View from the Opposition – Wolves

View from the Opposition – Wolves

A bit about you:

Name: Lady Wulfruna

Current home town: Leicester (36 years)

Birthplace: Wolverhampton (Codsall – the posh bit!)

How long have you supported your team? 50+ years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: 37 Year hearing ‘Hi Ho Wolverhampton’ being sung…very loudly

Favourite match played by your team & why: Wolves 4 Leicester 3 (2003-4) – fantastic comeback from being 0-3 down and meant I could hold my head up high on return to work on Monday. Winning the 2002-3 Play Off final was also sweet as it meant not only we’d be promoted (to play teams like Leicester) but watching it at home I was able to play my own copy of ‘The Liquidator’ continuously and very loud to my next door neighbour (a Leicester season ticket holder)….who proceeded to take me to the pub and buy me beer….all in all a very good day!  

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: 'The Tipton Skin’ i.e. Steve Bull, closely followed by Wolves (and Leicester) legend Derek ‘The Doog’ Dougan and John Richards…all were great goal scorers. I also had the added bonus of delivering theirs (and Mike Bailey’s) newspapers as a young lad in my home village.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  Ruben Neves – oozes class but still love it when he brings Cavaleiro or Traoré on to open up the game.

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? As above + Adama Traoré … I think he will relish having the Portuguese play makers to give him space

Player in our squad you most fear and why? I like Hamza Choudhury’s desire and willingness to win a lost ball.  He may be too tough for the Wolves midfield.

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Any of the unknown Portuguese!

How do you think you’ll do against us? We should have won at the King Power and our home form is poor, but I still predict a narrow Wolves win 2-1.

General Questions:

What did you think to the summer transfer activity both in and out of your club? Bostin’…which is Wulfrunian for brilliant….the owners mean business. Haven’t seen much of Dendonker but he reads well. I was gutted Barry Douglas went as the 2 x wing backs were instrumental in Wolves’ play last season  

Where do you think you’ll finish this season?  Top 10 is expected with serious ambition thereafter

Next Up Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 January 2019

Next Up Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 January 2019

Head Coach      Nuno Espírito Santo

Founded      1877; 141 years ago, as St Luke's

Ground         Molineux Stadium

Address       Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR

Capacity      32,050

Squad: 

2              Republic of Ireland               DF           Matt Doherty

5              England                                DF           Ryan Bennett

7              Portugal                               FW         Ivan Cavaleiro

8              Portugal                               MF         Rúben Neves

9              Mexico                                 FW         Raúl Jiménez (on loan from Benfica)

10           Portugal                                FW         Hélder Costa

11           Portugal                                GK          Rui Patrício

15           France                                  DF          Willy Boly

16           England                                DF          Conor Coady (Captain)

17           England                                MF         Morgan Gibbs-White

18           Portugal                                FW         Diogo Jota

19           Spain                                    DF          Jonny Castro (on loan from Atlético Madrid)

21           England                                GK         John Ruddy

23           England                                MF         Ryan Giles

24           England                                FW         Benny Ashley-Seal

25           Scotland                               MF         Elliot Ward

26           Portugal                               MF         Pedro Gonçalves

27           Morocco                               MF         Romain Saïss

28           Portugal                               MF         João Moutinho

29           Portugal                               DF           Rúben Vinagre

31           England                               GK          Will Norris

32           Belgium                                MF         Leander Dendoncker (on loan from Anderlecht)

33           Brazil                                    FW         Léo Bonatini

37           Spain                                    FW         Adama Traoré

67           England                                DF           Dominic Lorfa

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.  

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site:

www.wolves.co.uk

Going to Wolves ?

Directions by road  WV1 4QR

From Leicester easiest route may be down the M69 to the M6, then follow directions from the South East

By road from the north:

Exit M6 at junction 12.At island take third exit onto A5 for Wolverhampton. At the next island turn left onto A449. After six miles the A449 passes under the M54.

Carry straight on and at the sixth island (Five Ways) take the third exit onto Waterloo Road. Molineux is one mile straight on.

By road from the south west:

Exit M5 at junction 2. Follow the signs for Wolverhampton on the A4123 for eight miles to the Ring Road.Turn left on Ring Road, following signs for Molineux.

Take second exit at next two islands, pass Banks’s Brewery and swimming baths on left and then turn left at next set of traffic lights. Molineux is 500 yards on the right.

By road from the south east:

Exit M6 at junction 10. Take A454 via Willenhall to Wolverhampton Ring Road.

At fi rst Ring Road island, take the fourth exit (A449 to Stafford).Straight on at next two sets of traffic lights.Filter right at third set of lights into Waterloo Road. 

Molineux is 500 yards on right.

From Wolverhampton railway/bus stations, follow the Ring Road, walking down the side of the Chubb buildings.

Then at the major crossroads you will see Molineux to the left.

Approx 60 mls     1hrs 30 mins

Parking

There is a limited amount of parking at the stadium and city centre car parks tend to be very busy on Saturday. There will be car parking available further from the ground and it will be easier to get away after the game. Parking at the station is £5-00

Directions by rail

From Wolverhampton railway/bus stations, follow the Ring Road, walking down the side of the Chubb buildings. Then at the major crossroads you will see Molineux to the left. Walking takes approx 15-20 mins

Trains take 1hrs 30mins  off peak return £22-95

Pubs

There are no pubs as such near to the stadium.  

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide, and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

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City thwarted by strong defence.

Leicester City 1- Southampton 2

Report by Chris Griffin

Despite playing against ten men for the second half Leicester could not unlock a battling and well-drilled defence, apart from Ndidi’s short range effort on the hour mark. By then Leicester had conceded two first half goals.

The first, a penalty, was confidently put away by Ward-Prowse after Mendy’s unnecessary and clumsy challenge on Long after ten minutes. The second came in first half overtime when Southampton countered quickly from deep. Pereira and Mendy both failed to clear and Long cut in to side foot past Schmeichel from a tight angle: the keeper’s block possibly diverting the ball into the net.

Some booing came from sections of the crowd at the final whistle and the media latched onto speculation about the future of manager Puel. When asked if he felt under pressure he replied “It’s not my concern.” On the result he commented that it was a big disappointment. “It’s difficult to accept the second goal…we had a lot of chances and opportunities. It was important to try to manage the game with intensity in our passes. It was difficult to be clinical and maybe we needed a bit more movement in the box.”

As a judgement it is difficult to disagree – except to add that as well as passing lacking intensity it also lacked accuracy. The first half saw pass after pass go astray either through under or over hitting. In the second, despite reaching the by-line time after time the ball played across the goal did not pick out a City player. Ndidi’s goal was the exception following an accurate cross from Pereira.

Even before the penalty Southampton had three opportunities. A good run by Armstrong saw his firm low shot pass wide of the post. He then had an effort blocked well by Mendy. From the resulting corner Long headed just wide. City were trying to push forward but looked vulnerable to the counter attack. One of these saw Maddison receive a yellow card for pulling back Redmond on the halfway line.

City’s play lacked cohesion. There were flashes of promise such as a surging run from Choudhury but his pass to Albrighton was overhit. On the 30th minute came City’s best chance when Maguire sent a header from a Chilwell cross flashing past the post.

Leicester won another free kick on the left touch line when Valery clattered Chilwell. Both received yellow cards: Valery for the challenge and Chilwell for his reaction. From the free kick came another near miss with Morgan’s sliding effort blocked on the line. Then Maddison crossed and again Maguire won the header but McCarthy saved. Close to half time Valery was given a second yellow for pulling back Albrighton as he latched onto a through ball outside the area.

Barnes, on return from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion and Gray replaced Mendy and Albrighton for the start of the second half. There followed 45 minutes of total City domination of possession with Maguire spending most of the half as a supporting midfielder. It was Maguire’s long-range shot that saw McCarthy get down smartly and punched away the ball following a late deflection. McCarthy performed a similar save from a fierce Maddison effort on the 52nd minute. Maddison then had another effort blocked.

Ndidi’s goal gave some hope. Gray and Maddison interchanged some smart passes at pace before releasing Pereira whose pass picked out the unmarked Ndidi. Minutes later a really good cross from Pereira had just too much dip and swerve on it, beating both defenders and attackers as it flew close to the far corner of the net. Then Maddison whipped in an excellent cross but Vardy could not put enough purchase on his header.

Leicester had plenty of space down both flanks to attack with Chilwell and Pereira frequently in advanced positions. But the final ball too often found a defender. It was hard to understand why City persisted with high balls into the box which were easily dealt with by the imposing and tall Southampton defenders. City resorted to longer range efforts, including one from Ghezzal who had replaced Choudhury, but these were blocked and cleared. Barnes had a chance coming in from the left but – under challenge – could not get enough power and direction on his shot.

With seconds remaining City won a corner which saw Schmeichel come up into the opposing penalty area. From the corner Ndidi’s header flew just wide of the post: close, but not close enough.

Like last season City’s form at home continues to frustrate fans. At the start of play Southampton were 11 places below City and 15 points adrift. Whenever a team comes and parks the bus – although to be fair to Southampton most of their bus-parking came after they went down to ten men – City struggle.

Fans comment that Vardy lacks support from another striker but the club gives no sign of taking action on this – and JV must also be looking back wistfully to the days when he had Drinkwater behind him with the guile and creativity to provide defence splitting passes to run onto at pace. It is hard to fault the effort and energy of the players, but finding a way through the dense traffic of massed defences in home games has to be a priority

Wolves next week: no matter how good our away form – that will not be easy.

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Pereira; Morgan; Maguire; Chilwell; Choudhury (Ghezzal 76’); Mendy (Barnes 45’); Ndidi; Albrighton (Gray 45’); Vardy; Maddison. Subs not used: Simpson; Soyuncu; Iheanacho; Ward.

Southampton: McCarthy; Bednarek; Stephens; Vesetrgaard; Valery; Romeu; Ward-Prowse; Targett; Redmond (Gallagher 93’); Armstrong (Soares 57’); Long (Slattery 76’). Subs not used: Elyounoussi; Gunn; Sims; Ramsay.

Referee: Michael Oliver.     Attendance: 31,491

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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