A loss, even by a three goal margin, is not entirely unexpected. Mick McCarthy’s team selection was. With Marcus Hahnemann in goal the only survivor from Saturday’s heroics at White Hart Lane, I’m glad I didn’t travel to this one. This doesn’t mean I can’t understand the selection – Mick thinks we were most likely to lose anyway and he’s not going to get a performance like Saturday’s out of the same players three times in eight days. He doesn’t want any more injuries. However, I hate the idea that any team, let alone mine, should not wholeheartedly go after every point they can.
In fact, it seems that the second string weren’t awful against an out of sorts United side, but this does raise enough doubt in everyone’s minds as to how the first choice might have performed to cause more than a few raised eyebrows. The fans who paid £40 for a ticket are rightly furious, but long term judgement is likely to rest on whether the gamble pays off and Wolves win on Sunday and are out of the bottom three at the end of the season. Football fans can easily turn on a manger, so let’s hope no long term damage is done, because eveyone needs to be behind the players and the manager for the team to survive in this League.