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Friday, February 3, 2012

QPR vs Wolves Preview: A Wolverhampton Wonderers Perspective


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Many thanks to Thomas Baugh of http://www.wolvesblog.com/ :-* good luck for the rest of the season, but only after saturday!
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How long have you supported Wolves?

20 years give or take.

How did you get to your blog? Has it evolved how you would of expected?

Sort of by accident actually. The summer after we won the Championship I saw a picture taken from our 5-1 win over Notts Forrest and thought 'that would look really good as a banner on a Wolves blog'. So I did a search and saw that no such blog existed, so I created one myself. Almost immediately I met another Wolves-supporting blogger and between us, we've made the blog what it is today. It's everything I expected and much more. I'm tremendously proud of it.

Who are Wolves’s biggest Rival (or Rivals) and why?

West Brom.
The normal reasons - near-neighbours, lots of banter, general very annoying supporters.

Are you happy with your team and how things are to date? – What are your opinions on your manager ? His spending/selling so far?

Not really.
We're in the bottom 3, again. It's going to be a mighty struggle to stay up from here.
We haven't progressed as we should done in our third season in the Prem and the blame in my opinion falls at the feet of the manager.
I like Mick McCarthy as a bloke but his tactics at times have been baffling and he doesn't seem able to get the best out of the players he has.

What do you think of your current Owner? WHY is he involved? What do you expect from him?

Steve Morgan seems to have his head screwed on straight, so the one plus point is that the club will never overspend or go to financial rack and ruin.
I think he's a genuine football fan and does care about the club. However, he's a shrewd businessman above all else and has already used his position at the club to secure land for development.
It will be intriguing to see where we are as a club in a few years time, and determine whether all the things he's promised have come to fruition.

How do you think Wolves treats its fans? Appreciates them? Listens to them? Screws them?

Badly in my opinion.
This season in particular has been a PR disaster for the club, as players, managers and even our CEO have been finger pointing at their own supporters.
We pay the money and it's simply not on.
They need to do better in understanding the frustrations of fans and dealing with the consequences of that.

Who are you Dangermen/Most valued/most overrated/most underrated players?

Important players:
Steven Fletcher - the man we rely on to do the most important job of all, put the ball in the onion bag.

Matt Jarvis - chief supplier to the above.

Wayne Hennessey - Has let soft goals in recently but overall has had a tremendous season. We'd be even worse off without him between the sticks.

I think our most underrated player is probably Stephen Ward. Has improved a great deal this season and his link-up play with Jarvis down the left is often our most potent attacking outlet. Overrated I'd say Adam Hammill. The fans seem to love him but I've yet to see him do much in a gold shirt.

Are you happy with your youth set up? Is your club doing enough to bring young/local talent through the ranks?

Well, none of our young players get a look in so something obviously isn't right.
Even the highly rated ones tend to be loaned out and then sold without being given any sort of opportunity. This must change sooner rather than later.

Who would you say was the greatest Wolves player that you yourself personally saw? And past player? (You can name more than one if it's that close!)

Steve Bull - hands down.
Not the most talented footballer but a great finisher and so often the hero. A crying shame he never graced the Premier League.

What is your prediction for Wolves this season?

Sadly, I think our time has run out in the top flight.
I look at the players we have and genuinely believe we should be closer to midtable than the bottom three. The manager just doesn't seem to have what it takes to get them playing a higher standard of football though.

Who do you predict to be in the bottom three at the end of this season

Wolves, Wigan and Bolton.

Are you aware of any player or manager links between our two clubs past and present?

Can't think of too many actually, it's a difficult one.
Andy Sinton, he was still top quality when he came to Wolves in the twilight of his career. Loved how he cross with both feet. Seemed unstoppable in his pomp.
Hmm...Simon Osborn? Clutching at straws.

What is your view and the general Wolves view of QPR?

First off, a little bitterness after you tonked us at Molineux earlier in the season. I can't lie - revenge would be very sweet indeed.
But I think overall we're currently a bit jealous because you changed your manager and invested heavily in January, thus showing greater ambition to survive.
Maybe our two very different approaches will both work out, but right now I'd back you to stay up over us everyday of the week.

Who(if any) is your most memorable/favourite QPR Player over the years?

Always liked Les Ferdinand - good old fashioned striker.
Trevor Sinclair for 'that' goal too.

Any memorable matches between our two clubs that stand out for you? And the reasons why?

Easy peasy.

The 1-0 at Molineux a few years back, which saw our promotion confirmed.
Not a great match but the result was all that mattered for us.
I also recall a 1-1 about 15 years ago when Daniele Dicchio scored a screamer to equalise.

Your score prediction for QPR v Wolves?

I reckon it will be a draw - 2-2.

That result wouldn't do much for either team. Obviously I'd love a Wolves win and we're definitely capable of it. However, we're just as likely to implode and lose convincingly - hence why I'm sitting on the fence.

What, realistically, do you think Wolves are capable of achieving in the next five years?

The best we can probably do in that time frame is become a Stoke-like team - never really in danger of going down, floating around midtable and having the occasional cup-run.
Depressing when you think of it like that.
Of course if we go down this year, we'll be incredibly lucky to get anywhere near that.

Thanks for having me on. All the best.

Many thanks to: WOLVES BLOG's THOMAS BAUGHhttp://www.wolvesblog.com and profound thanks as always to MaudesFishnChips!


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