Date:Friday February 16 2007
17th February 2007
Another tricky away match for the Clarets as we try to break this awful run of 12 games without a win. We now face Wolves away at Molyneux and all the Clarets fans will be hoping we can repeat our perfomance of last season when we returned with all three points thanks to a stunning goal by Garreth O'Connor from a free kick
'We've got to make sure we have a strong finish to the season, so we have a better basis to start next season off.'
'Molineux is a tough place to go but we're looking forward to games at the moment. We know, over a period of time, that the win we have been looking for will come. The more games we play, the quicker we will get there.'
'They had a great win last week at Preston so we know it will be a difficult game, but we're looking forward to it.
'They are an honest hard-working team which Mick's teams usually are. He's made a few changes but all credit to him (because) he's kept them up there.
'They have an identical goal difference to us. We've probably been a bit more free-scoring at times and they've probably kept a few more clean sheets, hence they've got more points than us.
'Clean sheets are always my bone of contention and that's where you try and build from.'
Wolves Captain, Jody Craddock is likely to return to the starting line-up after recovering from an Achilles injury.
Wolves will probably, otherwise line up similarly to the side that beat Preston 1-0 at Deepdale last Saturday.
The new recent signing from Scunthorpe
The only player that appears to be unfit and out injured at the moment is Alan Mahon. He is still suffering from a groin strain. The Clarets will probably therefore use the same squad as they did against Sheffield Wednesday although it will be interesting to see if Steve juggles with the starting line up. Wayne Thomas did not feature in the Owls match and new signing Steve Caldwell took over the armband. It will be interesting to see if Steve retains the captaincy in this match. The other question is whether Andy Gray will start with Ade Akinbiyi with Kyle Lafferty once again starting on the bench. Both Andy and Ade need more match practice and both are still underpar and not fully fit.
There is also plenty of competition for the midfield places and probably the only certainty is that James O'Connor will start. By contract, last season's hero, Garreth O'Connor probably wont even be named for this match.
The team is likely to be as follows:
Coyne, Duff, Caldwell, McGreal, Harley, Elliott, James O'Connor, Gudjonsson, Jones, Akinbiyi, Gray.
Subs: Thomas, Foster, Djemba-Djemba, McCann, Lafferty
Its time for Ade to shine after a few low key matches. He is clearly not fully fit at the moment and only seems to be firing on three cylinders.
We last played Wolves at Turf Moor back in August and suffered a 1-0 defeat in a pretty dire match that most Clarets fans would want to forget. Clarets fans would prefer to remember the win at Molyneux last season breaking Moly's reputation as one of our bogey grounds.
Wolves have won 38 times out of 57 encounters between the two teams over the years. The Clarets are currently 14th on 39 points with Wolves 9th on 50 points and snapping at the heels of the current play-offs placed teams. They will also be buoyed by their impressive defeat of Preston away last week Our bad run of form speaks for itself with no win now in 12 matches, 11 in the league. Our last win was back in November against Leeds at home and you have to go back to October to recall our last away win against Luton. One possible glimmer of hope is that Wolves performance at home has been less than impressive with only 1 win and 3 draws from the last six home games played.Wolves's have scored 9 goals in these games, but conceded 11. Come on Andy and Ade, time to exploit that weakness! We are underdogs again by far in this match, but with a bit of luck who knows. My mind says defeat, but my heart says draw. I am sticking with my heart and a 1:1 draw
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