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November 28, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 11/28/2011

Well, we got beat soundly at the weekend but I don’t think we should be reading too much in to that. Chelsea haven’t been at their best in recent weeks but they are still Chelsea. Instead I want to look at what I think is a new thing at Wolves – possession football.

November 7, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 11/07/2011

A few pundits have been analysing an incident in our much-needed victory over Wigan at the weekend. Stephen Hunt went through on the keeper, nudged the ball past him and contact was made forcing him off balance.The Wolves man didn’t hit the ground though, he stayed on his feet and tried to play the ball back to a teammate. Wigan defended it and the chance was lost.

Not for the first time when a Wolves player has had the chance to go down and stayed upright and the question dividing both fans and professionals in the game is: should he have hit the deck?

October 26, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 10/26/2011

Once again this week, I've been avoiding any football conversations with people who don't already know which team I support. And the reason isn't because I'm ashamed of the team despite another poor performance. It's because I'm ashamed of the fans.

October 1, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 10/01/2011

It was sad that the biggest cheer at Molineux on Saturday came when the stadium announcer announced that Karl Henry was being withdrawn. I'm totally against supporters making examples of specific players on their own team when they show their discontent.

Karl had a bad game, awful in fact, and it was the right decision to haul him off. But to give ironic cheers when his number is put up is counterproductive. If his confidence is battered how will he improve?

All that said, I think he should be dropped for a run of poor performances.

September 24, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 09/24/2011

It seemed like two Wolves teams turned up to play Liverpool.
The first team took the opening 45 minutes at Anfield and were outplayed.
A second team came out after the break and had the beating of the Reds.
The difference wasn't in the personnel though, it was in the formation.

August 29, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 08/29/2011

It's hard to know whether to welcome or worry about the latest England squad selection. Matt Jarvis isn't in it and I think he should be. Johnson too would have a shout if Fabio picked his players based on form and not who they play for.

It seems unfair to our players and may have an impact on our attractiveness as a club in the future. On the other hand, the Wolves fan in me shouts louder than the England fan.

August 24, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 08/24/2011

It might be the high of three wins out of three. Or perhaps it’s the warm feeling that you get from outpassing and outclassing a team that accused you of dirty tactics last season. Whatever it is, it has got me thinking about the Wolves squad and just how flippin’ brilliant it is.

August 15, 2011
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 08/15/2011

So the new season is under way and the 2-1 win at Blackburn was the best possible start. The victory was especially significant because of the way it came about - away from home, against a lower/middle-order club and after going a goal behind. It's early days of course but with this success Wolves showed the qualities that are essential in becoming an established Premier League outfit.

November 2, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 11/02/2010

Is there a more destructive winger in the league right now than Matt Jarvis? I can only think of Gareth Bale, who is repeatedly skinning full-backs with pace and skill and supplying killer balls in to the box.

This guy is the best left winger available to Fabio Capello and it’ll be a farce if he is overlooked for the England squad.

October 25, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 10/25/2010

Jelle Van Damme needs to man up.
We signed him to plug the troublesome left-back slot and it has been a bit of a mystery to us fans as to why his appearances so far have all been on the wing.
We found out against Chelsea – he was torn apart repeatedly by Bosingwa. Thank goodness Stephen Ward was up to the task.
I keep hearing how he’s homesick, how he misses his previous club and how his wife is heavily pregnant back in Belgium.
He wants out and I would be happy to hold the door open for him, but only if the deal was good for Wolves.

October 18, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 10/18/2010

My finger is hovering over the panic button.
West Ham at home is the type of game you must win if you want to stay in the Premier League.
It was a soft penalty – the latest in a string of bad decisions against us – but it was evened out by one that went in our favour.
The disallowed Piquionne goal meant we could have no complaints with the 1-1 draw.
I continue to be a defender of Mick McCarthy against those that have already started freaking out about our form.
But I’m not blind to some of his tactics which I think have started to become a little confused.

October 4, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 10/04/2010

Karl Henry has been pilloried in the national media for the last few weeks and we Wolves fans have all had a laugh about it. If you want a flavour of the banter, type #karlyhenrysfault in to Twitter and you will see the skipper being blamed for everything from a supporter's porridge going cold to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

He has been great for Wolves but at Wigan, he lost the plot. The 2-0 defeat in a game we really needed to win really was his fault. The awful challenge that resulted in his red card just 11 minutes in to the match was totally irresponsible and makes me think it’s time he handed over the captaincy.

September 27, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 09/27/2010

Wolves have developed a habit of snatching failure from the jaws of success. Forget bad luck or poor decisions, the fact is that we are conceding late goals every week. We are now one point behind what should be our minimum target of 38 points from 38 games.

But the margin between joy and disappointment is so thin in the Premier League that if the referee had blown for full time after 87 minutes in each of the last three games, we would now have eight points from six games instead of five.

September 22, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 09/22/2010

I’m ashamed to be a Wolves supporter right now. Idiots bombarded Notts County fans’ coaches with bricks following the League Cup match last night.

Last week I argued that we were an honest team on the pitch and it was a view echoed by most fans and managers around the country in the media. Then we won plaudits at the weekend for the quality of our football against Spurs.

Finally, we came through a disappointing performance last night to book our place in the last 16 of the cup. All that and our own fans bring disgrace on the club in one act of stupidity.

September 13, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 09/13/2010

Zamora got a broken leg and Wolves got a reputation for foul play at the weekend. Neither was deserved.

What was fair was the result. Fulham outplayed us at Craven Cottage. A last minute winner hurts but you can accept it when you are second best. Jeers about being a disgrace to the league hurt too. Those I can’t accept.

September 2, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 09/02/2010

The Premier League clubs named their 25-man squads this week in line with the new rules about quotas of home grown players. What a waste of time!

Some of the squad lists make an absolute mockery of the system which was set up to encourage the use of more home-grown players with the long term aim of helping the development of the English national side.

August 23, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 08/23/2010

Internet forums and radio phone-ins were overloaded with disgruntled Manchester United fans yesterday following their calamitous draw with Fulham. Many said their team was treading water in the transfer market despite coming up short in the Premier League last season.

It made me look at how England’s biggest clubs have recruited over the summer compared to their European counterparts and it seems like the balance of power has shifted away from this country. Could that be good news for Wolves though?

August 16, 2010
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 08/16/2010

Watching Spurs throw the kitchen sink at Man City, I found myself wanting them to score every time they went forward.
It made me realise that City – a team many of us used to like – are now a club that I want to fail. And fail spectacularly.
It’s like when Michael “Lotto Chav” Carroll won £10 million. For a while it was amusing and we all had a laugh when he started buying ridiculous things to amuse himself.
After a while though, all of the expensive toys simply looked vulgar.

November 9, 2009
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 11/09/2009

No surprises with the result on Saturday, and no complaints either.
What has been surprising though are the recent performances of Jody Craddock.
Most of us, including me, thought the veteran defender deserved a new contract at the end of last season.
Few of us thought he’d be anything more than a squad player though.
In recent games he’s proved himself to be an integral part of this team.

November 3, 2009
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 11/03/2009

A lot of teams go to Stoke, lose a goal from a long throw, let their heads drop and leave the Potteries with nothing.

Wolves' comeback to grab a point at such a diffuclt hunting ground at the weekend made me beam with pride.

McCarthy's men might not be as techinically gifted or as incisive as other teams, but few can match their character.

October 26, 2009
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 10/26/2009

Before I start, I want to make it clear that I think 1-1 was a fair result on Saturday. We whould have had a penalty early on, but Villa also had one turned down that should have been given. What I want to talk about is the nature of that decision that went against us.

Doyle was pulled off the ball - simple as that - but he did everything he could to stay on his feet and as a result, the ref didn't give a penalty. If he goes down in that situation, then the ref - who had a clear view - has to give it.

October 19, 2009
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 10/19/2009

Writer of the world's first football chant Edward Elgar, Led Zep frontman Robert Plant, soul star Beverley Knight, Olympic gold medalist Denise Lewis, energetic rabbit The Duracell Bunny and now homeless busker turned folk star Seasick Steve . . . Wolves fans one and all.

Yep, this weekend Steve told the morning TV show Something For The Weekend that he supported Wolves.
A lot of talent but years of heartache and struggle before now finally enjoying time in the limelight.
He's perfectly matched to the club.

October 5, 2009
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 10/05/2009

I can't remember a time when Wolves were good at defending or taking free kicks and corners.
Some of our rivals to stay in the Premier League are experts at both.
We need to sort it out before it hurts us even more that it has already.

September 21, 2009
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 09/21/2009

Is there a harder working attacking partnership in world football than Andy Keogh and Kevin Doyle?
I don’t think so. It’s rare to find two strikers so willing to run the channels, track back and tirelessly make themselves available for the ball, however many times it doesn’t come to them.
As Mick McCarthy said after the brilliant 2-1 win against Fulham – “Why do Manchester United win games? Because they work hard.”
And that’s how we can stay up this season. There are good reasons why we can’t be the most skillful team in the league, or the cleverest with the ball. But there is no reason at all why we can’t be the hardest working.

September 1, 2009
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 09/01/2009

Perhaps I’m being greedy but I fancied six points from our first four games. I’ll take four though.
If we hit that total every month we’ll get the magic 40 points that usually guarantees survival.

And the three Ms – Morgan, McCarthy and Moxey – have made some last minute signings that we can be exited about too.

August 24, 2009
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 08/24/2009

Money can buy you skill, creativity and class. It can't buy you bottle.

That's why Man City won't make the top four this season. They haven't got the heart.

August 19, 2009
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 08/19/2009

Pace, energy, hustle, tactics, finishing . . . Wigan 0 - Wolves 1

We can play at this level alright. Bring on Mercenary City!

August 17, 2009
Posted by Daniel Pountney on 08/17/2009

Every year the promoted teams are told the same things about the step up to the top flight.
Mistakes get punished, you have to take your chances because you don't get many, yadda yadda.
Trouble is, no matter how many times it is said, it doesn't make a blind bit of difference on the pitch.
Saturday was a case in point.