Wolves still on the march forwardBy: DJ | September 5th, 2013
Wolves remain unbeaten in the league and also this week made progress in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy as their fine start to the season continued into September. And with Doyle and Sako surprisingly still Wolves players, its impossible not to feel positive about how the 2013/14 season might progress.
The win at Port Vale last weekend made it 13 points out of 15 in the league and the only surprising thing is that its not enough to put them top of the league with Orient having won all five of their opening games. But 2nd place will do fine for now and there was another goal for Leigh Griffiths who looks a good bet to be League One top scorer.
Then on Tuesday it was success on penalties against Walsall in the JPT. A strange game with Wolves seemingly in total control for large periods of the game and Walsall twice equalising out of the blue. Then in the final five minutes it was Walsall who looked the more likely winners. But the game went to penalties and two excellent saves by keeper Aaron McCarey saw Wolves over the line. We saw good performances from new signing Golborne, Batth, Davis and Sigurdarson. But it was Kevin McDonald who stole the show for me by controlling the midfield for the first hour and he looks a very good addition to the squad.
But the highlight of the week probably came in the lack of late activity in the transfer market. The retention of Sako and Doyle represents a change in policy from the club who have put the importance of promotion ahead of conserving the finances and Morgan and Moxey who have justifiably been criticised over the last 18 months have restored some credibility with a move that must consolidate Wolves position as promotion favourites. Seeing Johnson and O’Hara get fixed up with loan moves in September would crown a good summer’s rebuilding.
No game for Wolves this weekend due to International call ups for Griffiths for Scotland, Ricketts for Wales and Lee Evans and Jake Cassidy for Wales U21s. The next two league games are both at Molineux, against Swindon on the 14th and Walsall on the 17th. On the 21st its a short trip to Shrewsbury with Wolves tickets already sold out and then the month is rounded off with another home game against Sheffield United on the 28th. All of those opponents are around mid table at this stage so every chance that Wolves will still be well placed in the League when October comes around.
So apart from the draw for the next round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy which will be made on Saturday morning its a weekend for taking stock of a very good start to 2013/14 and then Kenny Jackett will be looking to keep the momentum going at Molineux on the 14th.