1. Reasons to be cheerful
This was one of those games where you couldn’t help but think ‘we have to win this one’ going into the match and therefore it was a disappointment when we didn’t.
However, the expectation of a win was largely built upon the fact that we lost our last game to Blackpool and that both Manchester City and Chelsea were/are likely to win their fixtures. City have stolen a lead on us, as will Chelsea if they win tonight, but in the next round of Premier League games they will play each other, while we should pick up our annual three points when we play at home to West Ham. We’re still in there and fighting.
Also, a draw at Wolves is not a bad result, despite what the league table might tell us. They have beaten Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City at home, so to come away with a point against a team that beat us twice last season is not a disaster.
2. Time to start scouting a new keeper
I couldn’t really be that disappointed when Wolves pulled it back to 3-3, as their disallowed goal should have stood. Had it been awarded, then we would now be blaming our goalkeeper for losing us two points.
It’s the same old debate when it comes to Gomes. On one hand he makes some remarkable saves, but on the other he makes a lot of needless errors. In my opinion he’s only worth a space in the team if the former outweighs the latter and at the moment that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Harry has never seemed to be that taken with him and I expect him to be looking for a replacement in the summer. As for who that new keeper will be, is a question for another day…
3. Harry continues to confuse
Redknapp has done a brilliant job for us, but he confuses me from time to time with his choice of selection and substitutions.
Yesterday was no different. Playing Modric and Pienaar on the flanks did make some sense against a five-man Wolves midfield, as they both work hard and are inclined to move infield. Yet why on earth was Bale played on the right and Lennon on the left when they came on in the second half?
Again, it made some sense when Bale first come on, as Modric as happier drifting in from the left and the Welshman was clearly going to tear apart their left back when it came to pace. There clearly should have been a switch though, when Lennon came on for Modric and it was frustrating to see Bale bursting into dangerous positions, only to have to cut inside onto his left.
4. Defoe should watch Jimmy Greaves videos every week and the ones that got away
There was much talk of how Jermain Defoe had spent some time watching Jimmy Greaves in action last week and it looked like a worthwhile exercise, as JD hit two sweet shots that Greavsie would have been proud to add to his collection. Let’s hope that this signals a run of form for Defoe.
Despite the goals from Defoe and Pav, I still couldn’t help but cast envious glances at the riches in Liverpool’s attack (I don’t mean Dirk Kuyt, despite the hat-trick). Carroll would have been the perfect signing for our team, but the fee was prohibitive, so I’m willing to let Harry and Levy off for that one. Suarez however, looks every inch a bargain, even for £23m.
Whenever we’re linked with a striker who plays in Holland, someone always mention Alves, Kuyt and Kezman, while conveniently forgetting that for every failure to emerge from the Dutch league, there has been a Romario, a Ronaldo and a Van Nistelrooy. Suarez looks as if he’s destined for the second category.
5. Sandro looks better with every game
One of the plus points against Wolves was the performance of Sandro. I thought he looked superb yesterday – always cool in possession and able to pass the ball intelligently. I hope he is allowed to play against Milan, having played very well in the first leg, but I suspect that Palacios will be preferred.
In the long term though, it looks as if we have a very good defensively-minded midfielder who will prove invaluable on those away trips where we’ve looked so brittle over the years.