Wolves 1 Leyton Orient 1 - match report

Wolves had to settle for a point in the top-of-the-table clash against leaders Leyton Orient.

Kenny Jackett the head coach / manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell’s fourth-minute piledriver gave Kenny Jackett’s side the platform to produce their best first-half of the season in front of a seasonal best crowd of 28,598 that rocked Molineux.

But they didn’t make the most of their first-half dominance, and then couldn’t quite match the same levels after the break as Orient came back into it and equalised through centre-back Mattieu Baudry on 59.

Virtually all of Wolves’ chances came in the first half as the impressive Michael Jacobs was twice denied by keeper Jake Larkins and Jake Cassidy was twice off target.

Soon the break, Henry was inches away and clean-through Kevin McDonald was denied by Larkins.

But they failed to maintain the same tempo and Orient snatched a point.

Jackett made two changes from the side that beat Crewe 2-0 on Boxing Day as Ebanks-Landell and Bakary Sako replaced Scott Golbourne and Dave Edwards, who both dropped to the bench.

There was a place among the substitutes for 17-year-old Portuguese winger Eusebio Bancessi for the first time after a string of impressive performances for the Under-21s.

Wolves kicked off and went on to produce a first-half performance befitting the occasion of such a big crowd as they really took the game to the leaders.

They took the lead in the first attack of the game as Ebanks-Landell lashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from 25 yards after advancing forward from right-back unmarked and receiving a square pass from McDonald to net his second goal for the club.

Wolves started in a 4-2-3-1 formation and it was the three attacking midfielders – Henry, Jacobs and Bakary Sako - who made all the running and caused the problems to Orient as the home side set off at a cracking tempo.

The most impressive of the trio, Jacobs, played as if he is desperate to have his stay extended at Molineux after a high-quality showing.

Jacobs found himself clean through after getting in behind the Orient defence in the ninth minute but from a narrowing angle, his shot was beaten away by keeper Jake Larkins.

Six minutes later the sight of Jacobs was a worrying one as he fell horribly going in for a far-post header from Sako’s cross.

Thankfully, the on-loan Derby winger got up quickly seemingly no worse for wear and went on to be his team’s best player in the opening period.

Henry’s 17th-minute corner was then flicked into the side-netting by Cassidy at the near post as Wolves continually looked to extend their adavantage.

Two minutes later, Henry, sliding in, just missed Jacobs’s cross before it took a last-ditch tackle by Os captain Nathan Clarke to deny Jacobs as he danced through the middle on 22.

A minute later, Jacobs was victim of a challenge that earned a booking for Lloyd James as Orient struggled to contain the tempo set by Wolves.

Wolves went close to a second goal in the 24th minute, Cassidy slightly off balance as he ended up screwing a foot wide after Larkins could only parry Jacobs’s 22-yard drive.

Four minutes later, we saw the first of Orient going forwards as Danny Batth deflected Marvin Bartley’s effort wide then Romain Vincelot sent a free header well over the bar from the resulting corner.

But Wolves soon returned to the attack and Cassidy glanced wide from Henry’s cross on 35.

Two minutes later, Jacobs’s first-time effort on the run in the inside right position was blocked by the sliding Vincelot after Henry threaded through the pass.

Wolves started the second half as they started the first – on the attack, having swapped Jack Price for Edwards, while Orient .

Henry advanced to lash inches wide on 47 before Sako, from an Orient corner headed away by Ebanks-Landell, put McDonald away for what should have been a second Wolves goal a minute later.

The Scottish playmaker raced away but his shot was parried by Larkins.

Wolves continued to attack and Sako appeared to be barged over by Baudry as he wriggled through deep in the box on 49.

Cassidy appeared to only need to slide in to reach Henry’s cross but he didn’t react quickly enough and the ball rolled agonisingly across goal.

Seconds later, Orient levelled against the run of play when Cox crossed from the right and Baudry bundled the ball home at the far post.

Wolves, roared on by a partisan crowd, tried to pick up the initiative again and Henry advanced only for his left-foot drive to fly a yard wide on 63.

That was the last notable piece of action for the on-loan Millwall winger as he was the man to be sacrificed for Leigh Griffiths in the 71st minute, an arrival the crowd had long been chanting for.

It meant Wolves went to a more orthodox 4-4-2 as Orient replaced striker Ronnie Simpson with Yohann Lasimant at the same time.

Wolves struggled to maintain their earlier tempo in the latter stages of the game and Orient began to come into the game more.

First Lasimant unleashed a first-time rising shot that flew over on 80 then, two minutes later, Moses Odubajo’s ambitious curler from on the goalline floated wide with Ikeme scrambling back after initially closing the winger down.

Wolves looked in need of fresh energy and ideas and finally, Kevin Doyle replaced Cassidy in the 85th minute.

But he couldn’t engineer another goal and Wolves will be the more disappointed side after failing to make the most of their chances.

Comments for: "Wolves 1 Leyton Orient 1 - match report"

Wednesburywolves

KJ OUT!!!

We Only Need One Half!

Lol, that is a joke, right?

Wednesburywolves

On way out ground and I'm fuming, this guy pick the team, he has to take full responsibility, playing Cassidy in from of griffiths and Doyle deserves no sympathy.

Playing for a draw before we even kicked a hall, and begging up the opposition yet again, get this post out and take moxey with you.

kicboy

Er, don't think KJ was playing for a draw - count the chances. OK, not taken today, but on any given Sunday...

@Wolves - fantastic performance. Well done. Didn't take the 3 pts to go top, but anyone not happy with that out

McDonald - ditto

CoRnIsHWoLf

Are you on a special day out?

kicboy

Previously I meant to write:

@Wolves - fantastic performance. Well done. Didn't take the 3 pts to go top, but anyone not happy with that ought to keep quiet and reserve judgement until the end of the season.

McDonald - fantastic

Edwards - another good performance. I don't see Wolves live often (time/ money), but Edwards adds quality to the team whenever I see him so the dogs abuse he gets is unfair, IMO. I should qualify that by adding that it's a bit of a worry that he and McDonald might be too similar to play football in the same team at this level, but the moaning I heard around me about not closing the game out on Sunday will do nothing for the confidence of the team. I understand that part of it is due to him seeming to want to emulate Darren Anderton (i.e. King sick note)! Fans take note: perhaps Karl Jung ought to be adopted as the Wolves fan mascot as we need a positive collective behind the team to support them to win or get 2nd place by the end of the season. The automatic promotion places won't have been decided on Sunday and the psychological advantage will be with Wolves after that. Orient were given a lesson on Sunday - especially in the first half.

It seems to me that fans expect too much, partly because players get paid too much, but that is a different issue that needs addressing in a different way. KJ and this squad is a team I can be proud of and I will support the team until the final whistle of the final match. It was only when KJ was signed that a reasonable and balanced PR emerged after everything that unfolded following the 1-5 West Brom 'Black Dog' day.

Good luck to KJ and the team in 2014!

william.wolf1877

SORT IT OUT MORGAN NOW-TELL THIS DONKEY JACKETT WHAT TEAM TO PICK AND TELL HIM WHAT FORMATION TO PLAY.

THIS CLUB IS SUPPORTED BY HEROES AND RUN BY VILLAINS.

PATHETIC ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC.

CoRnIsHWoLf

That was some of the best football we have played this season, what are you on about?

Chillo Wolf

Great performance today ... what you talking about man?

Old Gold Heart

Today was really frustrating. The approach play was great, the passing excellent BUT why oh why pick a bloke who cant score?!!!

It reminded me of Wolves v Aresenal with Bully and Keane on the bench and Claridge playing. It was a draw or away win from half time onwards. We should have played the better players first and put the barn door on with 20 to go. Orient were ordinary but doing this will cost us at seasons end. Play offs here we come

len

PLAYED WELL TODAY BUT TINKERMAN STRIKES AGAIN WE HAVE A GOAL SCORER PLAY HIM ,YOU NOW CAN SEE CASSIDY UNABLE TO SCORE, ITS GOALS THAT WIN GAMES

Stjohnswolf

When defenders are scoring we have a problem. Kenny get a striker and midfield dynamo in January or else we may pay the price. Need to have the desire to hold on to a lead especially at home. Disappointed with a point, saw Orient recently at home v Sheffield United and they were luck to get a draw....being the big boys in this league works against you at times...28600 truly magnificent support what superb fans we have. Get the players in that we need pronto KJ and play griff from start...butch may not be able to play at this level which is a shame but no room for sentiment in football.

Orlando Wolves

Quote Tim Nash: `Wolves will be the more disappointed side after failing to make the most of their chances.`

This sums it up, a fine first half performance, 1-0 halftime lead and numerous wasted goal chances. I find it difficult to accept that Griffiths would not have latched on to at least one of these chances.

Puzzling team selection -again the club`s top scorer fit, and watching the game from the substitutes bench.

Tonybaloney

Make no mistake, a draw at home to Orient & slipping out of automatic promotion is a very, very poor result for a team in the PL 2 seasons ago. Strange management to react to what KJ himself has identified as a lack of goals by dropping your top scorer. Great KJ, that should help! orient must have been delighted to see our top scorer on the bench instead of on the pitch, & so it proved-that decision probably cost us the result. Can't understand what KJ is doing with his team selections, with players not in the squad for weeks, then suddenly starting, only to disappear again.

The Flying Winger

As I said a few days back have we another pig headed manager?

He has done so much for our rebuild, but in the last few weeks made strange decisions.

You could argue today against the free scoring Orient it was wise to play with more midfield players, you could argue that with the biggest crowd of the season it was wise to play your best team (if he knows what that is) who pay good money to see the best team.

You could argue that it was a good opportunity to nail the top spot by showing all other teams that this is Wolves year.

You could argue that our top goal scorer should start the game.

You could argue that the Cassidy experiment is not working.

You could argue all these points and be right on all of them, all I know is a pig headed manager has again robbed the faithfully fans of WWFC of seeing the best players, not going top of the table, and is probably going to consign us to this league for another year.

What a sorry way to end 2013,

One bright spot he has recognised Edwards is not the answer and won't score goals, you could argue that.

Chillo Wolf

You could argue that we played Orient off the park

You could argue that dominating games doesn't always bring just rewards

I am not convinced by Cassidy but can't complain with todays performance. We were outstanding and on another day would have won comfortably.

'What a sorry end ...' You're talking through your backside FW.

Old Gold Heart

Chillo Wolf is the one talking nonsense. We played really well but had no striker until 70th minute

Chillo Wolf

Old Gold Heart - you agree with me that we played really well. I stated in my post that i'm not convinced by Cassidy so again we agree ... then you say i'm talking rubbish?

Please explain or put the Sherry down!

Ernest

Jacket you don't know what you are doing but you will drive the fans away with your team selection if that what you want

ThaiWolf

First half was great to listen to for a Wolves supporter.

Can't agree with only having Cassidy up front. It may have worked with a bigger, more experienced centre forward, like an in form Heskey, but not Cassidy.

All through the second half, listening to the commentary, we could sense an equalizer coming.

We needed that second and even third goal in the first half when there was only one team in it.

Positives.

Sako had a good 45 minutes. Jacobs was outstanding. Ethan EL was a revelation.

Hope the Muppett Twins get us that tough centre forward we desperately need when the transfer window opens, but it will be difficult.

Happy New Year.

Stjohnswolf

Agree ThaiWolf one goal is never enough in such games, sound like we missed quite a few chances which inevitably cost us. What is annoying is the fact that we seem to lie down on the big occasions, players need to man up and punish the opposition when they are on top. Still think we will go up automatic but as always with Wolves will do it the hard way. Fresh players will be certainly needed in January that is a fact, hugely impressed with the turnout today...the brilliant fans deserve better hopefully happy days are around the corner.

Chillo Wolf

Sounds like neither ThaiWolf or Stjohnswolf were present at the game

We played them off the park today boys. That was the best Wolves performance this season.

Yes we should have finished them off, yes they came back into it late on but that will always happen if a team that has been battered for 60 minutes only finds themselves one down.

You could argue that we should be finishing teams off but football isn't that simple i'm afraid.

As KJ said after the game 'if we continue to play like that we will win more than we lose'

It's a simple fact that you can't complain about todays performance ... but some Wolves fans will.

BeeCee

Excuse me for saying Chillo but!!! ''We played them OFF the park''

It is the THIRD division for god's sake. Remember we were in the Premier division just a couple of years ago!!!!

Pembrokeshire Wolf

Following the game on the E&S live blog, it seemed that the fans couldn't decide whether to blame Cassidy or the man who picked him. I must admit that I would always pick Doyle and Griffiths up front, but the fact remains that the team that played were responsible for Wolves' best 45 minutes of football of the season in the first half.

So I would suggest we all stop moaning and remember that, under KJ, we are well in the mix for automatic promotion and a darn sight better off than we thought we'd be at this stage. The lads played really well today and , however disappointing the result, it was not a disaster. Wins at Tranmere and Gillingham will make it a good point.

Doyler!

A game we should have won. Especially in the first half. The ruddy tinkerman cannot keep his tinkering hands off can he. It defies belief why Griffo was on the bench for such a game, the most important game of our season so far and yet KJ deems it appropriate to leave him on the bench favouring Cassidy instead,

clueless! He is more of an enigma than McArthy ever was. He got it wrong again today, big style and I only hope he admits it as he is fast losing our favour as the man to lead us. It will be an interesting week coming up concerning the transfer window and no doubt we will all be waiting with baited breath to see what Thelwell and co have got in store for us.

Our midfield options worked and worked well, BUT, it should have been Griffo NOT Cassidy in that position today. Jacobs and Henry are good players and hope we sign them. Bringing on Doyle with five minutes to go was wrong, too late for him to establish himself. Sorry but KJ does not know what he is doing and I seriously doubt his tactics as he cost us today, two loses, a win and now a draw is not promotion stuff also we cannot convert chances. Why no Mclinden? he is pacey and a good threat and can score? Our head coach is now firmly in the imbecile draw after today. Our determination will be judged on our NEW signings over the next two weeks.

Our inconsistency is underpinned by KJ and his random unexplained tactics. Why bring on Edwards? The mans useless, has never been any good, Mr average grey man, lots of running but end product.

twenty odd thousand wolves fans were exposed to and good but tinged display today. We should have won

and would more than likely have won by more goals had Griffo started.

KJ you have a lot to answer for!

AWG

Here we go again, Griffiths on the bench. This manager does not know what he is doing, like others before him. First half Wolves had enough chances to bury Leyton Orient. How on earth does Cassidy play and not Griffiths? The top goal scorer should always play, not someone who might score Mr Jackett. Three wingers on at the same time, this has to be a first. Leaves us with no options Mr Jackett. Just remembered it,s the Pantomine season.

Realistic Wolf

Enjoyed the game but should have finished it off first half. What KJ sees in Cassidy beats me, started of reasonably well but then completely faded. Shame about Price getting injured because once Edwards came on we lost midfield control big time. Again what KJ sees in him is again beyond belief. Evans not yet the finished article but surely better than the headless one. Bottom line performances are not good enough. We badly need a striker and a midfielder and perhaps the manager needs to look at himself. Personally am not a KJ fan but am still happy to wait and see what he does come the January transfer window. Then again with the deadly duo holding the purse strings I am not holding my breath.

Silver Wolf

I recall MM and his dogged determination to select Ward come hell or high water. It looks as though this sort of dogged determination to swim against the tide is in vogue with modern managers, so for MM read KJ and for Ward read Cassidy.

Now we are in the play-off zone and if by chance (hopefully not) that is the state of affairs after the league games are done with, KJ better get his best team out on the park for the play-offs. That will be no time for inexplicable selections or tactics/formations.

Statos Boring Brother

Silver Wolf - is that the Stephen Ward who is a regular first team choice for a Brighton team who are on the edge of the Championship play off places?

Silver Wolf

S B R - I reckon it will be the same fella - the only other Stephen Ward that comes to mind was a friend of Christine Keeler's in the 60's. ;)

However, some of (the footballer) Ward's peformances for us were less than convincing, but there was a belief his was one of the first names on the sheet when we were in the Prem and in the Championship, and, imho, he wasn't good enough to deserve that sort of treatment.

Statos Boring Brother

Its really weird that. Stephen Ward was not deemed good enough for his place by a few supporters who have never played or managed at a high level but he was a first choice player for 4 Wolves managers, 2 Ireland managers and now Oscar Garcia at Brighton. He also played in all Ireland's games in the Euro finals last year.

I think he real problem was his willingness to do anything to get into the team. He was purchased as a striker, played as a winger, then midfielder and finally used as left back but also played in every position but keeper. If only every player had shown the same attitude we might not have ended up where we are now.

Mpear3118

While I still have confidence in KJ, I find it odd that he would not play his strongest lineup against Orient. Starting Cassidy and leaving Griffiths and Doyle on the bench seems really odd to me. Our biggest problem seems to be putting the ball in the net so why leave the leading goalscorer on the bench? On this occasion, I hope KJ is prepared to explain his moves to the supporters as we now have slipped to third place.

IanTheLichfieldWolf

Not been on here for a while but I'm so furious with Jackett that I've finally got around to doing the registration process to comment.

WHAT OTHER MANAGER IN LEAGUE ONE WOULD PLAY CASSIDY AGAINST THE LEAGUE LEADERS INSTEAD OF GRIFFITHS??

It beggars belief! Is he being told to do this from above? I forgave him for it against Crewe as we got the right result and I figured he was resting him for Orient. That said, leaving Sako, Doyle and Griff on the bench was risky and could easily have back-fired.

For me there is a problem between Griffiths and Jackett that we are not being told about. What other explanation is there for this madness? Cassidy is young but he couldn't finish his dinner.

The points total is good at the half way stage - bot the signs are not.

Will Morgan get his hand in his pocket and sign up not only Jacobs and Henry but bring in the striker and midfielder we need?

Old Gold Heart

bang on. i did exactly the same

Cricket Bat

Suarez has put his substandard performance, against Chelsea, down to losing his appetite.

MikeT

Like many I do not understand selection for this important game. Cassidy has not scored for Wolves, Griffiths has 13 and Mcalinden was recalled to add some bite and does not make the squad....after all he did score 3 for Shrewsbury.

We are only half way through the season but even at this stage we do not want to end up in the play offs. Our cup form this year (Luton, Morecambe, Notts County & Oldham) would indicate that we would not succeed in one off games.

I suspect we will see the departure of Sako, Siggy and Doyle in January, but Cassidy should go as well even if on loan.

Who can blame Griffiths if he wants to go back to Scotland. KJ has to find someone who will form a good partnership with LG.

I will be very surprised if we make 48 points from the last 23 games.

beaconwolf

I like Kenny Jackett as a bloke,but lets be honest we were told what to expect when he joined us.Negative and to safety first,and quite naive when it came to selection.Think it was Don Goodman that said Millwall were the most boring side in the division to watch and glad he didnt have to pay to see them play.

Hope all the good work doesnt go to waste Kenny,because if it comes to the lottery of the play-offs,i certainly wouldnt make us favourites to finish off the job.

Counting

We are where we are, outside looking in. Looks like a possible play off deal with this clown in charge. I am sure he pulls names out of a hat and that's the team he gets on the field. Terrible.

sue

I thought we played really well first half but one nil up is always dangerous,Sako and Price were good but my man of the match was McDonald and Jacobs played well too.

I didn't understand why Griffiths didn't play but I thought Cassidy was better today. True to form some supporters are turning on Jackett. .

CoRnIsHWoLf

Not true supporters, just the morons! KJ has to rotate his strikers, most, including Griffiths, are young lads & with a long hard season we need them to be as fresh as they can be for the second half of it. I can understand the frustration but turning against the manager &, worst of all the young players, is unforgivable! Other teams around us will suffer with smaller squads, wait & see.....

Chillo Wolf

Sue - agreed

CornishWolf - agreed

moose

My biggest worry is that Wolves have now failed to beat any of the top 4 teams in this division.... Orient, Brentford, Peterborough and Preston. I think what most Wolves fans fear is next season, whilst I still believe we will get promoted automatically the team seems light years away from the bottom end of the championship.We must invest in some pace in the team (especially upfront) and we have to start thinking about quality over quantity....how can a league one team have doyle and griff on the bench...incredible !!!!.

As for todays game, for me the formation (Attacking 4-2-3-1) which we played in the 1st half was excellent (and had us for a change) which in turn created chances through the centre of the park. 2nd Half we missed Price (who was excellent) and to be fair to Slade he changed his fullbacks which nullified our threat. The worry for me is that we didn't look like scoring in the 2nd half (you could argue that McDonald when clean through didn't look like scoring!!) and did not have the players to change the game on the bench. At least it was a point and not a defeat.

Keep the faith, onwards to Tranmere where we will get 3 points

Chillo Wolf

Not convinced by Cassidy.

Great performance and should have been three of four up before Orient got their chance, which they took

That's football folks!

Jacobs class act today, sign him up.

The Flying Winger

Hi Chillo Wolf, so when are we going to win comfortably as you say?

Chillo Wolf

Flying Winger only a fool would come on here and moan after a performance like that today.

Paul Tamworth

Stop playing cassidy he is rubbish shows nothing, my nan who has a wooden leg is better. Griffith's and doyle are 100 times better. Has McCarthy been phoning you for advice on team selection Mr Jacket???

AucklandKiwiWolf

It sounds like it was two points dropped.I was expecting Wolves to bottle it so it could be seen as a point gained.Wolves have never been a team to hang on to a slender lead.We lost at Peterborough because we went to get a 0-0 draw.We need to play more 'firepower' up front.This isn't good enough.WE should be putting teams to the sword.

Stourbridge Baggy

Never mind lads you MIGHT still make the play offs. You all sound a happy bunch of bunnies this festive season. Boing. Boing.

Statos Boring Brother

I just can't understand the negativity from so many of the posters. The fist half was definitely the best I've seen us play at home this season (and possibly the 2 before) and it does feel like we should have won easily but to complain about KJ's team selection is starting to sound like all the whingers who have been missing for most of the season coming out the woodwork all at the same time (perhaps they were among the extra 8-10,000 on the gate today).

We were cruising at 1-0 but as soon as Orient scored there was a change in the atmosphere, the nervousness was back, so was the odd groan when certain players got the ball and also the chanting for Griffiths. All this affects the players and they seemed to lose a bit of confidence. Its no coincidence that when Griffiths came on, we switched to 442 and Orient started to take control.

Griffiths may be our best goalscorer but he can't play the lone front man game as he's too small. I'm not sure why KJ is sticking with young Cassidy in that role instead of Doyle but he is the one working with the players day in, day out and he might feel that Doyle isn't quite fit.

I personally would like to see Griffiths starting more games but KJ is the one paid to do the job, will get the sack if he fails and seems to be picking a team to play to a set of tactics rather than play the best 11 players which does not always mean the best team.

Instead of moaning we should be looking at the positives. We have had a bad patch but are still only a point of top spot, the transfer window opens next week and we can see (and I imagine that so does KJ) where we need to improve so we should all be getting behind the team (like we did for most of today except for a few people for about 10 minutes after they scored) and enjoy the positives. With nearly 29,000 there today the atmosphere can be daunting for the opposition when we all back the team all the time and its worth noting that only Villa will get a bigger home gate in the Midlands this season.

The glass is definitely half full, not half empty.

UTW

Chillo Wolf

Couldn't agree more SBB

Great performance today boys

charlie17

You could argue that the Wolves were by far the better team in the first the half but it went downhill when Edwards came on and it did not improve when Griffiths joined the fray. I still have a problem with the long high ball from Ikeme as Griffiths has little or no chance of intercepting it. I also thought that there was a failure to offload the ball to a player in an open position when running at the defence, could be the one with the ball wants the glory or perhaps they have no idea where they will be. When you look at PL games the players seem to know where the rest of the team are and where they are going to be and can put the ball into the open spaces with some confidence that a team member will get to it. That's what we need to do.

Old Wulfrunian

We should have been 3 up at half time and if Griffiths had been playing there was every chance we would have been. I can't fault Cassidy's effort but his goal touch is sadly lacking. Orient's only scoring opportunity was a free kick on the edge of the box which was easily cleared. We started the second half well but when Orient scored following a quick free kick which our defence seemed unprepared for, it allowed them to get a foothold and their confidence grew.

The last 15 minutes were a shambles and both sides were guilty of continually passing to the opposition.

So now we're down to third and based on our performances over the past few weeks that's probably an accurate position.

wolfnut

We start one of the biggest games of the season to date with a rookie forward. The game called out for experience and I was dismayed by the team selection yet again. When I saw the the team on Thursday I could not believe we were playing one of the lower teams with only Cassidy up front. I thought, perhaps naively, that he was resting Doyle and Griffiths for today and only when Griffo came on and sealed the win in injury time could we relax. Today was inexcusable. Countless opportunities came and went and I can't help but think that although Jackett can't go out and put the ball in the net himself his failure to start with his leading goal;scorer is mystifying. Clearly the relationship between himself and Griffiths is not right and I think with Doyle today the win would have been sealed as he would have drawn the defenders all over the place.

I never wanted Jackett and point to MacLaren and Bruce as 'ones that got away' for reasons that are equally mystifying as KJ's team selections, which are beginning to resemble those of the hapless Dean Saunders. He may well get us up, but ask yourselves this - Can you see Jackett leading us out of the Championship into the Premiership? Somehow I think not. But does Morgan really want that? The pantomime villain is I feel Morgan who despite three struggling seasons in the Prem followed by successive relegations believes that this is a well run club. How many games have we truly dominated this year? We have taken 12 pts out of 24 and

old golds worth more

Just what is going on! Once again alot of the fans are puzzled by KJ's team selections, and once more, no explainations as to why certain players are left out is forthcoming! So is Griffiths going back North in January, and therefore being wrapped in cotton wool (or has he reverted to his old lazy ways, and also hasn't taken kindly to your lambasting of him for not giving his all in a recent game)? Is Doyle off to a higher division in January, and like Griffiths being kept injury free by not playing him for very long if at all? Has O'Hara been promised to another club in January fully fit and injury free, so he to is not being played? I hope the answer to all those questions is yes, otherwise there will be even more furious fans commenting, not only in in here but in and around the ground as well. Cassidy has yet to score, but gets the nod ahead of our leading goalscorer! It has been obvious for some time now that we need a midfield General/Creator, yet O'Hara can't get a look in because he is supposedly unfit despite the fact he was fit enough to play for the U21's and sit on the subs bench for the first team, he also wasn't taken on by Blackpool due more to his reluctence to accept a drop in wages (if the stories coming out are to be believed) then his fitness. Anyway he has been back from Blackpool for a while now, so why isn't he fit enough to play? Come on KJ answers please, or even more rumours will start, regarding the REAL REASONS why these players are not being selected!!! Apart from all that, yet another good start ruined by our inability to kill teams off. We looked like going top, but ended up dropping a place....sigh.

chris h

We dropped two vital points because we lack a cutting edge. We have been lacking in the striker department since they sold Fletcher for £12m. This weakness resulted in relegation last season. A few weeks back we were 8 points clear of third place, now we are third. They failed to bring in another striker during the emergency loan window, which was another missed opportunity. If they do not address this weakness it will possibly cost us promotion this season. I know this, you know this, Kenny Jackett knows this, Stale knew it, so did Dean Saunders, Tim Nash knows it, Paul Franks knows it, Santa Claus knows it; but what about Messrs Morgan and Moxey, the stubborn money men.

Chillo Wolf

We created chances all over the pitch today though Chris. It wasn't a case of the strikers missing, it was everyone.

The positive way to look at it would be to say we battered the league leaders and on another day would have won comfortably ... that's football mate.

I agree we need to get a striker in but no complaints from me today

But as for your Tim Nash, Paul Franks comment ... Tim Nash has never played football in his life (i know, i went to school with him so don't really take too much notice of what Tim has to say. And as for Paul Franks, he's paid to get the fans going, rile them up - he hasn't been to a Wolves game in years.

The Flying Winger

On another day Chillo Wolf, with this attack, when will that be.?

On another day I guess.

chris h

Chillo, In anticipation I should also have said 'and Chillo knows it'. I was generally making the broader point everyone seems to know it perhaps apart from good old Steve and Jez, who don't want to know it. I think you are being a bit unfair on Nasher, he is a long standing Wolves fan and I think his reports are usually fair and accurate. On the downside he tends to be a bit pro Moxey, just like you. It seems it must be down to a shared education. On another note, wasn't it great to hear Molineux rocking in the first half today. Reminded me of those great days when we beat Man Utd, Chelsea etc.

Chillo Wolf

Chris H - Maybe a bit harsh on Tim, he's great at his job but that's my point, his job is journalism. He's not a football man, not a pundit, never played the game at any level (whilst i was captain of the school football and cricket teams Tim was ... well he wasn't playing football or cricket)

I certainly wouldn't reference Tim Nash to back up my point ... or Dean Saunders for that matter, or Paul Franks, or indeed Santa (sorry Santa i didn't mean that)

I tell you what Chris, if we don't get a striker in the next window then i'll join you outside the Billy Wright Stand with my Moxey and Morgan Out sign, fair enough?

Tomwolf

The best 45mins I've seen all season from the lads, and in front of 28.598, fans, we played Orient off the park, yet we still cant finish teams off. We should have been 4-5 goals up by half time, and game over. We had three / four that flashed across the goal line, only for nobody to tap them in, and one blocked as Jacobs, was their to tap it in. Yet Orient only had one that flashed across our goal line, and yes ''scored from it'' Even in the second half, we should have sealed the well deserved victory, when McDonald was clear through, but Larkins, yet again kept them in the game. I thought with Jack Price going off upset our midfield, as he and McDonald have been excellent in the last two matches, and you could sense, they may pull one back, which they did, which imo they didn't deserve. I thought it was a very good all round team performance, with Jacobs, ( sign him a.s.a.p. ), Mcdonald, and even Sako being the pick of the bunch. But give credit to our back five, they were excellent too, keeping the O's free scoring strikers/midfielders, under tight wraps. I thought KJ rested Griffiths and Doyle, Sako, for today's game, so was very surprised to see Cassidy upfront again, having said that, the only thing, that's letting him down, is he just cant buy a goal. And its goals that win matches, so why isn't our top goal scorer playing, he was fit, and got 13 GOALS!!!. But I'm sure if we play like we did today, for the rest of the season, we will finish in the top two, of that I'm sure. And well played E.E.L, what a strike, that's two goals now from the young lad, and he's only the substitute!!! Just one final point, and yes its my pet hate, yet again another very poor whistle blowing referee. WELL PLAYED THE LADS: UTW:

chris.bridgewood.39

This Jacket bloke is doing my head in, what's the matter with the bloke, For goodness sake play Griffith's, I know he isn't a top striker, but at this level he can get the goals we need, if he started today we would have won, When The Baggies get their new manager there will be a top man available, who is a local lad from Oldbury, and is Wolves through and through. The idiot who manages us now reminds me of the great train robber Buster Edwards with his silly ideas and an awful cockney slang

CoRnIsHWoLf

Were you one of the bright sparks who wanted Coyle down here then? Didn't exactly set Wigan alight did he?

Bruce, Trinidad

Sitting thousands of miles away it is difficult to criticize the team selection, but the comments above seem to suggest that the policy of leaving the stars on the bench is questionable to say the least. Also I am not too happy when, with an expensive academy, we seem to rely so much on loan players. Brentford and Orient now occupy the two automatic promotion places and we have two away games next. We musn't settle for the play offs: our cup form these days should be enough to show that we do not thrive in knock out situations.

phil.jones.543792

Been to the game today,totally bemused with the tactics,28600 at the game great atmosphere and the opportunity to really put Orient to the sword,so what does cautious Kenny do?, plays one up front at home against our biggest rivals immediately giving them the advantage of seeing our top scorer on the bench,Jake just aint doing it for me I'm afraid,for a big lad he's lightweight and lacking in confidence we needed more of Griffiths shoot on site policy dare I say it just like the lad up the road Berahino,I see Walsall got a decent result again today given their resources,wonder when one of the so called bigger teams takes a chance on the manager Dean Smith,I tell you Mourinho couldn't di a better job with what's available budget wise than that man.

CoRnIsHWoLf

We are 3rd, level on points with the O's, who many said we would never catch!, what more do you want from a relatively young squad?

honved1954

Personally I think this show was a disaster, what would Jose Mourinho do with his team who threw away so many chances?? Shows up in the odds the bookies are offering right now too!!

CoRnIsHWoLf

He is using the squad as he said he would. The formation he started with, you could argue, lent itself to a target man upfront, Griifiths was never gonna win anything in the air was he?, maybe using Doyle could be argued but given the football played in the first half I would say KJ got it right! Cassidy wasn't the only one to miss chances was he? I would be more worried if we weren't creating anything, something lots on here were moaning about not too long ago! Yes it's frustrating, for us, the players & management but it will come good. A point is better than none! It wasn't that long ago that people were saying we would never catch the O's & P'boro, but we have & P'boro are dropping like a stone. The O's are hanging in there but will find the back end of the season hard to maintain & Brentford are on a fantastic run at the moment but does anyone really think that will last? Our strong squad will stand us in good stead as the season knuckles down & we will be stronger for the run in, now all take a deep breath & look forward to Tranmere..

sue

Well said, It appears Cassidy is the latest whipping boy, I thought he had a better game yesterday, good in the air but I must admit I'm a Doyle fan so I would have liked to have seen him play, I personally think Doyle will go now, perhaps it would not be a bad, he's served us well whatever some people say!

Chillo Wolf

CornishWolf - are you me in disguise?

These are my thoughts exactly, just more articulate.

I could not agree more with this post if a tried

Chris H - Have you read this? You can't argue with this surely?

paulpip

Squad as to be used and trusted,there are many more games to play.

A good point, wolves were the better side.

Doyle cannot hit a cows back side with a banjo, Griffiths needs a rest, you cannot keep playing the same 11 you have to use the squad.

richwild

I didn't see the match but read various live commentaries. Like the majority of of fans I question KJ selections especially Cassidy. Is KJ going to cpntonue with him until he scores, if so he will be playing all season. It may have a great 1st half in some respect but lets be honest we can play brilliantly every game but scoring more goals than the opposition is the name of the game. And KJ selection beggers belief. It is as if he doesn't want to win. Yes his rhetoric is good but his decision making says something else.

Over the season so far how many hames have we really one with skilled football?

We have played badly and won played medioca and won. Surely someone must have seen the writing on the wall. We have been riding our luck up to now and I feel that its run dry.

So KJ either start picking the best players for each game certainly ones that have at least scored to lead at the front.

Morgan I'm sorry but I do think your choices of managers is as good as KJ is when picking Cassidy to score goals.

Krysiawolf

Last two games Doyle has walked straight down the tunnel at the final whistle, could he be annoyed??? I would have him and Griffo on from start any day of the week. I thought they were being rested for today. Not good me thinks :(

paulpip

Cannot believe the comments on here, how can you keep playing the same 11, you have to use the squad.We are only half way through the season.

The team is improving, the squad is improving.

KJ will improve the squad again in the New Year.

I think Doyle will move on in January.

Griffiths needed a rest.

4 points from 2 home games, and some wolves fans still complain.

karlwolves

And why did he need a rest, he is the most substituted Wolves player this season.

Paul's Blade

Some of the critics on here need to realise that the midfield was superb today because a striker who can hold the ball up and bring others in to play (Cassidy) was selected instead of an out and out goalscorer (Griffiths). Until we buy/loan a striker who can do both, you'll see Jackett selecting his team according to the type of opposition we are playing.

karlwolves

Hold my hands up wasnt able to go to day, but it doesnt take rocket science to know your top goalscorer should be on the pitch from the start. Putting him on the bench for one game is inexcusable but for two matches running and against your promotion rivals is ridiculous. There can only be one reason for this stupid decision is he will be sold in january, along with Hennesy, siggi, sako and dont be surprised Batth. The two clowns wallets are running low and need topping up, mark my words, dont forget Wolverhampton Wanderers is not a football club to them but a cash machine.

CoRnIsHWoLf

Read the comment above, perhaps 'rocket science' wasn't your strongest subject...

mcvitiespace

You have to accept Griffiths is just not very good. Jackett knows this perhaps even you really know it, so he does not play . Simple.

Docsteve

Great first half.

Why mata (Price) went off at half time I do not know. Suddenly became narrow with Edwards and Sako was out of game.

Come on, be positive for once!!

Those of you at WGS in 60's and 70's let's keep the faith!!

AucklandKiwiWolf

The fact is we were playing a six-pointer game and we blew it again.Trying to hold on to such a slender lead is suicidal..Jackett has got to sort out the problem up front or we will probably not go up automatically and everyone knows how we do in the play-offs..

Barnes1959

Confucius he says:-

New Year brings Doyle / Sako /Griffiths/ all out in the Window , o 'Hara and Johnston reme=ain on the books, which leaves OMG a very average team with a few bright spots, and Kevin Phillips possibly in. (2 Bad games and bring in the Boo boys for his WBA connection).

I am afraid that the Dynamic Duo have done it again.

"Smell the coffee". Play offs at best

Not KJ's fault he has stabilized.

Happy New Year

Sir Billy Quiet

The problem of a big crowd is that you get a large number of armchair supporters venturing out, resulting in half baked opinions based on seeing one match. Some of the posts on here are pathetic.

Wolves played well against the team that have outperformed everyone else in this division.

KJ has rebuilt the team in under 6 months he deserves some credit and respect.

Albrightondek

It was disappointing that we did not win all 3 points, but overall the performance was very encouraging. Certainly the first 45 minutes was the best I've seen Wolves play this season.

The team selection was a little surprising but it could be argued that it was a good call by Jackett, when for much of the match, Wolves dominated the play. Cassidy probably had his best game to date playing up front on his own. The missed chances, particularly in that first half, was mainly due to others. The team did not seem to function quite as well after Jack Price was replaced at half time.

I thought McDonald was our MOTM, with Jacobs a close second. Sako produced one of his better performances, although he seemed to tire in the last 15 minutes. The defence seemed to cope with the Orient attack pretty well, but they switched off momentarily when Orient took that quick free kick, which resulted in them scoring.

Jackett will probably bring back Griffiths and Doyle for the Tranmere game as he continues to rotate his strike options. But I can't figure out why he has not used McAlinden, when he cut short his loan period at Shrewsbury. Surely it would have been better to let him play through his full 3 month loan spell, gaining more experience, and then bring him back in January.

Halfway stage of the season and we're joint second with 48 points. Not a bad position to be in with just over another 4 months to go. If we win another 48 points in the second half of the season, it should be sufficient to win promotion and maybe the league title. I can't see three teams accumulating 90 plus points in total.

sue

My thoughts exactly but you always talk sense and express yourself much better than me!

Ye Olde South Bank

A very, very entertaining game indeed and one that got the ol' pulse racing. However, I wasn't convinced that playing Cassidy in such an important 6-pointer against the O's made sense to me, least of all persisting with a one-man attack, especially when we're the home side playing in front of a near full-house and rightly expected to take the game to the opposition. Talk about heaping pressure on the kid.

That all said, there's no denying that the boys played some great stuff at times; created plenty of chances and should have buried their opponents by half-time. Unfortunately, the cold fact is that we didn't bury them, and paid the inevitable price for wastefulness. 'Goals change games', so they say, and, regrettably, so does 'not scoring when well on top', as we found out. Kevin Philips may be 40 years of age, but I'd still have put a tenner on him to bag a couple during our first-half purple patch.

Driving home, I heard Radio WM's wind-up merchant, Paul Franks, complaining about Wolves being third in the table. Well, you weren't there to see the game and besides, if being just a solitary point off top with 23 games remaining is a perceived failure, I truly despair. It's all up for grabs, Franksy -it's a marathon, not a bloody sprint, pal.

Give Jackett time. He inherited a right ol' mess of a club and has only been here for a half a season. Nobody's saying things are perfect yet, but at least the club is moving in the right direction. We just need shooting boots ;-)

SOLANO

The question is YOSB, who's got those shooting boots? Will we get some next week? Brentford are on a roll while we seem to be treading water. If as every comment on here suggests, this was our best performance (at home) so far,why didn't we bury the opposition with goals? What bout consistency, have we got to hope for some of that too?

Albrightondek

With regard to your comment about Paul Franks, I tried to get onto the phone in when I got home after the match to say exactly what you've said (marathon not a sprint). He could have said that we are joint second on 48 points, which would have been a more positive way of looking at the table. But like you say, the guys a wind-up merchant, and sadly a lot of supporters fall for it.

Chillo Wolf

Paul Franks is great at what he does - riles the fans up with his ridiculous opinions. Opinions have no validity as he doesn't attend Wolves games.

As you say Albrightondek a lot of fans fall for it sadly.

sylvain2u

Didnt see the game, but im not gloomy about the result.

This was a not lose game and a point is acceptable and leaves us only 2 pts behind Brentford.

Both Deano and now KJ have kept picking and playing Cassidy.

I really cant see what he adds to the attack except that he is a bit more mobile and maybe KJ has realised that we wont get enough goals from Doyle and Siggy.

But He should have then played griffiths and Cassidy upfront. Cassidy is not ready for a role as a lone striker, and Griffiths is in form.

The good signs for me are that the team are coming into some form and playing better football. We have scrapped wins through some average performances all season but need to play a lot better over the 2nd half if we want to stay in the promotion race.

We are crying out for other striking options,, and maybe a combatitive midfielder.

I would let cassidy go out on loan as mcalinden did and he has looked sharp since her returned, with siggy and doyle, elokobi,foley.

I would not sell sako as I dont beleive that selling your best players helps you get promotion and sends out the wrong signals.

Bazwolf

We proved we can play high tempo free flowing fottball. We still do not have enough shots. Did we in fact have 6 shots on target all game? Not enough. We proved we don't yet have the killer instict to kill off the game when we are on top. We proved that Doyle and Edwards are duds. How far have they declined. They have had their chance but are no better than mediocre. They should have gone in August, get rid of them now. I am worried we are flawed enough to only make 3rd , see that as a booby prize and blow the Play Offs. We have morre quality than any other Div1 team. Now prove it in the run in and go up as Champions.

Western Isles Scotwolf

I fail to understand why KJ does not start every game with 'Oor wee Leigh' on the centre circle. He has proved himself to hit the net regularly. OK, if he's having a poor game, hook him by all means, but I still maintain he should be there at the beginning of every encounter. And by the way guys, any talk of Leigh throwing in the towel at W'ton through homesickness can be forgotten. His wages here are but a fraction he would get in the SPL, thanks to TV taking over the whole UK football scenario. Happy New Year to all my fellow Wolves fans. I will be back down to the Waterloo Road Travelodge soon!!

Western Isles Scotwolf

Naturally, I should have said re Leigh's wages : His wages THERE and not here (referring to the SPL of course!!

Nigpig

Thank you Wolves. I took my 3 kids to see the Orient (we only go to a few games per season as we now live miles away) game and we were not disappointed. We were outstanding first half and pretty good second half. I'm a bit embarrassed to see McDonald currently leading the man of the match vote because Jacobs is a level above all else on display, although McDonald was excellent. Keeping up the positive note, the whole team spirit and effort was there for all to see (missing from the last 2 seasons) the big crowd recognised it and were rocking. Onwards and upwards!