Whatever will be will be, Wolves are going to BarnserleyBy: DJ | April 22nd, 2012
Wolves bowed out of their three year stay in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as they were expectedly beaten by title chasing Man City at Molineux. But to their credit they did not give City an easy ride and gave a performance that would probably have been good enough to retain their top flight status if they had been able to play to that standard all season.
Connor made three changes to the line up that earned a point at Sunderland last week with Bassong replacing Berra, and Edwards recalled at the expense of Ebanks Blake, while Dorus De Vries came in as keeper to replace the injured Wayne Hennessey;
Foley, Stearman, Bassong, Ward
Kightly, Edwards, Jarvis
City had their title hopes boosted by United only drawing 4-4 against Everton earlier and within seconds of the start of the game Carlos Tevez was firing a shot over the Wolves bar. But it was Wolves who then went on to dominate the game fot a period and a Bassong effort was deflected inches wide. Aguero then shot narrowly wide before David Davis fired in a shot from the edge of the box to bring a save out of Hart in the City goal. Wolves were having a lot of the game but City twice went close when Nasri and then Aguero shot narrowly wide. But City did find the breakthrough after 26 minutes when an excellent through ball from Clichy put Aguero through and he made no mistake.
Wolves heads did not go down and a Fletcher header brought an excellent save from Hart. And as the second half progressed City were not putting the game to bed as was expected and Mancini made a cautious change replacing Silva with De Jong. The decisive second goal came in the 71st minute when two pieces of misfortune construed against Wolves. Tevez had fallen over and appeared to be obstructing Davis from getting to the ball but the referee penalised Davis when he tried to get to the ball. Tevez got up quickly and played a quick free kick and Bassong pulled a hamstring as he went for the interception leaving Nasri with a clear chance that he was able to convert.
De Vries – made a good impression with some good punches clear, and quick off his line to cut out through balls
Foley – had his usual steady game
Stearman – almost gifted City a goal with a poor headed back pass but otherwise had a decent game
Bassong – did well against the talented City frontline
Ward – held his own on the left of the defence and got forward well in the second half
Henry – had an excellent game and my man of the match for Wolves
Davis – another promising showing from a good late season find
Kightly – always positive and had a good first half in particular
Edwards – some good runs off the ball before tiring late on
Jarvis – had a good game but found a tough opponent in the excellent Zabaleta
Fletcher – some good lay offs and came close with a header
Doyle did well when he replaced Edwards
And so Wolves stay in the Premier League is over after three years and they will now have three meaningless games to end off their disappointing season. We can now look back at how it all went wrong and look forward to how a quick return can be secured. But at ten to six on Sunday the heavens opened over Wolverhampton and we all got totally saturated walking away from Molineux – a somehow fitting end to the Premier years.