Clearly Kevin Doyle is in positive mood ahead of this afternoon’s clash with cash-swilling billionaires, Manchester City.Â Strangely, I am too.
Last week’s performance against very-rich-and-successful Chelsea is enough to convince me that we can get something at home off even-richer-but-not-nearly-as-reliable City.Â The overall quality against Man U reserves was not as good, with Jones well below par,. and Hunt looking decidedly rusty in his passing, but did bring the bonus of showing the team’s character in twice coming back into the game after conceeding – a vital confidence boost ahead of what’s bound to be a tough game.
Getting anything from the game relies on producing the same level of performance as we saw at Chelsea for 90+ minutes, and not falling back into a hoof and hope mode of play.Â I do wonder if the team will perversely find it harder to play at home than they did away last week – Molineux has been far from a fortress in recent years, and the team sometimes looks to prefer playing elsewhere.Â I’d like to see an unchanged team from last week, with the exception of Elokobi for Ward, as Tuesday again reiterated his superiority in that position, and Mancienne for Edwards (or Jones – on a good day I’d want him in the team, on a bad I’d much rather have old Dave), and Hunt to start, but with Van Damme as an option as a substitute.Â That gives us:
Foley – Stearman – Berra – Elokobi
Jarvis – Mancienne – Milijas – Jones – Hunt
Of course, Henry is back from suspension, and McCarthy may well prefer him to Mancienne in the middle.Â Equally, on Saturday, Mouyokolo looked a decent option at the back, and looked a sound option at the back, but Stearman and Berra have done enough to deserve to keep their places.Â It’s good to begin to have a few options in choosing a team!Â For anyone who can’t make the game, there’s live commentary on Absolute Radio.
Tough call, but I’ll put my happy hat on and say 2-1 to Wolves.Â Obviously that won’t be easy, but credit to the team for making me believe it even possible after the rubbish we saw in the second half against West Ham.