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Wolves Need to Change Their Style Of Play So They’re Less Predictable

Mick McCarthy can now breathe a little better after Wolves ended a run of eight games without a win after picking up three points against bottom of the table Wigan.

On Sunday Wolves took the lead after 31 minutes when Jamie O’Hara connected with a cross from Kevin Doyle. But Ben Watson equalised for Wigan when he was awarded a penalty kick for a block on Emmerson Boyce. Watson netted the rebound after Hennessey’s initial save.

David Edwards and Stephen Ward went on to seal the win against a frustrating Wigan.

This was an end-to-end game with both sides wanting that early goal. Wolves fell lucky after Rodallega missed a sitter and the best chance of the game just before O’Hara scored the first goal. Wigan’s attacking force of Di Santo, Rodallega and Moses were intimidating for Wolves throughout the game, after creating plenty of chances to see off Wolves in the first half. Wigan’s midfield totally controlled the first half although Wolves made that easy for them after numerous passes went straight into their possession. If it wasn’t for Wigan not taking their chances early on, Wolves would of gotten destroyed.

Wolves have disappointingly conceded ten goals in six home fixtures this season which has to be causing one of many problems for Mick McCarthy. It’s been a rocky season for Wolves fans so far but Mick McCarthy has “no complaints with the way his team is performing.”

To stay in the Premiership Wolves need to change their style of play. Wolves depend on wide players to deliver the goods for them and very rarely play down the middle unless on a break. To progress from this, more balls need to go into Doyle’s feet to create opportunities in and around the area. Being too predictable with the way that they play will come back to haunt them towards the end of the season.

Although Wolves fans are the most passionate in the league, I believe that if the team doesn’t change their style of play, they could be in big trouble towards the end of the season.

Wolves fans…where do you think you will finish this season? More importantly, let me know your thoughts on whether the strategy that your team is using at the moment will keep you up.

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  1. Aussie Wolf

    November 8, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Ian – spot on. The Wigan result is some breathing space, maybe for a game, but the performance was by no means reassuring. The defence is far from solid and both full backs are not really full backs. Milijas would definitely create more from midfield, but with MM favourites Henry, O’Hara and Edwards ahead of him it is unlikely he’ll get the run needed. I think our results picked up when Milijas was in the team initially last season. I think sometimes players that do not fear of being dropped get complacent. Jarvis looked brighter coming on on Sunday… we live in hope.

  2. Ian

    November 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Wolves have been playing to Doyle’s feet (as he is the target player) for the past three seasons. This has led to them enduring season after season of relegation battles…Fletcher is quality and will work well with Doyle up front if he can stay healthy.

    I believe Wolves can finish 15th maybe 14th by seasons end. They already have more points than they did last November and with the likes of Bolton/Wigan/Blackburn struggling I think that helps tremendously.

    I agree that some changes need to be made; I appreciate all that MM has done for the club but continuing to reward MM on the basis that he got us out of the C’ship is wearing thin. We need a manager capable of pushing us up through the table instead of being satisfied just staying in the prem. The 4-5-1 formation that you speak of has helped at times but it is my belief that if we continue with this defensive formation we will lose more matches than we will win, therefore increasing our chances of relegation. Wolves also need to play MIlijas more. I understand his work ethic might not be up to MM’s standard but he is arguably one of the more creative players on the Wolves side. If there are no future plans to play him, sell him and use the money for a few more signings this January.

    Something must be done with our defence…Stearman is not playing well and hasn’t been for a few seasons now. Johnson needs to return to his quality form. A bonified back such as a Leighton Baines-type would suit just nicely 😉

    I am loving the increased amount of Wolves articles on EPL Talk this season. They were hard to come by last season!

    Keep up the work Wolves supporters!

    “Out of Darkness Cometh Light”

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