Verdict: Fans impressed with transformed Wolves

Our fans bask in a very welcome Molineux victory as Wolves make it four wins on the bounce.

Wolves fans verdict
Clockwise from top left; Russ Cockburn, Russ Evers, Steve Plant, Heather Large, Chris Hughes, Peter Abbott, Sarah Connolly and Rob Cartwright

Heather Large

What's your verdict on the match? A very enjoyable match to watch and a great result bringing us three points closer to safety.

Add to that the instant contender for goal of the season and it was a perfect afternoon!

We were very much in control - a stark contrast to the Rotherham game where we showed little desire to take charge.

We looked threatening going forward and solid at the back - apart from that slight hiccup which led to Cardiff's goal.

I was slightly concerned after they equalised because we started to lose our momentum for a while and we seemed to be gifting them the ball.

But we handled the pressure well and after we scored our second, there was only one team that really looked like winning.

Danny Batth may get some stick but you could not fault either his performance or those perfect headers yesterday.

As for Helder Costa's goal - I can't stop watching it! Pure brilliance.

Looking forward to Tuesday night now and hoping we can continue this winning streak until the end of the season.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Hard to pick a man of a match from the many contenders - it was a great all around team performance.

We had the Duracell Bunny-like antics of Andreas Weimann and Dave Edwards, the solid partnership of Batth and Kortney Hause, the assured performance by Ben Marshall and the touch of class from Costa.

Rob Cartwright

What's your verdict on the match? The international break came at a bad time for Wolves, so it was anybody's guess what or who we would see.

As it was, the same team was rightly selected, with the exception of the injured Ikeme. We do not have good cover in that department.

This was a very encouraging performance against another of the 'in form' teams. Cardiff are big and strong and I feared the game was slipping away from us in the first half, but we came back stronger during the second. I think that we showed that little bit of quality that Cardiff do not possess and timely subs gave us the momentum to go on and win the game

The big positive is the creativity of Costa, Caveliero and now Marshall too. It is no surprise that as the shots ratio increases, so does the goals scored!

My only criticism is that some of our build up play was painfully slow and laborious. This makes it so easy for opponents to get behind the ball in numbers. Sort this one out and we will really fly.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? The back four all did well. Danny had his best game for a long time, spurred on by his early goal. I also felt Coady stood out with good tackling and improved distribution. After all, they were playing in front it a 'dodgy keeper'!

In midfield, Edwards and Evans had a quiet but effective day roughing it up with the big guys. Costa did well and was able to show some trickery mesmerising the Cardiff defence with both feet. Marshall isn't the quickest but he can pass a ball short and long, making our set pieces a threat. Cavaleiro never really got going, but no lack of effort.

Weimann is relishing his role up front. I still think he goes out wide too often but he has the shirt on merit.

Overall, a very pleasing day. I retired to the North Bank bar happy with the result and performance. I was left a little underwhelmed by the new flags which made me smile. That said, I think it's a good idea and I look forward to seeing them added to in the weeks ahead.

Sarah Connolly

What's your verdict on the match? Just what the doctor ordered...a convincing win at home. Four on the bounce and our end of season rollercoaster is looking a lot different to a few weeks ago.

Yes, there are still things that we need to work on and improve. But you can already see improvements from a few weeks ago, and that front attacking line has gelled extremely well. All we ask for is to see the team give a good performance, and that's what we got yesterday.

Three well worked goals and also some very good missed chances. Bit shaky in midfield at times but we all know we need to improve there. The back four worked very well together I thought, and all of them had a very good game.

Also exciting to see a front attacking line who are creating some good football at times, it's certainly getting the crowd back on side.

Lambert's celebration for the third goal was incredible. Shame there isn't a video of it yet - don't tell me that man isn't passionate! He's got it right the last few games, and it was nice to see the South Bank applaud him at the end of the game.

I hope he gets the summer, along with a bit of funding to shape his own team. Without Costa next season we will need to invest in another creative outlet and invest in a 20 goal a season striker. Then who knows where it might take us? Doesn't hurt to dream.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Costa will rightly win plaudits for that naughty little goal that we all can't stop watching, but for me, Marshall was the stand out man yesterday.

As one who maybe didn't start off so brightly, he's now settled into the team and we can all see why Lambert took him at such a bargain price. As much as I want to keep re-watching Costa's twinkling feet, Marshall's cross for Batth was equally as sublime.

He's made such a difference in the last few games and we're starting to see what we'd badly missed - someone who can whip a good cross in. A total bargain - we've robbed them.

Have to mention Coady too - thought he had probably one of the best games I've seen him play. Batth also. Scored two but also seemed more in command and was in the right place at the right time. Thanks also to Danny for making my mother's night at the petrol station, what a lad.

The only two players I wasn't overly convinced about were Evans and Lonergan. Lonergan looked very shaky at times, and was all over the place for their goal. Also needs to work on his kicking. We don't half miss Ikeme when he's gone.

All in all, a very happy fan. Four points from the next two games and I think we can start to look towards next season rather than looking behind us.

Russ Evers (Hatherton Wolves)

What's your verdict on the match? Due to holiday commitments this was my first game for four weeks and it was mainly a pleasure to witness how things have turned.

At the back we looked generally solid and in midfield we seemed to put in and win a lot more tackles than during the horror month of February.

And then we have the strikers playing as a unit rather than just having an isolated front man. Marshall and Weimann wasted little if anything and Costa scored the type of goal that may well have the Premier League big boys getting their cheque books out.

Yes we had a few hairy moments as every team does but this ended up being a comfortably deserved win that could have been 4-1 had we not contrived to miss an almost four-on-one chance later on but you can't have everything.

It does seem like the smiles are back.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Batth had a great game and came close to a hat trick but Lonergan looked very rusty.

Russ Cockburn

What's your verdict on the match? Four wins in a row, yes you did read that right…four wins in a row. Better still, it was achieved by beating sour faced Warnock at his own game and a moment of sheer brilliance by one of the best players I’ve ever seen at Molineux.

Yesterday was a big test, make no bones about it. Cardiff were in decent form and the Molineux hoodoo was rearing large after two impressive away performances. However, instead of shrinking back into their shells, the players stepped up to the plate, especially second half where we played some really good stuff.

If you were being really critical you could point to the Gunnarsson miss half way through the first half as a massive turning point. If that goes in and we fall 2-1 behind I get the feeling there may have been a different vibe around the stadium.

Thankfully it didn’t and we eased our way to a vital three points that makes safety nearly a certainty. A lot of credit should be given to Lambert for the way he has rectified a poor run and there are some signs to suggest we are developing a style that, with a few key additions, could move us towards a promotion push next year.

Danny Batth’s return to form was illustrated with two excellent headers. His brace meant he has scored more goals in 41 minutes than Dicko and Bodvarsson have in their last 50 combined. Needless to say we need a striker who can score next year.

His partner in crime Kortney Hause had another solid performance and is looking the centre back we all thought he could be.

Step forward Ben Marshall. I admit I was harsh on him when he first signed as he looked like an overweight member of a Take That tribute band. However, now he’s up to speed he’s making a real difference to our midfield and his delivery is something else.

It makes a real difference to have someone who can put the ball into dangerous areas on a regular basis and, a few times yesterday, he played delicious through balls that picked out Dave’s surging runs.

Then we have the genius that is Helder Costa. He wasn’t at his best yesterday, yet the third goal proved why you should never take him off.

His dummy not only sent the Cardiff centre-back and keeper the wrong way, but also sent most of the South Bank back to the Dog and Doublet. It really was that good and I doubt there is another player in our team that could pull off that type of skill. It also added another £5m to his transfer fee if he goes in the summer.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? In terms of other performances, I was disappointed with Lonergan. He was in no man’s land for their goal and was as comfortable with crosses as a Transylvanian vampire. The shot that hit the post also looked like it was going in slow motion. Need Ikeme back and quick.

Man of the match for me was Conor Coady. He’s made the right-back slot his own and offered a calm head against a difficult opponent yesterday, as well as contributing to some decent forward moves.

Peter Abbott (London Wolves)

What's your verdict on the match? Home game nervousness at the Mol was blown away early by fast-footed attacks from all of Costa, Cavaleiro and Weimann. Then Ben Marshall loaded two excellent "thank you very much" balls into Danny Batth to score a couple of decent headed goals.

In between, Andy Lonergan, playing due to Carl Ikeme's slight hamstring injury, was caught out by a Cardiff attacker quite literally, right in front of him, before equalising.

Away form transferred to the Mol, same outfield line-up with new found confidence so no half time blues this week and an exciting game to boot.

Although Cardiff started the second half slightly on top and with the referee agitating all home fans after two successive fouls gleaned them the free kick even though their guy was booked, noise levels heightened. Evans and Edwards were now beginning to run the game in midfield and Cardiff knew it.

Costa's breakaway set up Weimann for what I thought was going to seal the victory but he and then Edwards contrived to allow the goalkeeper to win that one.

Soon making amends though, Edwards' perfect tackle and quick pass brought the moment of the match as Costa completely dummied both defender and goalie to score the easiest of, but superb goals - great skills not often seen at the Mol. 72 points still on!

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Mulling over whether Batth for his goals, Evans or Edwards for taking over the midfield, Costa for his great goal or Weimann or Marshall for their effortless appetite in the game. Decisions, decisions.

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Comments for: "Verdict: Fans impressed with transformed Wolves"

johnwolf49

If we are to stand any chance of promotion next season WE HAVE TO KEEP COSTA, at all costs, never mind all this crap about money talks, and if a big team come in for him, we have to keep him and add more quality around him, come on Fosun you say you want promotion PROVE IT by keeping Costa.

Bail

Its not as easy as that john, we have to stay within the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations, so if we do keep Costa, we will be limited to the amount of extra money we can spend.

Read Laurie Dalrymple's article from a few days ago on the E&S website.

old gold barmy army

Bail, it's my understanding that Costa's fee has been split very astutely into 4 payments of £3.25 million on yearly basis. Read this on Molinioux Mix fans forum.This will not really affect the impact of those regulations it would seem. Still got room for further additions to the squad. Hopefully season ticket sales will rocket to aid with the revenue side of those rules. Can lose £39 million over 3 rolling years, we made £5.8 million profit last season so not in too bad a position. Roll on next season. Also heard he has a £35 million release clause, let's hope it keeps the predators at bay for a while at least. He seems happy and if we can get up in the not too distant future he won't go anywhere you would hope. Up the Wolves

oldergold

Yes yes yes yes , so so right enough of letting jewels go ! We need a team that shines UTW

Wolf in Liverpool

No player is worth keeping at whatever cost, especially with the clubs finances not looking healthy. Unfortunately in this day and age players (and their agents) have too much power and in a lot of cases the PFA can and will get involved by forcing the clubs hand. Five years ago when we got relegated tothe Championship Steven Fletcher effectively went on strike and he had the backing of the PFA and that was at a time when the club had the luxury of parachute payments.

Just look at the damage that what Saido Berahino caused down the road when they rejected a bid from Tottenham for him. He stayed at the club doing nothing leaving the club paying his wages and then eventually forcing West Brom to sell for a vastly reduced fee. The same could easily happen with us and Costa as if a Premier League club can't hold on to their players then a bottom half Championship has no chance. More importantly is that Costa apparently has a £25m buyout clause in his contract that we as a club can doing nothing about, and shows the big influence that Mendes is having.

Wolf in Liverpool

To add to my above comments, i also look at what is happening with one of my local clubs - Everton and the struggle that they have holding on to Lakaku. Everton are top 7 Premier League side and are have offered him to be the highest paid player in their history but are still struggling to hold on to him. Again what chance has a lower half Championship side got of holding on to players when even a top half Premier League club can't?

Wolvereeeen

Ronaldo to Real Madrid...

Friduwulf

Easier said then done, if a prem club comes in for him and Costa wants to go, not much we can do about it. We still have Graham and Zyro to step into the front line so all is not lost

Wolf of the Western World

Regarding Costa. I would imagine that, if we hadn't agreed to a release clause, he wouldn't have signed permanently for us anyway. He would have seen out his loan, gone off to the Prem and we'd have been left with that feeling of what might have been.

At least this way, the club makes a few quid.

Wolf in Liverpool

I would imagine that is true but it also goes to show just how much control Mendes has as he is the only winner in all these transfers by getting his percentage of the fee. Whilst having links to Mendes might allow us better access to top players and maybe making a profit out of them, it is not a way to put together a consistent and settled team which is essentially what we need.

naz

Costa, pure 24 carrot gold, what ever happens, season still not over, now that would be a story, Costa scores the winner at Wembley playoffs.

Wolf in Liverpool

Even if we won every match between now and the end of the season i very much doubt we would make the play-offs. It is not just the 16 point gap that is the difference but there are also too many teams between us and 6th place. In fact without looking at the fixtures it wouldn't surprise me if it is actually impossible due to the fact that the teams above us will have to play each other and therefore gain points off each other.

Wolvereeeen

i want some of what's in your coffee Naz

Bail

Naz, I love your 'Never Say Die' attitude, the most points we can gain if we win all of our remaining games is 72 and we have a goal difference of 0. Fulham, currently in 6th have 64 points with 7 games left to play and a +20 goal difference. So all they need, realistically is 3 wins (or 8 points). Even if they dont manage it there are a host of teams just behind them and I am convinced one will rack up 73 points by the end of this season.

The average points tally amassed by sides that finished sixth over the last 10 years is.........72.7. Still mathematically possible but highly improbable.

If we could have picked up a couple of points here or there when we were playing well in Zenga's reign or points against Wigan (who did the double over us), Burton (1 point), Birmingham and a few others that we should have got points out of, it may have been a different story. But for this season I think we staying put in the Chmpionship.

mcvitiespace

If you won every game you would finish on 72 points, which would be 4 less than when you missed out 2 seasons ago with an obviously better team, judging them on finishing positions.

Bail

I have to disagree regarding the team. The finishing position 2 years ago was with a steady team that had been together for 2 seasons with only a few extra additions, it also over-performed.

The team we have now has been swapped around, 31 different players used, 3 managers and has only now just gelled and started playing. It would be interesting to see where we would finish if this was half way through the season and there were still 20+ games to go.

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