Wolves complete successful Scottish tourBy: DJ | July 14th, 2013
Wolves recorded their second win of the week in Scotland by adding Livingston on Saturday to the scalp of East Fife a few days earlier. It was an entertaining and open game against the Scottish First Division team and on another day Wolves may have scored many more than two goals. But after a succession of near misses they had to settle for a win that was more narrow than their domination could have made it.
Livingston scored first with an excellent goal from McNulty who vollied in a left wing cross. But Wolves were level ten minutes before the break when a scuffed shot from Elokobi from the edge of the box was deflected in. The winner came five minutes after the break when Doherty pulled the ball back for Davis to drill into the roof of the net from just inside the area. The rest of the game was largely played in the Livingston half and Griffiths alone could have scored 4 or 5 in his 70 minutes on the field.
The first half team was;
Doherty, Batth, Elokobi, Ricketts
Price, Davis, Evans, Sako
Griffiths is a real livewire and was a constant threat to the home defence. Although he could be criticised for missing a few good chances, what impressed was that he kept finding the good positions and kept knocking on the door. Sigurdarson was alternating between the centre and the right and his pace and improved strength showed that he can be an important player this season and while Sako will almost certainly not be here by the end of the transfer window he showed a willingness to get involved and was a threat as usual.
In many ways it was the midfield that showed the most encouragement with Price and Evans producing excellent link up play that augurs well for them and the team. Davis looks set to make the defensive midfield role his own but with rumours surfacing over Doumbia’s future there may well be the need to bring some experienced competition in to supplement the talented youngsters.
It wasn’t the most testing day for the defence but Ricketts was always looking to get forward as was Doherty, while Batth looks set to be a mainstay in the centre at last with Elokobi now being considered as a centre back rather than full back.
The only half time substitution saw McAlinden replace Sigurdarson but with twenty minutes to go there were ten more to give a revised team of;
Foley, Stearman, Magreitter, Reckord
Forde, Doumbia, Edwards, Ismail
McAlinden, Ismail, Edwards and Cassidy three times went close to adding to Wolves lead in the later stages as the visitors were well on top for the last 75 minutes of the game.
As well as the pre-season games there is one eye on the transfer market to see who will be coming and going before the end of August. Ebanks Blake, Berra, Hunt are all off the payroll now as their contracts have expired at the end of June, while Hamill has gone to Huddersfield, De Vries to Nottingham Forest and Jonsson has had his contract cancelled. The expectation would be that Sako, Doyle, Henry, Ward, O’Hara and Johnson will not be at the club by the end of August, and if offers were received for the likes of Doumbia, Foley, Stearman and Elokobi then they would probably be considered.
New faces are being sought for central midfield, left wing, striker and if resources allow then defensive additions too. Jackett will be looking to replicate McCarthy’s success in unearthing some young and hungry talent from the lower leagues but given who is leaving he may want some experienced faces too. From what we have seen so far the academy products are going to get their chance though and judged on yesterday that could prove to be a positive and exciting proposition.
Now its from Scotland to Wales for the next friendly on Tuesday at Wrexham before the first English game of Jackett’s Wolves reign at Barnsley on Saturday.