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We asked Akela, the editor of Vital Wolves a few questions about our up-and-coming game at Molineux this Sunday and here were his responses:

1. What do Wolves fans think of Mick McCarthy's decision to 'chuck one in' at Old Trafford and field a weakened side?

Initially I was annoyed at the lack of respect it towards the travelling supporters, but my anger quickly moved away from McCarthy towards the media and other teams supporters who seemed to think we`d done the worst thing in the history of football.

Every other team rotates its squad. Manchester United and Liverpool have both made 9 changes to the squads before ahead of Champions League games, tactically I see no difference between their actions and our own.

2. Which Clarets player{s} would you dearly love to be playing in Old Gold?

Fletcher and Elliott have caught my eye. I expected Fletcher to score goals following his record in the SPL and he seems to have adapted quite quickly, while Elliott seems to score a fair few from midfield.

3. What are your impressions of the Clarets this season?

Your home form is fantastic and even though you don't find results as easily away, that will probably still be enough to see you safe.

4. Where do you think we will finish and can we avoid relegation?

Bottom half of the league but above the relegation places I feel.

5. What do your fans think about Wolves performance so far this season? Disappointed or happy with your position? Were you expecting more at this stage?

I`ve been disappointed and delighted at different stages so far this season! We've lost games I`ve expected to win and won games I`ve expected to lose! We need to be a little bit more consistent and if we get a result against you to build on our two wins prior to the United game I`ll be confident we're heading in the right direction.

6. Do you think you can avoid the drop and where do you think you will finish?

I think we can, it will be close and will probably be decided over the last few games of the season, but overall I think we can survive.

7. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What areas could the Clarets exploit?

Areas to exploit? Give Milijas plenty of time on the ball, allow him to deliver into the area, preferably leaving Doyle unmarked in the box. That would be a great tactic.

8. Who will win the Prem and who relegated?

Manchester United will win the league. Portsmouth, Bolton and Hull will be relegated.

9. Owt else you want to say?

Good luck for the remainder of the season, after our game of course!

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Many thanks to Akela for taking the time to answer our questions and if you want to see my replies in response to the Vital Wolves questions then please vist read this article on the Vital Wolves site:

The Vital Wolves Mauling: Burnley




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 19 2009

Time: 2:41PM

Your Comments

Cheers Akela. A few Clarets could take issue with the question 1 response!! ;-) Just imagine if Wolves were relegated by one goal or one point. That would put the cop out at Old Trafford into context
turfmanphil
We fielded our supposed first choice sides against Chelsea and Arsenal and lost 4-0 in both. So the result wouldn't have been any different had we played any other team, especially as they were so tired from the win over Spurs.
Akela
I may also change my mind about Manchester United winning the league after today's result!
Akela
If Fulham can beat Man U 3-0, you could easily have got a point if not a win at Old Trafford. Goal difference could also play a part in your survival and you may rue not giving yourself the best possible chance of getting something by fielding your full strength side. Apart from that it's not sporting and its not fair on other clubs. I would be disgusted if Coyle did that against Man U at Old Trafford after I's forked out 50 for a ticket
turfmanphil
With all due respect, who's to argue whether or not we did field our full strength side or not? It's a squad game at the end of the day and we fielded our 10 most fit players.
Akela
You must be a load of wimps if 10 of your players need a rest after a game of football! Come on this was done for unsporting reasons and its simply not fair. Of course its a squad game, but you will never see Coyle playing silly beggars like McCarthy did, nor for that matter most of the other fair minded clubs in this league.
turfmanphil
Utter rubbish, we fielded players who have and will play a lot more during this season. We didn't field the youth team, we played the fittest players we had available. Every manager rotates their squad from time to time. West Brom did exactly the same thing last season for their game against Chelsea. While the big teams do it quite frequently. We are not some big bad guys who have ruined the game, get over it.
Akela
You put out a weakened side full stop, you put out a side that you knew had not a cat in hells chance of beating Man U, you chucked one in! It's despicable and whether other clubs do it or not is irrelevant. Football is becoming more and more morally bankrupt and Mick has lost all respect I had for him after jumping on this bandwagon. I am not the only one, ask some of your own fans. If we do win,I will listening carefully to the response McCarthy gets from the home crowd
turfmanphil
It is a squad game. Our squad is weaker than at least 9 clubs in the Prem League. It follows that to survive we must concentrate on the games against 9 teams. Should we therefore play our squad system (2nd Choices) everytime we play the best teams thus ensuring we have a good chance of beating with our rested (1st Choices)...Portsmouth, Bolton, West Ham, Wolves, Hull, Everton, Wigan, B*****ds, and Stoke? The rules of the league dictate that you can't do that. The integrity of the league must be the priority. I wonder if MM will rotate his squad like this again? I hope so, because if he doesn't he is admitting guilt or the fact that his 1st choice players are no longer tired teddy bears....enter Grezza stage right to explain the meaning of tired and football.
VinRogue
Comments apart I thought you gave some good answers Akela thanks for taking the time to do so :-)
8clarets8
Thanks 8clarets8 and thank you for the three points!
Akela
Lovely job, lovely lovely job :)
PremiershipWolf
Thanks for the 3 points!
PremiershipWolf
Well yes we certainly gifted them to you in our worst performance of the season but I aint going to lose sleep over it!
turfmanphil
 

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