Wolves 1 Crystal Palace 2 - match report

Wolves produced arguably their best performance of the season only to lose their four-match winning run and their unbeaten home record against Crystal Palace.

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Wolves produced arguably their best performance of the season only to lose their four-match winning run and their unbeaten home record against Crystal Palace.

And it was down to Wilfried Zaha, who produced two stunning finishes in the 67th and 71st minutes to make it 16 points out of the last 18 for Palace and cancel out Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s 53rd-minute opener.

In an incident-packed game played in driving rain in front of 19,561 – Molineux’s lowest league gate for over five-and-a-half years, Wolves had winger Slawomir Peszko stretchered off with knee ligament damage and hit the bar through Kevin Doyle, while Christophe Berra failed to hit the target from two headers from point-blank range late on after Zaha worked his magic.

Boss Stale Solbakken made one change to the side that beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 on Saturday, with Peszko replacing the injured Razak Boukari.

Anthony Forde took Peszko’s place on the bench in an otherwise unchanged 18.

It was a chilly night at Molineux, but the teams did their best to warm the fans with a riveting first-half performance that saw no shortage of chances, most of which fell to Wolves.

Roger Johnson volleyed the first of them wide from the first of Bakary Sako’s six first-half corners Wolves won.

Joel Ward then blocked Ebanks-Blake’s shot from Kevin Doyle’s cross after the latter was left galloping through on the right wing after a slip by a Palace defender.

In a lively opening, Wolves captain Karl Henry got away without punishment for a lunge on Jonathan Williams which left the Palace midfielder writhing in agony.

Palace had their first sight of goal in the 15th minute with a rising, 25-yard shot from Yannick Bolasie which flew a couple of feet over.

Wolves then stepped up a gear and hit a purple patch as the hosts created several chances.

Doyle saw a first-time shot blocked by Darcy Blake after Peszko’s effort also hit a Palace defender as the visitors struggled to clear their lines in the penalty area.

Henry got away with another no-nonsense tackle on Williams on the far touchline in an incident which sparked fury from several Palace players, with the Wolves skipper briefly involved in a shoving match before order was restored.

Palace recovered the better and Kevin Foley was forced into a vital block in the 21st minute to deny Bolasie’s first-time effort after a fine run down the right and cross from dangerman Zaha had been dummied.

Wolves were struggling at that point with Stephen Ward grounded as he appeared to hurt his ankle before getting up and continuing.

Zaha was coming more into the game and Wolves were at full stretch at times to deal with his advances.

Tongo Doumbia used illegal means to stop him however in the 24th minute to concede a free kick right on the edge of the area.

Thankfully for Wolves however, Mile Jedinak’s low effort struck the wall and bounced out for a throw-in.

Wolves launched a heavy attacking spree in the 31st minute when Ebanks-Blake saw a header palmed away by keeper Julian Speroni after Stephen Ward fed Sako on the overlap for an inviting cross.

A minute later, Sako’s acutely angled cross-cum-shot was tipped over by Speroni before Doyle floated a header from Sako’s corner as Wolves continued to press for the opener.

Doyle then should have won a corner from the move of the half as his shot appeared to come off Dean Moxey after Carl Ikeme rolled the ball to Peszko, who exchanged a one-two with Ebanks-Blake before the Polish winger looked up and slid his centre to the Ireland international.

Palace weathered the storm however and could have won a penalty in the 45th minute when Zaha was sent sprawling in the box, only for the referee to wave play on.

Wolves fans clapped their team off at the interval after a breathless first half.

And they had even more reason to applaud their team within eight minutes of the restart after they were gifted the opening goal.

Damien Delaney lost control of the ball as he dribbled the ball out of defence after taking a throw from Speroni and Ebanks-Blake needed no second invitation as he easily dispossessed the Palace centre-back and slotted across Speroni from just inside the box.

It was Ebanks-Blake’s fifth goal of the season and third in a row in the league against Palace.

Seven minutes later, Doyle volleyed against the bar from eight yards out after a jinking run from Sako.

And the home side were made to pay heavily as Zaha punished them in ruthless fashion.

First the England Under-21 international latched onto a wayward header from Berra before showing dazzling footwork to leave Roger Johnson on his backside and supply a cool finish across Ikeme.

But replays afterwards showed the goal should have been disallowed for offside.

Four minutes later Zaha produced a shot of stunning power with almost no backlift to give Ikeme no chance after taking on Stephen Ward.

It was a bitter pill for Wolves to swallow after they lost Peszko in the 71st minute to a tackle from Jonathan Williams, who was swiftly replaced by Jonathan Parr to a torrent of abuse from the Molineux masses.

There was still time for Berra to miss the target from point-blank range from two headers from Sako corners.

But this wasn’t Wolves’ night – it belonged to Zaha.

Comments for: "Wolves 1 Crystal Palace 2 - match report"

Scowling Joe

What a joke!! Crystal Palace are London's 9th team in the pecking order. Its like losing to Darlaston Town. Its a disgrace. We are in total freefall!

Morgon out!!

Moxley Out!!!

Sticklebooken out!!

Rojo Johnston out!!

Filthy Wolf

Scowling Joe out!

Wake up. They are rigt behind us in the league. You're as bad as these dolts who keep saying about our 'Glory Days'. Our 'Days' were back in the 50s. A long season ahead and these things will happen in the Championship - we have been here more in the last 20 years than any other division.

For some season people like you have a full frontal lobotomy when we lose a match. FOUR MATCHES UNBEATEN. After just TWO WINS last season.

You're the biggest joke.

sue

You tell um Filthy Wolf, bit of a reality check just in case we got carried away, first half not too bad, we lost to a wonder kid.

Scowling Joe

We lost to the Darlaston Town of London. Hows that for a reality check?

sue

Darlaston Town! You're having a laugh..

Graziano

Scowling Joe, your an 1st class Idiot, do us a favour, STAY AWAY.

Bertie

Oh,you're back are you ? What a surprise

Bet you've been waiting for this, probably wet yourself with excitement.

You seem to think your lame spelling is funny. Well Scowling Joe, it isn't and you seriously need to grow up.

True Supporter

scowling joe OUT!!

Essex Wolf

Go away, you Baggie troll. Wolves don't need people like you. I guarantee one thing - you haven't been at a single Wolves match this season.

Percy the Wolf

Cor blimey, I said yesterday to watch out for that Zaha (ok, it was more about Berra, but still!!)

Typical - play really well and lose.....play rubbish and win.

Oh well, its just one of those nights - I hope!

WE ARE WOLVES!!!

Pie Seller

Rubbish

nOT gOOd enough

cant hit a barn door

cant defend

Berra

Edwards

Moxey

Morgan out

wheres the money gone ?

lop sided ground half empty

no one to serve overpriced pies

shambles

In memory of Ellis Andrews

My best mates boy Ellis Andrews was taken away from us this year through cancer. His Dad and the whole of our family are massive Palace fans! Ellis despite all the family and friends pressure decided to support Wolves. Your a nice team with a fantastic eight year old supporter in the sky.I hope you do well this year.

God bless

x x x

Bricks and Mortar

R.I.P Ellis

I'm the only Wolves fan in the village

Reading the above put's it all into perspective ,WIN ,DRAW, LOSE ITS ONLY A GAME.

R.I.P Ellis

Grace

Here Here

Couldn't agree more.

People refer to being gutted or devastated by last night's result & there is a little girl missing in Wales.

Think about it!!!!!

Orlando Wolves

RIP Ellis.

Puts everything into perspective dosen`t it ?

johnnyrichards

God bless you Ellis

Kenny Hibbitts Left Foot

got to concentrate against better opposition!!! Still performances seem to be improving, but think we need some reinforsements in the the form of loans.

Come on me Babbies

Noisy

I agree that this was probably our best performance of the season. We are still building and a few games like this are bound to happen. We should have had them dead and buried before they got the first (which I didn't think was all that 'dazzling') and the second,which was a great strike. Our failure to take our chances in the first hour was the only thing that disappointed me about the game (apart from the result!)

Barnes1959

Garbage.

This is commercialism at its worst. Lets get a result at all costs, never mind about the entertainment.

Palace deserved the result, and the 4 back to back wins have masked all that anti Moxey and Morgan feeling, forgiving Roger Johnston, and believing SEB is a a good striker again, and everyone forgives Kevin Doyle.

Well i for one have not forgotten.

Taxi

Tomwolf

Well we had enough chances to win the game, yet ended up losing it to a wonder strike by Zaha. Overall i thought we played well, but ive said often enough we need a big striker ( Kenwyne Jones ) to convert some of the chances we had, especially in the second half. Berra had two very good chances with headers, if they had fallen to a big striker, im sure they would have been converted. CP have always been a bogey side to us, and when they scored their first goal, it didnt suprise me they would snatch another. But its not the end of the world, we will lose more games in the future, but as long as we win more, than we lose, we will be in the mix, come the end of the season i think. I hope Peszko injury doesn't keep him out too long, as he's going to be hard to replace. I thought Doyle had another excellent game, and well done to SEB getting his 5th goal, after Paul Franks said there's no way he will get 20 goals this season, looks like another clanger you've dropped Franksy!!! UTW:

johnwolf

Tom we asked about Jones but pullis didn't want to lose him, agree though we need a big striker up front - maybe Nouble could do it given the games.

It's May that counts not october.

We got solbakken the club

I think I know how this league operates now. The club with the biggest squad and a fit goal scorer wins it.

Rest now, re-group and straight back at em.

Au revoir our kid...

Bob Wolf

Normal service has been resumed then- some decent attacking play let down by more woeful defending.

Ward and Berra are liabilities at the back and need replacing quickly if we have any hope of making the playoffs. The top 2 is clearly beyond this team.

wolfy in disguise

Top 2 is clearly beyond this team. We have lost several of our best players due to cashing in on them, and have a far worse team than we did last season.

does anyone really think that if, and thats a big if, we get promoted this season that there will be any money invested to stay up.

Bottom of the prem with 26 points would be a bonus! better than the puny 25 we got last year!

johnwolf

have you just woken up! the three players we lost WANTED TO GO! just in case you missed it THEY WANTED TO GO! the fact that Moxey got the money he got, he should be congratulated not ridiculed by the morons with a third of his brain.

johnnyrichards

we cashed in on the attacking players only, the problem is defence where any good/great team should be built from. the current back 4 maybe good enough for this league but won't be for the Premier League.

i hope we don't go up this year as it will be a relegation scrap again, Stale needs time

johnwolf

Normal Service has indeed been resumed - the idiot Bob Oaf is back, it wasn't Berra's fault for the first goal, Zaha was behind him and clearly offside.

Just go and do one preferably for life.

Toronto Wolf

We deserved at least 1 point.. Tough call on their first goal.

Hope the injuy to Peszko is not as serious as it looked.

Overall, a very good game from the lads.

Toronto Wolf.

Wolf man

Best performance!!! No creativity what so ever. We only scored because of a mistake

olly82

Best performance of the season, I'm not sure about that, we didn't take our chances and close out the game like we did away from home recently, we looked vulnerable down the flanks and gave the ball away far too often especially in midfield. The ineffective Peszko should have been replaced earlier he hardly touched the ball before he got injured

johnwolf

ineffective Peszko - are you a fool or just a complete idiot! and were you at match? he was all over the pitch giving palace the run around - that's why they done him!

THE WATCHER

Four wins from four games without playing well.

One loss from one game, but play improving ?

Bodes well for latter part of season when fully

improved play will be rewarded with best results.

Warning to Henry, dangerous challenges will cost

the team, Williams retaliates on Peszko, now

injured along with Boukari and Hunt. Could do with

Hammil back now !

Next games will perhaps test the system for a while ?

AucklandKiwiWolf

'PLAY IT SAFE' ? - That's what you get! To play that kind of football you need a competent defence.That is something that Wolves do not have.Stale may have bought a number of midfield and forward players,but he has not addressed the fundamental problem that has led us to where we are now.THE DEFENCE! I feel that up to press it is either a question that the opposition has been poor or the Wolves defence have got away with it OR BOTH.If Wolves are to make a serious push towards promotion this issue has to be sorted out once and for all.But with the transfer window closed for the moment,there's nothing we can do.STALE YOU BLEW IT!

johnwolf

have you not heard about the loan market in auckland! read about the match did we and of course you believe everything you read! the first goal was offside.

Has for poor teams, we can only play whats in front of us, but we are a team in progress and it takes time, but some of our fans won't allow that time - even those afar????????? "fans"?????????

Orlando Wolves

Pleased with the overall reported performance, but there will be occasional setbacks - this, I believe, is one of them.

As I have said before, patience is needed, progress is being made. To Stale, the players, the backroom staff and the management - keep up the good work.

At the beginning of the season I would have accepted 16 points out of 9 games.

(I can`t wait to read the knockers comments later....doom, gloom and despondency again, no doubt.)

UTW

johnwolf

just read auckland ?olfs comments for clarification.

whisper Wolf

Stollen is playing a magnificent set of tactics that continue to bamboozle the oposition. The mesmerising interplay of width then narrowness, the making of defenders into strikers and vice versa puts Muppet Mick's tinkerings in the shadows.

I believe there is a Voodoo curse on the Wolves, with all these nasty ankle injuries that keep happening. But I'm sure that Stollen has got some Viking counter curse magic he can deploy (Like sprinkling the ashes of a burned Viking Long Boat in the goal mouths)

Our beady eyed, follically challenged, leader. The Nosferatu of the dug-out, will no doubt be casting his bloodshot eye's over the Wolves youngsters who he will be now feeding on a diet of Meatballs, Roll Mops and Skol in readyness for their moment in the limelight!

UTW

ulv

One PL-class (almost) striker was what it took to undo the good work and reveal the frailties still lingering in the Wolves defense. More clinical finishing wouldn't go amiss either. The thought of promotion is quite disturbing at the moment. Still, an overall positive performance. The team seems more balanced and working together as a collective. SS seems to be able to push players in the right direction, which is a prerequisite to compete on an even higher level. Work in definite progress - UTW!

Grace

We lose & the merchants of doom appear spouting their usual rubbish.

Decent enough performance last night, the game should have been in the bag, long before the the incompetence of the officials (who were woeful all night for both teams) allowed Palace back Into the game.

That said Zaha was brilliant all night & his finishes were outstanding, especially his 2nd, thought it did come after he caught the ball.

Sako was superb, can't remember a Wolves player who has delivered such consistent dead ball quality.

We played some decent stuff last night & in patches, we looked excellent in controlling play & putting a inform Palace very much on the back foot.

Injuries are now a worry, with the 2 wingers having longer term problems.

I also thought the subs by SS were slightly strange???

This was just a blip.

KTF

Wolvesforever

sue

I also thought the subs were strange, did he take Henry because he thought he was going to get send off? Foley I thought he was our best player!

WhereWolf?

Ah so there you all are again, all you moaners and whingers - been wondering where you've been over the last few weeks!

I was at the game, and it's a case of glass half full or half empty, depending on how you want to look at it. On the down side we were wasteful in front of goal and struggled against Palace's pace up front. On the positive we controlled the game for large periods, could have been 2 - 0 up if Doyle's volley had gone in, not hit the bar, and only conceded their second goal as we were still rattled by an offside leading to their first that somehow the linesman missed. Our position prior to this game was flattering, we're a top six team at best, but its important we come back strongly so we don;t slide back down the table, but stay in touch. Worst result for me was Pesko's injury, coming so soon after Boukari's, lets hope its not as bad as it looked - UTW!

Brightonwolf

Still work in progress but the worrying thing seems to injuries and the complete lack of depth in the squad, something that Jez (war chest???) should have helped sort out. It's gonna be a long hard season and hopefully players and manager learned from some home truths last night.

PJB

Couldn't agree more regarding lack of strength in depth but also there is a distinct lack of qualty in certain positions, notably central defence (Berra, Stearman) and left back (Ward, Elokobi). We now have a grownng list of serious injuries with no adequate replcements and the likes of Edwards and Stearman are not good enough for the bench evren at this level.

The cause of these problems lies firm;y in the hand sof Morgan and Moxey. As I have said before they had over 6 months to plan for the inevitable relegation and it's consequences but completely blew it with. the Connor fiasco and the subsequnt delay in installing a new manager. Everyon knew that Jarvis and Fletcher would leave for big money but investment has again been lacking to strengthen the squad. Given the anticipated income this should have been made BEFORE their inevitable departures. These issues have been compounded by lack of time available to SS to assemble a squad of sufficient overall strength due to abm prevarication and mismanagement at the top.

Footnote. As asked abovr is there any reason why Hammill can't be recalled?

Stafford DeWolf

An unwelcome return of comic defending from the usual suspects.

The dearth of goals to paper over the defensive cracks must be a long term worry for the manager.

No points from a home fixture is definitely glass completely empty! Disappointing, but hopefully just a blip.

Albrightondek

A game we should have won. If Wolves are to be successful this season they must be far more decisive in their finishing.

There were enough chances for our players to have won this game quite comfortably. But you don't get anything for just creating chances - you need to convert them into goals.

One of the more pleasing factors in the match was the continuing development of Sako as a provider of opportunities for our two front men. Whether it be from dead ball situations or open play, he swings in devasting crosses. Both Doyle and Ebanks-Blake are not in my opinion doing enough to be on the end of them. They need to believe he is going to deliver.

The turning point for me last night was the substitution of Henry for Davis. It was quite understandable as Henry was just one foul tackle away from a second yellow card. Maybe it was just coincidence, but up until then, both he and Doumbia had been in control of the midfield. Not long after, Zaha scored the first of his two goals. Why this kid is not already playing in the premiership is a mystery to me.

Ye Olde South Bank

As others have said, Wolves should have put this game to bed long before Palace got their equaliser, so it was a very disappointing result, all things considered. However, I'd be far more concerned if we'd lost after a Wolves no-show, and that certainly wasn't the case. I didn't see McCarthy's gutless quitters out there...it was rank-bad poor finishing cost us big-time. So, c'mon, lads: it's too early to be all doom and gloom. Get over it because -things happen in football.

As long as we see an upward curve and we stick by the manager, all things are possible. This was just one game out of a very, very long season, and nothing's ever decided this early. I admit the injury list is beginning to worry me, though....

Senior Wolf

When will one of our managers realise Ward is not good enough even at this lower level. Not that the other defenders were much better apart from Foley but he was taken off. We have no creativity in midfield,apart from Sako,and Doyle is not a goalscorer and Blake a stone overweight. We also have little on the bench despite having a large squad.

The football being played is beginning to remind me of the Hoddle era and we know what happened then.

Its mid table at best for us this season which will probably suit the two responsible for this mess as they just want to take the transfer money and run.

Morgan and Moxey out.

Golden Nuggett

Spot on, but if you speak the truth the happy clappers just call you a moaner and negative.

Grace

Yep

And if you have a balanced view & actually watch what goes on instead of bleating in the South Bank (not that there is anything wrong with those good people who stand on the South Bank) then you get callled a "happy clapper" or worse.

Ce La Vie

golden nuggett

The back four last night was the same as the one we went up with apart from johnson for stearman/craddock. It was clear to most then that it wasn't good enough. We went up because we scored loads - we also let in loads. In the intervening three years we have signed all across the back four and yet here we are playing the same people. WARD BERRA STEARMAN FOLEY ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Thats not moaning - its just a fact. They have the odd good game ( foley last night but overall they are not good enough and any other conclusion is delusional)

PJB

Championship for the duration has always been the plan for this pair.

As for Ward he talks a good game, but that's about it and he must have been the worst player in the whole of the Euros. He has been our achilles heel for years now.

Robert Perry

I have said this on more than one occasion,the people who run this club are quite happy for us to be in the championship with average attendances of 20,000. The premiership is out of their comfort zone I am afraid. I just wonder how long it will take for our manager to realise this?

Ye Olde South Bank

Like you, I'm far from convinced about the folks who run this club, Robert. Solbakken is slowly giving me hope, especially considering the mess he's been left with -but the two main players at Molineux sure don't!

johnnyrichards

If that was the case Robert why would they plan to re-develop the stadium to a possible 50,000 capacity within a few years and why would they spend £10m+ on the academy turning it into a class 1 to compete with Man Utd, City and Arsenal et al.

Nah they'd prefer to have loads of empty seats would'nt they? losing potential revenue by staying in the Championship for years and years.

SLOUGH WOLF ( PESHAWAR )

AS WE ALL KNOW, VERY TOUGH LEAGUE, BUT THE PERFORMANCES SEEM TO BE GETTING BETTER, LACK OF CREATIVITY AND GOALS SCORED ARE A CONCERN AS EVER, FINGERS x FOR STAURDAY. ONE FINAL THING A FULL STADIUM WOULD HELP THE TEAM, MUST HAVE BETTER OFFERS TO GET THE MASSES THROUGH THE TURNSTILES !

Golden Nuggett

Foley, Berra, Johnson and WARD. Everything comes down our left and people are suprised with what happens?

Either he hasn't a clue or he watched someone else's dvd's.

Doyler!

On the whole we should have taken the points last night but we didn't. However we are going to get games like that but the attendance apart it was a very good display of football that was non existent under boring inferior McArthy. It is improving on the pitch without a doubt.

Why some fans que and purchase those rubbish overpriced so called pies served by a single nuron idiot is beyond me!

Lets put this one to bed and look forward to the next game. We are no pushovers anymore BUT! we need two or three loanees midfield and defence, maybe a striker of note as well. Ok Doyle plays his socks off but we need those missed chances. If we had got a second goal last night i'm sure we would have put them to bed.

We are doing better than what some of us think and with more input we may even get the play offs.

Hope things are sorted in Jan 13.

UTW.

Sir Lupi

I don't thinks Wolves did alot wrong last night.

They played the ball really well and looked comfortable for most of the game.

If im being critical, the left side of the defence does look suseptable in comparison to the right.

We need more height up front, Blake and Doyle are not tall enough together, and with Sako crossing the ball like Beckham, a forward like Kenwyne Jones would score a packet.

Henry coming off left the midfield less organised as there were some tired legs in Tonga and Pzeko.

No need to panic though boys, all good work in progress.

JackWolf

Spot on Sir.

Always a good post from you.

chris hoggard

Sir Lupi, I agree with you a cutting edge,to make the most of Sako's delivery. Don't think we will get Jones though,too high wages for Jez.You see a bit of constructive criticism ,does no one any harm.

GBull

Not enough quality in both defence and attack. Strange style of play considering the players that we have and sooner than later we will need a Coach who knows about Championship football. Poor performance and worrying.

johnwolf

poor performance! ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha, another one let out of his village!

Crunge

Johnwolf. its interesting you put comma`s after your ha ha`s.

One can only guess you must have a laugh like Basil Brush!

tamworth wolf

Defence, that, for me is what its all about with us, we need a right back and a centre back of some quality to support Johnson, and there are defenders out there, Birmingham city just found two of them, we have not learned from the last three seasons, it says a lot when Berra says he wants to leave the wolves, and nobody comes in for him, there's his quality, 2 headers missed again last night, and a poor headed clearance for the 1st cp goal, c'mon Stale, use the loan market. And Jez get your hand in your/our pocket, and give him the money for loan wages. ps, i dont expect promotion this season, its a re-build season for me, but please get a defence that can cope. Tamworth Jeff.

Realistic Wolf

Performances are steadily improving which can only be good. Generally good controlled football apart from the occassional lapses from the usual suspects. Should have sown the game up with the chances we had but weak defending and sloppy finishing (again) cost us big time. Good to see Foley playing well after being out for so long. Not too concerned at this stage and am pleased with the job Stale is doing, overall much happier but believe we still neeed a proper striker, central defender and a left back. UTW

Jersey

We lost because they had a player with some magic up his sleeve and we didn't. Zaha had been rubbish til then but that's irrelevant. Johnson, Berra and co need to practice attacking Sako's barrage of corners and free kicks, fabulous deliveries begging to be headed in by someone brave. Neil Collins was useless but he would have scored 6 goals for us this season already.

Farmer Ted

Disappointed about losing a game we should have won.

Reasons ?

1) Missing at least 5 clear chances. Sako blazing wide in the first half when a little more composure was needed. Pesko hitting a cross penalty area ball too hard for Doyle and Doyle hitting the bar when he really should have made it 2-0 plus a number of missed corners amongst them.

2) Linesman unable to see a clear offside which led to the equaliser

3) Zaha's two superbly taken goals. He'll end up at Spurs or Arsenal.

4) A sound display from Speroni. Why isnt he playing in the Premiership?.

5) Ward was struggling. Did he aggravate that injury in the first half. Left back loanee wanted !

6) Karl Henry getting involved in a spat with Williams (20). He was innocent to begin with then got himself booked. Solbakken took him off 'cos the Palace players were winding him up to see red. That changed the game. Davis struggeld and we gave Palace the impetus to hit back. Henry your a good player but a DH for getting involved!

One question for our older readers. Sako makes the best deadball deliveries seen for sometime at the Mol. Is he the best corner taker since Danny Hegan ? Remember his driven corners ?

Ye Olde South Bank

An interesting comparison about Hegan and Sako, Ted.

Danny didn't make that many appearances for our club (relatively speaking), as I recall...but, as you say, he couldn't 'arf wallop that ball in! Sako has that ability, too -and he'll only get better.

Orlando Wolves

Agreed, an interesting comment.

I for one will never forget the goal Danny scored against Juventus at the Molineux in the 1972 Quarter Final. Superb goal

We got solbakken the club

Bak Sak,s deliveries are very good Ted , but for me nobody can beat all of Wolverhampton,s favourite drinking buddy.......the legendary Paul Cook. I remember him bending one in against the Villa in a friendly and watching it go that far out and in again I was cussin and cheering him in one shout.

By the way , if you wanna hear some truly great stories bout Danny Hegan try and catch Phil 'Lofty' Parkes when he,s in town. Get him a large red and pin your lugholes back, trust me, you won't want to leave. Better still, you can catch Danny himself in the Irish bar in Digbeth, he's in every day but he slurrs a bit.

Au revoir our kid...

Martino

A bit harsh to blame Henry, although you may have a point.

Yes, Danny Hegan hit a mean ball into the box, different player altogether to Sako, but I guess it's the power in his crosses you're comparing. Also remember him hitting one from the halfway line and nearly catching the keeper out. Can't remember the opposition, mind. That was in the days well before Becks did it for Manure against Wimbledon.

Wolfman Jack

I think Hegan's half-way line effort was against Spurs in the UEFA cup final (tho' it might have been in a League Cup semi as we seemed to play them every week in those days...)

chris hoggard

Lot of logic in those comments,Farmer Ted.Seems to me there was one reason above all else;we struggle against anyone who is Premier league class.Zaha got 2 and Whittingham got 3.The only solution is to bring in better quality players to supplement the likes of Sako.Will they do that? I doubt it,don't you?

Farmer Ted

I do. Not sure whether that's down to Stale or M&M. We now need loan players in two positions (LB & wide).

Looking ahead the January window will show exactly what the board are really thinking.

PJB

Well congratulations Mssrs. Morgan & Moxey, you have now achieved a sub. 20,000 attendance at an untelevised league game for the first time in several years and to quote your own words Jez "things are likely to get worse before they get better" with the depths of winter around the corner and mid table obscurity looking a distinct possibilty.

You have ignored all the warning signs that history tells and continued with your arrogant approach to everyday suppoeters and continueing "prudent" ( = unrealistic and uncompetitive) approach to invesment in the football element of the business. If you do not address this situation forthwith the Club is facing the danger of an ongoing downward spiral towards relative obscurity. You will of course then try to convince yourselves and the world at large that you were deserted by "fickle, disloyal" supporters and argue that we have to cut our cloth (=operate on a League 1 budget) accordingly.

Produce a product fit for purpose and you will find that your missing supporters (CUSTOMERS) will begin to return. Jez perhaps you might spend some time reading the works of John Maynard Keynes.

If you decide to continue to adopt the present approach then a return an 80's type scenario at Molineux is far from impossible.

Valhalla

What a happy little soul you are

Was John Maynard Keynes able to spell. Yes ?

Perhaps you should try reading his works again.

Also recommended, the poetry of Leonard Cohen. They'll brighten your day.

Mona Lisa had the Highway Blues

Now't wrong with 'Famous Blue Raincoat', and many more.

Filthy Wolf

Whenever I read a comment like this I dispair of the type of fans we attract. One guy in the Mail is touting he is a 'lifelong' Wolves supporter but 'haven't been going recently'. Er. That does not compute.

You only turn up when they do well? And before you quote the 80s, I remember the Bhatti Brothers destroying the club. Then Jack stepped in and turned it around. When he knew he had to let go he let go to a sound BRITISH businessman who has made the club financially stable.

Rather be like Blackburn? Or go through what the Blues had? You're welcome to it.

Should we spend the Fletcher/Jarvis money? On who? And who of those would come here? Most hysterical were the comments for a new manager when Mick went. We got the right bloke. GIVE HIM TIME.

Our pedigree is Championship over the last twenty years. Glory days were 70 years ago with Billy Wright. The club has to be rebuilt. Stale is doing that with the team, Moxey and Morgan are doing it with the club and the ground.

Don't like it? Stay at home. Some of us can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

You and Scowling Joe and the others are too happy in the dark at the wrong end.

PJB

FW

Are you happy then that our football club is either unable or more probably unwilling to compete financially with the likes of Reading, Southampton, Stoke, Wigan, WBA, Bolton, Fulhm, West Ham and others of similar status or less . I am not suggesting that a return to the heady days ot the 50's is realistic but if you and your fellow travellers are happy with a 20 year Champonship pedigre then that is where the Club is likely to remain. I personally believe that WWFC should have higher aspirations than that and if the availble resources are utilised to best effect and it's potential is maximised by displaying a much higher level of ambition than shown over the last 5 years or so then a much brighter outlook would be likely.

If the same level of development had been achieved under the tenure of Morgan as that that which was achieved under SJH then we would be an established PL Club. But then SJH was a Wolves man and wasn't in it for the money. As it is at the moment we have made no progress other than to build a new stand which is likely to be half full for the foreseeable future. The team is back where it was when Morgan arrived.

And by the way Valhalla I'm not too keen on Leonard Cohen, I find him much too cheerful.

Filthy Wolf

The development under Sir Jack was immense. BUT we got into the Premiership and came straight back down. So what is your point?

Under Morgan we had THREE years in the Premiership and it was only the sheer goodwill they had in Mick that they kept him on.

We saw Hull overspend and almost go under when they went down. Look at Leeds - only just getting back. And Portsmouth? Yeah, they competed 'financially'.

Grow up and understand this is the start of a new era. If you cannot take the rough with the smooth you shouldn't follow football.

Robert Perry

Be like Blackburn or Blues? Of course not. However I dont see why we should not be able to compete on level terms with the likes of Stoke or Fulham and achieve a similar level of success as they have over the last few years.As a committed season ticket holder I dont think I am asking too much for this to be achieved. If that classes me as a moaner then so be it. The big difference between Stoke, Fulham and us? They have owners who are genuinely interested in the team and are prepared to back the manager with hard cash when things are not going exactly to plan on the field.Our owner unfortunately is more interested in buildings,hotels and housing developments. You see light at the end of the tunnel?. Well we are all entitled to our opinions,but while Morgan is owner of our club IMHO it will be Championship football and little else.

PJB

Robert

Just to stress I deliberately didn't mention Blackburn or Blues and also excluded any reference to the excesses of Portsmouth who many are prepared to use subjectively when this type of debate is involved. As on previous posts I think we have many common views on the underlying motivation of our current owner.

THE WATCHER

Filthy Wolf, Total support for your comments !!

Very sound and perceptive comment showing excellent appreciation of management and work in progress !!

One question though.... Why call yourself Filthy Wolf.

Dont take offence but surely you deserve a name more appropriate to your observations. Anyway All the best !

All along the watchtower

What patronising rubbish.Are you on the payroll by any chance?

Sancho Panza

Filthy Wolf- Hayward didn't take over from the Bhattis. The club was 'saved' by the local council (most notably John Bird) and a consortium of the Gallagher Bros building firm, Jack Harris and Dick Homden. The latter two would go on to personally guarantee the transfers of Andy Thompson and a certain Steve Bull. Hayward turned up when we were already on the way back through the divisions.

johnwolf

at last a sensable post, agree with number 6, they were trying all match to get him sent off, also would have put a 7 in - trying to win pens every time they got in the area.

They beat Bolton because 1. Bolton had a player sent off and 2. They got a penalty that wasn't.

And yes I remember Danny,

johnwolf

well considering the weather conditions and the fact we played on Saturday it was understandable that the crowd would be a bit low, plus palace hardly bring thousands with them. Has for an 80s scenario - what a load of utter garbage! that came about because the owners did not invest anything in the club and it was badly run by marshall plus the bhattis.

We are a well run club with an owner that has more support for this club than you could ever dream about - you said it about fickle and disloyal fans has you are one of them.

Why don't you just join the other anti Moxey/Morgan everything Wolves club down at the funny farm!

Tomwolf

If we dont recall Hamill, why dont we try Zubar on the RW, the chap as fantastic pace, and ive always believed he does his best work from the halfway line going forward. He can beat players with his pace alone, but he crosses a mean ball too. If i was SS id try him out during training, and see how it worked out. Or give young ZI / AF a run. But i think were desperate for a big strong striker ( KJ ), as some of Sako's crosses are made for that type of striker, as both Doyle/SEB are a bit on the small side, for those sort of crosses. UTW:

Solentwolves

Keep it up, Tomwolf, you'll get your way over Kenwynne Jones yet!! Seriously, for me you are one of our genuinely caring supporters and one of our most positive. Good on 'yer'. UTW

Under 20k is getting bad

It's looking bleak IMO. We have a lot of players who don't think will be up to a whole season in the U.K. SEB is over weight too!

PS: Where are all the fans as well? 1989 he we come!

mardygit.

The great Bill Shankly once said, its not a matter of life or death its more important than that. So i'm the only Wolf in the village, it is not just a game, and yes Grace i have shed some tears over that little girl missing in Machynlleth, but Wolves results are important to us and it is not just a game. We must now win at Blackburn. COME ON YOU WOLVES.

Grace

Mr MG

Whilst think your passion for the game is superb, I share it, I've followed our great club for the thick end of 35 years, have watched footy all over Europe, had a ball & spent thousands doing so.

But let me ask you this, if the great man you refer to was still alive, do you think he would still give the same answer that you quote, after the disasters that were Heysel & Hillsborough, of course he wouldn't, because that is it, it really is just a game, nothing more,

Take last season, how much did it hurt our players???

Not much at all really,not like it hurt us the paying public, a few of them have even been rewarded beyond their wildest dreams & a couple have shown some character & hung around to prove their worth, but are still being handsomely rewarded, which I don't have a problem with, such is the nature of the game these days, but thats just why its not as important any more, because its all just business & a great deal of the old passion that used to be around has long since gone, or perhaps I'm just growing up, who knows???

And football results should never be mentioned,not even thought of, in the same breath as the events that are unfolding in Machynlleth, seriously.

Apologies for the deep & meaningful lecture, it's just how I feel, promise I won't get that deep on here again!!!!

chris hoggard

Grace, You have posted on here for years.In my opinion that is your best one.

Farmer Ted

Excellant

The Flying Winger

Will always happen until the defence is sorted.Henry should be dropped and a new player signed in January.

forever

Can you tell me why Henry should be dropped? we went to pieces when he went off...You really do have a probelm with him, get over it.

The Flying Winger

If you don,t know by now you never will

forever

Enlighten me then? because I don't get it!!!!

chris hoggard@btinternet.com

Filthy, The gates at every football club increase in proportion to the success of the football team on the pitch.So surely you can see this is not peculiar to Wolves' fans. Telling fans to stay away is just nonsense.A turkey voting for Christmas.You are right the club has to be rebuilt,but that was after the debacle of last season ,which was our worst season in top flight football in our entire history.This debacle occurred under the ownership and control of Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey who failed to attract sufficient quality footballers to enable us to stay in the Premier.This failure has resulted in a massive loss of income to the football club.This occured whilst Jez Moxey was paid one of the highest levels of remuneration for any Chief Executive in the Premier League.The club is in a strong financial position largely because of the generosity of Sir Jack who effectively gave away the club. The next transfer window will tell us a lot more about the owner's ambition for our football club and if he is not careful there will be another mass exodus in fans not renewing season tickets at the next Early Bird opportunity. Perhaps you want decline so that you can demonstrate a misguided sense of loyalty.Most of us I would suggest just want Wolves to be successful.

PJB

Chris

Glad some of us can see the wod from the trees. You are quite right - the next transfer window will tell us a lot but given recent track record I'm not sure we have too much ground for optimism. As I have posted above I can't understand why we are unable / unwilling to compete financiallly with other Clubs of similar or lesser status and potential. What has happened over the last 2 / 3 years represents a huge missed opportunity to establish WWFC as a PL Club in the long term and as a result we are, in football terms, back where we were when Morgan begged the Club from SJH. If the bulk of the £30 million transofer income is not invested in on the field assets then I think we know in which direction we are heading.

mardygit.

Robert Perry, i agree with the first part of what you said, Fulham, Stoke etc. But if Steve Morgan was not ambitious why would he go and get Staale, because if he was not do you think Staale would have come, no he would not have bothered coming here. Of cause Morgan wants Wolves to be a success, but it will not happen over night. Staale will get our club at the top, they are improving each time we play, we will not win every game from now untill the end of the season, and we must be prepared to lose some games. COME ON YOU WOLVES.

khs

was in the billy wright last night, created and missed lots of chances, palace bided their time and caught us on the break, and zaha will be in the premier by january.

as for sub 20.000 gates. a combination of supporters picking which games they attend due to finacncial constraints,

the recession,

palace only bringing about 600 fans and wwfc losing the fair weather , we only want to watch arsenal/man utd/liverpool, occasional (fans). utw.

sue

Fair weather supporters, well said! Money is tight on the moment that could be the reason, I agree thought we did enough to win but missed chances when we were on top.

Ye Olde South Bank

Actually, no, it's not necessarily a 'fair weather' fan exodus. I can think of a few alternative reasons without even trying too hard:

Wolvo City having one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country. Energy bills, fuel and the general cost of living soaring despite pay restrictions. The managerial sacking farce of last season destroying consumer confidence in Morgan & Moxey. No genuine effort in the transfer market to retain our top-flight status. Terry Connor appointed as a scapegoat, followed by the huge gamble of taking on a foreign manager with no English track record. The malaise created by the worst run of results and worst top-flight season ever in Wolves' history. An influx of continental players rather than recognised names. Two home games in 3 days despite empty pockets. A taxi of Eagles fans.

Of course, this represents just a portion of the complaints I often get to hear from subdued fans, family and friends. In short, the 'fair weather' explanation is far too simplistic and is often trundled out by fans wishing to pat themselves on the back for their own, undying support. I go back 45 years as a paying fan but I'm still just a face in the crowd, nothing more. The club doesn't love me any more for it, nor do they you. It's just about the money, see....

sue

Fair enough, you make very valid points but you have to admit that there are a lot of fans who are only interested in the premiership and I don't think it's wrong to pat ourselves on the back for our undying support, as you say we are just a face in the crowd so who else will?

Ye Olde South Bank

I fully agree, Sue: there are fans who are only interested in the Premier League, but that's their prerogative. There are others who swap club loyalties -and shirts- depending upon who's currently Premier League champions. Nobody takes these folk seriously (if you're a one-club fan, I mean), but then again, I guess it's freedom of choice at work. You and I may be the so-called 'loyal supporter', but that's our choice. Nobody forces us to do it, and there's no Brownie Points to be won, either. So, I don't understand why anyone should be concerned about this so-called 'fair weather' fan group (short of massaging their own ego), especially given the likely multitude of reasons for their absence. Accordingly -and being the pragmatic person I am- I feel no need to pat myself on the back whatsoever. I'm just doing what pleases me; so are you -and so are others. It's just the way it is, always has been and always will be. It's the same for every club, Sue. I bet Man Utd wouldn't get 76,000 at Old Trafford had they 'enjoyed' Wolves' history over the past 30-odd years. No, they'd be lucky to pull a couple of shepherds and 30 sheep! ;-)

Wolfman Jack

That was a wake-up call for the defence. Whilst Zaha might be seen as exceptional in the Championship, his finishing is just typical of what you see in the Premiership. If Stale is serious about us going up, and not struggling to stay up, then he's going to need better defenders than he's currently able to call on. I'm also concerned that the attack seems pretty toothless at the moment. Not every defence is going to gift us goals like on Tuesday.

mardygit.

It is still more than just game Grace, because of all the money swishing around in the game. the board are now concerned that the gate as dipped below 20,000 for the first time in years. As the money increases so to does the importance of the game, you watch how tight this league we are in will finish, everyone fighting for the millions to be made. Exclude 15 years in the forces i have supported this great old club since 53. COME ON THE WOLVES.

Sir Billy Quite

If you are going to spend your time supporting a football team, at any level, then you need to learn that you will win some and lose some.

It is clear from the kneejerk, childlike, comments of some posters that they are unable to handle either emotion.

oldwolf

Fell for the ball over the top again, just like last season. Should defend deeper, or make sure the guys well offside. Berra again. Suspect.

Jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule

Sir Billy, Since you know so much about football,and you are so mature, can you please tell us of any professional football club,where the fans don't complain at a bad set of results. Perhaps one day you might realise the best way of improving any business is to make those in charge accountable for performances. I bet Jez Moxey's bank manager thinks you are a wonderful guy.