Wolves 0 Brentford 2 - Report and pictures

An increasingly maddening season, consistent only in its inconsistency, remained true to form at Molineux last night.

But this time Wolves plumbed new depths with a dreadful, insipid performance in front of their own supporters, who loudly booed them off at half and full time. Brentford, despite an improved second half display from Kenny Jackett's team, were full value for their victory, which on another night would have been by a greater margin.

Marco Djuricin gave the Bees an early lead and substitute Phillip Hofmann bookended the game with a late second. In between you couldn't even say Wolves huffed and puffed in the first half, such was their alarmingly subdued nature.

In the second they at least put pressure on the home defence but, a golden and spurned Benik Afobe chance aside, offered precious little as the team made a mockery of Jackett's pre-match assertion that they would bounce back from Sunday's defeat at Derby.

Jack Price and Jed Wallace were dropped as Jackett made two changes from the side that went down 4-2 at Derby.

Conor Coady returned to the first XI after a five-game absence, while Sheyi Ojo came back into the team on the left wing.

Jackett was looking for a reaction after the comfortable Derby defeat, but he certainly didn't get it in an appalling first half from a Wolves point of view.

Brentford, now under the stewardship of Lee Carsley, belied their lowly league position with some incisive attacking play which put the hosts on the back foot almost from the outset.

Alan Judge was given room to fire a decent effort at goal which Kortney Hause blocked full in the face, before the same Brentford player's 20-yard free kick was deflected marginally over Emiliano Martinez's crossbar.

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Philipp Hofmann of Brentford celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-2 with Sergi Canos

Playmaker Judge was giving Wolves what seemed like a life sentence of creativity from the left flank and his low cross was met by Djuricin, who luckily for the home team scuffed a close range shot.

The defensive errors that have littered Wolves' season continued, with distribution at the back plumbing to new depths as Jackett's team struggled to get out of first gear.

Benik Afobe gave some respite with a lively sprint towards the Brentford box before he was taken out, with James Henry's free kick blocked.

It was no surprise at all when Brentford took the lead in the 17th minute, and even less of a surprise that Judge created it.

His chip into the box was met by Djuricin whose clever volley on the turn deflected off Danny Batth and past a helpless Martinez.

Wolves tried to respond but over-hit, under-hit and misplaced passes were commonplace, with thesparse and quiet home crowd soon losing patience.

Coady put Batth in trouble with a weak header, forcing the captain to concede a corner, before the captain and Hause combined to block another dangerous Djuricin effort.

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Benik Afobe of Wolverhampton Wanderers

Kevin McDonald and Ojo saw shots deflected and saved with Wolves marginally improving as the half wore on, but it was no surprise when the players trudged off to loud boos when referee Paul Tierney ended the first period.

It was arguably the worst half of the season so far and the supporters were well within their rights to berate the lacklustre players.

Jackett no doubt vented his spleen during the break but, with the start of second half seeing more of the same, he made a double change shortly after Judge and Coady had exchanged tame shots on goal.

On came Rajiv van La Parra for a rare appearance, while Price also entered the fray.

Henry and Ojo departed as Jackett plumped for a flat 4-4-3 formation, Afobe and the Dutch winger out wide.

Dominic Iorfa tried to set the tempo with a run down the right and was taken clean out near the byline, earning James Tarkowski a deserved booking.

That raised the noise level inside a despondent Molineux and Wolves embarked on a spell of pressure, Iorfa at the heart by stretching Brentford down the right flank.

Crosses from him and Le Fondre went unrewarded, and then Iorfa foolishly earned his fifth booking of the season for a late tackle on Tarkowski, the reversal of a challenge just minutes earlier, meaning the young right back will be suspended for Saturday's visit of Middlesbrough.

Martinez had Wolves fans' hearts in their mouths when he fumbled a deflected Djuricin shot, claiming at the second attempt.

Brentford were nowhere near as probing at this point, settling for sitting back and trying to hit Wolves on the counter.

And Wolves were largely in the ascendancy, but unable to transform their higher possession into shots, or any real chances of note, in front of the second lowest league crowd of the season (by one solitary person) in 18,167.

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Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers looks dejected at full time

Then with 15 minutes left came the chance Wolves so craved - Le Fondre's effort deflected perfectly to Afobe, eight yards out with the goal at his mercy, but he sliced over the bar.

Le Fondre then just failed to turn Golbourne's cross past Button as the chances - and the frustration - continued for Wolves.

Matt Doherty replaced the limping Iorfa as Jackett was forced to make his final change with 12 minutes left. The Irishman did well to win a corner with time running out, but Batth's header from McDonald's floater comfortably cleared the bar.

Van La Parra then sent a 25-yarder over the top, with Wolves again failing to test keeper Button, who was having a quiet evening.

And he remained untroubled for the remainder of the game, with Wolves' attempted comeback halted by Brentford's second goal two minutes from time.

Substitute Phillip Hofmann, who moments earlier was denied by Martinez when through on goal, got it right second time around by rounding the keeper and tapping into an empty net.

Boos emanated from the home stands. As they did at full time, but with far more ferocity.

With high-flying Middlesbrough and Birmingham next up, Jackett certainly has his work cut out from here.

Wolves: Martinez; Iorfa (Doherty, 78), Batth, Hause, Golbourne; Henry (Van La Parra, 53), McDonald, Coady, Ojo (Price, 53); Afobe; Le Fondre. Subs: Ikeme, Wallace, Byrne, Enobakhare.

Brentford: Button, Yennaris, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Woods (Tenes, 71), McCormack (Kerschbaumer, 78), Diagouraga, Swift, Judge; Djuricin (Hofmann, 74). Subs: Bonham, Vibe, Gogia, O'Connell.

Attendance: 18,167

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Comments for: "Wolves 0 Brentford 2 - Report and pictures"

Brightonwolf

Utter rubbish, the M&M experiment has failed, what a sorry state we are in now. Moxey out!

wolfo

18,000 you could say that, screwed us over and set us back a decade now, we need experience to get us outta this mess, and they aren't willing to pay the wages so thats why the fans stay away, proper messed us up Moxey out indeed!

Only Got Plan A

Why only Moxey? Jackett seems completely clueless with constant changes and still having no idea what team/formation we should be playing and coming out with dumb comments about making our place a fortress!

After Middlesbrough and Blues (2 more defeats?)we are going to be deep in the brown stuff.

Pathetic

Brightonwolf

Agreed, Moxey appointed KJ and set his transfer budget?

Timmiswolf

Not quite sure that this is Moxey's fault. I know you're going to point to the fact that Sako hasn't been replaced but he can't be blamed for Dicko getting injured, which, I'd suggest, has been just as significant.

Beyond that, I doubt that Jez is responsible for Kenny's failure to find a good, settled formation or pattern of play so far this season. He's tinkered unnecessarily with the goalkeeping position (Ikeme barely deserved to be dropped in the first place) and with the centre of midfield (Price and McDonald obviously being our best pairing) but arguably not enough with the two areas that clearly need work - defence and forward positions. Why Price and Henry are so often become the fall guys is beyond me.

Back in League One I thought we all signed up to an emphasis on young homegrown players getting a chance and so I'm prepared to be patient, despite the disappointment and frustration that can come with this from time to time. I don't necessarily think that the answer is to splash the cash. But the tinkering this season smacks to me of poor man management. Crises of confidence have been caused for no reason whatsoever. I'm praying that Kenny gets his mojo back some time soon.

Timmiswolf

Just to add, I'm not saying that I want Jackett out. I just think that many of the current problems are of his own making - something that I find bemusing given his first two near faultless seasons in charge.

Brightonwolf

Yes, and MOXEY appointed him when there were higher calibre Managers available.

Timmiswolf

I'm glad he appointed him. This season hasn't gone well but Jackett has done an exceptional job here. Which 'higher calibre manager' do you think wanted to come to Wolves when we'd just been relegated to League 1?

1wolves

Could struggle to stay in this division.

hardwolf

I would play the under 21 squad against Middlesbrough, and make that squad serve pies to the fans at half time.

WarrenTimmins

I said 2-1 to brentford . One positive is Iorfa is now suspended on saturday. Goin down.

herewolf

OMG. I hate to think what saturdays result will be against much better opposition we will be back near the basement again i fear ...to think at one time we along with Man utd were the only tweo teams constantly talked about i bet all our highly respected players who are no longer with us are spinning in their graves R.I.P. a once great club we are going nowhere!!

The Optimist

18.167 poor souls. They should have stayed at home and saved a few quid.

The fortress was made of paper and was blown away in the wind.

What a waste of time, don't think I'll bother adding to the above as I'm sure other posters will have a lot more to say.

Good Night, over and out.

wolfo

sounds like the wheels have come off for kenny jackett now, 4 wins in the league this season so far isn't good enough and another game gone without a win. hope he sorts it but another manager like holloway would do wonders here, kennys biggest mistake and the board was not gambling on signing players.

kennys made his own grave by signing poor players during the window, we are 5 points off relegation again, no forwards. Too many shots off target again, we look as flat as a pancake.

no depth no width, no 4-4-2, we'll be lucky to scrape mid table at all now, I fear a bad season coming along unless someone grabs the situation by the balls and does something about it, not sure kenny is the man, 1st coach in a decade or so we have had who didn't have a real 3rd choice and 4th choice forward as backup, no excuses really, he doesn't have the experience to mount a promotion push out of the championship and its no wonder its not on his cv. We need someone who has the experience in getting a club promoted to the prem.

herewolf

Totally agree don't know if you saw my earlier post regarding his reasons for resigning from the Millwall job if not here is a reminder and i quote "the time is right for a new challenge, and also for a new manager to come into Millwall with fresh ideas".to get them to the Premiership well if he couldn't cope with a lowly team like Millwall how in hell is he going to cope with the challenge at Wolves and it took him nearly 5 years to find that out ..we ain't got five years !!

Timmiswolf

Oh come on. Kenny resigned at Millwall on the day we sacked Saunders. He knew what his next job was going to be - we all did.

old golds worth more

What happened to all those who used to sign off their comments with "In KJ we trust"? After KJ's Fortress quote, you just knew this kind of display would happen. The last such display was away to Cardiff, at least that was an away match, so there can be no excuses for a performance like last nights when playing at home. Morgan, get your wallet out and lets see you continue to support the club financially as you have been quoted. After all at this time of the season it will only be for loan fee's!

Twiggy

WIMB WOLVES AY WEE

Proide o Cannock

I think i'll get meem coat.I cor fuind me jackett Ios eard it wuz last soeen goin darn the m1 coverin some chaps ed

jas_manku1

Pathetic performance. Relegation battle to follow. I think KJ will resign by January as he has no backing from the board anymore. Only problem is who will replace him and work for a board who don't want to be here.

wolfo

who knows, sick of his excuses, its a results business not impressed with his transfers bar the odd few since here has been here, always been skeptical. Not blaming coady but 2million was way to much when we should of bought a striker or left winger, and its left us as flat as a pancake and uninventive.

oh well afobe will be off in january now

moaning git

taxi for KJ before its too late

Wolvereeeen

And so Kenny's 'Fortress Molineux' proves to be as phoney a claim as everything else that's come out of the club since last May...

BeeCee

Wolvereeen.

Have you noticed your retort to the man with a Hat and my equivalent post disappeared in a flaaaash.

Rhys.wwfc

Time Kenny gets his Jackett?

old golds worth more

I'm not and never have been a "in KJ we trust" person, but to suggest we sack him is laughable. Why? Because who are we going to get who is a better manager and prepared to work with what we have got, and have no money available for transfers (and it seems, not even loan fee's!). The short answer is no one who would be an improvement, as they all demand assurances a transfer budget etc etc, and a big pay off when they then fail to deliver and get fired. So KJ is going nowhere unless he quits, and it would not surprise me one bit if he did just that.

Hatherton Beerwolf

We've seen this before, surely it can't happen again........surely.

doodsope

Whoops thought you would get at least a point so no points in next 2 games means you'll be nearer relegation than promotion told you a mid-table team at best.

jas_manku1

Looks like Morgan has found the right manager for his long term project. After all KJ is proven at League 1 level which is where we'll be next season. Dreading Saturday now. Middlesbrough won't even need to put any players on the pitch and we'll still lose thanks to some poor defending by one of our passionless players.

AucklandKiwiWolf

They are simply not good enough.IT IS NOT WORKING!

denden

We are a joke period ...

The Flying Winger

This debacle lies fully at the feet of Morgan, Moxey and Jackett

This situation is of their making of an owner who wanted to sell months ago, a policy of youth ,inexperience , and players from a lower league bought in to play in a hard league.

A manager who didn't know his side from the players he must have agreed to be bought in, tactics he couldn't decide on, changing goalkeepers, letting players Stearman & Jacobs go.

Jackett dropped Price and praised Coady a player who needesly got himself sent off, man management someone is having a laugh.

Afore I thought he was bought to play as a striker,silly me.

Jackett brings La Parra back as I forecast along with Coady as he is so predictable his substitutionson have been wanting.

Some on here said that people like myself and others have been over critical, negative, they are happy with the defence, let's see where we are in 10-15 games, it will all come OK.

There was no chance that any of those views were going to come right.

I do believe that Jacket has now lost his way completely, the club is in free fall with no obvious way of pulling it round.

Moxey said he didn't know why fans went away or came back, if he was watching the game tonight he has his answer.

Tick Tock, the clock is ticking again for our once great club.

Solentwolves

I was oh so wrong with my prediction. And my optimism. Fortress ....? Not yet it seems. Bitterly disappointing.

thebigbadwolf

relegation anyone? Just think... we have a league 1 manager, league 1 players, we wouldn't even have to buy anyone - the board will be pleased!

jas_manku1

And to think that Joe Cole requested to go out on loan to Coventry because he's desperate to play football. Why did the scouts not pick up on this and get him in. The guys a won the Premier League and could easily have done a job for us on the left wing as a short term replacement for Sako.

Hertford

Let's look at the positives......it wasn't on the telly.

jas_manku1

Another positive is that we know next season will bring us the excitement of a promotion challenge......from League 1. Southend and Stevenage here we come.

denden

Once great club ????...

Lincswolf

We're a sad, unfunny, pathetic joke.

kevrichards88

The fortress ain't happy

BeeCee

Fat Ladies.

Dad told you to post that???

jas_manku1

I remember a few years ago Mick McCarthy realised that the defence was a bit shaky. What did he do? He brought in Gary Breen, a player with experience to organise the defence. This is what KJ should be doing not getting rid of our player of the season in favour of inexperienced youth. Jones brought in Ince and Irvine. All teams need experience as well as good youth players.

jas_manku1

I meant Irwin. Damn auto spell.

paul

My first reaction was to feel sorry for the young players. they had no leader so just bowed there heads, M&M are the ones to blame for not investing in a few good old heads to help these young players when the going gets tough, i know most if not all of the fans could see this coming, Morgan has stepped aside now its Moxey who must step down before the fans drive him out and it all gets ugly, the more i think about it Steve Morgan made the mistake of keeping Moxey instead of bringing in his own man. one man has overseen the mess we now find our club in, the CEO must go.

West Park

Disgraceful performance...pigeons have come home to roost and brought there mates with them...

This has definitely not worked with the kids...We needed experience with youth and it was obvious from last season

Honestly think we will be relegated. .

Think jacket may be sacked in the next 4 games if we don't at least win 2 games

THEFilthyRaider

Time for Kenny to get his leaving jacket.

old golds worth more

Well that fortress didn't last long did it? With Iorfa booked and now missing the Middlesboro' game, we won't have a defender left to sit on the subs bench will we? Well I'm of to the North Yorkshire Coast for the rest of my retirement, so I won't be gracing the Mol anymore. The sad thing is, that in a way I'm glad, so maybe I will go and see the return Middlesboro' fixture, and maybe the Leeds and Hull away games, but that will be it for me, but they will of course be footballing decisions, as money will be involved!

WarrenTimmins

Moxey about to leave his calling card ..........the axeman cometh. 2 games coming 2 dereats coming ...........then the axe will fall. Come on Jez make a name for yourself ! Ohand while your at it sack all the backroom staff as well starting with Tony Daley. Fitness coach my a**e if them lot are fit

Then my pen is 15 inches long !!

FootieIndex

Performance rating was 83. Considering the norm is 100, then the team performed well below what was expected. Not that I have to produce a rating to prove that, but merely to amplify how bad they were.

The previous game was also rated at 85. So obviously, something is seriously wrong here. When it gets this bad, you have to look to the manager. Sorry, KJ, whatever respect I and others may have for you, you have to ask why many of your players are so grossly under-performing.

Heavens knows where we go from here. Based upon tonight's performance we are going nowhere. Can it get much worse. Well, yes it can. Perhaps it needs to get worse before we see a wholesale change in the club's set-up, and that the shortcomings of the club are dealt with in the right way.

MAGISTER

Looks like 1Wolves comment about leaving the back door open on the fortress was not taken seriously. Has the key been mislaid or did Mr Jackett not have a key at all? Clearly another triumph for the "youth policy with potential". The team is making those silly mistakes you mentioned in your last article eh Mr Le Fondre? What a way to treat loyal fans. Anyone for an earlybird?

Australia Wolfs Mom

Australia Wolfs Mom.

What a disappointing and totally inept performance from Wolves tonight, no defence, no midfield, no attack, the kids look tired and we have no experience in reserve. I'm not sure where we go from here.

With that said my main reason for writing is to ask if anyone out there knows if the rumour that was circulating around the Billy Wright Stand tonight is true. I was told that Mr Jackett is not happy as he has earmarked a new defender and forward to help shore up our woeful team, when he put this to Mr Moxey he was given the thumbs down as we cannot afford any new players at this time. If this is true it beggars belief. Please give Mr Jackett a helping hand Mr Moxey before we lose him to. This club is in crisis. The fans deserve better and I mean the real fans, not the few who bey at our former Chairman. Give Mr Jackett the tools and he will sort this mess out.

Ritchie

Mmm! didn't go so I ain't got a comment on how we played? Re 30,000 fans and fortress Wolves on Saturday, that ain't going to happen..

Finchy

It wasn't good.... No chance of 30k who's going to want to watch this "team" at the moment? STH who've paid upfront prob but I'm considering not going...

Ritchie

Hey Finchy, don't chuck the towel in, get your ass there on saturday?

Finchy

Of course I'll be there :) im a wolves fan... we love being disappointed! However I think we will win on Sat just to show how inconsistent we are...

Towels not gone in yet but it is in my hand after watching them last night.

CyberWolf

If I hadn't bought my ticket last week I would stay home on Saturday. Last night's performance was embarrassing.

Tomwolf

I went it was woeful

Finchy

Awful performance! Why are we so deep? A team brimming with such confidence last season look so out of their depth tonight.... We used to be almost cocky with the ball when playing it out of our half but now we panic and boot it hoping for the best. Why is Adobe so deep? Why does jacket allow him to go that deep? I understand he wants the ball but he shouldn't be in our own box collecting it... Service to him is poor but when we do eventually get the ball out he's not in position because he's too deep. Every game he's value is less... No way is he 10mill now who's fault is that his or jackets?

Our passing was terrible! Brentford didn't have to try... We gave it away so easily... I would have fitted in well with tonight's team and not stood out as the none professional! They deserved all the booing tonight, people rush home from work to make the game and for what?

Listening to radio on way home they say Derby done homework and knew how to play us, Brentford just copied derby... How can this be allowed to happen? Does jacket not have a different plan? It was obvious to everyone it wasn't working 20 mins in... I totally blame jacket for these defeats... Too much messing about with formations and players. I'm trying not to even think about sat' or Birmingham... Easily can loose 4 games on bounce.

This season is not turning out as I imagined... Or was promised. Jacket tinkering and sky tinkering with the fixtures... This seasons a big mess and it's only October!

Shewolf1943

Embarrassing.

BeeCee

Shewolf.

Sir Jack was stung by Morgan. The club has been continually stung by the CEO now to cap it all we were stung by the Bees..!

Shewolf1943

Hi BeeCee. Definitely stung by Morgan. The more I think about it I'm sure he checked out all the building opportunities locally before taking on the club. He did a few good things for Wolverhampton, but was that to keep the council on side so they wouldn't deny him planning permission. Cynical I know,but it's what I'm thinking.

BeeCee

Shewolf

You are on "thinking" exactly the same as me and thousands of others.

I am led to believe that there other areas of Wolverhampton on the radar, so, he might have finished with club but he ain't finished with the town.

I have got a postage stamp size bit of paper you can use to write the few good things on it that he did for Wolverhampton...! lol.

BeeCee

Shewolf.

Embarrassing ain't the word I would use...!

We are now the laughing stock of the Midlands.

easternwolf

No more excuses. I've had enough of rhetoric and am fed up of platitudes so will someone in a position of authority get their finger out and do something before it's too late.

The team under Kenny Jackett is going but one way; down. He's meant be a motivator, a strategist and someone having a big say in who becomes a Wolves player but he has failed in every department. If, as has been suggested, his hands are tied when it comes to recruitment then anyone with an ounce of self respect in his position, would resign.

I just cannot see this team led by this Head Coach taking the Club anywhere but the 1st Division.

Gaywolf

If Steve Morgan had done the right thing and bought in big Sam at the first signs of apathy then he and the team would still be heroes. Unfortunately he has no feel for the game and Jackett has no inspiration. We are in for another bumpy ride with no light at the end of the tunnel. Oh joy.

Ritchie

Hoy you lot, get a grip it's a football game you fickle load of wasters, have a sleep, dust yourselves down and let's go again on Saturday. Come on.....

CyberWolf

A bit harsh Ritchie.

Like a lot of fans, I've supported Wolves for 50+ years, that's a lot of money through the turnstiles. At the mo we're not getting value for our hard earned coin and we have a moan. But on Saturday we will, once again, be full of optimism and a little dread. Boro are a better team than Brentford (imo) but if we play as well as we did against Huddersfield, we have a good chance of a result.

The Flying Winger

Richie, cannot agree with you at all, fans have paid good money to go to games and they have every right to watch their team put up a performance worthy of them, win preferably but lose or draw can be stomached if the effort has been shown.

Realistic Wolf

Disgusting performance again although personally I did not expect anything different. Never mind all the pointless talk about reactions and fortresses. Came across as totally clueless and a lack of urgency and perhaps even less interest. Obviously something is wrong big time. Same old after match rhetoric and yet nothing changes. Remember it is KJ's team and IMO his methods and approach not to mention the apparent lack of a game plan that has caused this. Blame the two Ms lack of investment and of course it may have had some impact, but that aside we appear to have no shape, no organisation and no idea. Look at what the blue noses are achieving, so it shows it is not impossible even with limited or non existent funding. World beaters maybe not but surely we should expect better than this. We are in a mess big time, need a new owner and IMO a new manager. KJ has served us well but everything has a sell by date regardless of what has been achieved in the past.

AucklandKiwiWolf

Looking at the table,Wolves are 6 points off a play-off spot and 5 points off the bottom three.memories of 2012/3 come flooding back.

Hedgie1955

Well guys,

If Kenny Jacket switched to a 443 system you surely should have won.....

Do the maths and thank the ref for not spotting the extra player.

You have underestimated the opposition and payed the price, Brentford are adjusting to a batch of new players and a heavy injury list....it was just a matter of time before the team started to gel and perform.

Reading the Wolves blog yesterday, nobody even contemplated Brentford leaving Wolves with anything other than a drubbing, last two seasons they were unlucky not to have won and drawn the fixture, this time they did.

See you at GP for round two

Hedgehog the Bee

Cookley Wolf

A real gutless, clueless, characterless performance tonight - and from my seat in the lower Billy Wright I was close enough to ensure Jackett got to hear my opinion loud and clear as we got to half time. I don't normally feel the need to barrack the manager or team, but this performance tonight was an insult to the fans. The general theme being that for 45 minutes everyone in the stadium could see that we simply had no ideas at all - and even worse, absolutely no Plan B.

For the entire half Brentford had passed and moved superbly - the ball hardly ever off the ground - whilst the limit of our imagination was simply to hoof it up field in the hope that either Henry, Le Fondre or Afobe would run onto it. Each time this predictable long ball was easily dealt with by the Brentford defence. In contrast to Brentford we couldn't keep the ball on the floor and consequently we were totally outplayed. They ran rings around us - and we are talking about Brentford here!

This exercise in futiliity was obvious to everyone in the stadium - with the sole exception of Jackett. For 45 minutes he did nothing, said nothing and changed nothing. Why not? It was 45 minutes of valuable time completely wasted, when he should have seen it as an opportunity to try something different when the first idea had failed. Both he and the players should have been desperate to turn things around - but there was no inspiration to be found on either the pitch or the touchline. I'm sorry but for me Baath is not captain material. There is no leadership on the field, or seemingly off it either.

I can only guess that Kenny simply didn't have any other plan. It's not good enough, that's for sure, but it's also deeply worrying.

Is it that Jackett hasn't got a clue what his best side is? Has he lost the dressing room? Do the players not have a clear idea what's expected of them? What exactly are the coaches actually doing all week?

Tonight I saw in the players a malaise that was horribly familiar to anyone who watched Wolves at any point during the 'double drop' campaigns of Connor/Solbakken/Saunders. We cannot be allowed to go into another nosedive, but the players out there tonight didn't care enough.

I have sung Kenny's praises for the last 2 years - let's not forget he has done a great job so far. BUT, he really does need to show everyone - including the players - what he is made of, and we as a team need to rediscover the swagger that we play with when we're at our best.

Tonka

Good summary CW.

Nothing more to add.

I watched the game v Derby and thought we performed ok and was a tad unlucky, and so was optimistic about last nights game.

However, another dreadful performance with nobody leaving with any credit, we made Brentford look like Barcelona.

As we normally do in these situations, Let's look at who's out of the team at the moment. Oh, it's Dangerous Dave, he must be our saviour, again. Just kidding!

Start with playing Afobe up front, he did score 30+ goals last year didn't he? Yes but not from midfield. We are pandering to his complaint of 'wanting to be involved more'. Play him where he's supposed to be Jacket!

A defeat on Saturday will see us in real trouble.

wollffiee

He's lost the dressing room, it's obvious.

Danny boy is a very average defender, Hause is awful. Goldbourne doesn't know how to pass the ball forward any longer. Iorfa gets away with poor play by the virtue of his pace.

There is no leadership on or off the pitch.

Jackett had his hands in his pockets or arms folded all match.

At the moment it's a disaster, we are in freefall.

CyberWolf

Yes, a good blog.

I keep reading that Kmac never shuts up, always something to say. Hand him the Captains roll. On his day, he can be a mid-field genius (in this division). This will also relieve Danny of some pressure so he can concentrate on his football.

KJ has done well for Wolves, but the Championship is his limit (talent wise). He couldn't get any further with Millwall and I've no confidence he can go further with Wolves.

Mpear3118

This makes disturbing reading. We look to be heading into freefall with an Owner that has lost interest and will not put any more serious money into the Club. The defense predictably is proving what most fans know is seriously lacking in experience.

With Middlesborough next up its not looking good at all as they are clearly a better team than us.

We are suddenly looking like relegation candidates with no prospect of anyone stepping in to take the Club over.

I hope I am wrong but I'm fearing the worst now.

WrexhamWolf

For too long now successive managers have signed players by quantity rather than quality. Other teams need a certaintype of player and they sign a player to a particular role or fill a specific position. The player comes in and immediately makes an impact. How often does this happen at Wolves. Our approach seems to be to sign a player because they will make an useful addition to the squad. Too often these players languish on the fringes of the first team and then lose confidence and are eventually sold on at a loss only to go on to another club and play out of their skins.

The club seems to have no objectives. No structure and poor management. This has to come from the top and the constant in all of this is Moxey. Until this man leaves Wolves will not move forward.

So sad.

#kitman

Crisis is an often over used word - but not for the state of our club. The manager is at his wits end , the players have not belief and the club no leadership.It is time for Moxey to go -stop saying it's not his fault!

He has to get results the same as any business.The M&M experiment has failed.Too much of a reaction to Ohara and Johnsons wages - towards untried inexperienced youth. We need an old head or two on the park - characters with grit and experience . Saturday's call for 30000 might just turn into the biggest protest for years . A decision that could backfire spectacularly. Last night was awful . Yes, this is a Crisis.

Smithers-Jones

30 years ago this week Wolves played Walsall at Molineux in a division 3 league match, the score was 0-0. Wolves eventually finished 23rd in the league (8 places below Walsall) were relegated to division 4 with bottom club Swansea City......Back To The Future

never boo and never leave early

SJ you mention back to the future I think that it was yesterday that the first film came out some 30 years ago. Just a coincidence I hope.

UTW

never boo and never leave early

Prior to a ball being kicked in anger my view was that we'd be a mid table side who with a little luck could have pushed for a play off place. That is more or less where we are.

A considerable amount has been said already, some of it very contentious and much very considered. We are all entitled to our views regardless of the opinions stated.

I too feel that KJ has been shown to be out of his depth. Regardless of the systems played we need to stick with the one system that has suited us well: 4-2-3-1. During games it may need to be changed. However, you need to have the personnel to be able to effectively change the formation.

Compare us to Birmingham, Rowett knows the limitations of his squad and I do not think he has put square pegs in round holes. If he has had to change a system he has the personnel for that position. However, what he does have is a togetherness, but above all he has experienced players mixed in with the youngsters.

The transfer policy certainly has been at best very very questionable. But at the end of the day the buck stops with the head coach.

If KJ were leave we cannot repeat the debacle of the Dean Saunders appointment.

I have been very impressed, over the years with Dean Smith at Walsall. He is used to having little or no money to play with. His teams play good attractive football. He would be an option. Ideally, Gary Rowett but there is little possibility of him coming if KJ were to leave.

We will always live to fight another day.

UTW

old golds worth more

Cole is to old, the buzz word is youth, never mind about lack of experience etc, youth is what we want and more youth and more youth and...... Morgan wants his monies worth out of our training facilities and academy, and that has to begin RIGHT NOW. The fact that any of them who are half decent, won't want to ply their trade in League 1 or worse, and will leave, which on current performances is where we are heading, is lost on him.

Raoof

The results here suggest our club are to have their annual October/Novem- ber gloom and I have the feeling this time it will go longer than last year's 5 defeats in a row. After the moaners have been successful to oust our owner, now they are to face the consequences of uncertainty concerning when a buyer will be found.

As I said previously England are very poor in all departments (managers, coaches and players) except their good organisation in communication field has brought them TV money in an exaggerated way which in turn has provided us with cheque-book managers. Along with that greedy agents and players who are still the only beneficiaries of this satanic system - plus Bosman rule, players becoming free-agent after 24 years which simply ruin clubs.

Just think for a moment no TV money and a deep cut into foreign players, what chance England have on the international front. A country out of severe war has come out of it to qualify for a World Cup and now in a play-off for the European Nations Cup: Bosnia Herzegovinia. They have no money but have the players with talent and will to fight. Here in England the talk is money and spend. So many players bought at great fees are warming the bench. Huge waste. But they are always going to splash the cash.

At our club we have seen the enormous difficulties to get rid of the unwanted players the club have bought and they were well paid. Man City have spent a colossal sum to provide them with a smart academy because they see that spending extravaganza will have to be stopped. Morgan took that good step to improve our academy and we need patience. Such projet takes time to deliver.

K. Jackett each time he has said we will roll over our opponent or make Molineux a fortress, there has been to his face a big defeat. He must know our team cannot be put on such heavy burden or critics as the players cannot cope with such things.

Finally, fans are talking about highest calibre managers, there is not a single one here in England. The only one I thought would turn into a bright young manager has got the sack. I mean Brendan Rodgers.

NOSNP

Never boo or leave early is right!

You are supposed to be supporters

Thick and thin you are Wolves.

Annoyed you may be at paying and not getting Premier style football.

You pay for entertainment some good some less so BUT booing and leaving is not the way to improve things.

It is not rocket science but we do need someone who can drill the defense into a tight force. And that does, unfortunately, need experience and respect from players.

Without a tight defense we are lost.

So over to the rest of you to suggest strongly the sort of player we need.(Not Stearman of course). Even our best ex-centre back ( Lescott) makes mistakes at Villa so do not discourage the young guns.

We will survive and yes I get down when we lose ( the Championship is the Championship) but still believe.

UTW win or lose or draw

Shewolf1943

Entertainment? So that is what the team produced last night. Right!!

andrewhos

Time to get your coat Mr Jackett - clueless and incompetent are the best words to describe your managerial capabilities.

brummierob

A pathetic response to the Derby defeat. This bad season can partly be put down to lack of investment - Blues are 2nd and have hardly spent - and mainly down to Jackett's tinkering! We have major problems now in that we have only 4 senior defenders and 2 strikers and a multitude of midfielders - 5 out on loan and Evans, Rowe and Saville are constantly being praised up? Ikeme needs re-instating for Saturday and then we have 2 top 6 sides to face... God help us!

Team for Saturday should be:-

Ikeme - Doherty Hause Batth Golbourne - Byrne Price McDonald Henry - Afobe Le Fondre

PJW Holland

May I ask "Are Wolves players forbidden form placing bets and if not then why not?"

A recent scandal reveals that many former players were heavily involved in gambling. The team also, I believe, receives sponsorship from gambling enterprises. That, in my view, is wholly inappropriate. When I think of gambling the following terms come to mind: "organised crime" "the mafia" "cheats".

Joe 90

Div 1 here we come again and unless something drastic is done well where next. At least we could rely on TWO regular goal-scorers in div 1 who will definitely score against us, Namely Ebanks-Blake and Leon Clarke. Okay, they were no good for us, but then again once Afobe is sold in January and Le Fondre goes back to Cardiff we will have NOBODY to score and NOBODY to defend now STEARMAN has gone.

sue

Did I read that right Ebanks_Blake was no good for us?

Stoke Wolves

Moxey wake up and smell your cappuccino and do the decent thing. We'd be better off having John Richards back as CEO at least he gave a damn about the club. A 'dream ticket' along with Robert Plant could secure the investment we need.

jack.arnold.562

Dramatic turn around this season in terms of our so called footballing philosophy. For two seasons we've played decent football and now it seems our plan A and plan B is smash it long and hope and I mean hope that the two/three CB's miss the ball. This strategy will work once/twice in 10 attempts and then you've still gotta take the chance. This has been happening for 12 games now and it's a clear tactic !! Regardless of the individuals playing, Price and RVL made a slight difference last night however the substitutes were irrevelant as our Plan A/B stayed the same. Messi/Augeruo could have played for us last night but it wouldn't have made a difference. Kenny I'm not an UEFA A pro coach but I can see that our approach isn't working so surely you must see this??? Adapt and change quickly

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