Wolves 1 Villa 0 - Report and pictures

Joe Mason's early goal gave Wolves the three points as they beat Villa 1-0 in a tight West Midlands derby.

Mason netted in the 15th minute as Paul Lambert engineered a victory against the club that sacked him in 2015.

Villa created few chances and suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season.

It was Wolves' first clean sheet at Molineux since August as they moved to within three points of Steve Bruce's side in the table.

Analysis

Graham Taylor oversaw a few classics during his brief time at Molineux, plus plenty more at Villa, write Tim Spiers and Matt Maher at Molineux.

On the day the two teams paid an emotional tribute to the manager who served both clubs with distinction, this was no classic, but it was an occasion befitting of the great man, played out in front of a fervent atmosphere.

Ironically Wolves enjoyed more dominance, or at least created far more chances, in the reverse fixture at Villa Park which finished one-apiece.

But they were still good value for the three points, given to them by Joe Mason's early strike. Astonishingly it was the first goal scored by a Wolves striker since August 20.

Wolves were more potent in the first half and faded after the break with many tired legs sluggishly seeing them through.

It wasn't pretty. But the three points were all that mattered and the wild celebrations at full time reflected what it meant to the home supporters and, of course, to Paul Lambert on the day he faced his former club for the first time.

For Villa, this was another hugely underwhelming away performance and the need for boss Steve Bruce to find some January reinforcements is becoming more and more glaring by the match.

Villa failed to register a shot on goal and have now netted just seven goals in 14 away league games this season.

Meanwhile, the one player Bruce has added this month, goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, was at fault for Mason's opener, weakly palming Dicko's cross into the path of the striker.

This was also another game in which Bruce's team missed the impact of Jonathan Kodjia in the final third. Without its talisman, his team looked desperately short on ideas with Ross McCormack and Gabriel Agbonlahor again failing to convince they can be effective replacements. Not even the second half introductions of Jack Grealish and Andre Green could provide the necessary bite in the final third.

Kodjia, who is away at the Africa Cup of Nations, may not return until early next month and there is a real danger that by then Villa's hopes of reaching the play-offs could be all but gone. This defeat left them ten points adrift of the top six and on this evidence it is difficult to make the case for them making up the ground over the remaining 20 games.

For the second week running Lambert sprang a couple of surprises in his team selection, although this time it was more around who wasn't playing rather than who was, with FA Cup heroes Mike Williamson and Lee Evans left out of the squad.

There were seven changes from the team that beat Stoke as Lambert reverted to the same back four that had kept a clean sheet at Sheffield Wednesday in the league, while Mason and Nouha Dicko were chosen ahead of Bright Enobakhare and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

As for Villa, Steve Bruce made one change to the team beaten 2-0 at Tottenham in the FA Cup last Sunday, with Ross McCormack replacing Jack Grealish in the starting XI.

But Villa suffered a blow before the game began when Nathan Baker was injured in the warm-up. Tommy Elphick came in and Villa were reduced to six subs.

After a stirring and thunderous minute's applause for Taylor, the game kicked off in a rambunctious Molineux atmosphere.

It was Wolves who started the better of the two sides with Dicko and Mason seeing shots blocked before Dave Edwards sent an acrobatic kick over the bar.

Wolves were full of confidence going forward...Villa, perhaps rocked by Baker's absence, didn't look comfortable in defence. And so it was that Lambert's team took a 15th-minute lead when Costa fed Dicko whose low cross was palmed by keeper Sam Johnstone into Mason's path. He couldn't miss from eight yards and finally ended Wolves' striker drought as a result with his fourth of the season.

Wolves were playing with swagger - but on 25 minutes Villa should have levelled with their first attempt on goal.

Jordan Amavi's electrifying burst down the left was finished with an even better cross, yet Ross McCormack somehow headed over from six yards.

After their poor start Villa were improving, but they were indebted to James Chester for a goalline clearance after Mason rounded Johnstone following Elphick's failure to deal with a cross.

It was a deserved half time lead for Wolves, with Edwards, Danny Batth and Mason the standouts through the spine of the team.

Villa, though, were generally laboured in possession and looked devoid of attacking inspiration, particularly from McCormack and Gabby Agbonlahor.

The pattern of play continued at the start of the second half. Wolves should have doubled their lead when Costa broke brilliantly at pace and played through the back line for Dicko, but not for the first time he went for goal when a return pass looked the better option, and the goal-shy frontman's shot was too close to Johnstone.

Wolves, for whom Edwards had to briefly leave the field for three stitches to a head wound, looked the more likely scorers but lacked a clinical touch or pass.

The teams traded subs - Jack Grealish came on to a chorus of boos owing to his stamp on Conor Coady in the reverse fixture, while Wolves' Bright Enobakhare replaced the ineffective Ivan Cavaleiro.

With 20 minutes of the second half gone Villa had yet to muster an attack of note, with a couple of ambitious penalty appeals all they had to show for themselves.

In fact the second half was becoming a bit of a non-event, with precious little goalmouth action to keep the big crowd entertained.

Wolves looked more and more fatigued as the game wore on but Villa created next to nothing.

Substitute Bright Enobakhare went close for Wolves late on but neither goalkeeper was kept busy as Wolves saw out the win.

Key moments

8 A spell of good pressure from Wolves ends with Dave Edwards hooking an acrobatic attempt over the bar.

11 Hutton has Villa's first effort, a shot from distance which comfortably clears the bar.

15 GOAL Wolves lead as Mason stabs home. Villa keeper Sam Johnstone is at fault, pushing Nouha Dicko's cross right into his path.

27 - Ross McCormack squanders a glorious chance to level for Villa. Heading over from six yards out after a great run and cross by Jordan Amavi.

41 James Chester saves Villa from going further behind, getting back to hack off the line after Mason pushes the ball past Johnstone.

42 Villa break from a Wolves corner. Adomah beats Ikeme to a through ball and lifts the ball over the keeper, only for Conor Coady to head clear.

46 Wolves are immediately onto the attack as the second period gets underway. Dicko fires over from a tight angle.

56 Dicko shoots straight at Johnstone after being played in by Costa, who ran with the ball 50 yards from his own half.

80 Substitute George Saville tries his luck from distance. Straight at Sam Johnstone.

89 Bright Enobakhare almost adds a second for Wolves but drives just wide from the edge of the box.

Teams

Wolves (4-2-3-1): Ikeme; Coady, Batth (c), Stearman, Doherty; Price, Edwards (Saville, 74); Costa, Mason, Cavaleiro (Enobakhare, 63); Dicko (Bodvarsson, 77). Subs: Burgoyne, Iorfa, Hause, Gibbs-White.

Goal: Mason (15)

Villa (4-4-1-1): Johnstone; Hutton, Chester (c), Elphick, Amavi; Adomah (Green, 67), Jedinak (Davis, 90), Tshibola (Grealish, 60), Bacuna; McCormack; Agbonlahor. Subs: Bunn, Westwood, Gardner.

Attendance: 27,255 (4,195 Villa fans)

Referee: Tony Harrington

Positions in the table

Wolves - 16th (32 points from 26 matches)

Villa - 13th (35 points from 26 matches)

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Comments for: "Wolves 1 Villa 0 - Report and pictures"

Valleywolf

Great win.Defended well but I suppose all the Batth knockers will be slagging him off.Good game from Mason.

Terry King

Spot on. Great to work rate led as usual by. Mr Motivator, David Edwards, what a club servant and example to young players. PL has upped the workrate, call it playing for the shirt or doing your best for the paying fans.

No longer do we have the back 4 being left on own to hold back an attack. Good teams have 11 who work to make it feel like they have more on the pitch. Against Stoke and Villa we did.

brummierob

They defended well but Batth was extremely lucky to get away with the shirt tug in the area. Wolves deserved the win though!

bintheredunit

FANTASTIC TEAM PERFORMANCE

Forzawolves

Class performance, a clean sheet, a striker scoring, and that's after several changes from the stoke victory.......utw

Tim Buzaglo

A hard game but Wolves young guns show that they deserved to win the derby of the biggest teams in the midlands

Cradley Wolf

Who writes this crap !!!!!!

"Wolves were more potent in the first half and faded after the break with many tired legs sluggishly seeing them through."

What game were you watching Spiers and Maher ?????

The lads gave 100% for the full 94 minutes and apart from a few hiccups from Batth (2) and Stearman (1) they played very well although some of Batth's passing left a lot to be desired.

Villa were dire to say the least and seemed to revel in conning the referee into giving them free kicks etc. Bright was unlucky not to score, maybe he should of wrapped his foot around it a bit more and aint it great that at long last we've got a forward scoring a goal since August 20th !!!

Onwards and upwards....

waggywolves

What game were you watching? Danny Batth played really well. Give the bloke a break.

Cradley Wolf

waggy I aint knocking him I think he had a good game not brilliant as Spiers writes on twitter it's just that if you look at his tug on McCormack in the 84th minute he was lucky not to have conceded a penalty fortunately for us the ref decided against it. Again Stearman had a good game apart from one hiccup where Ikeme had to come racing out of his goal to clear. In the ratings for them both I would give them a seven out of ten.

Sir Billy Quiet

Cradley just so you know my first game was 1967 and I have been a home and away season ticket holder for many years.

Yesterday you were slagging off the club, today it's the E&S.........

The Flying Winger

One hiccup is that your rating for a player who has come back to us to sort out our defence , 1 hiccup for goodness sake.

Cradley Wolf

S B Q

seems i've got a few years on you old chap Molineux 27th December 1958

Wolves 7 Portsmouth 0.

Now there was a team of giants, wouldn't it be great to see a Wolves team emulate those players achievements.

Albrighton Fred

Not far behind you Cradley, 16/9/59 Wolves 9 Fulham 0 standing on a box on the south bank with my old man god bless him,yes what a bloody team.

Silver Wolf

April 1955 Sheffield United 1 - 2 Wolves. Went with my Dad and saw THE Wolves team of all-time win with wonderfully exciting football and incredible effort. Even the Blades fans clapped some of their attacking brilliance, and they also had a cast-iron defence. A young lad, Ron Flowers, blonde hair and red faced will ever live in the memory.

The Flying Winger

C W, give it a rest about Stearman and Batth, they have and did play well name me a CB combination who do not make mistakes.

Cradley Wolf

T F W

if you care to read my post properly I said I was not knocking them and that they both had a good game and in the player ratings I would give them both a 7 out of 10 for their performances today.

Credit where credits due and today yes they both deserve credit...

Wolvereeeen

Properly? Well, then if reading properly, it certainly appears that - after a great win and a committed performance from EVERYONE on the pitch - you CHOSE to name three players, and pick out three negatives, 'hiccups', from the two who you PARTICULARLY vilify on here on a weekly basis. It can therefore surely be concluded that your 'credit where it's due' comment a bit later might be read as rather hollow praise.

Statistics, which of douse can be skewed to tell you whatever you want, on the BBC website stated that, even BEFORE the match, Danny Batth was the Championships lead headerer of the ball by a clear 61 nuts, which is a lot of clearances.

Yet all you choose to see are the hiccups.

Today, just 7 of the 24 teams in our division DIDN'T concede a goal - and one of them was us. The same guys didn't concede two weeks ago at Hillsborough either. Looks like most other teams hiccuped a lot today.

Batth isn't super fast, is not a great distributor of the ball... but clearly IS useful to have with his head. Coady was excellent, Dicko a bit TOO selfish at times, but then aren't true goal scorers supposed to be? In fact Cav was probably the least effective Wolves player on the pitch today.I bet the Man of the Match choice peed off a few on here too.

For once we didn't end another teams bad run, but instead ended our own dire decades long streak against Villa - Things MUST be looking up!

The Flying Winger

C W, Yes you did I just think we are getting into a situation that no player can make a mistake and when they do some of the comments by people have been poorly expressed, mistake are going to happen and we are going to lose game, hopefully going forward that won't happen too many times and we do need a striker, but again some don't see that Daddi is providing space and passes for others to score.

Wolfinsheepsclothes

Looking through all these comments I can't help wondering if a few people are sitting alone in bedsits or at home with aging mother with lots spare time perhaps to much spare time...?

Good performance overall but not great but we woneed and hopefully on upward path ...

Cradley Wolf

wolvereen, yes in some aspects your post is totally correct but then again I do not watch every game through rose tinted spectacles as a lot on here seem to do, I see the game for what it is and yes yesterdays game was a good one, not brilliant in many aspects but a good game nevertheless.

Yes in some aspects performances have improved over the past few weeks but as Lambert has clearly stated "we are a million miles away from where I want us to be"

My point is exactly that, we are nowhere near where we all expected to be at the start of the season considering the influx of players we saw coming in.

IF we can continue in this vein of form then in my humble opinion the play offs are not out of reach, if you remember Crystal Palace did it a few years ago from our posistion so it is not an impossibility, as I posted earlier it only takes a couple of teams to hit a bad patch and we could be right up there it's only a ten point deficit now. As for your comment about Cavaleiro, yes I am in total agreement with you he didn't do very much so was all in all the least effective player on the pitch, also, I think Dicko needs to relax a bit he really is trying too hard for that elusive first goal but hey we all know strikers sometimes hit a bad patch but i'm sure it won't be too long before he's celebrating again.

IABothered

HICCUPS???? There are no players on this earth who don't make a mistake during a game.It is a team game and when a mistake is made the team mates cover it.If they can! A real stupid comment from a person who, with his bile towards Danny, will, eventually drive him out of the club.With regard to Mason who was absolutely out on his feet in the last 10 minutes,he should have been subbed but we hadn't got one to put on.Great result onwards and upwards.

Cradley Wolf

IA Bothered,

if you care to read earlier comments posted you will see I said he had a good game, maybe you are one of those who see every game through rose tinted specs and can not see the shortcomings of Danny but as I said credit where credit is due he is finally starting to get back on top of his game, maybe Lambert has been the influence he has been missing for such a long time. After seeing his last couple of games he is sometimes still making the odd mistake but nowhere near as bad as he has been over the course of the season so far.

Confidence is high throughout the whole squad and long may it continue, just as long as they put one over the fat controller on his home turf next Saturday that will be even better than turning over the vile yesterday.

tamworthwolves

On my way home and feeling great. Never thought these feelings would be back for a long time.

Result more important than the performance today, Coady, Stearman and Price were awesome. Sadly Dicko is too desperate to score otherwise he would have squared the ball to Costa for the second. He did put a shift in and Bod took over with the same commitment.

Good to see that all the players want to win and care about the fans on the terraces. If the players perform then we will always roar them on.

Jack Grealish played apparently, I'll have to watch the highlights to check!

Well done to both sets of fans for acknowledging a great man....R.I.P Graham Taylor.

Well done lads.

robhindmarch,s left peg

Agree with everything you've said except price was poor today

Cradley Wolf

robhindmarch,s left peg,

That's why he got the man of the match award !!

Digger

Do you mean Jack Price? Jack Price that was awarded Man of the Match? Yeah he was garbage (head hits desk)

Bleydh

Agreed - I' shocked. I was a bit worried when I saw the team and was surprised no Evans or Williamson in squad. Batth and Stears did us proud and you can't do much better than keep a clean sheet. Good three points and its looking better by the week.

waggywolves

Well done Wolves. A brilliant performance from Danny Batth and the rest of the lads. WOLVES 1 villa 0, boo boys 0

herewolf

good performance lads ...but does anyone agree it could have been more if Dicko had been more tuned into being a team player...i'm not decrying a great performance but maybe we wouldn't have been so nervy late on in the game had we been a couple of goals clear and we could have created the chances

Cradley Wolf

herewolf,

Dicko is trying too hard, he needs to relax and the goals will come he was twice in a posistion to square the ball to team mates and if he had done so we would of won 3 - 0 instead of just by the single goal.

Bodvarsson was brilliant even though he only got a cameo appearance, Lambert should play him with Mason in the next game.

herewolf

Cradley Wolf if you read my post again you have just confirmed what I said apart from the fact you say he's trying too hard..that's the point I.m making he's trying too hard to score instead of being more of a team player and help to create chances, his goals will come when others create for him

CoRnIsHWoLf

He's a striker who's been out of action for MONTHS!!!! If you've ever played the game at ANY level you'd have some idea of what that might feel like. Any striker worth his salt will go for goal 9 times out of 10. They will always back themselves to score, it's what they do, what they've probably always done from when they were a kid in the back garden! The time to worry is when Dicko stops getting into those positions....& that doesn't look like happening anytime soon.

Sussexwolf

A good win with many positives. A forward scoring (Or is Mason an Attacking midfielder?).

You just feel when Nouha starts scoring the goals will start flooding back for him. Likewise Bright also just needs to score and there will be a lot to come.

Whilst we kept a clean sheet I am not convinced that Danny is one of our two best centre backs. Villa should have had a penalty when he pulled McCormack back and his positioning at times makes be very nervous.

Kaiwolves

good result but it should have been a lot easier if Dicko would pass the ball to someone in a better position. Three or four times took a shot when other players were better placed to score could of back fired if we were playing a better team.

herewolf

Fully agree as you will see from from earlier post ......needs to be more of a team player and his goals will flow

CoRnIsHWoLf

Any other of our players you'd like to criticise?

tamworthwolves

Re Dicko,

We are all willing him to return to the form pre injury but sadly its just not happening for him.

Can't fault his work rate but the stats don't lie. He hasn't scored, he doesn't win aerial battles, he rarely wins one on one's, his head is down when on th ball and can't see what's around him.

He isn't a team player at the moment, not sure if its confidence or the system.

I do hope he gets his game back but for the moment the team comes first and I would put him on the bench for a few weeks.

herewolf

Well said Tamworth the rest may do him good

Cradley Wolf

herewolf,

agreed re Dicko, Bodvarsson needs to start alongside Mason and bring Dicko on

if and when needed and as you say once he gets one then watch the floodgates come crashing open....

The Flying Winger

C W , I agree Bodvarsson needs to start with Mason and bring Dicko on, I am concerned about Dicko it may be more of a mental problem due to his injury.

Cradley Wolf

T F W,

He's just back from a long injury lay off god forbid he ends up like S E B but give him time and i'm sure it will come good for him.

sue

Well done lads.My man of the match Stearman but a lot of good performances.Great respect for Graham Taylor by both sets of supporters. I'm exited about the future.

Goldcoaster

Nailbiting stuff at the end there, but we held on for three welcome points.

Great to see Mason get on the scoresheet but Dicko is trying too hard and on two occasions should have passed to a better placed teammate but went for goal himself...we could have been much more comfortable than we were. Costa still the livewire and always looked a threat, and would have scored after one of his breaks if Dicko had bothered to pass. We will miss him when he goes, Cavalleiro did bugger all and still looks unfit. Coady is a liability for mine, the number of times his poor passes just gave the ball away just put us under pressure...needs sorting.

The win keeps the momentum going, but it wasn't impressive and still room for improvement...still waiting to see those new signings we undoubtedly need.

Stearmans overhead kick

Thanks for that lads,Waited for a home win against them since 1970 some odd years think! Have a couple of outlaws who are Villa fans, Can't wait to see them for a change. Great team performance tonight, When we pushed up the back four pushed up hence we didn't have to defend so deep and bring them onto us, controlled two thirds of the pitch, Villa didn't get many shots on goal tonight did they? Good tactics Well done Paul Lambert, All the team played well I thought Jack Price, and Stearman, No knockers for the latter tonight surely, Share my man of the match award.

wolfnut

Hard earned but deserved win. Well done lads. It would be churlish to criticise but we did give the ball away too easily and effectively gave Villa more possession than they deserved. Leeds have moved up to third and let's face it they are no great shakes. This is a division there for the taking - what a pity the opportunity was missed in the Summer.

KnightWolf

Not pretty but hey ho, three points, bragging rights, Baggies stuffed, terrific gutsy performance, another clean sheet, great atmosphere and all Icelandic at the end. Enjoy and savour.

Shewolf1943

Well played lads. Evidently Danny has made the most clearances in the championship, so lay off the criticism.

Cradley Wolf

shewolf

he had a good game today but still had a couple of hiccups especially in the 84th minute with his tug on McCormack he was a lucky boy today.

*Rampton*

Watching the Batth incident on the replay it appears that its a definite tug, if this was called I dread to imagine how it may have turned the game. However a great Derby result at home and another clean sheet...

Cradley Wolf

Stearmans overhead kick,

May 1978 was the last time we beat the vile at the Mol with the score being 3 - 1

Stearmans overhead kick

Thank's for that Cradley Wolf.

Mountain Wolf

Today I have remembered what pride feels like.

West Park

Great result..

chris h

Excellent 3 points. Unable to go or even see the game live on Sky (recorded though), but managed to catch live commentary on WM FM ( the Villa emphasis). Seems ages since I last heard a live home game on the radio (usually at the match). Have to say the atmosphere sounded great, especially the South Bank.

Our strikers haven't scored a goal since 14 Jan 2017, well done Smoking Joe Mason. That is two consecutive clean sheets in the league with Danny Batth at the centre of our defence .Well done Danny.

Cradley Wolf

chris h,

agreed he had a good game today along with Stearman although as posted earlier by a few of us there were a couple of hiccups from both of them along the way but 3 points is what matters and putting one over the Vile makes it all the sweeter and oh yes of course what really makes it a great day is the Poorthorns being stuffed 4 - 0 by Spurs....

Farmer Ted

FGS Cradely, how many more times are you going to bore us with your hiccups? You obviously watched the match waiting for DB and probably RS to make mistakes. Did you do a hiccup count on Price, Edwards, Coady etc and what about Bodvarsson when he came on? Yes, they all made hiccups.

You are a one dimensional bigot.

Cradley Wolf

And Ted you are so biggotted it beggars belief old chap but I am happy to see that for once you have not sprouted anything about FFP which really makes the reading of your posts really tedious !!

As for your quote "You obviously watched the match waiting for DB and probably RS to make mistakes."

You really are a sad person trying to be sarcastic you need to get a life old chap !! I was at the game today and saw a great team performance apart from a couple of hiccups from the defence especially Batth's tug on McCormack which could of resulted in a penalty being awarded to the Vile but luckily for us the ref waved it away so stop trying to have a dig as you always do Ted it's simply not cricket old chap !!

By the way why is it you never have a dig at others on here who post the same things as me, afraid of a backlash old chap ?? !!!

Farmer Ted

Two points

1. Cradely, in what way am I bigoted? Opinionated, maybe, but never bigoted. I even talked with Villa fans on the train home.

2. I'll have a go at any poster who talks through their backside..and do! ...but I have to add your posts do stand out. It would seem that they do to others too.

A good example was your reaction to the news that we'd given an Haitian kid a six month trial. Talk about over the top. Looking back you must be very embarrassed about that little outburst.

Faagen-Bazs

*hiccups*

Cradley Wolf

Ted,

"A good example was your reaction to the news that we'd given an Haitian kid a six month trial. Talk about over the top. Looking back you must be very embarrassed about that little outburst."

Why for gods sake should I be embarrassed ? If that was the sole point of Thelwell wasting the clubs money going to the Copa America then he needs sacking !!!

Tell the truth Ted nobody has ever heard of this lad and I can't see him doing anything exciting in a Wolves shirt at all if the videos are anything to go by and lets face it his goals to games ratio doesn't exactly fill one with confidence does it ?

Everybody knows we are crying out for a proven striker and a midfield general not some unknown kid from half way round the world. !!

*Rampton*

He wasn't talking to you Cradley! Its Cradely hes ranting about so chill back old boy...

Cradley Wolf

Rampton old chap I do believe our good friend Ted is slightly Dyslexic as he always seems to get it wrong either that or he just doesn't know how to spell Cradley properly...

Never mind though i'll forgive him for it, maybe he just needs to take a little trip to Specsavers....

robhindmarch,s left peg

Not one of those players was bought by Lambert.i think the bloke is working miracles.what a difference.they work and they fight.i know villa are poor but you can only beat what is put in front of you.long may it continue.thank you Mr Lambert

Sir Billy Quiet

Anyone want to swap Lambert for Bruce?

Cradley Wolf

S B Q

No thanks m8 we'll stick with what we've got he's working miracles

with this group of players and from what i've seen of the young uns

the future is looking really bright for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Ritchie

No thank you and does anyone want to swap him for greedy fat Sam??

Wolvereeeen

Bejayzus, i'm reading this at 3am and yet, still, most of the vast army of Lambert loathers have failed to respond to your call to arms!

Ask it again after our next defeat - they'll quickly re-emerge from the cracks.

brummierob

Lambert is doing an ok job. Don't forget we lost to Cardiff and QPR recently. I would still like to see a couple of signings but it looks unlikely now? The only way Villa have the edge over us, is with their home form. At the end of the day, they only have one player that would get in our first team and that is Kodija.

I think this season is a write off but we still need to be top dog in the West Midlands!

The Flying Winger

Lambert quite rightly resisted the calls from many to change the side after 1 cup game.

Well played to the team especially the defence as we "all" know build from the back , particularly pleased for Batth and Stearman.

Villa were well contained but still don't understand why we look sluggish in the second half.

It is surprising is it not (not to all) that the player who scored was Mason who always looks the most likely to, although last season was left on the bench for some reason.

Dicko should by now be putting his chances away and I really hope we do not have a SEB problem after his return from injury.

As welcome as this win is it must be plain for all to see that we need the elusive striker or we will not progress to mid table safety.

Youngsters or existing players are not going to be the answer.

Excellent result never the less and delighed that a larger crowd at last saw a better performance and a well deserved win.

Cradley Wolf

A very good post T F W.

The Flying Winger

C W, Thank you

chris h

I concur, other than the not necessary knock at our Kenny not playing Mason. As Steve Ritchie pointed out on another thread it is not easy for a player to settle when coming from another Country. So maybe Kenny was letting Joe settle in after the upheaval of leaving the Valleys. By the way when I point out the good bits from Kenny (and there were some you know) you always accuse me of being just obsessed with history.

The Flying Winger

chris h, it wasn't Particularly a knock at our Kenny but a matter of fact that he did leave him on the bench many times and many were confused why he did that as he seemed to score when he played.

Perhaps he has now settled from the valleys and look forward to seeing more games and goals from him.

There were many good bits from Kenny chris everyone will always be grateful for him getting us out of league 1 and the football we played, but you do tend to dip into history to prove a point if things are not going well.

That in my opinion has no bearing on today.

However a welcome win today and three points.

Digger

A short term fix for our striking problems, Robbie Keane?

A six month contract and you just know he'd hit double figures before the end of the season.

Keane would still do a good job in this division, and imagine the lift he'd give the fans.

Don't want to head back to the old days of bringing Journeymen in, but who would we rather have, a Danny Graham type loan or a returning RK for a few months?

Wolvereeeen

With respect FW, i doubt very much that Lambert ever felt that he was 'resisting' the calls to keep last weeks cup match defence. Someone in the club's press office might glance at such boards as this, to gauge unrest amongst the oldies, but I'm sure that Lambert is confident in his own abilities, without our 'help'. As all good managers should be.

The Flying Winger

W.No he probably didn't I guess he wrestled with the selection for this game for me he came up with the right one, I would think that Williamson has a long way to go to be able to play many games together.

If we can start to score those elusive goals the whole team will settle and the pressure on the back for will lesson.

herewolf

I see our next fixture is against another of PL's former employers and the fat controller here's hoping we can give them a roasting !!

Cradley Wolf

Wouldn't it be a fitting result if we can put one over the fat controller on his home turf....

herewolf

lol wouldn't it just that would be a pie i the eye for him !!

Cradley Wolf

herewolf.

I concur lol...

Farmer Ted

Just got home, travelled back to Brum on a train full of claret and blue misery. It was wonderful. I was disappointed to learn that none of them stayed behind to join in the Icelandic clap and we told them so. Can't wait for the pub tomorrow.

Thought we were well worth the points, but it should have been at least two when we allowed them back into the match in the last 15 minutes. Batth and Stearman were outstanding and justified Lambert's faith. Costa was again the difference and Mason took his second easiest chance of the season. The only slightly negative point I have to make was Mason giving Hutton too much space during those last 15. Perhaps he should have been substituted, but what do I know?

Cradley Wolf

Hey Ted,

through all the years who would you say were Wolves best ever defensive partnership ?

I would go for Bill Slater and George Showell.

Farmer Ted

Cradely, George Showell tended to be the deputy for Billy Wright at CH or Eddie Stuart at RB in my first years. In those days it was a back three with wing halfs in front...Clamp, Slater, Flowers. I've said before when Wright retired it was a surprise when Cullis moved Bill Slater to No. 5. For a couple of years he was supreme, but unfortunately he was selected for England at Hampden and had a bad day. Then along came David Woodfield and they also moved Flowers to CH where he became part of the England World Cup squad.

Cradley Wolf

O M G Ted

so you're a Wernit then just like my old lady from Kingstanding lol

the only point I will make Ted is that both Batth and Stearman were

very good today but to say they were outstanding is going just a tad too far,

but then again what do I know as you're the expert lol....

Farmer Ted

I am...they were outstanding...Paul Lambert made a brave choice...you trolls would have been apoplectic if it had gone wrong...oh those hiccups!

Not Kingstanding, we were posh from Kings Norton.

Cradley Wolf

Ted,

you have not answered my question as to who in your opinion were the best defensive partnership ever to play for Wolves, keeping in mind that my answer is based on them playing with a proper caser not the lightweight balloon they play with today.

Farmer Ted

Yes I have, you're too busy counting hiccups.

Cradley Wolf

Yo cor beat a bit of banter can ya Ted :)

Cradley Wolf

How the hell is Kings Norton posh Ted I used to go with a bird from Sheringham rd years ago back in the 60s...

Not Convinced

good win and you cant fault the defence , but did we play fliuent atttactive attacking football that had the crowd gripped with excitement ? - I dont think so - but perhaps it was not appropriate for wolves not to play well on the day when we remembered graham taylor , who was our manager for 20 months in the 90s .

Cradley Wolf

Ted,

and remember they played with a proper football in those days !!

Not Convinced

appropriate for wolves not to play well

Finchy

I wish the season had just started...

Excellent game today, atmosphere was great. So good to see the place packed out if it wasn't on TV we'd have sold out prob. I'm fully behind Lambert and his choices, other forums moaning at the team sheet before kick off which they have done many times and get proved wrong all the time! Another clean sheet, looks like we've learned a few defensive lessons.

Hoping for another 3 points, this time to wipe that grin of Moxeys face.

Olly the cat

What is the capacity of Molineux these days? I thought it was about 31,000. Apart from the two ends of the Steve Bull stand, which was cordoned off, Molineux looked full today. The attendance today was just over27,000. Where would the other 4,000 fans be accomodated if Molineux was officially full?

ELDERVO

27k+ home gates are something your lot can only dream about these days.

Olly the cat

I'm puzzled by the " your lot " comment. Are you an Albion supporter? I have been a Wolverhampton Wanderers regular at Molineux for fifty years.

Capelwolf

Any updates on Jordan Graham FFS?

Bruce, Arouca, Trinidad

Watched on TV; we just about held on. I wouldn't get carried away these are two mid table clubs. However, a great improvement on a couple of months ago when we were looking like relegation favourites.

Sharmwolf

AND SANDWELL GOT HAMMERED

BeeCee

So what...!

On that display Spurs would have hammered most if not all premiership teams.

Just concentrate on what is happening at Wolves we could be in for a few surprises ...!

wolvesmatt

Good performance and a well deserved result. I thought it was a bold selection from Lambert so i'm glad it worked out. We could consider ourselves fortunate with the penalty decision, Danny would have been slaughtered had the ref seen it but otherwise he and the rest of the back four were excellent

We were the better team on the day and a higher scoreline wouldn't have flattered us, for me there were several contenders for man of the match.

If we could find the right centre-forward to lead the line I fell this team is capable of doing a whole lot more

Robert

Dicko is desperate for a goal and it shows strongly. But he did cross the ball for the winner!!!!!

Robert

After all the comments its wise to consider that apart from Mc Cormicks blatent miss Villa never managed a shot at goal or trouble Ikeme and after last weeks amazing display at Stoke Ikeme could have gone home and rested up.

Villa were pretty dire and Wolves looked the better prospect to finish higher in the table.

This Saturdays game at Norwich should be interesting.

101 chicken chow mein

just woken from my drink fueled slumber wow what an evening that was great team performance.

UTW

Breretonwolf

The people going on about the tug by Danny Batth on McCormack are only saying so after watching it on TV. From the stands, you would never have seen it, as was the case with the referee. Those who WANT to find fault with Danny Batth will do so, no matter howvwell he plays. The Villa strikers were poor today, but could that be because they played as well as they were allowed to by our centre backs?

Tellitasitis

Two local derbies, two wins, two clean sheets, two fantastic knees-up in a row!

Can't remember when that last happened, if ever, so I leave the statisticians amongst you to come up with the answer to that one.

Most pleasing aspects for me:

Lambert has got a grip of his squad.

The members of the squad have got a grip of their roles.

They are playing with enthusiasm; playing to their strengths; every player is working hard for the team and they are enjoying their football.

Can't ask for more.

Steady progress at this rate and we may even fulfil our potential.

Edwood

Solid yesterday, just great to beat the vile. Should be interesting next week- their fans still love Lambert, want Neil out and judging by their forum pages, their Chief Executive is none too popular either.....

biggest club

Once again i see cradley wolf is talking utter shat , you bought a very poor vile,they have only won three away games in three years, I bet you don't even attend any games I bet you sit in your stained 1980s wolves top with the radio on , how did you get on against the mighty qpr or Barnsley at home , your doomed with your foreign speaking manager

Farmer Ted

biggest club? Now there's a claim that can be rated in many different ways. Trophies won? size of crowd? position in league? History? Current form?

I would have picked Tottenham Hotspur, especially with Kane's hat trick...but no, for me they don't quite make it.

Cradley Wolf

Ted trust some Poorthorns idiot to come on here and sprout some crap

they ay got half the history we have just one cup in the last 48 years it would be

a lot better if they keep them to their own threads.

you have to laugh at his comment though "you bought a very poor vile"

Since when have owned the villa lol, mind you they can't help being thick so and so's

they have the highest ground in the country and as we all know the higher you go the thinner the atmosphere with less oxygen and with this poor chap the lack of oxygen has obviously addled his single brain cell a tad what....

BeeCee

Biggest idiot.

Well you most certainly didn't go to the biggest school but I would certainly say that you could be the biggest dunce in the English group.

Yes the one on here is just as bad as the one you have posted on theBaggies page.

Incidentally your geography must be just as bad. Scotland is part of Great Britain.

What's with this "foreign " manager stuff...?

Shewolf1943

BeeCee I've read Cradleys posts on the other side and they are toe curlingly embarrassing.

Cradley Wolf

Shewolf1943,

If they can't take the banter then they shouldn't be coming on here sprouting their crap should they and as for embarrasssing i'm embasrrassed that you keep apologising to those thick idiots for mine and others posts on their threads !!!

You don't see any of them POORTHORNS lot come on here and apologise do you !!!

So for gods sake stop being so bloody silly in apologising to them cos they aint worth it end of !!!

ELDERVO

She,

To be fair he does have a point there. Whenever the subject of JtH is broached on their pages they always defend him or at the very least decline to condemn the stuff he posts over here.

Cradley Wolf

ELDERVO,

Thanks for that, it galls me to think that both on their own threads and on here they are allowed to sprout their vile garbage about our club and yet not one of them has the guts to apologise to us so therefor for us to have a go at them on their own pages is excusable but not to shewolf 1943 I really do wonder what team she supports sometimes.

Shewolf1943

Eldervo please go on the baggies site and see the absolute drivel he has posted. Embarrassing to Wolves fans. Criticise by all means but post sensible posts.

BeeCee

Hi She

My post was directed at the illiterate Baggie "biggest club"

Yes I have seen those from our prize prat and have commented on their site also.

I am getting concerned about some of the unnecessary rubbish that the mods are allowing these days as I am sure you and many others are.

Cradley Wolf

shewolf1943

its called banter love and nothing else and may i suggest if you don't like what is written then there's no need to read it is there !!!!

Maybe a good idea would be for you to apologise to all Wolves supporters on here for all the crap they post on our threads especially for your good friend JtH amongst others (You Know Who They Are).....

Cradley Wolf

Keep to the darkside you sad excuse for a so called Poorthorns fan !!!!

Shewolf1943

Grow up.

Cradley Wolf

shewolf1943

before you start thinking that last post was aimed at you it wasn't it's aimed at that Poorthorns idiot biggest club....

Cradley Wolf

BeeCee

go and crawl back under your stone you blabbering fool !!!

BeeCee

I repeat what Shewolf said.

Grow up. You pathetic childish individual.

Shewolf1943

BeeCee. Hi. I am getting really tired of this site. I am giving it a rest for a while. Take care.

Cradley Wolf

Grow up REALLY !!!!

My dear your apologising to the enemy for posts that both myself and others put up on their threads is

simply not cricket !!!

I just give them payback for the vile rubbish they sprout about our glorious club on their own threads especially Cantello Rocket 78 and andyh who seem to revel in sprouting their vile garbage about our club so tell me what is so wrong in giving them a taste of their own medicine ??

biggest club

Cradley wolf ,you even embarrass your own fans that they feel the need to apologise on your behalf , spurs won four nil at there ground they are a top top team you mongrels lost to Barnsley at home four nil , no comparison, your only decent player you have is not even yours , so crawl back under your slimy little rock , was you commenting when Albion beat , Leicester,Swansea,west ham,Burnley, Watford,southampton , no you wasn't, listen to your own fans you are an embarrassment so do the decent thing and shut that dog head mouth up ,gotta laff ay ya

BeeCee

The illiterate English and geography Baggie writes another load of garbage.

biggest club

Bee cee your used to garbage watching that week in and out ,she wolf is the only decent one on here so listen to her and shut ya dog head

BeeCee

The Sandwell idiot strikes again in a similar vein to the other illiterate Sandwell posters.

Your choice of words is very indicative of your extremely limited vocabulary...!

Your choice of post name also speaks volumes of your intelligence level you really should stop smoking that stuff your brain has gone...!

biggest club

How many games to do actually attend ? Prob none as your not allowed in with your brief case and 80s brick phone, you prob support Man Utd or Liverpool when your team don't win , I bet you don't even live anywhere near the ground you prob watch final score for your updates on the game .

Deluded

Shewolf1943

You are as bad as Cradley.

biggest club

Not at all he rules people up with his stupid comments he is even condescending to his very own supporters

Cradley Wolf

wow Sandwell Clown who told you how to spell that big word condescending did you have to ask mommy and daddy what to write or did they write it for you !!

biggest club

He riles sorry

BeeCee

She.

Have you noticed a similarity between biggest **** and other posters that have not appeared on this site for some time...?

Cradley Wolf

Shewolf1943,

why don't you ask some of your Sandwell buddies to come on here and apologise to us for the crap that they have said about our club and I bet you a million quid you will be told in no uncertain terms what to do and where to go !!

BeeCee

Why would Shewolf and myself that question...?

Looking at your posts over the last few days you seem to be quite eager in telling us what to do and where to go.

However may I remind you that we are both more than capable in looking after ourselves in the intelligence stakes. If you wish to continue to throw out your silly pathetic abuse please be aware, in that area we can eat you for dinner and still ask for seconds...!

BeeCee

biggest club...?

That is a laugh for start. Jealousy is a nasty disease...!

Obviously the post above has been written for you by an adult as it has all the capital letters in the right place. Punctuation still leaves a lot to be desired though.

However the inherent facts are all wrong. I am not going to explain where or why suffice to say that I consider it below my station. End of.

Cradley Wolf

What's the betting that the percentage will be 0% !!

biggest club

Okay head teacher

brummierob

If you are a Tesco fan, how have you got the name biggest club? Albion never have or will be a bigger club than Wolves. Only Villa are bigger and that is down to their trophy cabinet, levels of support and stadium!