Intriguing to read what the Wolves fans are saying ahead of Saturday teatime’s visit of Newcastle United.
Jonjo Shelvey is at the heart of the conversation for many but maybe surprisingly, it is more about what he may or may not do in a football sense, than any hangover from the Championship game at St James Park and subsequent guilty verdict & suspension.
Yes, there are Wolves fans looking forward to possible retribution but most worry that Shelvey will lead Newcastle’s midfield in dominating the game.
They also have up to date ticket sales info for the game and including over four thousand from Newcastle, it should be a decent atmosphere, especially with the Shelvey factor to spark things off.
The majority forecast a Newcastle win but after victory at Anfield there is also belief that Wolves can win, if Paul Lambert treats NUFC the same as the scousers.
Comments from Wolves fans via their excellent Molineux Mix message board:
‘Let’s do the double 2-1.’
No negativity they’re just that bit stronger than when we played in September.
I’d be over the moon with a point. We’ll give a good account but they’ll sucker punch us.
Gayle pulls his hamstring in the first 15 minutes and after a wall of abuse and boos everytime the cueball headed tit Shelvey touches the ball he loses it and gets sent off.’
‘Depends whether the jekyll or hyde team turn up to play.’
‘Think we’ll lose 3-1, making the Wigan game very important as we could then be dragged back into a relegation fight.’
‘They’re a country mile better than us so really should win easy but I’m going for 1-1 which would be a very good result for us.’
‘Going for 2-2, in a good attack minded game from both teams.’
‘This is Wolves we’re talking about so a win against Newcastle and a defeat to Wigan.’
‘I can see us losing soundly if our midfield don’t turn up.
The big key will be in central midfield and the midfield that Lambert selects. If we let Shelvey dictate play then we will get soundly beaten.
Our central midfield will have to play a really good game on Saturday if we are to get any sort of positive result.’
1-2 in a tight game in which we’re unlucky to lose as we play well and miss 2 or 3 gilt edged chances.
Just think they are stronger than us all over the pitch and miles better up front and will eventually wear us down.
Brings in my accy in the late game by us tearing them apart with a fine 3-0 victory courtesy of a Dicko Hat Trick.’
‘Always love games against Newcastle and we have a good record against them at Molineux.
Andy Mutch’s random body part hattrick in a 6-2 victory just after Keegan had taken over (the first time) being a standout, as well as New Years Day 1990.
They are where we want to be next season but over the years we have tended to do well against the top teams at home, 2-0 to the Wolves.’
‘They are top of the league, and we have just lost to a team in the bottom four so the result is obvious,
Wolves 2 Newcastle 0.’
‘I’d snatch your arm off for a 1-1 draw right now!’
‘I think it depends very much on the method of play, not so much whom we select.
If we show NU the same respect that we showed Liverpool and our midfield uses the ball intelligently – plays grown-up football on the ground to deny NU possession – then we may actually win. It will minimise the pressure on our brittle defence and play to the strengths of our one player with the ability to unlock their defence.
If we revert to consistently bypassing the midfield (which is sadly in our DNA) with longish hopeful lobs forward we will suffer the same fate as we did against Burton and countless others. NU will soak it all up, enjoy most of the meaningful possession and exploit the inevitable fatal mistakes made by our under-pressure defenders.
I hope Lambert considers NU at least as strong as an under-strength Liverpool and plays that way. Trouble is we’re at home and i wonder how much patience the crowd will have, especially if NU take the lead.’
‘I think we’ll play alright, but not well enough to win.’
‘Newcastle’s home and away support is simply brilliant.
They do have a huge catchment area (most of Tyneside bar south shields, most of albeit sparsely populated Northumberland, some of Cumbria too) but they take numbers everywhere, regardless of the KO time.
I reckon with them easily filling their allocation it’ll reach 25k with 4k mags.
Given the way our support has had the life strangled out of it with prices (unreliable ‘deals’ aside) which don’t match wages in the Black Country and Telford and a lack of ambition for 20 years, I don’t think that’s too bad.
The South Bank will make more noise than their home lot did last year too. And they defo won’t be as drunk as me and my brother were after that day and night on the pop – one of my favourite away days.’
‘(Tickets remaining unsold as on Thursday evening)
South Bank 12
North Bank 217
Steve Bull 1565
Billy Wright 1648
Fam Enc 271
Total Unsold 3713 sold a further 142 today so my estimated current sales stands at 25394, One day plus match day to go, can we reach 26000 ?’
‘Once again those ” big ” stand wings are not going to be sold. Just put them up for £1 each.’
‘No (or very little) rain forecast for saturday, tho quite cold.
Come on lads, get your arses down there – important game for us.’
‘Great turn out all considered but the sobering thought is, this is half the attendance Newcastle would Expect and got for the corresponding fixture. Quite incredible really.’
‘Newcastles catchment area is huge compared to ours and with only Sunderland for opposition.
If we only had the Villa in the Midlands we’d get crowds like there’s.’
‘I hope Saiss plays.
Can really see him having an absolute stormer, marking JJ Shelvey out of the game, scoring, then getting sent off in the last minute for snapping both of the racist ****’s legs!!’
‘Shelvey is almost guaranteed to score. Going to be a tough game.’
(This is what Wolves fans had to say after their 2-0 Championship win back in September at St James Park – read HERE)