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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Wolves 2 Charlton 0

The weekend of 20/21 October has proved once again to be a crucial reflection on our season, as for the second year running we fail to score, this year for the first time, but it ends with our second defeat of the season at Molineux.
The posh murdoch was there and provide their usual player marks out of 10 and after saying that "Madjid Bougherra and Jonathan Fortune are an excellent partnership at the centre of the Charlton defence", its not surprising that, despite the mess-up with the first Wolves goal, both should get a score of 6 while every one else got a meagre 5.
MOM went to winger Michael Kightly but then the quality of the whole report is somewhat put into question when its reported that "Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made his first save of the match, blocking a shot from Luke Varney" in the 75th minute....Perhaps he wasn't there after all.
Even the Wolves own website says that "Hennessey pulled off a excellent save from an Andy Reid header in the 21st minute". And apparently this was closely followed by the miss of the match from Ambrose who fired high over from 8 yards with only the goalie to beat.
For the other side of the coin, look no further than the sportinglife where its all innocence from McCarthy "McCARTHY AMAZED AT PARDEW CLAIM" in reference to Pards claim about our "being roughed-up".
Meanwhile, as a sweetener for Tuesday's game against Plymouth you can read about their 1-0 home win over Monica's Coventry here and start to really worry.
We're always told that you can tell how good a team is by how it recovers from a defeat, well we only have a couple of days to find out. We can question Pardew's decision on playing captain Reid, who predictably had a quiet game, for the whole 90 minutes, but there's no doubt that he will need to get his selection choice spot-on, as they say, for Plymouth.
As Saskatchewan Addick points out in frankie's page, we have failed to beat any team in the top half with only 3 points from a possible 15 and although Plymouth have already lost top-half games at both Barnsley and Stoke by the score of 3-2 they narrowly lost 0-1 at West Ham in the League Cup and are now in a Play-off position after yesterday's win.
And we now have more injury worries on our hands with Chrissie Powell unlikely to play on Tuesday and a dearth of available left-backs to cover for him while there's still a right-wing dilemma with Ambrose obviously out of form and Lloyd Sam still sat in the stands for the final game of his suspension.
Holes are starting to appear in our season and Tuesdays game will be one of Pardew's most important since he arrived last December. Three points are needed to get us put right and against the second highest scorers away from home in the fizzies, they'll be no room for any errors.
The Addicks: Weaver; Mills, Bougherra (J Thomas 70), Fortune, Powell (Sodje 36); Ambrose (Todorov 70), Semedo, Zheng, Reid; Iwelumo, Varney.
Subs (not used): Randolph, McLeod.
Booked: Semedo 88 (foul on Kightly)

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