Wandering to Titles – Short and Sweet (November) Episode 6

Missed the squad report in our first episode? Head over to Episode 1 “The Dawn of a New Story – Squad Report” to catch up

Season 1, Episode 6

November was a short month in terms of fixtures. With an international break sandwiched inbetween a couple of our fixtures we were able to allow players to recoup a little bit from the blistering start of the campaign.

With no major mishaps with injuries, we were generally at full-strength going into November. Spurs were up first.

Giant Killer

Tottenham 1 – 2 Wolves

Jota was at it again – with his winning goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Augustinsson had us 1-0 inside 24 minutes to my surprise. He’s been a truly great signing so far, contributing 3 goals and 4 assists in 14 games from LWB. I couldn’t be happier with his performances. In this day and age, at £9.75m he’s looking like a steal. He’s already valued at £19.5m.

With both of our goals, we hit Spurs on the counter. I adore how quickly we move the ball forward through our defensive and midfield lines. Our tactic is certainly working against those teams who will generally have more of the ball.

Falling Flat

FK Astana 0 – 0 Wolves

FK Astana are arguably one of the worst teams in the Europa League this season. While at home we comfortably dispatched them (4-0), we just couldn’t break them down in their own back-yard.

We had enough chances. They were even brought down to 10 men with a sending off on the 64th minute but we couldn’t quite capitalise. We also had another goal ruled offside by VAR. They are really adding up this year.

I’m not too concerned, but we do need to start being a little more clinical. Too many chances are going a miss.

Working Our Way Up The League

Wolves 1 – 0 Bournmouth

Our only home tie of the month was with Bournmouth. Augustinsson with another goal to his name. This guy is fantastic. Scored in the 12th minute, we dominated the game. Bournmouth hardly had a sniff and we’re starting to look like the real deal. Let’s hope I’m not being too presumptuous.

We’re up to 6th now. Liverpool are still unbeaten and are looking very strong.

Sealing Qualification

Rosenborg 1 – 4 Wolves

Rosenborg was our penultimate game in Group A of the Europa League. It was a must win to give us a bit of breathing room.

We romped home with a 4-1 victory – scoring all four goals within 28 minutes. Now we’re talking. Clinical and dynamic, we were great this match. After hitting the back of the net for the 4th time, I told the players to slow it down. We had the game sealed, we just needed to see it out. Cutrone managed a brace and he’s up to 6 goals in the competition.

It’s great to see all of our strikers chipping in with goals when they get the chance. Ideal!

With one game to spare and no chance to qualify in first place, a hugely rotated side will be used against Sevilla. All the fringe players will get a run out and a chance to impress.

Youth Spotlight

With only 4 games this month I thought I’d turn our attention to one of our brightest young talents.

Jack Scott is a 17 year old right-back who is currently training as a RWB. Our scouts say he has quite a lot of potential and I’m excited to see what the future holds for young, Jack.

His crossing ability is a little suspect but in time and maybe a loan or two he will develop into a fine RWB.

Looking Forward

December is a crazy hectic month. There ain’t no rest for the wicked.

Surprisingly we don’t play any of the top 6 teams this month coming – which is a huge relief. On paper they’re all winnable games – but we all know reality can be completely different.


Until next time. Remember to follow me on Twitter: @ExtraTimeFM

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