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Match Thread: Wolves v Fulham 2pm KO Sunday 4th October 2020


New Contract

By Ivybridge Wolf
October 3 2020

Wolves fans and Raul Jimenez no longer need to look over their shoulder ….. at least not worrying about potential bids for Jimenez’s services after he signed a long term contract to keep him at Wolves until 2024. Raul has scored 46 goals in 103 appearances, an excellent record and a significant part of our fantastic Premier League story so far. It’s not just his goals to admire, his overall commitment and effort on the pitch is an example to many and to top it all he seems like a nice chap too! The other great news is Conor Coady has signed a contract to keep him at Molineux until 2025 and the fact he’s been called up for England again is a testament to the all round excellent form and leadership he so regularly displays. Congratulations Conor, the modern day Mr Wolves!

That’s the good news. The bad news has been our dreadful form in the last two matches versus West Ham and Stoke and I’d include the first 45 v Man City too. Last Sunday in the Olympic Stadium was a horror show, the likes we haven’t really seen in the Nuno era and so on Sunday afternoon, back at Molineux the Wolves team have the opportunity to set the record straight against versus Fulham who are themselves desperate for points, having lost their first 3 matches and rock bottom at this early stage.

Will Nuno shake the pack up? Changes in defence, give Kilman a go who looked promising when given the opportunity last season, put Boly back on the left hand side? Changes in midfield, get The Donk back in the side, a bit of guile to do the ugly stuff and break up play, support and link up with the front line a bit more? On the positive, I’m looking forward to seeing Semedo again, he provided some of the few positive moments last weekend and hopefully Traore, Neto and Jimenez causing some problems. Apparently Marcal and Podence are injury doubts.

Certainly I think we should all expect a much brighter more attacking performance against The Cottagers, whilst recognising the potential banana skin this fixture represents …… all things being equal we should anticipate a comfortable win!! Trouble is any side with Mitrovic in seems to give us problems!

Enjoy the match folks, it’s on Sky at 2pm. It would be lovely to win in style, perhaps getting closer to our Blades performance but at this stage I’d take a grim watch and a bobbling ball off someone’s rear end creeping over the line to give us a win!

As ever, leave your thoughts in the thread as the match progresses …….. UTW!!!

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Match Thread: Wolves v Fulham 2pm KO Sunday 4th October 2020
Discussion started by Wolves , 03/10/2020 17:50
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03/10/2020 17:50
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an angry wolf
04/10/2020 12:34
i expect wolves to win but it is rarely comfortable.. even against lower league sides we rarely batter teams. I expect the same boring negative dross first half with a 0-0 scoreline and an improved performance second half as usual with wolves winning by a couple of goals with Traore getting us out of jail again.

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 12:46
I’m watching Leicester v West Ham. HT and Hammers are winning very well 2-0. Perhaps we weren’t so cr&p after all last week? Then again ........

I also anticipate a ‘steady pace’ today if I’m honest, but live in hope. I’m concerned we’ve lost our forward thinking with speed of play and thought. That’s what set us aside from others over the the last few years. Time will tell and the team will be announced soon.



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Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 13:34
Team are out. Mitrovic and Cav start for Fulham.

Nuno has indeed gone for Kilman and placed Saiss in midfield. Podence fit and plays, The Donk is in too with Moutinho, Traore and Vinagre dropped, the former two onto the bench.

Figures crossed!

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Lupinehowler
04/10/2020 13:56
Thank heavens Podence is playing, gives us some creativity.

an angry wolf
04/10/2020 13:59
Hopefully we never see vinegar in a wolves shirt again , good news also Moutinho is dropped

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 14:00
Just noticed that Saiss has ben placed at left centre back, Kilman left wing back - different to how it was set out on the E&S. I suspect we’ll see soon

UTW, here we go!!



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Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 14:01
Saiss is the wing back



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Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 14:06
Early concern as Fulham’s Robinson cuts through our left sided defence with ease, luckily a tame shot



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Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 14:09
Well Fulham are into the 9th minute. The longest they’ve been at 0-0 this season!

Fulham haven’t started off too badly.



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irishwolf
04/10/2020 14:09
Im not confidant at all after our horrific display against West Ham... maybe a huff and puff win??

an angry wolf
04/10/2020 14:18
Another disgusting 1st half performance by the look of it

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 14:18
Regrettably, we have no rhythm at all to report as yet.

Free kick to Fulham, crossed in, comes to nothing.

We are certainly not setting Molineux alight



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Cheshire wolf
04/10/2020 14:20
Well our lads aren’t filling me with confidence yet!! We’re struggling to be on terms with F’ham so far.

irishwolf
04/10/2020 14:23
unreal, we cant even get on top of Fulham

Cheshire wolf
04/10/2020 14:24
Better football from Wolves by Semedo & Neto

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 14:27
Brilliant double save from the Fulham keeper, the first from Neto , the second looked a cert from Semedo. Excellent keeping. Alas.

Disappointing corner



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Cheshire wolf
04/10/2020 14:27
Two excellent saves to deny Semedo his first goal

Cheshire wolf
04/10/2020 14:30
Semeso is showing the sort of desire and effort that we need to see

an angry wolf
04/10/2020 14:37
I hope the people saying selling Doc was great business are hanging their heads in shame.. he has been one of our best players for years

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 14:42
Great corner and near post flick on from Jimenez exposed the problems we have. Nobody gambled to get in on the flick, a brilliant flick, and so the chance goes begging. If Jimenez doesn’t score from such positions, who will?

At least Fulham are a little quieter and are less imposing that earlier.

41 gone. Not a great spectacle. I agree with Chesh, Semedo looks our most promising player today.



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an angry wolf
04/10/2020 14:44
Semedo is a class act , better than doc but he isnt suited to this silly system .. if you call this a " system " as no one has a clue where they should be. Semedo is a better dribbler than doc but we miss the cross field long passes which this team is built on spreading play to the flanks

an angry wolf
04/10/2020 14:46
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i expect wolves to win but it is rarely comfortable.. even against lower league sides we rarely batter teams. I expect the same boring negative dross first half with a 0-0 scoreline and an improved performance second half as usual with wolves winning by a couple of goals with Traore getting us out of jail again.

who'd have thought it , HT 0-0

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 14:50
Oh dear.

The poor form continues. But for a superb save, we could easily be winning ..... I would have taken that ...... but the team are not playing well.

We often talking about players gelling. I think we are suffering from the glue perishing.

Saiss is not a left wing back but would be wrong to single him out. No drive from midfield, when we get the chance to go forward there’s either a chasm between our midfield and front men or we are yet again far to deliberate in trying to break them down.

This is more like an average championship match, Fulham are really no great shakes are they?



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Cheshire wolf
04/10/2020 14:51
Disappointing first half to say the least. I’m sitting in a bar in Turkey watching this sitting next to some Fulham fans and it’s been very quiet for the past 45 minutes - something like the net two weeks will be for me when I get home!! I can’t help but notice how much we are missing Jonny - Saiss certainly is no substitute for him. Kilman has held his own OK but I think Podence has been pretty innocuous. No doubt we will be relieved to see Traore when he comes on but hope he plays through the middle.

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 14:55
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i expect wolves to win but it is rarely comfortable.. even against lower league sides we rarely batter teams. I expect the same boring negative dross first half with a 0-0 scoreline and an improved performance second half as usual with wolves winning by a couple of goals with Traore getting us out of jail again.

who'd have thought it , HT 0-0

At this rate, I’ll be happy with your 2nd half predictions.



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an angry wolf
04/10/2020 14:56
You certainly get around Cheshire, not sure how you manage to wear a mask for hours on a plane.

Neves has no pace, what does he offer exactly? A long range shot that may go in 5 times a season but normally flies over the bar like a rugby kick for Wigan. There is no movement , straight passing and as mentioned earlier we miss Docs cross field passes and Jonny which created angles for our attacking play - without those two we are what we are... a limited side with some quality players like Traore/ Jimenez who may get us out of jail again.

Lupinehowler
04/10/2020 15:02
Very average first half performance. No guile, no creativity.
Let’s hope that the second half sees some improvements.

barmy army wolf
04/10/2020 15:03
We are defo playing as though we are missing the fans!

Cheshire wolf
04/10/2020 15:11
Neto at last 1-0

Billericay Wolf
04/10/2020 15:12
At last we are in the lead. 1-0 Neto

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 15:12
Much better half, a couple of very good saves and lovely strike by Neto. 1-0.

Excellent we are ahead, really needed! Must keep it going now



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Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 15:23
Cav off.

Neves lucky not to receive a yellow just then.

Decent and rare counter attack from us for once but ends in a goal kick.



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Billericay Wolf
04/10/2020 15:24
Cavaleiro replaced. One less ironic incident!

Billericay Wolf
04/10/2020 15:26
Podence off, Traore on.

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 15:27
Moutinho now on, Dear Podence off.

The Fulham substitutions have opened up a bit a space. Hopefully we can expose that



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Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 15:29
Talk about space, Fulham had the freedom of Molineux, Mitrovic sets Kamara up on a plate who tamely passes it to Patricio. What a let off. Another Coady touch prevents a Fulham goal.

Jeepers!



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Cheshire wolf
04/10/2020 15:31
Intense pressure from F’ham & they should have scored. Look man looks lovely for them. Joao on for DP & Adama being prepared

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 15:33
Semedo off injured.

Fulham looking dangerous the last few minutes whilst we were down to 10. Hoever is now on. Wolves corner



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Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 15:35
Corner day come to anything. Neves free kick - straight at the wall!!!! Arrrg



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Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 15:37
Superb Coady ball to Jimenez but a total balls up between him and Hoever.

Traore on for 8 minutes, Neto off



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Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 15:42
Dangerous Fulham free kick, 26 yards out but thank goodness it was an appalling effort.



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Cheshire wolf
04/10/2020 15:45
Hoever doing OK after replacing Semedo. Another shot from F’ham but too high

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 15:45
Bloody hell, Kabano rifles one from 20yards. Whistles just over.

4 minutes of added time



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Billericay Wolf
04/10/2020 15:45
Blow ref blow.

Cheshire wolf
04/10/2020 15:47
Neves gets a yellow card this time

an angry wolf
04/10/2020 15:51
Bar the Neto strike utter garbage

Lupinehowler
04/10/2020 15:54
There’s a cog missing from this Wolves machine, let’s hope that Nuno manages to find it or it’s going to be a long frustrating season.

Cheshire wolf
04/10/2020 15:57
All over and not a particularly strong performance but a valuable win to help settle the nerves. Neto, Podence, Semedo, Hoever and whoever is going to replace Jonny need time settle into the team and gel with the more established team members in my view, but that time is not easy to find!
Fulham had some good play until the final third - I’m sure Leeds will be more dangerous in a few weeks time.

chicagowolf
04/10/2020 15:58
is that what they call an ugly win. In any event two wins, two losses. Middle of the pack, time to get them all playing together. Except of course they will all be off on international duty. Long season indeed.

an angry wolf
04/10/2020 15:58
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Blow ref blow.

reminds me of what the poster "fat bloke behind you" used to say when celebrating victories although it was a character called Geffrey by all accounts rather than ref

Hanging on against a team as dire as Fulham shows a mid table finish is the best we can hope for with no European football before the 22/23 season at the earliest by the look of it.

Cheshire wolf
04/10/2020 16:03
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You certainly get around Cheshire, not sure how you manage to wear a mask for hours on a plane.

Not just on the plane Angry!! Three hours in the airport (except when eating/drinking) then 4 hours on the plane from Manchester, then an hour on a coach!! Still to spend nine days in temperatures of approx 30 degrees just before winter comes probably makes it worthwhile. Not sure about the two weeks isolation when we get home yet though!!

Ivybridge Wolf
04/10/2020 16:05
My word. A candidate for last match on MOTD if ever there was one, really poor on quality.

I’ll keep to what I said in the intro however, the 3 points was massive today, to somehow stop the rot of the last few weeks.

I was hoping for a more improved performance however, I’m sure we all were. It didn’t happen. I only hope the win injects a bit of confidence in the squad. Can’t see Leeds quaking in their boots for our next league fixture and on that basis, we are nowhere near 7th in the league again.

I thought we were better in that second half but only marginally and mainly early on .... but how on earth Kamara fluffed that chance to make it 1-1 is beyond me.

Positives for me, Semedo (injured bu 2 weeks to recover), Kilman, Coady and Neto (very nice finish) all played reasonably well without setting the world on fire. Defence was tighter. Negatives, left wing back position, midfield in general, our attacking play was often disjointed.

But the win was the most important thing today. It could have been very different!

UTW



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Andy Fincher
04/10/2020 16:19
We have more wins and more points than at the same stage last season and Coady probably our best player. That's about all the positives I can think of.
Disappointing to be hanging on at the end against Fulham and it's a good job Lookman didn't start.
Doubt we would have won against a better side.

essington wolf
04/10/2020 16:25
Not great was it but a wins a win I suppose. Build up play just way to slow. We have to find a way of creating more chances. I'm sure NUNO will sort it,I hope so anyway because that was so boring today.

barmy army wolf
04/10/2020 20:00
It looks like football has gone mad... Liverpool down 4-1 against the vile??

irishwolf
04/10/2020 22:06
Well its a win but dire stuff..... hopefully the international break gives Nuno a chance to sort it out. A Huff nd Puff win. Very predictable.

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