Blog: Plan B? There was no Plan B for Wolves

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Traditionally the standard ratio goes that you can find one idiot per village, writes Wolves blogger Tim Spiers.

Wolverhampton might be a bit bigger than a village but this week you could find a fair few more per square mile around WV1 (ever more than usual in fact).

First up, the Wolves players are officially idiots according to their manager, who held nothing back in slamming them for their recent god-awful performances.

In turn, if reports are to be believed then the players think Mr Solbakken is a bit of an idiot as well for persisting with his current tactics and daring to keep out most creative player Bakary Sako on the pitch for more than an hour.

Anyway, in summary there are plenty of idiots knocking around, but name-calling aside it's a pretty sorry state of affairs for our club at the moment.

Tuesday night continued the recent status quo in more ways than one.

Again an old player came back to haunt us, with Andy Keogh following in the footsteps of Mark Davies and Adlene Guedioura to score a point(s) winning goal at Molineux.

In this respect it's worth putting a few bob on George Friend (Middlesbrough), Mark Little (Peterborough) and Carlos Edwards (Ipswich) repeating the feat in the next month.

But more worryingly the Millwall game yet again showed us up to be a team totally devoid of confidence, discipline and team spirit - three basic attributes which will actually get you quite far in this league if shown consistently.


And the football itself was pretty dreadful too.

Plan A seemed to be to get the ball wide and swing a cross into the box, although often this yielded merely a simple clearance or block, while when a decent ball did come in Messrs Doyle and Sigurdarson were nowhere near the six yard box.

This meant we had just two shots in the first off and six more after the break.

It's not that we're missing many chances, we're just not creating them to begin with – in short, pitiful.


And Plan B? Well there was no Plan B.

Very rarely did we mix things up and try and play through the middle, although to be fair we lack quality in these areas to make a difference with Jamie O'Hara's presence missed more sorely than ever.

And that's the problem with Wolves at the moment – too predictable and too easy to play against.

Obviously injuries haven't helped but the manager does need to try something different to drag us out of this barren run.

Personally I think a change of formation to 4-3-3 would be worth a short, with Sako and Sigurdarson – our two best and most creative players on Tuesday – slotting either side of Kevin Doyle, who improved on recent performances against Millwall by coming deep to good effect.

In midfield Karl Henry's long-awaited return should add some steel and stability, but our defence is so shaky I'd be inclined to put Tongo Doumbia and David Davis alongside him to shore things up.

January's transfer window looks more important than ever, not just for fresh blood for this season, but also for next year.

It's getting to the stage where 2012/13 may have to be written off as a transitional year, so Solbakken needs to assemble a squad that's raring to go next August and if he's looking at the foreign market then players take months to settle in.

There's a decent spine to a team in there somewhere with Johnson, Doubmia, Sako and Sigurdarson, but we badly need new full backs and creative midfielders, as well as a striker or two.

The players from Mick McCarthy's regime look frustrated and often disinterested, so the quicker Solbakken can make it "his" squad the better.

Our manager must be wondering what on earth he's let himself in for but the important thing for him is not to sacrifice his principles.

You can see what he's trying to do and if he's given time I still think he can get it right.

We're not a hire-and-fire club and Solbakken is very much Steve Morgan's man, so he's not going anywhere for now.

But Solbakken does need to try and reconnect with our increasingly disillusioned supporters, who stayed away in their thousands on Tuesday.

He's probably already got one eye on next season but in the short term results are important to keep the fans on side, as well of course as avoiding a soul-destroying relegation battle.

If he can't manage that, then the biggest idiot in this particular village will be Mr Morgan.

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