Steve Bull: Dose of reality may be good for Wolves
We have less than two weeks until Christmas, the games are coming thick and fast and the transfer window is just around the corner.
It’s a busy and frantic time for all Wolves supporters. But it’s also very exciting, writes Wolves legend Steve Bull.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side return to action tomorrow when they take on Sheffield Wednesday.
The Portuguese boss will be eager to see his side return to winning ways following that 0-0 draw with Sunderland.
We endured a frustrating afternoon against the Black Cats. Chris Coleman set his team up to do one job – defend deep and nick a point.
And that is what they did. I was involved in many games like that in my playing days.
It was one of them where the only we were going to win was with a 30-yard screamer or if a shot took a wicked deflection.
But it wasn’t to be, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
After the game, Nuno called on the fans to get behind the team for 90 minutes. The fans were in great voice but, like the players, they did become frustrated at times as Sunderland killed the game.
Nuno doesn’t ever have to worry about the fans being behind his side. But maybe it will benefit everyone if they know Wolves aren’t going to go out and score three and four every week.
It’s a little dose of reality and that’s a good thing because there is a still a long way to go in this Championship season.
There has been talk, heading into the Sheffield Wednesday game, that Diogo Jota or Leo Bonatini could be rested because they did look at bit tired on Saturday.
But I would stick with them and the team that has done so well over the past few weeks.
OK, we didn’t beat Sunderland. But before then Wolves had won six in a row. And whether the players are tired or not, they should be fit enough to still be able to play tomorrow.
I’m sure the likes of Helder Costa and Bright Enobakhare are itching to get a chance to show what they can do from the start.
But this current team hasn’t looked like losing for a couple of months now.
And that is why I would stick with them because it’s going to be a tough game. Sheffield Wednesday have been in and around the play-offs over the past few years.
But they go into tomorrow’s game sat 15th in the Championship. There are also rumours their manager Carlos Carvalhal could lose his job if they are beaten.
With the quality Wolves have – they’ll be confident they can return to winning ways.
By the way I’m holding a trio of signings sessions for my new calender over the next few days.
Today, I’ll be in the Hollybush Garden Centre between, in Warstone Road, between 5pm and 8pm.
I’ll be there again on Saturday between 10.30am and 2.30pm.
And on Sunday I’ll be in the Mander Centre from 11am to 3pm.