Wolves lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle yesterday and are still in 18th on 35 points but it seems they are starting to improve under new manager Paul Lambert. who knows what it takes to get teams promoted from the Championship.
And their two wins at Stoke and Liverpool in the FA Cup show they are a very good team on their day and they host Chelsea in the 5th round of the FA Cup next Saturday and we wouldn’t vote against them if Chelsea manager Antonio Conte fields a weakened side in that game.
It’s always good to get the other side of any game so we have looked at the report in the Express & Star – the Wolverhampton local newspaper.
Paul Lambert – Wolves manager
Here’s some of the report of the game but you can also read the full report – we have a link at the end of this article.
“The Magpies’ striker netted from close range just before the break – but arguably shouldn’t have been on the field after avoiding a second yellow card for a foul on Carl Ikeme.”
“Replays also showed that defender Jamaal Lascelles was offside in the build-up to the goal.”
“Wolves pushed for an equalizer but rarely tested Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow, with a Richard Stearman volley and a David Edwards header both off target from close range.”
“Wolves have been on the wrong end of a fair number of dreadful refereeing decisions this season.”
“Aleksandar Mitrovic quite clearly raked his studs down Carl Ikeme’s calf as the keeper collected a through ball.”
“But, despite being on a yellow, he wasn’t sent off. And 17 minutes later he scored the winning goal. Oh and it was offside too.”
“Yes, referee Craig Pawson and co did a fine job of helping league leaders Newcastle to another three points here.”
“But Wolves, albeit against superior opposition, still didn’t do enough to justify a huge hard-luck story in terms of the football on show in what was a poor spectacle at a well-stocked Molineux.”
I think that last line was the inner truth and all the rest are excuses because they couldn’t win the game.
But that’s not unlike reports of Newcastle over the previous two seasons, when we were not very good and it was all about the referee or the hard luck stories.
You get very little of that this season under Rafa – who never uses any excuses and it’s only about what Newcastle did or didn’t do in the game that determined the result.
We think we were a little lucky not to have Mitro sent off and sometimes this lad can be a liability to the side, but overall we were the better side and deserved the 3 points.
It’s good to be winning games this season, but we also understand the hard luck stories when you are not doing well – Steve McClaren used them all the time last season.
After the game, manager Paul Lambert said Wolves didn’t get the breaks, Mitrovic should have seen red and that Wolves deserved a point.
It would certainly have been interesting if Richard Stearman had scored with the excellent chance he had after 30 minutes.
Wolves could be a good bet to go up next season along with Aston Villa – always assuming we can get promoted back to the Premier League this season.
Newcastle got another win under their belt yesterday without playing anywhere near our best form and now we face another tough game at Norwich on Tuesday night – we need another 3 points there.
Here’s Express And Star reporter Tim Spiers full match report.