The Tony Gale Column

Wednesday 30 September 2015 13:00

It was obviously a disappointing evening on Tuesday against Wolves, particularly off the back of such a fantastic performance on Friday against QPR. We all saw us play the best football of the season and it would have been very nice to follow it up with a win in front of the home fans, who had been so pivotal four nights previous.

From the first minute we were not at it really. We failed to get out of the blocks and were under pressure from the kick-off. In the first half Wolves managed to create five half chances and we didn’t really have a decent shot at goal which was particularly disappointing. If you are not at it from minute one in this division you are going to get caught out. The match highlights the inconsistency of the division. Credit where credit is due though, Wolves, even when it was 11 against 11, deserved a victory.

Through my impartial eyes the sending off was a sending off. It was a two footed challenge from Tom Cairney and he did dive into it so he got what he deserved. We have seen it so many times across all leagues, as soon as you leave the floor for a tackle you are in trouble. You cannot go into a challenge like that. We would have all taken a draw out of the match, and to a certain degree the sending off ended the chance to achieve that.

It is not often that you see two teams start with two up front. They had Adam Le Fondre and Benik Afobe and we had Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembélé. I think this played into Wolves’ hands as it opened up the midfield. I think maybe we needed to thicken up our midfield a little bit, impose ourselves some more by having a third man in the central position. Wolves got about the pitch a bit more in the middle of that midfield which meant we were chasing shadows for large portions of the encounter.

When you win 4-0 like we did on Friday you take all the plaudits. We caught QPR at a bad time and the parallels between them and us just after we came down are striking in terms of having to unload bodies and bringing in new faces. We were just unable to kick on and get two wins in a row, which is disappointing. If we had managed to get a point out of the Wolves match, it keeps the spirit in the dressing room up and the morale amongst the fans high.

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