It's time to invest in some brown trousers because it has all come down to one game to save our status in the top flight of English football. At Molineux next weekend we will witness the most important 90 minutes in the club’s recent history.
There are all sorts of connotations with other clubs’ results on the final day of the season but we are one point clear of the relegation zone after the win at Sunderland so what we must do is clear. Win the match and Wolves will be a Premier League outfit again next season.
So we’re in pole position having won our last two games and the other teams in the relegation mix all have difficult fixtures. Blackpool go to Manchester United, Wigan go to Stoke and Birmingham travel to Tottenham. They could all lose and that is what the form book points to.
However, when you consider that United could field a weakened team having won the league and with the Champions League final looming, and that Stoke have just lost a cup final and are not really playing for anything significant in the league any more, it suddenly looks a little harder to call.
Then there’s our game to consider. Most of us thought Blackburn would be safe by now but they are still scrapping for survival. If they lose to us next weekend and Birmingham and Blackpool win, they’ll be down. So what once looked like a comfortable fixture now looks a lot harder. So it will be nervous but we’re still in the driving seat, and in fine form.
Steven Fletcher was magnificent again on Saturday. He has found his best form at just the right time. The whole team played well in fact with Jody Craddock standing out in defence while we were under the cosh in the first half.
My nails were getting shorter and shorter for those first 45 minutes and at half time, it looked bleak. Sunderland had looked the better side, we were drawing 1-1 and Blackpool were winning. Consider how bad it would have been this morning if we hadn’t taken over the game in the second half. We would be second bottom with only relegated West Ham below us.
So what Mick McCarthy said and how he changed the tactics was crucial in that half time break. The first thing he did was to get the defence to push out further.
Anyone within a 10-mile radius of Molineux would have heard him bellowing the instruction out to the defenders in the first half but it was only in the second 45 minutes that they seemed to grasp it fully. He must have drummed that in to them in the interval and it worked with the threat of the pacy Sesegnon reduced in the second spell.
He also brought on Jarvis who made the difference going forward. He crossed for Fletcher’s goal and we were on our way to a vital three points. It’s this kind of decisiveness that we’ll need against Blackburn, that and another hard-working and intelligent game from the players, and some rousing support from the fans.
If we get that then this tortuous season will be rescued and we can look forward to coming back stronger next season.
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