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Brighton and Hove Albion get Gary Gardner in on loan and Bamford chooses Boro, both very good signings which should help those clubs in a promotion push.

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Danny Graham in the crowd at Boro tonight.


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Kenny Jackett at the Walsall vs Crystal Palace game watching Glenn Murray and Dwight Gayle.

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Kenny Jackett at the Walsall vs Crystal Palace game watching Glenn Murray and Dwight Gayle.


I think Kenny Jackett will monitor Dwight Gayle's position at Palace, if he can take him to Wolves on loan with a view to a permanent deal its likely he would take that opportunity.

Many of the same qualities of Nouha Dicko.

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Brighton and Hove Albion get Gary Gardner in on loan and Bamford chooses Boro, both very good signings which should help those clubs in a promotion push.



Not according to KJ.

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Brighton and Hove Albion get Gary Gardner in on loan and Bamford chooses Boro, both very good signings which should help those clubs in a promotion push.



Not according to KJ.


Why, whats KJ said?

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knocker knowles wrote:
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Brighton and Hove Albion get Gary Gardner in on loan and Bamford chooses Boro, both very good signings which should help those clubs in a promotion push.



Not according to KJ.


Why, whats KJ said?



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]Brighton and Hove Albion get Gary Gardner in on loan and Bamford chooses Boro, both very good signings which should help those clubs in a promotion push.[/quote]


Not according to KJ.[/quote]

Why, whats KJ said?[/quote]


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Interesting thanks.

What I'm not sure about with Bamford is his energy levels and physicality which I think are must haves within the Wolves system for the front player.

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Looking at Everton last weekend gave me food for thought about energy levels and physicality because after 65 minutes many Everton players were blowing out of their arses.

Martinez really required 6 substitutions to maintain a high pressing strategy.

Is this part of the future game, even this season if using a lone striker to use two, one per half so they retain their threat, effectiveness and maintenance over the season.

I think this is one of the key thoughts and impacts on decisions for Kenny Jackett when selecting Edwards to support Dicko,
it helps the strikers energy levels if someone gets close to share the work load, especially out of possession.

Should Dicko just play second halfs?

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knocker knowles wrote:
Looking at Everton last weekend gave me food for thought about energy levels and physicality because after 65 minutes many Everton players were blowing out of their arses.

Martinez really required 6 substitutions to maintain a high pressing strategy.

Is this part of the future game, even this season if using a lone striker to use two, one per half so they retain their threat, effectiveness and maintenance over the season.

I think this is one of the key thoughts and impacts on decisions for Kenny Jackett when selecting Edwards to support Dicko,
it helps the strikers energy levels if someone gets close to share the work load, especially out of possession.

Should Dicko just play second halfs?


I'm not seeing whole games, but from the reports Dicko was closing down all the way through in the Fulham game, yet in the final minutes had the energy to round a defender from wide on the wing, bring him into the area and win the penalty. Dicko works hard and keeps going. He's good for the game, imo.

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Looking at Everton last weekend gave me food for thought about energy levels and physicality because after 65 minutes many Everton players were blowing out of their arses.

Martinez really required 6 substitutions to maintain a high pressing strategy.

Is this part of the future game, even this season if using a lone striker to use two, one per half so they retain their threat, effectiveness and maintenance over the season.

I think this is one of the key thoughts and impacts on decisions for Kenny Jackett when selecting Edwards to support Dicko,
it helps the strikers energy levels if someone gets close to share the work load, especially out of possession.

Should Dicko just play second halfs?


I'm not seeing whole games, but from the reports Dicko was closing down all the way through in the Fulham game, yet in the final minutes had the energy to round a defender from wide on the wing, bring him into the area and win the penalty. Dicko works hard and keeps going. He's good for the game, imo.


Still early in the season and Cardiff are not a team as yet, Blackburn offer the most serious challenge of the season thus far.
Doubt Dicko can maintain that type of energy without interval breaks and careful management whilst retaining his quality.

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There may be an important point not picked up on by the media and football forums.

When George Saville was breaking through in his early teenage years he played quite a lot of football as a left sided centre back.
Kenny Jackett being the anorak that he is will have that knowledge stored within.

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Compare The Market: Is The Transfer Market Efficient?

http://statsbomb.com/2014/03/part-two-h ... all-clubs/


“…99% of player recruitment is who you don’t buy.”

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Stuart Pearce has surprised me, i didn't expect a promotion challenge from Forest this season, thought Sheff Wednesday would beat them comfortably at the weekend.

Blackburn, back to them, offered more of a challenge to Wolves than i anticipated.
Maybe losing Rudy Gestede helped their game, Wolves centre backs always look more comfortable playing against a two.
That extra player coming from deep made the numbers equal and helped Blackburn with possession.

One thing they managed to do against Wolves that the others haven't, Check and play the ball square or backwards.

Check your opponents forward movement, it can be key to the game result.

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With no standout side coming down from the Premier League, the promotion race looks set to be wide open and there is no reason why Wolves can’t emulate the recent achievements of Southampton and Norwich in earning back-to-back promotions.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/footba ... z3CCaDdYmP

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The nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award for August have been announced.


They are as follows:-

Neil Adams (Norwich City)
Overcame an opening day defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers to instil belief and confidence at Carrow Road with 10 points from the next four games. Moulded his side in his image and savoured a 1-0 East Anglian derby victory at Ipswich Town.

Kenny Jackett (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Picked up where his side left off in May with four wins from five and just two goals conceded. Most impressively, they recorded 1-0 victories over Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City - the clubs relegated from the Premier League.

Stuart Pearce (Nottingham Forest)
Made an almost perfect return to the City Ground with a haul of 13 points from 15. Just as important as the energetic, attacking displays by his new-look strike force were, the wins under pressure at Bournemouth and Sheffield Wednesday also impressed.

Ian Holloway (Millwall)
In tune with his club, the fans and his players, he has brought Millwall's end-of-season form from 2013/14 into this campaign with 10 points from five games. Combined entertainment with pragmatism in the 1-0 London derby victory at Fulham.

The winners will be announced on Friday.

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I expect that Pearce will win it. Though KJ will surely run him close.

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I expect that Pearce will win it. Though KJ will surely run him close.


I hope that you're right as MOTM plus an International Break would surely put the Voodoo on us (again). :roll:

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Kenny Jackett named Manager of the Month..

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Well done KJ, thoroughly well deserved.

And forget the so called curse, my concern is our next game against a Blackpool team who have lost all their games so far, can barely put a team out, and whose assistant manager has just walked out.

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Well done KJ, thoroughly well deserved.

And forget the so called curse, my concern is our next game against a Blackpool team who have lost all their games so far, can barely put a team out, and whose assistant manager has just walked out.

You would have concerns about Wolves under previous managers because they didn't have much of a team framework to fall back on.
Under Kenny Jackett the pattern of play makes them competitive in every league game. Wolves will win at Blackpool.

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I see certain managers are talking finance at the moment, looking to maintain competitive wage levels.

Wigan, Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich are out of sight compared to everyone else.

Boro under Gibson may be paying better dollar than previous seasons.
Derby like Wolves have this 10k maximum plus bonuses unless you join the experienced category as at Wolves.
High earners being Ricketts, Edwards and Stearman who are looking at close to 15k before bonus.

This high incentive strategy that Derby introduced last season has to be close to the correct model to enable the signing of potential premier league players.
Its a tough line to draw, competitive without creating massive financial problems.

Blues, the basic for Lee Clark to work with 5k.

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I see certain managers are talking finance at the moment, looking to maintain competitive wage levels.

Wigan, Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich are out of sight compared to everyone else.

Boro under Gibson may be paying better dollar than previous seasons.
Derby like Wolves have this 10k maximum plus bonuses unless you join the experienced category as at Wolves.
High earners being Ricketts, Edwards and Stearman who are looking at close to 15k before bonus.

This high incentive strategy that Derby introduced last season has to be close to the correct model to enable the signing of potential premier league players.
Its a tough line to draw, competitive without creating massive financial problems.

Blues, the basic for Lee Clark to work with 5k.


Blues pay next to nothing. Clark himself is only on around 100k a year, which for a Championship manager is not much. Will Packwood was on £500 a week and was winning Championship player of the month awards. Meanwhile Zigic is strolling around earning annual salaries in a week.


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Talking points from yesterdays games, the importance of the one touch finish when inside the box.
To many players looking for a second touch.
At Championship level especially the two holding players in front of the back four consistently finding themselves the wrong side of the ball.
One word, communication.

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Massively surprised that George Saville made the Wolves first eleven at the weekend, he doesn't fit at the moment, not only that he will make others look worse.

Next season for Saville, not this one please.

Watching Forest yesterday, they suffer with what I view as past values, its still endemic within English football coaching.

You see these guys go on coaching courses and they still forget the key factors.

You hear coaches say we want to play football, out from the back with patience. Yet even at the highest levels some of them still dont get it.

Remember this quote, its one of mine.

Good football is playing and making the required time in the opponents final third.

Think about that one.. Stuart Pearce and Forest will fall away because they just dont get it, well that and they are sh.t at the back.
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Massively surprised that George Saville made the Wolves first eleven at the weekend, he doesn't fit at the moment, not only that he will make others look worse.

Next season for Saville, not this one please.



Why do you think he's not ready? Technical, physical, mental?


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Massively surprised that George Saville made the Wolves first eleven at the weekend, he doesn't fit at the moment, not only that he will make others look worse.

Next season for Saville, not this one please.



Why do you think he's not ready? Technical, physical, mental?


System of play plus other players are comfortable with what they do at the moment so they will be reluctant to change to make him an easy fit.
Who are his short passing options when he gets on the ball?
Who offers himself forward of the ball to the players holding?
Which players isolate themselves because they run forward and rarely look short?
Price suffers for the same reasons, Rowe is the better choice to link play from the centre backs and McDonald.

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Massively surprised that George Saville made the Wolves first eleven at the weekend, he doesn't fit at the moment, not only that he will make others look worse.

Next season for Saville, not this one please.



Why do you think he's not ready? Technical, physical, mental?


System of play plus other players are comfortable with what they do at the moment so they will be reluctant to change to make him an easy fit.
Who are his short passing options when he gets on the ball?
Who offers himself forward of the ball to the players holding?
Which players isolate themselves because they run forward and rarely look short?
Price suffers for the same reasons, Rowe is the better choice to link play from the centre backs and McDonald.


Bizzare team selection by Kenny Jackett last night his midfield link to centre forward was wrong.

Its about combinations, Clarke and Edwards works, Clarke and Saville not a chance.
Saville and Dicko, possibly.
Jacobs must be thinking, eye eye whats going on. That and Clarke is unsure of his role when the play is building.

At times the Wolves back four has to be braver, especially when the front six are looking to press.
Have a higher line, squeeze the space, play in the congestion, Wolves have players who are comfortable with little space.

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Its getting to the stage when clubs settle down in and around the positions many will retain for the season. Or is it.

What I look for is teams who have a measured system of play, and they are few and far between.

Middlesbrough, Wolves, Bournemouth and Derby so far seem to be playing with good units.

Can Wigan join the party this evening.

There's massive question marks against many of the others who seem to be getting results off the back of individual talent, not collective efforts.

As individuals move in and out of form so those clubs lose their consistency.

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