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Wolves 1-1 Hull City


By Tom Bason
August 16 2015

Wolves first home game of the season ended in a 1-1 draw with Hull City. A Nikica Jelavić penalty gave Hull the lead, before James Henry equalised after an Allan McGregor goalkeeping howler.

- Kenny Jackett made his first surprising selection choice today as Carl Ikeme was left out for on loan Emiliano Martínez, instantly putting the kibosh on my prediction that Ikeme would win player of the season. Martínez had a good game, only conceding from a penalty, and making a couple of important sprawling saves. However, Hull didn't really put him under any pressure, especially from crosses. There was little attempt from Hull to get down the flanks and put crosses in the box, and so it will be interesting to see how he deals with the aerial bombardment we will receive in some games.

- our formation was quite difficult to describe - I guess it was a nominally a 4-4-2, albeit very fluid with players having the opportunity to roam from their positions. The back 4 played in their usual positions with Conor Coady and Kevin McDonald sitting in front of them. Having Coady alongside him gave McDonald slightly more license to get forward and get a bit more involved in play around the penalty area. James Henry played on the right hand side of midfield, and generally held his position there. Dave Edwards was nominally on the left hand side of midfield, but equally rotating with Nouha Dicko and Benik Afobe. Each of Dicko, Edwards and Afobe spent time on the left, and each spent time upfront. None of these three seemed to have real fixed positions.

- Edwards generally started on the left, and looked to run from out to in, getting beyond the forwards whenever he could. I'm a big fan of having one wide midfielder who makes those sorts of runs; think of Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar partnership from a few years back for an example of how this can work well. But that was reliant on the ability of Baines to get beyond Pienaar down the flank, and I'm not sure that Scott Golbourne is the sort of fullback to do this. The last two seasons, Golbourne’s job role was basically to allow Bakary Sako to play ahead of him. But this new role would need him to be more creative and play a more expansive game, which I'm not sure he has. I wouldn't mind seeing Tommy Rowe given an opportunity to play there. Edwards and Golbourne had a few nice moments, but I can't see that flank being particularly creative, which might just put a bit more pressure on Benik Afobe.

- throughout Kenny Jackett’s time at Wolves, he has favoured having a pair of split strikers upfront. He started with Kevin Doyle playing just off Leigh Griffiths, before having a dalliance with one lone striker, and Michael Jacobs as more of an attacking midfielder. But even with this being extremely successful in League 1, Leon Clarke was signed to try and play behind Dicko. Then for the first half of last season, I'd say that Edwards’ position was more of a striker than an attacking midfielder, before Afobe arrived to play as the second striker. Afobe today played very deep, a position I like him playing in. I think that strikers who play through the middle, and further forward are easier for defenders to mark, and often end up just receiving the ball back to goal, with defenders close by. I like Afobe picking the ball up deep and then being able to turn and run at the defence. With his pace and power, if he can build up a head of steam before he reaches the defenders, he can be very difficult to stop. This isn't to say that I want him collecting the ball from the defence, and being deeper than McDonald and Coady like he was at points today, but he's a player I want to be involved in the game more and not be isolated upfront.

- so, the game itself. We should have scored early on with Afobe and Dicko missing glorious opportunities as Hull’s defence seemed to still be asleep. We created 5 or 6 very good opportunities chances to score, but for the second successive week were reliant on a bit of luck for a goal. On this occasion, Allan McGregor inexplicably fumbled Nouha Dicko’s cross and James Henry was able to tap the ball into the empty goal. It's a bit weird to come away from the game thinking that we'd get some luck next week to make up for it, when we equalised in the way that we did. But, I'd have taken four points from the first two games, and if we can get a result on Wednesday night, it will have been an excellent start for us.

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Re: Wolves 1-1 Hull City
hammerstein (IP Logged)
16/08/2015 18:49
Went to the game with expectation that this would be a real test.
The way we played was very good. Impressed with Coady.
Thought we created some good chances we should have taken.
The penalty was an easy decision which Hause should learn from.
Also nice touch from Henry at the end of the game who walked into the Southbank and handed his shirt to a fan. Not sure why.

 
Re: Wolves 1-1 Hull City
irishwolf (IP Logged)
19/08/2015 01:34
2 points dropped - end of.

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