So, Newcastle away, following a 4-0 home defeat to Barnsley and Newcastle coming on the back of a 6-0 away win at QPR, us Wolves fans weren’t really confident we’d get anything from this game. Boy were we wrong.
When the team news was released at 2pm we saw a few changes to the side, notably the debut of Romain Saiss, Saiss’ eagerly awaited debut was a breath of fresh air in the side after the performance he put in, a Man of the Match performance to be in fact. Some Wolves fans say he is what our midfield has missed for the past decade and have also said he will be the difference in the team just like he was on Saturday against Newcastle. Seeing the Newcastle team made fans even less confident, seeing players like, Dwight Gayle, Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie and Mo Diame certainly damped the spirit of the fans for a short while. Fans expected nothing less that a 5-0 defeat but what happened was simply magnificent.
From the first whistle the team were fantastic, in every position we battled and battled for the entire game, which is a nice change, especially our performance in the first half, normally we go into the break the team on the back foot but this was a different time, we went into the break 1-0 up, I know, 1-0 UP and the better team, would it of been a different story if Carl Ikeme didn’t make a fantastic save off of Ayoze Perez’ shot half way into the first half, who knows, but the main thing was we went into the break 1-0 up from a magnificent own goal from Mbemba. Lets just say us Wolves fans had a sense of optimism going into the 2nd half.
2nd half kicks off and its all Wolves again, and we aren’t sitting back, we are pressing forward and pressing their defensive line when they have the ball and forcing them to make a mistake, which they did half way through the 2nd half, great pressure from Dave Edwards and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson forced Ayoze Perez into a mistake and gave the ball to Heldar Costa who broke forward, and from where I was sitting I was thinking along with 3000 Wolves fans, shoooooooot, and well, 2-0 Wolves. The entire away end went into raptures, bodies flying everywhere and nobody could quite believe it.
The game finished up 2-0 and the travelling Wolves fans, including myself were delirious, taking part in the Icelandic clap, which has become a custom after a win as Jon Dadi leads us all into it like a conductor in a orchestra. Lets just say we wont forget about this game for a VERY long time.
Football, its a funny old game…