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Tuesday 13th March 2018 at quarter to eight in the evening.

Next up Reading as Wolves face another passing side who struggle to score goals at times.

One change for me after the Villa game, Ryan Bennett for Danny Batth. Otherwise much the same in the hope come the big moments they go our way.

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Stating the obvious but this is a MUST WIN. :oops:


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Stating the obvious but this is a MUST WIN. :oops:


No, its a game we will win

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Massive week ahead for Nuno. He needs to pick his best team for two huge games against sides we simply have to beat. If he persists with Danny boy, he'll be cutting his own throat and worse, plus he has a big decision to make with regards Ruddy, who is now a rabbit caught in the headlights.

We need to get back to those Sheff Utd and Brentford performances. We MUST be more clinical in front of goal, and stop passing the ball for passing-sake. Neves is back, and hopefully we'll settle down again with his calming influence, but first of all massive selection decisions to be made by Nuno. Make or break time.

We must beat Reading and Burton with convincing, confident performances, time for every player to stand up and be counted.

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A very bad 45 minutes saw us torn apart defensively. Batth was very poor and I doubt that he'll play for Nuno again after that hapless effort from him yesterday. Ruddy too is looking nervous and lacking confidence, Bonatini was non existent at times, Jota has been poor for weeks. So, roll the changes for me for the next two games, both at home.

Batth out - Bennett back in.

Afobe in for Bonatini.

Norris in for Ruddy.

Costa to start ahead of Jota.

Time to be brave against two struggling sides in Reading and Burton, they will have ten men behind the ball, so early goals will put us on the front foot and hopefully breed confidence. Win these two games and the pressure eases considerably.

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I'd think about bringing Saiss into the defence. If Reading and Burton are going to set up to have 11 men behind the ball, I'd play Saiss and have him to bring the ball out from the back

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I'd think about bringing Saiss into the defence. If Reading and Burton are going to set up to have 11 men behind the ball, I'd play Saiss and have him to bring the ball out from the back


Decent shout. It will be interesting to see if Nuno sticks or twists. I hope he can accept that he's made selection and tactical mistakes, as opposed to being stubborn.

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I'd think about bringing Saiss into the defence. If Reading and Burton are going to set up to have 11 men behind the ball, I'd play Saiss and have him to bring the ball out from the back


What about Miranda? Saiss still has to get through Reading without a booking.

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I'd think about bringing Saiss into the defence. If Reading and Burton are going to set up to have 11 men behind the ball, I'd play Saiss and have him to bring the ball out from the back


What about Miranda? Saiss still has to get through Reading without a booking.


When did Miranda last play, Cardiff at home? I'm not sure who I'd play if I had to, him or Batth?! Just put Bennet back in, and as for Jota, I guess he must play but surely Nuno will instruct him not to not anything silly and draw fouls instead of dishing them out. To be fair, compared to someone like Sheff Weds, we've been lucky with injuries and suspensions.

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Embers wrote:
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I'd think about bringing Saiss into the defence. If Reading and Burton are going to set up to have 11 men behind the ball, I'd play Saiss and have him to bring the ball out from the back


What about Miranda? Saiss still has to get through Reading without a booking.


When did Miranda last play, Cardiff at home? I'm not sure who I'd play if I had to, him or Batth?! Just put Bennet back in, and as for Jota, I guess he must play but surely Nuno will instruct him not to not anything silly and draw fouls instead of dishing them out. To be fair, compared to someone like Sheff Weds, we've been lucky with injuries and suspensions.


Villa have had it far worse as well to be fair. Main striker out for the rest of the season and Terry was missing for an extended spell. They would probably be much closer to us now if not for that.

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What about Miranda? Saiss still has to get through Reading without a booking.


When did Miranda last play, Cardiff at home? I'm not sure who I'd play if I had to, him or Batth?! Just put Bennet back in, and as for Jota, I guess he must play but surely Nuno will instruct him not to not anything silly and draw fouls instead of dishing them out. To be fair, compared to someone like Sheff Weds, we've been lucky with injuries and suspensions.


Villa have had it far worse as well to be fair. Main striker out for the rest of the season and Terry was missing for an extended spell. They would probably be much closer to us now if not for that.


Fair point. I'm surprised that they've become contenders, chalk and cheese our two games with them.

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Team selection for this game will be interesting. Nuno's got some big calls to make.

I'd go with Norris between the sticks now. Ruddy looks shot, maybe that Norwich foul up has really knocked his confidence.

Back 3 of Bennett, Coady and Boly. Batth isn't good enough a footballer to play in this system, simple as that really.

There's possibly a case for Vinagre to get a run out, but he's looked a bit error prone in previous outings so I'd probably stick with Douglas and Doherty as wing backs. Douglas' set piece deliveries could be very useful even if he's not getting up and down the pitch as much as he has previously.

Neves and Saiss in the centre pick themselves. I was quite surprised Saiss was dropped at Villa and proved to be a poor decision. Easy in hindsight though ain't it?

Jota, Cav and Costa up top for me. Not convinced by Afobe and Bonatini isn't having much of an impact of late.

Reading were well in the game in the reverse fixture so don't think this is a gimme at all, especially with the pressure being cranked up as it is now.

Prediction: Wolves 3 - 2 Reading.

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Team selection for this game will be interesting. Nuno's got some big calls to make.

I'd go with Norris between the sticks now. Ruddy looks shot, maybe that Norwich foul up has really knocked his confidence.

Back 3 of Bennett, Coady and Boly. Batth isn't good enough a footballer to play in this system, simple as that really.

There's possibly a case for Vinagre to get a run out, but he's looked a bit error prone in previous outings so I'd probably stick with Douglas and Doherty as wing backs. Douglas' set piece deliveries could be very useful even if he's not getting up and down the pitch as much as he has previously.

Neves and Saiss in the centre pick themselves. I was quite surprised Saiss was dropped at Villa and proved to be a poor decision. Easy in hindsight though ain't it?

Jota, Cav and Costa up top for me. Not convinced by Afobe and Bonatini isn't having much of an impact of late.

Reading were well in the game in the reverse fixture so don't think this is a gimme at all, especially with the pressure being cranked up as it is now.

Prediction: Wolves 3 - 2 Reading.


I'd go with that selection. Surely we can beat a side who let that woeful Leeds outfit score twice?

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Kin Wolves fans have the collective firmness of three jellyfish with the shits :roll: , grow a pair yow lot and stop arsing about, wim gooin up as champions everyone else knows that.

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Kin Wolves fans have the collective firmness of three jellyfish with the shits :roll: , grow a pair yow lot and stop arsing about, wim gooin up as champions everyone else knows that.


The man doth protest too much, methinks. :lol:

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Kin Wolves fans have the collective firmness of three jellyfish with the shits :roll: , grow a pair yow lot and stop arsing about, wim gooin up as champions everyone else knows that.


Ar guess will see this wik, if ower lads ave the collective firmness of three jellyfish with the shits.

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Stating the obvious but this is a MUST WIN. :oops:


Actually its not.

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Huge few games coming up. We simply need three wins and a draw (probably against Middlesbrough) because I really don't think we have what it takes right now to beat Derby and Cardiff.

Clubs chasing us, and catching. Other clubs fighting relegation with all they have got and one more derby game where anything can happen.

Nuno needs to get us firing because right now we look only game away from falling out of the top spot and only a few more from doing a Dave Jones.

Should we go out in the playoffs, I wonder what the FFP implications will be prior to next season.

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Massive week ahead for Nuno. He needs to pick his best team for two huge games against sides we simply have to beat. If he persists with Danny boy, he'll be cutting his own throat and worse, plus he has a big decision to make with regards Ruddy, who is now a rabbit caught in the headlights.

We need to get back to those Sheff Utd and Brentford performances. We MUST be more clinical in front of goal, and stop passing the ball for passing-sake. Neves is back, and hopefully we'll settle down again with his calming influence, but first of all massive selection decisions to be made by Nuno. Make or break time.

We must beat Reading and Burton with convincing, confident performances, time for every player to stand up and be counted.


I think by now we could all pick Nuno's starting 11 with maybe just the odd exception. It's when he starts subbing I get a bit bemused. Take the Villa match. Why take off Jota and Cavaleiro but leave the totally ineffective Bonatini on the field? Then to replace Danny Batth with Saiss? Baffling.

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Kin Wolves fans have the collective firmness of three jellyfish with the shits :roll: , grow a pair yow lot and stop arsing about, wim gooin up as champions everyone else knows that.


But a bit of a bad run is good for the Forum as folk like a good moan. :wink:

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Stating the obvious but this is a MUST WIN. :oops:


Actually its not.


With respect, KK, although not mathematically a 'must-win', I think psychologically it is. After our recent run - Leeds apart - to drop more points would do nothing for confidence!

We HAVE to find a way to have more chances and shots. Against Villa, we played some great stuff, but rarely troubled their 'dodgy' keeper. We MUST test the Reading guy MUCH more often, and stop trying to walk it in.... (Bit like Arsenal in their really good 'bad old days'.)

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SilverstoneWolf wrote:
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Stating the obvious but this is a MUST WIN. :oops:


Actually its not.


With respect, KK, although not mathematically a 'must-win', I think psychologically it is. After our recent run - Leeds apart - to drop more points would do nothing for confidence!

We HAVE to find a way to have more chances and shots. Against Villa, we played some great stuff, but rarely troubled their 'dodgy' keeper. We MUST test the Reading guy MUCH more often, and stop trying to walk it in.... (Bit like Arsenal in their really good 'bad old days'.)



I agree fully...with the form of the pack we still need seven wins...Cardiff,Derby and Middlesbrough do not seem that easy and so the other seven are must wins...we need the momentum and rebuilding the goal difference with big wins over reading and Burton....anything less will be very worrying.


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Stating the obvious but this is a MUST WIN. :oops:


Actually its not.


With respect, KK, although not mathematically a 'must-win', I think psychologically it is. After our recent run - Leeds apart - to drop more points would do nothing for confidence!

We HAVE to find a way to have more chances and shots. Against Villa, we played some great stuff, but rarely troubled their 'dodgy' keeper. We MUST test the Reading guy MUCH more often, and stop trying to walk it in.... (Bit like Arsenal in their really good 'bad old days'.)


I agree, 6 points needed against 2 sides that have been poor this year, dropping anything against these 2 wouldn't help the nerves at all

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Stating the obvious but this is a MUST WIN. :oops:


Actually its not.


Mathematically no, but mentally I think it is, young Knocker.


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Stating the obvious but this is a MUST WIN. :oops:


Actually its not.


Mathematically we require 8 wins from the final 10 games to ensure going up.

Do you really want to have to win away at Boro and/or Cardiff?

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Stating the obvious but this is a MUST WIN. :oops:


Actually its not.


Mathematically we require 8 wins from the final 10 games to ensure going up.

Do you really want to have to win away at Boro and/or Cardiff?


I anticipate a very strong finish to the season from Wolves which will see them secure automatic promotion.

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Actually its not.


Mathematically we require 8 wins from the final 10 games to ensure going up.

Do you really want to have to win away at Boro and/or Cardiff?


I anticipate a very strong finish to the season from Wolves which will see them secure automatic promotion.


On current form whoever goes up will have had a very strong finish to the season. No gifts this time round - under McCarthy 84 points would have done.

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I anticipate Wolves getting promoted early and using the last few matches as a kickabout.

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I anticipate Wolves getting promoted early and using the last few matches as a kickabout.


I admire your persistence here Rozza :lol:


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