Wolves struggle to a draw with the basement boys.

Last updated : 12 November 2002 By Dave Burgess

I should have saved the £18 in petrol money and gone down the local pub instead rather than be subjected to ‘that’.

But no, having missed the Portsmouth game, I thought this was an easy home banker for the Wolves.

It was definitely not the case.

Brighton, in truth were woeful, but Wolves for long periods of the game were even worse than a team that had won just 2 league games before kick-off.

An unfortunate error by Clyde gave Zamora the sort of chance he must have dreamt about in the pre-match warm up.

However, even before that you could already sense that the 11 players in gold and black were always going to struggle to score.

Lacking key men Cameron, Blake and more surprisingly Ince they failed to show any sort of commitment, passion and ability.

In fact it could have been all over soon after if Zamora hadn’t been intercepted when once again on his way through to scoring a second.

Wolves without any height in the team failed to win anything in the air.

Cooper was out of position on the right hand side of midfield, Kennedy was completely isolated on the left and the forwards were coming far too deep to pick up the ball.

The melee that saw a double effort saved from Ingimarrson was all we had to show for a first half of rather pathetic, sideways, obvious and slow football.

However, the bench offered no solutions. With Naylor, Butler, Newton and Andrews there was nothing better to throw on.

It makes you wonder whether Jones is over-committing the club’s resources by having so many players out on loan.

True, in the second half we did look better.

Deano was unlikely to be denied twice by great saves by Kuipers but there was still a lack of cutting edge with Miller playing in midfield, Kennedy popping up on the right and Brighton defending happily in numbers to protect their lead.

However, just as I’d resigned myself to defeat Edworthy swung over a cross, Miller hit it more in hope than belief, and a deflection of Rae took it past Kuipers for the

1-1 with 15 minutes left you would have thought that we would have gone all-out for victory but to my mind Wolves actually seemed to be happy with the point.

Nothing much else happened and the match whimpered to a conclusion and lots of unhappy mutterings as fans spilt out into the surrounding streets.

To play so ineptly was quite an achievement.

Jones has stated in his post match comments how badly the team played but we now don’t seem to have any alternative to the 16 man squad that was available for the Brighton game.

Seems like the same squad will take to the field against Coventry, which must mean certain defeat unless they all get a rocket from the boss and how unlikely is that from Mr.Inspirational himself?

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