Friday 28 August 2015

Banana skin in the Black Country?

Looking ahead to tomorrow's league clash with Wolves, I find myself unable to join the common Addick viewpoint that we are favourites to return with the points. I think we may be writing off the Wolves start to the season too easily.

The Old Gold lost a two-nil lead at home to QPR in their last home match and will be smarting over that. Rangers have the personnel to do that in matches but Wolves were two-up. They also won at Blackburn on the opening day and have seen off two lower league sides in the Cup. Losing in Cardiff was hardly unexpected and their only other showing was a point at home to Hull who we know were very poor at the Valley, but they very nearly took a point from us.

We haven't been behind in any of our eight matches so far this season. It's going to happen and we will need to be able to retaliate. With Watt and Vetokele both fully fit, I think we have the firepower to do that by changing things with Makienok and Ahern-Grant, but Watt will still be missing tomorrow and Igor is unlikely to get more than a substitute showing. We will need to keep it very tight at the back or hope to open the scoring to give us something to hang on to. Wolves will put us under pressure and if they can score first they have the quality to maintain momentum.

Trying to be more positive for a moment, our next four matches are against sides in the bottom eight of the fledgling table so there should be more points to come and there is every prospect of us sitting pretty after the first ten games which is, for me, the first time we should consider counting any chickens in terms of ambitions for the season.

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