It’s amazing how we can go from the ridiculous against struggling Wigan to the sublime against Liverpool.
I was as disappointed as anyone on Boxing Day, especially as I thought being bottom of the league at the end of 2010 would have been a real demoraliser for the team.
But Wolves responded to the situation brilliantly and now we are just one point behind the last team in the safety zone.
Not only that, we’re in great form. A quick glance at the Premier League stats shows that only Manchester United, Arsenal, Man City, Tottenham and Blackpool have better results than us over the last six games.
Our results are lost, won, lost, won, lost, won – that’s nine points from six matches.
Mick McCarthy seems to have polarised Wolves supporters since his appointment with half believing he’s the best manager we’ve had in decades and the others constantly dumfounded by his selections.
As far as I’m concerned, there is no discussion whether he should still be the man in charge when we’re in such good form and one point from safety.
I feared for the backlash from his doubters though when I saw Ward’s name on the team sheet last night ahead of Steven Fletcher.
But even the detractors have to admit it was the correct decision now because Ward got the winner.
Mick sticks by his convictions, for good or ill, and isn’t bothered whether that makes him unpopular or upsets anybody.
Like him or not, you have to respect him for that.
So now we can look forward to playing rock-bottom West Ham next and seeing who comes in to the squad in the transfer window.
Here are the rumours I have heard:
He’s available as he’s currently had to go out on loan to the Championship in a bid to get first team football away from Aston Villa. He’s a right-sided central defender and a few years ago was tipped as a future England international. He got limited opportunities at Villa Park though so he has fallen off the radar to some extent. I liked him (on the quiet) when he was at West Brom because he’s quick, good in the air and reads the game well. His weakness was always that there was a mistake in him every two or three games but he was young then and it was nothing that a boost in experience and confidence couldn’t fix. He would be a great signing for us.
Another ride-sided central half once tipped for the national side. He’s still young and is available for a cut-down price as his contract with Middlesbrough is expiring. He looked like a good player a few years ago in the Premier League. Solid in the air and always capable of getting a goal. I would love us to sign him but I fear a few of the bigger clubs might swoop to bolster their squads.
Mick McCarthy gave the Villa defender his debut for Ireland so they know all about each other. This chap is a true leader on the field. The big and strong run-through-walls to head a ball type. I’d be amazed that Houllier would consider selling him. He’s in his early 30s though so his time at Villa is limited although it wouldn't surprise me if Celtic came in for him, or he got some mid-table Premier League offers.
We would all love to see Joleon return to Molineux because he was brilliant when he was here and got better after he left. He’s an England international who has said that he loves Wolves and would never rule out a return. Let’s be realistic though. He’s on £90,000 a week and we simply can’t afford him either on loan or on a permanent transfer.
Another former South Bank favourite who we would all welcome back with open arms. He has been a top Premier League performers ever since he signed for Spurs and now he has been told that he can leave. Robbie’s the type of personality that gives everyone a boost. Plus, he’s still a wonderful player with bags of skill. Do we need him with £6.5 million Fletcher still struggling to establish himself in the side? Probably not. Is goal scoring a problem for Wolves at the moment? Not really. Can we afford to gamble another £6 million or so on Keane when relegation is a real possibility this season? Well, no. Do we want Keano back at Wolves anyway? Absolutely.