Monday 14th February 2011
Although the scoreline doesn't suggest it, Mick McCarthy admitting his team were 'spanked' in his post-match TV interview is as good an indication as any to how events unfolded on Saturday afternoon.
An early disallowed goal when an advantage was mysteriously brought back seemed to spur us on and the only shock come half-time was that we were only one goal to the good, courtesy of RVP's fine volley.
Things in front of goal can be so different from one week to the next and the last two league games proved just that. At Newcastle we were absolutely devastating in the opening half hour with all our chances ending up in the back of the net.
Yet this week, the number of opportunities created bordered on the embarrassing but only two proved successful.
Our attacking football was quite superb at times, the perfect example being our second goal. Simply fantastic to watch and quite awesome in its simplicity.
More importantly for me however, Saturday demonstrated how important it is to be equally as strong when you haven't got the ball. For 90 minutes we never gave our visitors a moment of time, culminating in the fact their first attempt at goal sailed way over the bar in injury time.
Of course, Wolves are not in a relegation battle for no reason so it would be wrong to go too over the top but that same team defeated the team currently top of the league only last week. Overall it was a powerful, enjoyable and professional performance and gave us another important three points.
Barcelona at home next then. Arguably the best team in the world right now so we simply couldn't have a sterner test. If that doesn't excite you then you shouldn't be a fan!
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