Friday, November 24, 2006

Wolves - v - Sunderland

1 - 1 "bore draw"

Curly went to the Snooker Club in Chichester Road, South Shields, tonight to watch the lads playing at Molineux, a fixture that had been pencilled in months ago by BSkyB as an event that might produce fireworks between Roy Keane and former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy. As it was, the hacks will have found nothing to report on this issue, the hatchet having buried some weeks ago in a telephone call between the two.

The game itself was almost a non event ending in a tame draw, which must have been more painful for Wolves than Sunderland. Other than a brief flurry of activity in the first half, Sunderland showed little invention and their passing was extremely poor. three players who impressed me throughout the match were all in old gold shirts, the two former Black Cats center backs Gary Breen and Jodie Craddock as well as their striker Jamel Johnson, who was lively, physical, athletic, and a threat all night. His goal was out of the top drawer, whilst "Sleeves'" Elliott's was a little fortunate after taking a deflection.

One would have thought that Sunderland's equalizer might have been the high point of the evening, yet it seemed to most of us that Dean Whitehead's clearance off the line was the defining moment of our dismal display. I haven't even bothered to read my email tonight to see what Roy Keane has to tell the faithful, his ineptidude in playing Whitehead as a right back was there for all to see, once he was released into midfield and Nosworthy sent in as full back, we began to look a little more potent, but by then it was far too late to attempt to win the spoils.

My feelings on the signings of Dwight Yorke and David Connelly are not too positive either, neither of these players have yet to impress, along with Liam Miller, I would rather see Daryl Murphy playing alongside Steve Elliott.

Hey, ho, it's another ugly point in the bag for our novice manager.


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