Blog: The mood has changed for Wolves

What a difference a week makes, writes Wolves blogger Tom Tracey.


As the final whistle blew in the match against Huddersfield last weekend, the mood that surrounded Molineux was a stark contrast to that of a week before.

Two 3-0 victories in a week, away at Fulham and then at home to Huddersfield, have had a remarkable effect not just on the club's league position but also on the optimism of supporters.

An indifferent start to the season looked as though it was only going to turn one way – not for the better.

Wolves' last home game, a 0-0 draw with league leaders Brighton, left us sitting in 18th position after seven matches, just three points off the bottom of the table.

After a 3-0 loss away to Middlesbrough in the League Cup only led to more pessimism, Wolves needed to turn it on against Preston who were languishing in the relegation zone.

Emiliano Martinez of Wolverhampton Wanderers
Emiliano Martinez of Wolverhampton Wanderers

Nine-man Preston managed to hold a 1-0 lead over Wolves until the turning point of the season thus far.

A stoppage time equaliser rifled in by perennial non-scorer Kevin McDonald meant that Wolves salvaged a point from the game.

That dulled the sharpness of supporters' anger and frustration and shielded the team slightly from some of the criticisms that they faced.

The Monday after the Preston game brought about a shock piece of news, that owner Steve Morgan had put the club up for sale.

After a period of eight years of stable ownership in terms of financial security and day-to-day running of the club, a sense of uncertainty arose.

It came just over 24 hours before the club were due to face a Fulham side who had days before seen off Queens Park Rangers 4-0.

Many would have expected that the off-field situation would negatively affect the team. A comfortable victory was certainly not what most would have envisaged.

A Fulham red card helped the situation, but the team managed to score three goals for the first time since May.

The result boosted confidence in the players and they managed to achieve the same score-line at home to Huddersfield, who had beaten the club at Molineux 3-1 the season before.

These two victories meant that Wolves had taken seven points from nine, transforming much of the sour taste left after the draw with Preston.

As the second international break of the season rolls around again, Wolves sit just three points off third placed Reading, 10 games into the league campaign.

While it's frustrating that the team must hang on to the momentum for a fortnight until they face Derby County, it's much better for fans who will feel far more confident and optimistic.

The last international break back in March saw Wolves sign off on two consecutive victories before continuing the momentum with a further two wins. Hopefully, this form can be replicated.

Sheyi Ojo of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-2.
Sheyi Ojo of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-2.

Fans will be hoping that the inconsistent form and uninspiring style of play has been banished, as a return to the formation and style of the League One winning campaign has brought about an upturn.

The 4-2-3-1 formation suit Wolves' current players and they have managed to score six goals in two games, whilst only conceding one in four league games.

One impressive stat that is being circulated is that Wolves are the only team in the four leagues not to concede in the last 15 minutes of a league game.

The return of Danny Batth to the team has coincided with the upturn in form and tightness of the defence, whilst many key players are showing signs of coming into great form, like Kevin McDonald and Benik Afobe.

The form of these players key to the spine of the team will have a massive impact in the coming fixtures.

While it's definitely important not to get carried away by two victories, they are certainly morale-boosting after a disappointing draw and the shock revelation less than a week beforehand.

We have finally seen a glimpse of Wolves' defensive solidity and attacking prowess, which was missing for the eight games prior, save twenty minutes against QPR.

Perhaps a fortnight's break with a sense of contentedness is what everyone connected with Wolves needs.

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