Bassong can be top player at Wolves says Dowie

Football pundit Iain Dowie has backed new Wolves loan signing Sebastien Bassong to be a success at the club. Bassong has been out of favour at Tottenham in recent seasons, and left the club after Spurs agreed a deal with Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will look to Bassong to shore up a defence that has conceded the 4th most of any in the Premier League this season. Dowie feels the move is the right one for the Cameroon international, and backs him to establish himself at…

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Wolves revival can be inspired by fit again Michael Kightly

Having been instrumental in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ promotion from the Championship in 2009, Michael Kightly subsequently endured two injury-ravaged seasons from which he is only just beginning to re-emerge. Having featured 41 times in achieving a top two finish, an ankle operation and Patella tendonitis in both knees restricted Kightly to four starts and six substitute appearances in 2009-10, with only one start and a further three showings from the bench last term. Kightly started the season at Wolves and after making a few brief appearances, he was dispatched to Watford…

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Wolverhampton vs Liverpool – Match preview and prediction

Liverpool look to continue their cup euphoria when they travel to Molineux and take on Wolves in an important Premier League tie. The Reds were disappointing away at Bolton in their last Premier League game, but progression to the Carling Cup final and a win in the fourth round of the FA Cup against Manchester United on Saturday put a smile back on Kenny Dalglish’s face. Liverpool could recall Craig Bellamy, Charlie Adam and Dirk Kuyt to the starting line-up after they were on the bench against United. The Reds…

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Tottenham vs Wolves – Match preview and prediction

Tottenham look to follow up their 2-0 win against Everton on Wednesday with another home victory against Wolves on Saturday. Spurs have been in fantastic form and their win against the Toffees drew them level with Manchester United on points in second place. Harry Redknapp’s side have been the form side of the season so far and have only lost once in 18 matches. That defeat came controversially against Stoke and Spurs have kept their confidence up with some fantastic displays across the board. Their win against Everton came after…

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Wolves skipper Johnson: Eight more wins for Premier League survival

Wolves captain Roger Johnson has set his side the target of eight more victories in order to secure Premier League survival, according to Express & Star. The club are currently two points clear of the relegation zone ahead of this afternoon’s hosting of Chelsea, but ex-Birmingham defender Johnson believes that it will take a big effort to guarantee top-flight football next term, with his side having won just four matches thus far this term. Johnson said: “We might need about eight wins from our last 19 games and we’ve got…

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Frimpong up for a fight at Wolves

Wolves’ new loan signing Emmanuel Frimpong has declared himself raring to go ahead of his debut against Chelsea this afternoon, according to Express & Star. The 19-year-old, who joins from Arsenal, said: “I want to be involved in a battle – that’s what my game is about so being where we are is nothing new for me. I’m a player who likes to fight and do everything for the team to win. “I’m going to bring that spirit to the team and hopefully we can climb the table. It’s been…

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Wenger enthusiastic in support of Wolves manager

Arsene Wenger has described Wolves manager Mick McCarthy as a ‘miracle worker’ as the two sides prepare to face each other tomorrow, arsenal.com reports. McCarthy has kept Wolves in the Premier League for the last two seasons and is in good position to do the same this term. Arsenal are looking to push into the Champions League places and are currently in good form, having won nine of their previous eleven league matches. Wenger has acknowledged thar their fixture with Wolves will be difficult and has praised the way McCarthy…

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‘I thought I was going to play forever’ McCarthy reveals

Mick McCarthy has revealed that he didn’t think about management towards the end of his career and believed he would be able to play every game. The Wolves boss has enjoyed a management career with Millwall and Sunderland as well as managing the Republic of Ireland national side. McCarthy was playing with French side Lyon when he realised he had to come back to England and earn his coaching badges. The Irishman revealed that he was 31 when he decided he would be manager and took the job with Millwall,…

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McCarthy reveals the vital importance of team spirit and togetherness in his side

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy believes that it is vital for his side to maintain the team spirit they have, if they want to stay in the Premier League. McCarthy’s side sit one point above the relegation zone and face a tough festive period with trips to Arsenal and Bolton followed by a home tie with Chelsea. Wolves have found themselves scrapping for relegation once again this season and they survived on the final day last season by goal difference, despite a 3-2 loss at home to Blackburn. Wolves need points…

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McCarthy praises the performances of Matt Jarvis

Mick McCarthy has heaped admiration on the way his Wolves winger Matt Jarvis has played this year, which earned him an England cap in the process. Jarvis was plucked from Gillingham in 2007 by McCarthy and has gone on to be one of the standout performers for Wolves in recent seasons. The 25 year old made his England debut in March in a friendly against Ghana at Wembley and became the first Wolves player to receive a cap since Steve Bull. McCarthy has recently tipped Jarvis to return to the…

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McCarthy impressed with Giovanni Trapattoni as Ireland manager

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has praised the work of Giovanni Trapattoni as Ireland manager following their qualification to Euro 2012. McCarthy managed the Irish national side to the World Cup in 2002 and was involved in the well-documented bust-up with Roy Keane. Despite that experience, McCarthy has spoken of his interest in managing on an international level again. The Wolves boss has been impressed with the way Trapattoni has stuck to his beliefs despite some opposition in Ireland. Trapattoni’s side face Spain, Ireland and Croatia in their group in Poland…

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Wolves vs Stoke – Match preview and prediction

Wolves, unbeaten in their last three at Molineux, take on Stoke, who are searching for their fourth win in a row. Mick McCarthy’s men faced Manchester United last weekend and received the backlash of United’s Champions League exit. Wolves will be eager to regain their form and continue their Molineux performances. McCarthy holds concerns over the fitness of Matt Jarvis and Dave Edwards with thigh and groin injuries respectively. Defenders Kevin Foley and Jody Craddock are both ruled out with injury problems. Wolves have not kept a clean sheet in…

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Man Utd vs Wolves – Match preview and prediction

Following their disappointing exit in the Champions League in midweek, Manchester United will look to unleash their anger on Wolves at Old Trafford. United’s performances in Europe all season had warranted their exit from the competition and Basle duly delivered with a 2-1 win over the Premier League champions. Defender Nemanja Vidic is out until the end of the season with cruciate ligament damage and Phil Jones should move back to a defensive position. Michael Carrick returns from suspension and Dimitar Berbatov could be back from his ankle injury. United…

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Wolves vs Sunderland – Match preview and prediction

New Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is expected to watch from the stands as the Black Cats travel to the Black Country to take on Wolves at Molineux. Sunderland sacked Steve Bruce following a 2-1 defeat at home to Wigan last weekend. That, added to the inconsistencies and unrest at the club, cost Bruce his job and the Black Cats will look for a positive result to relax the fans. Injuries have left caretaker boss Eric Black in trouble with goalkeepers Craig Gordon and Simon Mignolet both still injured. Titus Bramble…

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Chelsea vs Wolves – Preview and prediction

In a must win game, Chelsea host Wolves at Stamford Bridge looking to ease some pressure of their Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas. Villas-Boas has come under scrutiny for leading the Blues to their worst start since 2003 and faces a must win fixture against Mick McCarthy’s Wolves side. Ashley Cole returns from missing the midweek defeat in Leverkusen and Villas-Boas, bar Michael Essien, has no further injury concerns. In their last outing, the Blues were beaten late on by Liverpool and Villas-Boas is keen for them to erase complacency this…

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McCarthy hunting settled system after Wolves fall to Everton

Wolverhampton Wanderers fell to a 2-1 defeat by Everton on Saturday as Mick McCarthy’s side reverted to the losing ways that saw them suffer eight consecutive defeats early in the Premier League campaign. McCarthy now faces the challenge of getting his hard-working side back to winning ways. The performance against Everton was at least encouraging, as for sections of the match Wolves dominated possession and were never clearly second best – Everton perhaps deserved the victory for troubling Wayne Hennessey far more than Hennessy’s teammates troubled Tim Howard, but the…

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Everton 2-1 Wolves – Tale of two penalties as Baines settles a tense encounter

Goodison Park, Liverpool Jagielka 44, Baines 83 (pen) – Hunt 37 (pen) Leighton Baines’ second-half penalty gave Everton three points against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a tight game that was in the balance almost from kick-off. Stephen Hunt’s own spot kick put Mick McCarthy’s side in front before Phil Jagielka equalised on the brink of half-time, setting the stage for his England colleague to decide the match. Everton entered the game on the back of a run of six defeats from seven games and with the loss of Sylvain Distin and…

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Everton vs Wolves – Preview and betting tip

Two struggling sides face off at Goodison Park as Everton and Wolves battle for a vital three points in their fights to get the season going. The Toffees will give an injection to defender Phil Jagielka in a bid to make him available after his broken toe. Jagielka impressed on international duty with England and will be looking to change Everton fortunes after a poor performance saw them lose 2-1 to the unbeaten Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. Midfielder Marouane Fellaini signed a new five year deal this week…

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Patience and perseverance the lesson of 25 years of Sir Alex Ferguson

“Three years and it’s still crap. Ta ra Fergie”. As Manchester United slumped to a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace 22 years ago, a banner revealing the immortal message was unravelled by United supporter Pete Molyneux. Earlier that season, the Red News fanzine ran a crisis issue whose message was insistent: Alex Ferguson must resign as manager of the Red Devils. By the time the FA Cup fourth round was drawn, an away trip to Nottingham Forest, it seemed his position at the club was untenable. As history writes it,…

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Wolves vs Wigan: Prediction and betting tip

Both Wolves and Wigan are on a poor run of form and find themselves languishing at the bottom end of the table. Mick McCarthy’s Wolves side currently sit one place outside the relegation zone and growing unrest with the Molineux faithful has threatened to split Wolves apart. They were easily dispatched by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend and will be hopeful that they can pick up a vital home win. Wigan are the Premier League’s bottom placed side and are struggling for any form with seven losses…

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Liverpool – Wolves: Match preview and team news

Liverpool look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League today, after defeats to Stoke and Tottenham put an end to a promising beginning of the 2011-12 campaign. In their way is a Wolves team that match their Merseyside opposition’s season stats, with two wins, a draw and two defeats from their opening five matches. Wolves are unbeaten away from home, and Liverpool unbeaten at home, so something will have to give today at Anfield. Liverpool – Wolves: Your vote The Reds are without Daniel Agger, out with…

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Wolves Club Focus – Spurs provide reality check for McCarthy’s high-flyers

Having seen his side amass an impressive seven points from their opening three games, Mick McCarthy confessed to being somewhat disappointed that Wolverhampton Wanderers were unable to continue their undefeated start to the season in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. For much of the match Wolves equalled their more illustrious counterparts. It was not until the 67th minute that Emmanuel Adebayor – showcasing the composure and goal scoring prowess that has seen him star for both Arsenal and Real Madrid – was able to ghost through…

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Aston Villa 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers – Both sides fail to fire in tepid Midlands derby

Villa Park, Birmingham Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers ground out a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon in a game that, with the presence of some exciting attacking players on both sides, promised far more than it delivered. Mick McCarthy named an unchanged side for the third league game in succession, keeping faith with the XI that had propelled Wolves to the upper reaches of the division with two victories in two games. Alex McLeish was forced into one change; full-back Chris Herd replacing the injured, and Queens Park Rangers-bound, Luke…

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Wolves Club Focus – Wolves optimistic ahead of derby

Having sat atop England’s premier division for the first time in fifty years in the wake of an impressive 2-0 win against Fulham, even the most pessimistic of Wolves fans could be forgiven for sporting a wide grin. An early season fixture with Fulham was arguably the catalyst for Wolves’ sudden loss of form last campaign; it was the Cottagers who inflicted the first defeat of the 2010/11 season upon the Midlanders, a result which extinguished the flames of early season optimism around Molineux as they lost eight of their…

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Wolverhampton Wanderers Club Focus – The curious case of Nenad Milijas

When Wolverhampton Wanderers signed Nenad Milijas in the summer of 2009 – beating off competition from a number of European clubs to do so – hopes were high that the goal scoring midfielder could replicate the form that had seen break into the Serbian national team. Milijas scored 16 goals in just over 30 games in his final season at Red Star Belgrade as he won the Serbian Superliga Player of the Year award. Indeed, the early signs were extremely promising – Milijas excelled in Wolves’ opening day home defeat…

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