other Black Country derby next season.

simmo54

Just enjoy this while you can - it will be so nice to collect the points from you again next season ... another 5-1 methinks :-) COYB

brierley hill wolf

So your confident of staying in the premier league then???? Manuel not going to keep you up then? Ttorquay will be looking for a new manager soon perhaps he could get basil and sybil in as his backroom staff down there

simmo54

BHW

I am a realist looking at the worst case scenario for us.

like you we have been left with the consequences for our owners errors of judgment :-(

brierley hill wolf

Simmo have faith pace doesnt get it wrong very often, but from what I have seen they must rue selling long they look good till the last 1/3rd and need a goalscorer

ELDERVO

Big step up for us and you should be well fancied for a quick return Simmo if you get the right man in charge but not sure there's a 5-1 gap between us. Even given the two divs between us I'd fancy our chances against you at the min. Interesting times ahead.

UTW

simmo54

Eldervo

Yes you probably would fancy your chances - especially with a winning mentality it makes such a big difference.

Anyway, all the best for the remainder of the season although IMO you certainly will romp it. COYB

Bedford Wolf

As the Pepper Mill edges ever closer to the exit door (0 wins in 9 is it now?) and his rag-bag mix of 4th rate mercenaries slip further towards the drop the real Black Country team - you know, the one with all the tradition, the history, the trophies, the fans and the class - take another gigantic step towards reclaiming our place amongst the elite. 0-3........ such a popular score today.

simmo54

I still see 27 places between us COYB

richierooster69

P8W8F21A1Pts24 - no need to say a word. UTW

ThaiWolf

Wonderful result, another 3 goals, another clean sheet.

Our clinical finishing was the difference (Gad, did I say that after the last two years?)

KJ is a miracle worker at this level.

He will be sorely tested in the Championship.

He will not be successful in the Premiership.

But, hey-ho, I'm looking too far forward.

A word of praise for the commentators who, week in, week out, provide me and other ex-patriots with live commentary of all Wolves matches via Wolves Live.

Mikey Burrows, you are my hero. Long may you reign. Respect.

Farmer Ted

ThaiWolf

With due respect to all our long distance fans your opinion on KJ chances in the Championship and Premiership is out of order.

For you to say he will be "sorely tested" or "not successful" is pure conjecture.

If you were here on the ground watching the way he has transformed the playing side on the pitch and done his planning off it you would realise he has every chance of producing a half decent Championship side. A lot will depend upon the backing he gets from the board to bring the next level of players in to enhance the squad he has developed.

Let's just get out of this division first but spare us the long distance demolition work, eh?

Nippy Lobo

Although Kenny Jackett will be tested at the Chumpionship and Premier League levels, there is no reason why he will not pass those tests.

ThaiWolf is reading the McCarthy experience into the present situation, but they are not comparable. Mick was already a proven failure in the PL with Sunderland when Wolves got promotion.

If Wolves are promoted, it will be very interesting to see how Kenny copes with the challenges of the higher leagues. Someone with fresh ideas and an open mind might do very well.

With you all the way, Farmer Ted. Let's concentrate on what's in front of us.

Northern Wolf

Well said Farmer Ted - eloquently put. I was just going to reply "shut up, dick"

ThaiWolf

Not demolition work from me Farmer Ted. Love Wolves too much.

I've seen the differences too. KJ has done brilliantly. The new guys, swapping and changing the team until he found the right combination. Classic.

He should do well at the next level but don't expect too much too soon.

It is my opinion that he will not get us to the Premiership.

You are right. Let's enjoy the present and look forward to promotion as champions.

ThaiWolf

Northern Wolf, your comments are usually worth reading, but this is not up to your usual standard.

Yes, I suppose I am relating McCarthy with KJ. Perhaps I am doing KJ an injustice.

That is my opinion though and these blogs are about voicing opinions.

UTW

kicboy

I also live outside of Wolverhampton - in England's answer to Texas - but from the few matches I've been to this year KJ and everyone at Wolves (yes everyone) needs supporting unconditionally. It's clear that previous lessons have been learned on the administrative side and the football business is in rude health.

I saw a fantastic first half performance against Orient at home. After the Bradford game it was clear to me that Wolves were heading back to the Championship as champions of League 1. The football the are playing at present is sensational. Well done everyone.

Roy Hodgson ought to look at KJ's youth policy in respect of the England World Cup campaign this summer. Look at how we are all buzzing at having such a young exciting team with no baggage.

Dear Roy, friends and companions everywhere, consider this:

www.kicboy.com/manifesto (VOTE NOW).

football and the future game - it's up to you....

tatmon

Thoroughly impressed with Kenny for sticking to the winning team line-up / formation. There's no need to change to accommodate Clarke. 8 wins on the bounce and 1 goal conceded in the last 8 games, 2 games in hand over orient and 2 points clear. Bring on Swindon!

UTW!

tatmon

And best defense in top 4 divisions and conference divisions

micheal.beach.9

TOP DOGS , OOP'S WOLVES . W B A , stands for we're beaten again, yo cor mek it up can ya .L O L

wolvesaywe

what a great day we win 3-0 Sandwell town lose 3-0 .

simmo54

Certainly looking good for you Wulfies, well done and you should walk it from here. looks like the local derby battle will commence again next year - it would be nice for us win a couple of matches again :-)

COYB

Stokewolf64

Cheers Simmo, I hear RVP should have gone today? Crap Ref?

You got 4 big games coming up, minimum 9 points needed I reckon..

UTW

simmo54

Can't blame the ref ... Stokie - they were just better than us

wolfo

tis mate, not looking good for albion though 10games to go and youve giving up hope already, we cant wait to play you next season, think you'll end up eating your words.

up the wolves!

simmo54

Not looking good at all for us Wolfo ..... big difference between the Prem and Lge 1 - VAST DIFFERENCE.

You will have the momentum of winning and romping that division - we will have to start to learn to win matches again.

Anyway, there is no use having rivalry if are in different divisions and never play each other is there. This is what football is all about. Forget the big bucks.

brierley hill wolf

Yes there is a vast difference of course, but I have said on here before do you enjoy watching these cheating overpaid prima donnas every week chelsea away springs to mind - no I dont want to be in league one but its a beath of fresh air watching these wolves matches after watching premier league "cheats" for 3 seasons. Oh - and winning a few games helps as well!!!!!

Doyler!

Great win and well deserved three points. Thanks for the game hope we meet again someday...in a friendly!

Na, it was a very good game and they were unlucky not to take their chances but that's the way it goes.

Well done lads, well done KJ. Still top.

Look forward to Swindon then Shrewsbury.

UTW

HSK

Where are the Smallsall players that said that they were going to give us a game!

saddlerforever

if we had a striker we could have won, that was the only difference in the 2 teams. You have strikers that know where the goal is, we dont have a striker at all.

Farmer Ted

Won? It would have taken far more than a striker. I realise your disappointed ...... but won? .......Never.

Concentrate on your Crewe game.

CoRnIsHWoLf

er,...we have a defence too!

Jack Russell

Interesting comments about KJ's prospective abilities, ThaiWolf - based on what facts exactly? I would agree with you if you said you had doubts but, if you have done your homework on the man, I doubt if you would be so emphatic!

saddlerforever

disappointed, poor management and a lack of striker has cost us this game again. Mal benning was outstanding wednesday night except his slip up at the end, scored the goal, had the most shots and gets dropped. Its like deano wanted us to lose especially bringing in 1 goal hewitt.

Well done wolves, maybe send us spare part clarke on loan we desperatly need someone up front that knows what that net is for and you can cope without him.

The Flying Winger

Defensive skills, midfield skills, attacking skills, goal scoring skills, players signed who can score

Bedford Wolf

Players signed who CARE.

The Flying Winger

A manager who knows what he is doing, where was he three years ago?

Fair play to Morgan &Moxey who have got it right, and supported him.

Three more valuable points, yes we rode our luck a bit today, but you make your own luck and the players are a comfortable unit.

Onward and upwards!!!

Stearmans overhead kick

Well done Kenny Jacket and the lads, As the Wolves go marching ON! ON ! ON! Henry three assists I said keep playing the lad, Be nice to wear me Wolves shirt on holiday this year without getting the p*ss taken out of me.

simmo54

Wearing a Wulfie shirt wont save from that fate whatever division you are in SOK :-)

Stearmans overhead kick

Simmo 54 ,Proud to wear the shirt and can tek havin the p*ss taken out of me anytime,Must be a strain on you though on holiday with people paying a couple of quid and trying to open you out and sit on you all day while singing a song that ends on the prom prom where the brass bands play.Sure you know the rest.

Tomwolf

Yet another excellent team performance, we seem to be firing in all departments. And the goals are coming thick and fast now, confidence is so important in football, and its running right through the team. Every player seems on top of his game, and if we continue playing like we are, then we will take some stopping, we're like a runaway juggernaut. 9 goals for and 0 against, is promotion football. I thought Henry, had his best game since his injury, back to the player he was before it. And at last, we seem to have a striker, who gets into the box, and knows how and when to shoot. What an excellent signing Dicko, is looking at £300,000. WELL PLAYED THE LADS: UTW:

len

carm down lads we a there yet just enjoy ,another 3pts and 3pint fot me tonight

Bedford Wolf

Len - you sure you not already had at least 3 pints?

kenco

I agree Len.

However we are playing some very nice stuff:)

Really do rate our team when you consider 10 members of the squad to e under 22 yrs of age!!

Still some won't make it in the championship. Also would like eusibio and some of the other youngsters get a chance if we do pick up injuries and when points are secure promotion guaranteed. I think mcalindon should have a chance aswell. UTW

sue

Sounds like you've already had them!

len

sorry girls and boys had four I think

woolfie4371

Another good 3 points on our way to the championship. I wasn't happy when we announced that the new manager was going to be KJ , but he's done what's been asked of him this season & he's doing a good job SO FAR. I still think that this time in 12 months time we will be back to square one. He's never been successful at Championship level & I'm not confident in his management skills to succeed in the Championship next season. I hope he proves me wrong, then I will admit that I was wrong on KJ.

The Voice of Reason

Millwall have never spent a million on a player. His budget at Wolves this season is on a par with his budget at Millwall for the last 2 or 3. He did very well in the Championship considering what little he had to play with.

Farmer Ted

You could be a pen pal with ThaiWolf (above) you deserve each other.

Also, we are NOT in the Championship yet.

Old Gold Heart

I agree. KJ has done wonders with little spending. The football we are playing is at least mid table Championship. I'm not sure i am bothered about the premier league. i just like seeing the team win

The Flying Winger

Think your are being very harsh, most were concerned when he was appointed who wouldn't be after all the other appointments, but credit where its due.

Long way still to go this season with some tests no doubt along the way, but would rather have him there than some of the others who have occupied the seat!!

simmo54

Emmerdale Town top of league One ( THE THIRD TIER) ..... such dizzy heights, chaps.

Hope Belled gets over Gemma :-)

oldergold

Like you said the other day simmo54 , its nice to Win games whatever league your in , your one strongest sides in the premier your holding the others up ! Equal terms next year.

simmo54

Oldergold

Yes and I am hoping that we remain in exactly that position - the 4th strongest team in the Prem :-)

More than happy for the 3 x teams below taking their fair share of the strain :-)

BH

Simmo looks like you Bennies are at a Crossroads in your lives.... what goes around comes around.....!!!!

HSK

We'll be out, you won't smallsaller

simmo54

And in English?

HSK

Oh I forgot about the low IQ amongst the low attendances at the Market Stadium.

So in plain english, we will not be playing in League One next season whereas you will.

oldergold

Simmo54

HSK As you down as a saddler ! Where as He bin oh well maybe you could have a second team

Sandy Sadler

I was hoping for a repeat, of how played and won at Wolves earlier this season. They look good to win this league by a mile now. But we must start to pull our socks up, before it is to late, to make the play offs. Smith got our subs wrong, again today. The only players with speed, were both taken of. Need to play more going forward, than back.

The Voice of Reason

Another good performance by Wolves. Hopefully we can take this through to Tuesday and beyond. Dicko has been a great signing so far and has brought the best out of Sako. I hope they can continue this sort of form into the Championship.

I can't help but think that Sawyers would be a better player if he was a bit quicker. At times he gave our midfield food for thought but at others he looked to be doing everything in slow motion. Walsall needs someone who can hit the target to give their ailing play-off challenge a kick start.

grumppy grandad

Another great win lads we started a bit slow but our class shone through UTW

Black Country Wanderer

M and M OUT! KJ OUT!!

What on earth are they playing at!!!!

Do we want a Wolves team playing football? Do we want a Wolves team scoring goals? Do we want a Wolves team winning matches?

How dare they break up a losing mentality? How dare they split up the dressing room cliques and replace them with team spirit,youd think they actually want Wolves to succeed wouldnt you???

If we let this go on for a few more games Wolves will be promoted for gods sake,bring back big Mick he would sort this lot out no danger,bring back Ohara, Johnson, Wardy and co ,show these young hungry guys how to fail in true Wolves style,getting so boring keep winning by the odd 3 goals

oldergold

Could change the colours to blue and white stripes put a bird on the shirt and chant about bed springs making a noise that should do it UTW

simmo54

LOL

Wulfie with sense of humour - made me smile anyway

Simmo54 - I guess your a little envious at the moment! Hope our paths cross, which on current form they will.! Why did your moronic board sack Clarke? Any way who cares, see you next season!

simmo54

SC rode on the back of Roys team, Roy's work ethic and organisation and when it started to run out of steam Dec 2012 SC - being a no 2 all of his life - had no answers.

Our paths have to cross at some time otherwise the rivalry goes.

Leon

We really are looking like a team now. I hate to say I told you so but maybe its time a few ate humble pie. I was rubbished earlier in the season for wanting Leigh Griffiths out of the team. I asked for more pace and power up forward. Since Sako has been played higher up and the addition of Dicko we have looked a far better team. With Leon Clarke to come into the fold, we can look forwards now with confidence. Sadly some on here love to shoot people down for having an opinion, just remember he who laughs last laughs longest.

paul

Ted, ThaiWolf & 4371 are not having a go at KJ they are just telling the facts as they stand, its just that Kenny"s record at swansea & Milwall was not very good at best, as you know i am not a big fan of Jacketts but credit where its due. he has done a great job for wolves this season and sometimes a manager fits a club, Just remember this is league 1 and with the players he has been able to bring in wolves should be top, Next season if championship football is obtained he will need a big budget to make the next step, mid table will not be good enough for our fans after such a great season so far. as i have said before i hope he makes me eat my words, and maybe with the right backing from Morgan he will.

Putza Shiftin

There may be a big gulf between the top of league 1 and the bottom of the premiership but you can only beat the opposition you face.

Wolves have got rid of the team that went down many on loan and they can't get in the side. So logic says we may have a better team than when relegated from the premiership.

Careful what you say Baggie boys, it might just come back to haunt you , although I actually doubt you will go down. There are probably just about 3 poorer teams than you this year.

southbankwolfie

if the e&S are gonna report on game, get your facts right guys, dickos first goal came from henry, from the right!! as did the second.

COYW.

simmo 54 fair play m8 good banter.

simmo54

Southbank

Thank you for your comments and isn't this what the rivalry is about - good honest banter. What really gets my goat is the vile venom that sometimes happens between our 2 sets of fans - there is no place for it.

Lets face it depending which part of the Black Country you were born then you followed that team - now there's a sobering thought :-)

honved1954

simmo54, most sensible post I have seen so far! I have been around a long time and can remember when the two sets of fans always "got on together".

simmo54

Honved, Thank you for your post comments. I have seen the balck and white footage of when you are talking about - isn't around the times when the goalie used to shake the hands of the centre forward when he has just scored against Him " I say old boy, splendid shot - beat me all ends up" LOL I think those times have long since gone Honved ...sadly

Unless you were born in Stoke!! Thank goodness my Dad made me a Wolves Fan. :o)

UTW

kenco

Lol southbankwolfie :)

Fair play to Simmo for the bants but 6 months ago you were going on about europe. Hope you do stay up as its good for the area. However wolves are playing some good stuff. The difference between the prem and the top of league one isnt as vast as it would of been 4 years ago. The gulf between the top 6 in the prem and the rest of english football is massive though. Many reasons for that success at the right time and investment from over seas and stadium capacity etc etc...but some of the wolves players at the minute would get in the crystal palace team and even the fulham and cardiff team to be fair...COYW

simmo54

Kenco

We only have to travel outside the West Midlands to think we are in Europe LOL

SEATTLE WOLF

Wolves are exhibiting loads of professional pride and purpose, with a no-nonsense attitude at the back, with canny if ruthless finishing up front, and all that is in unison with said stingy rear corps.

Best part about this team, or KJ's brand of team, is that they have their heads screwed on straight, with no over-hyped or Big Time Charlie rhetoric being spewed out just because they are starting to get into stride with their promotion swagger.

"Keep It Classy, Wolves, Because You Are Going Up If You Keep This Up!" (Ala...Ron Burgundy)

UTMW

BH

Most signficant stat today ..... We cannot matematically get relegated. Next goal is 3 more wins which will secure a play off place..... Then we can think of auto promotion and then winning it.... This is what Emlyn Hughes instilled into Wolves when he came from Liverpool and it still applies today....

BH

THE BIG DEBATE .......Where the hell is JIWAL.....only comment from him in the last few weeks was on the u21 report when we beat the Bennies..... sucking up to them, even claiming to putting a bet on them to do Manure..... true colours or what

JIWAL

Is BH for bone head? Please explain your fixation with West Brom when we have won 8 on the spin and 6 successive clean sheets. For your info I did put a tenner on them to beat manure, I thought it was a value bet, law of averages etc

Albrightondek

This win probably exemplified the change that has happened in the space of six months. Not a classic, but a lively derby match which perhaps earlier in the season might have petered out into a goaless draw.

But now the team are firing on all cylinders, and in Nouho Dicko we have a frontman who knows how to take a fair proportion of the goal scoring oppotunities that are being created. His first goal was created by Jacobs and Henry, but it was his pace that got him into the positon to score. His second was purely the instinct of a goal poacher. Bakery Sako's goal from a free kick, was of Bernabeu quality.

And so to Swindon.

Statos Boring Brother

Well done lads.

I was a bit worried about this one because Walsall are a decent well organised team who just seem to have lost a little bit of form just lately.

I couldn't even get to listen to the match so decided not to keep checking on the internet as I always seem to jinx us when I do that (just like with ceefax when I would switch it on and the opposition would score).

While the excitement is really good I've noticed that a number of "born again" fans are coming out of the woodwork. On Friday night one of last season's biggest moaners was shouting his mouth off in the pub about how easy it was going to be on Saturday as we had won our last seven and Walsall hadn't won for four games, blah, blah, blah. I bet that that the fist match he goes to this season will be the one where we slip up and lose and he'll be there booing the team off and then back in the pub shouting about sacking KJ.

As for me, I'm loving it and football is fun again

UTW

Robert

Another brilliant "take em on the break" from Wolves. We are catching teams out as they push forward and we pick them off on the bounce. Great system Kenny..

HSK

Smallsall have had their cup final, how did they get on.

HSK

I see the open top bus failed to make an appearance

simmo54

HSK

I refer you to the previous post.

You talk about lower IQ and then you state something completely ridiculous

"So in plain english, we will not be playing in League One next season whereas you will." AND HOW WOULD THAT BE AT ALL POSSIBLE?

absolutely PRICELESS :-}

bilodave

He thought you were a Walsall fan Simmo.

Stearmans overhead kick

Their coming to take you away .Oh! Oh ! Ha ! Ha ! He ! He!

Solentwolves

As Statos Boring Brother says, "I'm loving it and football is fun again". Who do we have to thank for that? - Kenny Jackett and the team behind him. So why the occasional negativity regarding KJ and the Championship (assuming we get there) in some of the posts above? Fortunately there are few of them. The vast majority of us are enjoying the season KJ is leading us through and are appreciative, even amazed, at what he has so far achieved. Whatever happens, he is putting the club on a sound footing - he and the rest of the backroom team. Because we are enjoying our football again, it is somewhat mean to be judging what might or might not happen under the current leadership once we return to the leagues above us. After all that he has achieved, Kenny deserves the opportunity to show what he can achieve at a higher level with a club that has always been "bigger" than either Millwall or Swansea.

The Flying Winger

A good summary Solentwolves

Stokewolf64

Couldn't agree more Solent..

I for one go to watch the Wolves play, not the opposition, and all I ask for is they give 100% and play entertaining football. KJ has pulled together a squad that is doing both, and long may it continue.

What was great to see yesterday, was the players faces when they walked round the pitch and applauded the fans.. They were loving it as much as we were.. They actually care if we win lose or draw, it does matter !!

Another great result, and a lot of happy Wolves fans this weekend..

No doubt the Championship (if we get there) will be tougher, but I firmly believe KJ will build on what we have now..

UTW

derbyshirewolf

I note from the "encouraging" comments( Sic )of ThaiWolf, 4371, and Paul, that there are still far too many Molineux merchants of doom and gloom, who really cannot appreciate and embrace the remarkable transformation that has occurred this season. Black Country Wanderer, your beautiful submission has assessed such supporters in a humorous nutshell . Paul, you say that KJ's previous record at Swansea and Millwall was "not very good at best". I suppose two promotions, and an FA cup semi final with two small clubs isn't very good, is it? As a regular match day supporter, in my opinion we are an infinitely better team than the one that played in the Championship last season, and for that matter the one in the Premiership the season before. The football is now skilful and patient. If the fans show similar patience, KJ's and the team's labours WILL bear fruit in the next two years. Mark my words, and yes, of course, I will eat my words if I'm wrong.

derbyshirewolf

Spot on with your comments too, simmo54. There really should be no room for "vile venom" ,as you put it, between rival sets of supporters. I'm Wolves to the core, always have been. However, my dad ,who's a centurion,has always been a fervent Baggies fan. What's more, we actually get on well. There was a time in the sixties and seventies when we would go to Molineux one week, and to the Hawthornes the next. Local tribalism doesn't have to be vicious.

bilodave

Two good posts derbyshire. My dad and Uncle although both Wolves fans used to go to watch the Albion when Wolves were not playing and cheered them on.

DarloSaddler

Wolves looked likely champions in every department yesterday and the sad truth is that, try as we might, we just couldn't get near them.

Well played Wolves, you won't be at this level for much longer.

nik.hare1

cheers darlosaddler,

Stokewolf64

A fair comment... However, Dean Smith on WM after the game, and on the BBC website

"I think the scoreline is very harsh on us - I don't think we any way deserved to lose 3-0"

He must have watched a different game Darlo.

UTW

Wolfman

The Swindon game is the one..........this is it supporters and followers.............believe me, a win and we are promoted.........we don't want the doubt back. COYS........we will be fine.

Sir Billy Quiet

This has gone too far its time us Wolves fans got together a search party for JIWAL. As I always suspected he never ever was a Wolves fan............

JIWAL

Never a Wolves fan eh? I suppose that's why my latest two submissions to the Tatter fanzine have been chosen to be ignored. Ho hum... I love all the chicken counting going on, we are nowhere near promoted yet, have tricky games at Swindon, Sheffield and Mk Dons to face....Rotherham and Posh at home wont be easy either...and don;t you just know we'll lose a game that we are nailed on to win. I still remember the choke season, the play off failures, and , of course, the naivety of the past 3 season.....so excuse me if I dont commandeer an open top bus just yet. I was at Walsall on Saturday ( I wonder how many away games SBQ has been to?).... and we were poor in the main, but, Walsall are dire , and we hardly had to break sweat to beat them. Sorry but I take no comfort in being top of a league that we should never have fallen into in the first place. Anyone who thinks we are already promoted is a fool... we are merely 2 bad results and a couple of key injuries to key players away from disaster. Yes, it's nice to win a few games for once, but, for goodness sake, how about some perspective?

sue

I for one never questioned that you were a Wolves fan, you've been a lot more positive this season but seemed to disappear for a time glad to see you back with your glass half empty. We can only go with what's happening at the moment and I'm loving it.

JIWAL

Thanks Sue, just had so many let downs that it's hard to be positive !

Sir Billy Quiet

JIWAL - I am an AST mate and have been longer than I can remember. I've been watching Wolves, home and away, since 1967.

The difference between me (and thousands of others...) and you is that I support the Wolves whatever division, whereas you just follow the club looking for failure and negativity at every opportunity.................

derbyshirewolf

So wrong JIWAL. Most of us Wolves fans are still acutely aware that slip ups can happen, and that disaster could strike.The difference is that you're so negative about it all. Successful teams have a positive attitude, and the Wolves currently have that in abundance.How can you describe the performance on Saturday as "poor in the main"? We played a patient, containing, away team game,hitting Walsall with pace on the break, and getting our just rewards.Walsall were not"dire", though they didn't possess the nous to be able to break down our organised and committed defence. Unlike you, I do take comfort in what I am seeing this season.Young players gaining massively in experience, increasingly confident teamwork,---it is all boding well for the future. That is my realistic, positive "perspective".

Joe 90

Honved 54 and Simmob 54,

I am fortunate to have been a Wolves Fan for so many years, and agree entirely that there was a time of " friendly Banter and Rivalry" between both sets of fans who would be standing side by side in a sell out crowd (Gates closed at 1pm- ground full)

The BEST match between the being 1953/54 when the Baggies won the Cup (Ronnie ALLEN burst the ball) and Wolves won the league. The Charity" match between them at Wolves to open the season 54/55 was a fantastic draw 4-4. What a game.