Can Wolves Stay Up?
New Wolves manager Terry Connor believes that the point gained at Newcastle could be the turning point in his side’s season. Is he right to be so optimistic?
Connor was the surprise choice to replace Mick McCarthy, who was sacked in the wake of Wolves’ abysmal 5-1 home defeat to local rivals West Brom. The appointment left the fans feeling somewhat bemused but there is no doubting the spirit of the side after they snatched a draw from a 2-0 deficit at the Sports Direct Arena. That said the trends in the online betting suggest punters still think they will drop down to the Championship in May.
One thing that Wolves haven’t lacked this season though is passion. McCarthy never lost the dressing room and the players were clearly playing for the shirt. Poor tactics and individual errors have cost Wolves dearly this season, along with a chronic inability to defend.
The month of March could make or break Wolves’ season. On Saturday they face Fulham at Craven Cottage - a difficult game but one that is certainly winnable. After this, they host Blackburn in a massive six-pointer which will go a long way to determining whether either side will survive.
Wolves then face Manchester United before travelling to Norwich, a mid-table side with little to play for. The Canaries have impressed many since their promotion last year but getting a result at Carrow Road should not be beyond Connor’s men.
Their final game in March is another huge relegation clash – once more at home but this time against Bolton. With April looking tricky, with ties against Stoke, Arsenal and Manchester City, you feel much will hinge on a profitable March.
The new-manager effect has been well documented and was evidenced in the North-East in the weekend just gone. And I think that is just what the Wolves board was betting on when they replaced McCarthy.
The hope in the Midlands will be that Wolves can push on from here and take considerable strides to ensure they remain in the top flight.
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