Wolves at the door
So, after the euphoria of the weekend win away at Chelsea normal service was resumed at Molinuex as the Irons went down 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers and, as a result, the wolves are again knocking at the door of manager Manuel Pellegrini. Well at least a number of fans seem to be calling for his head again and it is hard to disagree as again the Irons, minus the rested Michael Antonio, looked toothless up front.
In spells we looked ok. Again, strong at centre-back and Fornalls looking a much better proposition along with Anderson in his preferred number ten position. However, our two work horses Noble and Snodgrass looked well off the pace with the latter missing a golden opportunity to bring the Irons level before being replaced by the ineffectual Yarmolenko.
But once again the biggest disappointment was Sebastien Haller who was totally anonymous. There are lots of arguments that he needs to play with a partner which proved successful at Frankfurt and I go along with that view. However, at £45m I would expect to see a lot more from him but he seems unwilling to get involved and seems to spend most of the time sulking, appearing non-plussed when he was replaced by Ajeti, a strange decision in itself considering we were chasing the game. Why not go two up front!
In his interview after the game MP stated that we dominated the second half, and possession wise we did edge it but, apart from the gilt edged opportunity missed by Snodgrass, we never looked threatening. It must also be recognised that Wolves style of play, hitting on the break, means they offer the opposition a lot of possession to open up spaces behind the back line. So these stats do not really reflect how the game played out and Wolves had more than twice as many attempts at goal as us and were deserved winners.
So what next. We are at home to Arsenal next Monday, a game live on Sky and this could be Pellegrinis swan-song if we lose. But who do we bring in? Howe, most fans choice, is on a run just as bad as us, Benitez is too old school for me. Dyche, maybe. But would he leave his save haven at Turf Moor. The rest of the names being banded about are uninspiring. However, it should be worth noting that Mauricio Pochettino returns to Europe next week. Unlikely, but you never know.