Middlesbrough 2 Wolves 1 - Report and pictures

And so the wait goes on for a Wolves win away to Middlesbrough after another defeat.

But after 64 years without a win on Teesside, Wolves at least made a decent fist of it after a first-half when they looked like being blown into the North Sea.

Two goals in the opening 11 minutes amid a whirlwind start by Boro effectively condemned Wolves to yet another empty return to Teesside.

But Bakary Sako’s 14th goal of the season gave them hope of preventing a second successive defeat.

And they might have snatched an equaliser but for Rajiv van La Parra hitting the bar, although Patrick Bamford did the same in the seventh minute of time added on at the death.

Wolves left themselves too much to do and failed to create clear-cut chances during their best period once they returned to a more threatening line-up when Nouha Dicko arrived after the hour.

In trying to match up with the Championship’s best home team, Jackett switched to a more conservative 4-2-3-1 formation.

He made three changes from the side beaten 2-1 at Birmingham on Saturday as Kortney Hause, Rajiv van La Parra and Dave Edwards replaced Saturday’s fall guy Scott Golbourne, James Henry and Nouha Dicko.

Perhaps mindful of the limp way they performed at Molineux earlier in the season, Boro showed they weren’t prepared to let the same happen again.

And helped by a third-minute goal and a partisan crowd, they tore at Wolves to gain the crucial advantage, then doubled it.

Jelle Vossen’s eighth goal of the season couldn’t have been easier as he rolled the ball home from eight yards after one-time Wolves target Patrick Bamford pulled it back into his path.

But it looked like the danger should have been stopped earlier after Richard Stearman allowed Adam Clayton’s long ball to bounce and Bamford was onto it in a flash.

Wolves had the chance of a leveller following their first attack in the 10th minute, but Bakary Sako wasted it.

He ballooned a free kick well over the top, after van La Parra had been brought down in a central area. And within a minute they were made it pay as Boro doubled their lead.

This time Bamford was the scorer, expertly spinning 180 degrees and firing home from 10 yards,after Albert Adomah beat the off-balance Hause all too easily on the right before crossing.

When Adomah went down for treatment in the 16th minute it was the first time Wolves had been able to draw breath.

But three minutes later, the former Bristol City winger almost brought the house down with what would have been a goal of the season contender.

Leaving Hause then Danny Batth in a heap, he curled a shot that hit the angle of post and bar.

Stearman looked as if he was perhaps lucky to escape with a booking in the 25th minute for bringing down Bamford as he burst through on goal.

And when Batth was also yellow carded for an untidy challenge that caught the same player before the break, it left both centre halves on a disciplinary tightrope for the rest of the game.

Their problems weren’t just confined to the defence.

Whenever the midfield got hold of the ball, they were swiftly hassled out of possession by Boro’s hungry middle men which meant Benik Afobe was too isolated.

Not surprisingly, Jackett changed things at the break with the introduction of Golbourne for Hause.

It made little difference to start with. as Boro attacked from that side through right back Tomas Kalas.

His cross saw Vossen presented with a golden chance to make it 3-0 but he blazed over from point blank range.

And, out of the blue, Wolves halved the deficit as Edwards found Sako in space and the Mali international beat goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos at his near post with a blistering low drive.

It was his 14th goal of the season to make it his highest scoring campaign in English football.

Jackett introduced Dicko in the 64rd minute for Jack Price in a switch that saw Dave Edwards drop deeper.

And it signalled Wolves’ best period of the match as the game became stretched with both teams going for goal.

With two up front, Wolves were suddenly giving Boro something to think about defensively.

And they had plenty to ponder in the 73rd minute when they went within inches of an equaliser.

Golbourne crossed from the left and van La Parra volleyed against the bar.

That was to be the last noteworthy piece of action from the flying Dutchman, as he was replaced by Michael Jacobs 13 minutes from time.

But with Adomah stretchered off for Boro, both teams seemed to run out of steam in the latter stages after a breathless game that became end to end as it wore on and the tempo dropped.

In the end and despite ending the game on the front foot, Wolves left themselves too much to do after Boro’s early onslaught.

But they should be encouraged by the determined and spirited way they ended the game and it was the home support that was the more relieved to hear the final whistle.

That said, Lee Tomlin went within inches of a third Boro goal when he cut inside only to see his 25-yard shot curl just wide with Carl Ikeme at full stretch.

And before five minutes of added time, substitute Jacobs was high and wide with a rising shot.

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Comments for: "Middlesbrough 2 Wolves 1 - Report and pictures"

Tipton wolves

never really thought we was gonna get a result tonight very tough place to go but were only 3 points off the play offs still a lot to play for.

naz

We're simply not good enough, end of story. The script is written Ipswich will turn us over and Mccarthy will take 3rd spot and take them into the Premier League.

WODEN

In over 50 years following Wolves, I've found the only consistent factor is their inconsistency. Wolves are the only team I know who can play like Barcelona in the first half and play the second half like the Dog and Duck from a pub league. It takes a high level of incompetence to drop from Premiership to Division 1 in successive seasons. Even Tesco Rangers haven't been so incompetent to achieve that feat. Never understood what it is about the set-up or management which produces such inconsistency.

The Flying Winger

What a big disappointment this was and Jackett was the architect of his own downfall, he picked the wrong team, how many times do we see this 1 up front not working for goodness sake, no wonder they set about us from the off, poor decisions on sub's against Birmingham and now this.

We needed a win, we needed points, we needed to get stuck in after Saturday.

This was the night that the dream finished and some on here who have disagreed with many comments of the realists branding it as negative may just have a rethink. Doubtful I know!

We have paid the price for not strengthening when we should have done, poor goal difference and Jackett indifferent team selections at times, he has worked wonders for us but he has also made mistakes his biggest one tonight.

Did the club want to go up with all the costs that would entail, no doubt there will be much debate on that, but one thing for sure the clubs above us want to go up

A sad night and a long drive home for the fans.

Tipton wolves

Get a grip mate start off the season just coming up from league 1 with 3 games to go and only 3 points of play offs you would off took that you making things sound as if we have had a real bad season wanna get real

The Flying Winger

You are only as good as your last game, what has gone on before is history.

Jackett goit it wrong last night, the team got it wrong on Saturday.

Keepsake

A question for you Whinger: a glass has water poured into it to the 50% mark - is it half full or half empty? 50% is a fact - how you see it is an opinion.

Like everyone else on here, you're welcome to your opinions but there's nothing of the so-called 'realists' about you mate. You call yourself a fan yet come on here spouting your negative clap-trap at every chance you get. Like Tipton says, you'd have ripped my arm off two yrs. ago if I offered you this deal - 4pts. from the play-offs with 3 games to play (GD means 3pts. will likely not be enough).

Will we make it? Likely not after the last two results but it is still possible. Yet here you are (again) bleating on with your "You're only as good as your last game" B@#$%ks!!!

We've had an amazing run these past two years and felt a pride in our team we've not had the opportunity to feel for some time and for you to come on here with your BS is disrespectful to the fans, the club and most especially to the players - disrespectful in the extreme.

Onward and upwards for the rest of us - KTF

Jack the Hat

The Fly,

What are you on about ( .... Did the club want to go up with all the costs that would entail, .... ). The big-bucks that the club would get from T.V. would have made the costs you are on about look like chicken feed, what a statement.

I hope Albion stay up.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

The Flying Winger

That's a debate JtH, we decided to run largely with the same squad, we were told auto promotion, top six, well it may have been, but the other clubs didn't leave it to chance, result look at the table.

Jack the Hat

The Fly,

I said wolves squad was too shallow some time ago and all I got back was the mumblings from that twit PetesNuts, he can't put together a decent debatable post. My main point pal is the money the Premiership will share out will be around seven billions when it is all totted up, so that share-out would make wolves outlay insignificant, so it makes for a forgone conclusion not a full blown debate.

Onward and upward with the BAGGIES.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"he can't put together a decent debatable post."

Ladies and gentlemen, again, I give you: irony.

ItsPeteNuts

Godawful tittery.

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

I've just been talking to 'The Fly' about your silly input, talk of the devil ....... .

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

..... are you keeping well, the reason I am asking is we have an idiot just like you on the light side, little fat Terry is the name, his mind has gone from what it used to be. Try the Jeff Astle Foundation, they might be able to help you.

Take care.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Terrible.

ItsPeteNuts

"Try the Jeff Astle Foundation, they might be able to help you."

Jack The Hat there, making a light-hearted quip about the nightmare of dementia. What with the racism, you really are a heck of a guy, aren't you?

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

Light hearted!, I am serious, get that into your addled brain and keep off the WL & NO.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Jokes about dementia. Very, very poor show, Jack. I hope neither you, nor your relatives, are ever stricken with such a terrible affliction.

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

Sorry to hear that you are keeping terrible, you certainly need help and a big dollop of TLC.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"Sorry to hear that you are keeping terrible"

It's the English language, kids, but not as we know it.

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

Who said I am joking, the noises in your head?.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"Who said I am joking, the noises in your head?."

In response to a post in which no mention of joking was made.

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) not dementia, glad to educate you dumbo.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) not dementia, glad to educate you dumbo."

Nice comeback, a day later.

robhindmarch,s left peg

Jack the pratt

Jack the Hat

robhindmarch,s left peg,

What do you want? otherwise hop it.

Gorra loff ay ya?

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Nice comeback, a day later.

Hatherton Beerwolf

Summed up well FW, but I don't know why Kenny reckons Boro were that 'ruthless ' on the video thread, when Ikeme hasn't really made a save. The damage was done early though and when you've got defenders who are not prepared to be strong and first to the ball, then it's always gonna be an uphill battle. We are a young side and the naivety shines through all over the pitch, but it was Kenny who was naive tonight.....if he thought he could go to Fortress Riverside with the un-proven defensive set-up, then he got all the proof he needed after 11minutes.

There was no need at all for three changes, putting an extra body in midfield is no good if we're short of a ball winner and the three in there tonight couldn't tackle my moms bread puddin, it hasn't really been effective before, so why tonight. Our front three are more than a match for any in this league, to split them up and try another experiment with only four games left is borderline criminal, one poor game against Brum shouldn't detract from what we know and what we do well. The tinkering could carry a heavy price this time, but the blueprint is still there and should be followed to the letter,the days have long gone when we didn't know our best team.

Let's leave the boring defensive game to them lot up the road....Wolves ay we.

Jack the Hat

Hatherton Beer,

I've got these vibes that Ken Jackett is copying what Albion do as always. Good job Pulis hasn't jumped in the cut. Another loss and that will do the trick then Pulis can start winning again.

Gorra loff ay ya?.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

I'll try flushing this one in half an hour, it might go down then.

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

Then you can dash down to the cesspool for your daily dip. L☺Ls.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"Then you can dash down to the cesspool for your daily dip. L☺Ls."

This is not very funny.

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

Do you mean it is not funny if your name is PetesNuts?

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"Do you mean it is not funny if your name is PetesNuts?"

Gr8 comeback m8

Woodsetton wolf

A bad night sadly. Kenny went for caution but the strategy was blown apart after 11 minutes due to more sloppy defending.

Derby are now pretty well out of sight so the task is to beat Ipswich and win our last two games and then rely on Ipswich to drop a point in their last two games and Brentford also to drop a point in their last three games. All remaining games for the three of us are very winnable but all we can do is win ours and keep everything crossed for both of our rivals to slip up.It really should never have come to this but at least we are still in with a shout.

CAROLINA WOLF

KJ. To conservative tonight. He should have put the goal out there to do their thing.

Boro must have chuckled all the way when they saw the team.

Two quickies then park the bus.

"Turn out the lights the parties is over" But lookout next year

CAROLINA WOLF

Should read ' put the goal scorers out there'

Jack the Hat

CAROLINA,

I don't think Sako will be at wolves next season mate. Hope the beer went down well, my scotch did.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

CAROLINA WOLF

JTH. It will be very interesting to see who is there next season, and i'm not talking just players.

I actually got my Beer and Fish & Chips. Now rounding it off with a very tasty Malt Scotch. Which looks more than a double from hear.

Cheers.

Howlin in the Carolina's

Jack the Hat

CAROLINA,

Here I am having to manage with a Famous Grouse.

Keep howling mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Scotch = White Lightning cider.

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

No wonder your brain is addled drinking that stuff are you on Nitrous Oxide too.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Dismal comeback. When asking a question, always use a question mark. 0/10

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

Can you get up off the floor or are you too groggy?.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"Can you get up off the floor or are you too groggy?."

When using a question mark, don't put a full stop after it.

old golds worth more

Already told you once, be quiet and keep your head down, as the way Albion are playing at the moment, if they are not careful it will be them relegated. In which case all your boasts about Sako joining your lot will simply never happen, as he wants Premiership football!

Jack the Hat

Very big ask for a wolves promotion now. I listened to the match on 'Midweek Final Score' and I'm not surprised at how the top of the Championship results panned out. Middlesborough crashed the ball off the metalwork twice besides their two goals. wolves now await the Mick McCarthy Ipswich bandwagon to roll in on Saturday. If Mick wins that match it will be bye-bye big-bucks and parachute payments. Three matches to go and one of those has to be used as a catch-up game.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Horrendous goofery.

Stearmans overhead kick

Passionate Wolves fan.

CAROLINA WOLF

Disapointed of course. 0 points from two games (Brum & Boro) from which we should have 3 points !.

But pleased with where we are. I for one will not blast them. I really don't / didn't think that we are Prem material yet.

They could still surprise us, but i doubt it.

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1877wolf

Well...we HAVE to beat Ipswich on Saturday and then beat the last two teams who will hopefully both be relegated by the time we play them.

Personally, I think its a season too soon for us but who doesn't want to get to the Premier League as soon as possible!

Mick would love to get one over on us again on Saturday let's not let him...FWAW!

Jack the Hat

1877,

Mick would love to do an Orange Crush 5-1.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Very very bad.

Jack the Hat

PeteNuts,

Not another 0-10?. I have been told to humour you.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"I have been told to humour you."

Unlikely.

MikeT

According to E & S, Golbourne was going to start but did not then had to come on - waste of a sub ! After the defeat on Saturday this was a "must not loose" game - so why break up the Dicko / Afobi partnership which is a proven success. One shot on target and that was a goal ! Surely there was a case for playing Dicko instead of VLP from the start.

Very disappointing and of course there is still an outside chance of making the play offs. Might not be a bad thing to miss out this time round.

Man of the match - Bamford, who chose Middlesborough ahead of Wolves.

West Park

Not going to make play offs...end off !! No quality in depth ..had chances to get quality loans but tight fisted penny pinching owners didn't have the foresight to go the extra mile..bent Ince drinkwater all missed opportunities. ..

Don't deserve the fabulous support we give each week..players have over achieved and done well under jacket but owners should be ashamed..no ambition Morgan and Moxey. ..

Jack the Hat

West Park,

wolves don't deserve the support is uncalled for as they were in with a shout and eighth place isn't anything a young side should be ashamed of also M&M couldn't go beyond F.F.P. limits, now try apologising.

Boing~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"now try apologising"

I'm sorry...

...that you're alive.

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

Sinking to a new low with your poor grammar eh?. Do you mean ' ..... that you are alive. ....? '.

Cracking up, Tut tut.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"Sinking to a new low with your poor grammar eh?. Do you mean ' ..... that you are alive. ....? '"

Yes, which is why I said it. What a bizarre attempt at a comeback.

West Park

Oh dear...you know it's not even worth the effort to respond to you !!

Old saying " You can't educate pork "

Gora loff ay ya..

oxyamwolf

Bad team selection but realisticaly was never gonna happen tonight. The brum result did for us. Gotta keep plugging away but all over now me thinks.if we can keep players i think we are in with a good shout next season . UTW

CAROLINA WOLF

Wolverhampton Wanderers.:

Great club.Great history. Great tradition, Great fans. Great facilities.

Unfortunately the owner and GM suffer from self inflicted asphyxiation.

The times they are a changing !!!!!!!

TiburonWulf

I was thankful KJ replaced Golbourne with Hause, although his immaturity in such a big game came through.

But let me get this straight .. KJ dropped Dicko and Henry, who have been proving their mettle the past few games, and started VLP and Edwards?!?!?!

I used to think Wolves' bogey was M&M, but really .. I shake my head in disbelief at how KJ would choose the Middlesbrough game, of all games, to tinker with a winning line-up.

I can only out it down to the idea that really .. behind it all .. the Club doesn't have the bottle for the Prem.

I don't accept the the argument about "look where we have come from" .. because Wolves should not have been there in the first place. Last season and this should have been more about preparing for a return to the Premiership, than their obsession with Financial Fair Play.

Winners find a way to win .. losers spend their lives avoiding failure.

Fortune favours the brave .. it is as simple as that ..

'Disappointing'? More like 'embarrassing' ..

TiburonWulf

P.S. Anyone else like me find themselves not bothering to listen to what KJ has to say before a game, or after it?! It is quite incredible how someone can talk so much, and yet say so little ..

Finchy

Dont you think maybe Jacket is resting Dicko for the remaining 3 games which are more important.

Ritchie Wolves

Finchy, he played the team I would have played at Boro, we were only ever going to get a point at best up there. Don't waste your time with the belly acher's on here when we've lost as blindness sets in.

Three wins and we're in the playoffs......

chris h

Ritchie, You have been suffering ftom blind faith for years young man. Are you sure you didn't spend all those years in Damascus instead of H K. Blinded by the light.

I agree though Kenny needed to beef up midfield with Edwards and Hause previously had seemed a better bet defensively. Maybe a hard game for the lad to make a comeback in and the change should have been tried at Brum after leaking 3 goals. Also maybe play Dicko wide right instead of Van La Parra. But as you say Middlesboro' was always going to be a hard game. It was the the Brum defeat that will prove to be the killer.That and the failure to strengthen in the loan window of course.

Ritchie Wolves

I call it ever the optimist old chap not blind and until the fat lady sings we're still in it???

And yes the Brum game was the one we needed to win or draw, hey ho...

Grace

Finchy

Last nights game was important & Jackett got it wrong.

Poor subs against Blues didn't improve us & v nearly cost us against Leeds!!!

What Dicko has done to him, gods knows but he keeps taking him off when he is terrorising teams ( Derby & Leeds)

Not getting anything last night has heaped pressure on Saturdays game now and we are now hoping others drop points & we have a vastly inferior goal difference.

Ipswich is a must win and we need to hammer the other 2.

Whilst we all know Jackett has done a great job at times he's downright perplexing!!

Mpear3118

It's hugely disappointing but for me not unexpected. I was a little surprised that KJ did not go with a more expansive attacking lineup as we had nothing to lose and everything to gain by putting Middlesborough on the back foot.

I would love for us to beat Ipswich as I cannot stand the idea of Mad Mick having any chance of promotion.

I canot see us making the playoffs now but I hope KJ goes for attack rather than caution the rest of the way and chances his arm that we can catch everyone off guard. Let's go for it and have some fun - I think most of our fans would respect that approach.

Win or lose I am satisfied with the last two seasons and hope that our management is willing to strengthen the side with some quality, experienced players to makes us more dependable next season. The wobble prior to Christmas cost us dearly. KJ has the basis of a very good team but we have to keep people away from our assets like Afobe and Dicko - I suspect Sako will go irrespective of what happens.

One thing is for sure - I have supported Wolves for more than 50 years and I ain't gonna change no what happens.

Jack the Hat

Mpear3118,

.... I would love for us to beat Ipswich as I cannot stand the idea of Mad Mick having any chance of promotion. ...........

Gunning Mick after he got your club in the Premiership for three years, soon forgot haven't you? Never mind, you can always boo him on Saturday.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

old golds worth more

Wish you would shut up, you criticise us for "gunning Mick" as you put it, yet your Chairman did exactly the same to Clarke after he had given you your best season in years. And how long did his successors last? Irving didn't last long! Now Pulis has had his bubble burst as well after two successive home defeats, what are the odds that he will be on his bike if you get relegated? So go comment on your own managerial woes, and mind your own business.

ItsPeteNuts

Terrible comment by a terrible person.

Sparky

We need to beat Ipswich by at least 4 goals in Saturday.

Albrightondek

Prior to the game, I didn't think that Wolves would get anything from it, and so it proved. Boro are, and have been all season, a good consistent team. They may well take one of the automatic promotion places.

For me the result does not change very much from 24 hours earlier. To bag one of the promotion play-off places, we need to win our last three matches. Crucially our next game against Ipswich will probably decide our fate. It's quite simply a win or bust game.

The two remaining games against Wigan and Millwall are quite do-able, but they will, in my view, be irrelevant if we do not pick maximum points against McCarthy's team. However, if Wolves can win all three games and end up with a points total of 80 points, it should be enough to get us into the play-offs. Still all to play for. UTW.

Solentwolves

Yes, of course it has got harder - but it's not over yet. While there is still a chance, no matter how slim, one should never give up. Beat Ipswich, and the door will still remain open.

Stafford_DeWolf

KJ "Again defensively we need to improve.". Too right; try buying some decent defenders! This division has better finishers.

Opposition only 40% possession yet yielding 17 shots on goal has a familiar ring. How badly do Baath and Steerman have to play before someone else gets a chance?

Disappointing result last night but not unexpected. Realistically, the Birmingham performance and result on the back of awful defending against Leeds has ended the promotion surge.

All I need now is for OAP to tell me it's just another defeat and the promotion hype from the manager and players in the paper has sold a few more season tickets.

.

chris h

FFP is a factor in restricting clubs in the transfer market,but it is also a convenient excuse for a lack of ambition. The current rules allow an owner to increase his capital contribution,without checking, this year the figure is an extra £5m I believe. I don't suppose Steve Morgan has increased capital provisions this season. That is his right, he can do what he wants with the club he acquired lock stock and smoking barrel for a tenner. But if the will had been there, more could have been done in the transfer market, especially the last loan market.

Jack the Hat

chris h,

You are right but the five millions has to be paid back out of his own pocket so to speak. From the outset Mr. Morgan did say the club has to be self financing. Maybe he needed the £30m to spend on another project.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Risible dumbcluckery.

Jack the Hat

PetesNuts,

Eloquent input yet again, how do you manage it?

Gorra loff ay ya?

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Terrible flannel.

Finchy

It's ashame we couldnt get a point from the game but it's not over yet! Like Richie Wolves said it will go right to the last 2 games!

Wigan pretty much religated now and Millwall will prob follow in the next game or 2 they shouldnt put up much of a fight against us....?

We must beat Ipswich now, you can kinda see it's written in the starts that it would be him and his team that end our season =( but must not think like a belly acher :)

What ever happens it's been a great 2 seasons... everyone wanted to just be stable in the championship this season and we are still in with a chance of play off so just think of it as a bonus if it happens then great! if not then we can look forward to next season and an even more competitive & mature wolves team. This has been one of the most competitive championships i've seen in a long time and it's excellent to be up there with the best of them.

Can't wait for Saturday!

Robert

Sadly despite a good effort we just arent good enough and needed to strengthen more early season.

Cant see it happening for us this season now.

spanish ray

Kenny,tinkering again says it all.I think he has taken us as far as he can,yes,he`s done quite a good job but this tinkering business has been too much.M& M,it has been said before are just a couple of tossers who don`t really care,they talk the talk but that`s as far as it goes.The board,glory hunters and that`s all.A lot of changes need to be made before we are a force again and I don`t see that happening as things stand.Sorry for sounding a bit morbid but after over 50yrs of supporting Wolves it`s time it`s time for these big changes to become reality,Three points against MM will help clear the blues.UTW.

flipflop

Awful team selection has cost us last night. What was jacket thinking dicko has been our best player over the last few weeks.

Van la parra is good imo but last night was not the night to bring him in.

Hause is good but he should of come in on Saturday where there was a little less pressure.

I think jacketts bottled it over the last few weeks. Feels like they don't want to go up at the top. But there is no logic in that thinking.

Defence is not good enough we can only keep one of stearman or batth and need to spend good few million on a another c\half. And hopefully iorfa or hause can be in there as well.

So we need to beat Ipswich by 2 or 3. And then win next two and score 3 or 4 more in them games.

Still doable but jacketts needs to make amends and really go for it.

DancesWithWolves

Slipping away from us now but we've still had a fantastic two seasons with Kenny. Whatever happens this season we clearly need to sign a midfield general in the summer. I think Kenny's achievement in getting us so close to the playoffs has surprised Morgan/Moxey. In my view M&M saw this season as probable consolidation and weren't going to throw much money around until next season. It's not all about money though. Look at Brentford and particularly Ipswich.

chris h

Dances, Ipswich have not spent much in transfer fees but they have signed a lot of players this season, including many loan signings. The wage bill will be heavy and you can bet your bottom dollar this will not be funded out of their low gates ie their owner will be dipping into his pocket. Same with Brentford where they have an ambitious owner, who has funded many transfers this season, despite their low gates. Unlike us Ipswich and Brentford have not received any parachute money. It is a question of ambition or in our case a lack of ambition.

steve1

I know that I will be criticised for my opinion but I am going to post this anyway. I said some time

ago we would fall short and mainly because of two reasons, KJ lack of appeal to attract Loan players

to the club and in particular his tactical nous which in the last two games has been found wanting

yet again .The club made a massive mistake keeping MM for a third season in the Premier League,

time to change now and bring someone in who has top flight experience.I am sure I will get abuse

for this but in the end I am afraid I shall be proven to be correct.

AucklandKiwiWolf

A couple of weeks ago some of the players were saying 'we can go up automatically'.Well those words have been well and truly rammed back down their throats.Once and for all will players and staff just stop talking up the games ahead.It puts pressure an the team + they are setting themselves up for a fall.

The last two games have shown that they are not up to the task when it really matters with their past two disappointing displays.One final chance against Ipswich on Saturday.Will they produce or fail to produce the goods?.I still have doubts about how far M &M will go to strengthen the team for next season,promotion or not promotion..

DancesWithWolves

AKW,

Many of us think the same about our players boasting in advance. I wish they'd just shut up and do their talking on the pitch. It's the same on the WBA site. One minute they're going to be a top ten side and the next minute they're losing matches against bottom three clubs. Social media has a lot to answer for, particularly those twits on Twitter...

Jack the Hat

Dances,

The players have to do the blogs for the media and no player is going to say ' We will be crap again next week ' are they mate?

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

"Blogs".

Ha ha.

Ritchie Wolves

I think we'll thump Ipswich on Satday if Jackett fields the right side and like I have said on many occasion, it will be decided on the last two games and let me tell you, they are not giveme's.

And if we don't make it our young side will have gained the experience to carry us forward next season.

Finchy

I think we will win too, hope Kenny plays both Dicko and Afobe together. Can't wait till Saturday even if I am sat in the billy quiet this game :)

never boo and never leave early

Callum Wilson playing in Bournemouth side who are, more than likely, going to be promoted was an investment we were not prepared to make. Instead we invested £750,000 on a player who's current team (loan) are virtual certainties for relegation.

Whilst one man does not make a team the input that the players receive in terms of tactics comes only from the coaching staff who in turn take their instructions from the Head Coach/Manager.

KJ has certainly turned it around after we were relegated and for that he needs to be applauded. Similarly, he has done a good job for getting us to where we are now. The question I have been asking myself is how far can he take us? The answer to that will only be seen next season.

We do not move the ball forward quickly enough even when numerous opportunities present themselves during games. It is slowed down and we then begin to build; losing the momentum of a potential attack where we may have equal numbers of players to defenders. From these positions we've also conceded goals.

Overall all Wolves fans would have taken the we're in position before the season started with only 3 games left.

Finally, welcome back Michael, I'm sure that I'm not the only Wolves fan who was bemused by your lack of game time and recent loan. Hopefully you'll get more game time in the remaining matches.

UTW

Finchy

Wasnt Callum Wilson a wage issue? I would much rather have Afobe and his attitude around wolves. If we did get Callum Wilson I seriously doubt we would have gone for Afobe too. and wasnt afobe a £2mill investment?

So far Kenny has taken us a long way from what we were when religated... and like was reported in the media the other week quickest to 50 wins in wolves history I have plenty of faith in him, especially next season.

Jack the Hat

never boo early,

Many say wolves should never have done the Double Drop as they were too good to go down ( Delusion ), so from that angle Ken has done nothing for wolves.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ItsPeteNuts

Worst comment ever.

tesswoody

Bitterly disappointed.

Two goals in 12 minutes for Boro !

Listened to the match on BBC 5 Live trying to follow the game albeit lots of interruptions for goals elsewhere but Wolves didn't appear to have a shot at goal in the first half. Lots of corners but no end result.

Agree with the above posters that the team selection was crazy.

Not starting with Dicko and why bring Jacobs on instead of Henry who has been know to get an equaliser/winning goal at the end of a game.

We have to beat Ipswich!

UTW

wolfhound

Same old mistakes same old Wolves never fail to disappoint when the chips are down.

Shewolf1943

Reading the posts, as usual I see all the different opinions, which is good. A lively debate without all the spitefulness that sometimes rears its ugly head. My opinion with Dicko not playing 90mins is probably because of his hamstring problem perhaps KJ is protecting him. The debate about loan players can go one of two ways, either it enhances the team or it destabilises it. Maybe we have tried to sign players or maybe it's just chairman speak to make us think they are ambitious whatever we are where we are. I think we may miss out on the play offs which is disappointing but overall I think these players have exceeded our expectations. I really thought we would struggle in this league, and considering where we have come from I think it has been a decent season. If players decide to move on at the end of the season so be it, others will replace them, and who knows may even improve the squad. Keep the faith.

CAROLINA WOLF

Good perspective Shewolf and plenty of common sense.

Andy30

What's the problem guys ? Beat Ipswich and go back level on 6th place. Win our last two games and who knows what might happen ? Stranger things have happened in football. Ipswich wont exactly be relishing the prospect of coming to Molineux with our home form and recent results.

Maybe it will just come down to who wants it more ? Come On You Wolves. We can still do this !!

Silver Wolf

I think KJ's success is already written large in the record books, and this season and last have been a pleasure to be a Wolves fan - particularly given the two years prior to him taking over.

Nevertheless, not all has been sweetness and light and mistakes have been made. I for one truly don't believe the side is as exuberant or spirited as it was last year, and for that sort of thing today you need to be looking at teams such as Bournemouth who abound with team spirit. Yet we had it in spades! What happened?

Assuming that can be sorted, and it has to be if we want to seriously challenge for the Prem, weaknesses are not restricted to any one area. If we lose Sako the attack once again will be short of real class, in midfield we lack physical presence and are too often brushed aside by the stronger sides, and as for the defence I wouldn't know where to start - it gapes like a fishes mouth and some of their mistakes would be comical if they weren't so gutting.

Even so, as some point out, I too would have taken our situation at the outset of the season, but I can't imagine there being another year when the Championship will be so clearly lacking a class act. My guess is that next year it will be much tougher to get as many points as this year and that's assuming we improve all round.

paul

good comment Silver Wolf, Jackett had the momentum this season from last season so the players have maybe done a bit better than they should, but now he has to pick them up to go again next season and without Sako and maybe Dicko & Afobe a complete rebuild might be needed, we still have a chance of 6th place but do we have the money to survive the Prem, the squad is very 2nd rate at the moment as the last two results have proved. would love a day out in london on the 25th May, but i think we will miss out now. UTW

Silver Wolf

Aye, I wouldn't advise getting an early train ticket for the capital as things stand. :)

I agree regarding the Prem. Look at Leicester and they did look the part last year. Still, there are many pluses for the club these days and we must count our blessings.