Into the Valley

Last updated : 09 January 2004 By Dave Burgess

Well after losing two points at home to Blackburn on Wednesday, Wolves really need to pull off an unlikely result on their travels tomorrow at high-flying Charlton.

Having not won away all season in the league it seems unlikely that Wolves are going to do this when they were beaten 4-0 by the Addicks earlier in the season.

With Charlton one of the in-form teams, having an impressive home record, with the odd exception, I can’t see us having enough to get even a draw.

We saw the team’s shortcomings again on Wednesday. Although they battled heroically at times a lack of ability at the end of the day saw us unable to take maximum points where they were really on offer.

With Paul Butler suspended, Mark Clyde makes an unlikely Premiership debut. As to whether Jones (or Gray) will persist with an inept Kennedy or Camara remains to be seen. However, the 4-5-1 formation seems likely to be re-employed but with Charlton possessing some excellent midfielders it looks like another massive effort will be required from Rae and Ince (if fit)

It has home win written all over it to be honest.

Looking at the table now it seems that the relegation battle is shaping up to be between 4 teams. Ourselves, Leeds, Portsmouth and Leicester. We still have to face all of these teams once more and they are vital must win games. Unfortunately, Jones is going to have to come up with some strategy away from home as all are on the host’s soil.

For me the Liverpool game seems to be ‘THE’ crunch fixture of the next bunch. Normally a fixture we’d expect to lose but the Reds are beatable and must return pointless to Merseyside if we are going to escape.

As for tomorrow, well if we can play well, avoid a hammering then we can take this into the Kidderminster replay to try and get some confidence ahead of the visit of the Premiership holders next Saturday.

I’m not going tomorrow but for those who are, keep smiling!

Come on the Wolves!

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