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WOLVES SPURRED ON

12-02-2010

On Sunday he was suicidal, by Wednesday he was feeling wonderful. Our blogger in old gold, Brendan King, is still celebrating a vital three points.

Three days is a long time in football. Last Sunday, at 4.00pm, I was looking over the famous Railway Bridge outside St Andrews, considering whether to jump after Wolves allowed a winning 1-0 to slip to a 2-1 defeat. I was forecasting relegation - the writing was on the wall for Mick McCarthy & co and I couldn’t see where a win or the next points were coming from.

A few days later, on Wednesday evening along with 25,000 other delirious fans, I was celebrating Wolves first ‘double’ victory within the top tier of football for nigh on 30 years. And this was against a star-studded Spurs, placed high in the Premiership and vying for a top four place.

After the victory, Harry Redknapp commented that his team “lacked a bit of magic” - and that this was their “worst performance of the season”. Which prompted me to muse: “What about Wolves victory at White Hart Lane, Harry - was that your team’s second worst, lacking in magic, performance?”

As the first half rose to a crescendo, it was clear that this was turning out to be Wolves best performance at Molineux this season. And to cap this came Dave Jones’ superb shadow run from midfield, after setting up the move that led to his long, low, volleyed goal, from a lethal cross dispatched by flying winger, marvellous Matty Jarvis.

With his tireless ball winning in the middle of the park and essential support up front for Doyle, Jones was a clear man of the match in a team that, on this occasion, held onto their well-earned first half goal, despite a massive onslaught by Spurs in the closing stages.

The fact that our inscrutable goalie, Marcus (‘USA’) Hahnemann had little to do, after his world class save at the feet of Nico Cranjcar when the match was still goalless, pays tribute to the whole Wolves team. A bunch of heroes that recovered magnificently from Sunday’s heartbreak at St Andrews. As Harry himself said: “If Nico had scored then it might have been a different game.”

Strikers Jermain Defoe, the towering Peter Crouch (second half sub) and debutant old timer Eidur Gudjohnsen, could make little impact on a Wolves back line who threw the bodies as well as their reputations in front of every white stripped player that entered Hahnemann territory.

Spurs best player, by a mile, was left back Gareth Bale, who constantly foraged forward, rounding our defenders and creating most of the havoc in and around our goal area. But the illustrious likes of Modric (another sub), Jennas, Bentley, Palacios, Lennon and former youth loanee at Wolves, Tom Huddlestone, got very little joy out of our Wolves 11 who all turned to becoming defenders in every part of the pitch as the second half became a Spurs onslaught.

Needless to say, super-Kevin Doyle inspired the team with his foraging forward runs, constant ball-capture and hold up play. Doyler, for 94 energy-filled minutes, never stopped barging and shoving the big Spurs defenders to win impossible balls and disrupt the rhythm of this classy Spurs team.

Referee,Mark Clattenburg drew increased howling animosity from the Wolves fans for ignoring several clear fouls on forward runners such as Zubar, Jarvis and Doyle -- dismissing a clear penalty appeal when the persistent Jarvis was hauled down when in on goal.

But we won, and won well, that’s all that counts. I’m really enjoying these atmospheric floodlit evening matches at Molineux. It’s the night matches when we seem to come alive. They really are nights to remember. Indeed they'll be long remembered by me, whether we’re relegated or not at the end of this season.

Wolves have the weekend off now, as it’s the 5th round of the FA Cup. I can’t understand why the League didn't slot in the postponed away match at West Ham, which prompts the thought that Birmingham did us no favours this week, by beating us on Sunday and surprisingly losing 2-0 to West Ham on the same evening as our victory over Spurs. We could have done with West Ham, one of our rivals for the drop, to lose that game.

But many other relegation contenders did lose their midweek matches and so Wolves are most gratifyingly lifted out of the relegation bottom three, on 24 points. This point a game average that Wolves are maintaining won’t be sufficient to stave off relegation and they have to continue to produce startling victories at Molinuex and hard fought results (even if only draws) away from home. This, in order to reach that magic 40 points that, I reckon, will just about avoid relegation.

The next match is again at home, a week on Saturday, against Chelsea. A point or three against the title contenders would do us a terrific power of good. And, if we can avoid losing against these Blues (by fair means or foul), Mick McCarthy will, once again, become Merlin the Magician to us all who support the Wolves.

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