UK time is: 14:25:42
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Derby County

Molineux

09/12/08

19.45

Wolverhampton Wanderers(A)

The games are coming thick and fast again for Derby as they look to bounce back from the disappointment of the Crystal Palace reverse against league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux as Paul Jewell's side look to overcome the inconsistency that has plagued them in previous weeks.

The news coming out of Pride Park today has goalkeeper Roy Carroll suspended for two weeks after a 'dressing room incident' following the defeat to Palace so Stephen Bywater looks set to take over goal after being unlucky to have been dropped for the Irishman. James Tomkins has shown quality in patches since joining on loan from West Ham and his form, coupled with the return of Martin Albrechtsen, has added competition for the places at the heart of the Derby backline. Luke Varney looks set to keep his place up front so the place alongside him would seem to be down to fight between Rob Hulse and the Carling Cup hero Nathan Ellington.

Mick McCarthy has gradually moulded a youthful, attack minded side who have swept all before them so far this season as they have set the pace in the Championship virtually from day one. The front pairing of Chris Iwelumo and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake have been scoring goals for fun with twenty-seven between them and they have been ably backed up by an attack minded midfield in the shape of Michael Kightly, Matt Jarvis and former Ram David Jones. Wolves have won seven of the last nine and have only dropped points at home against Reading and Birmingham City so far this season and currently sit three points clear at the top and seven points clear of Reading in third place.

Vital Quotes:

'Our squad isn't strong enough with all the injuries. The inconsistency is unbelievable at the moment. The players when we get them fit are a decent side but we just can't get the XI on the park.'

Paul Jewell talking to Radio Derby about the injuries plaguing his squad

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News:

Jody Craddock is still out with a foot injury and Mick McCarthy may not risk Matt Jarvis who is coming back from a hamstring injury

Player to watch: Chris Iwelumo

Has recovered superbly from his horror miss for Scotland and has been scoring on a regular basis for Wolves so far this season with thirteen goals in the league and fifteen in total on route to claiming the November player of the month award for the Championship.

Derby County Team News:

Martin Albrechtsen could be back in contention after returning to the bench on Saturday although the game will come to soon for Giles Barnes. Bywater set to start after the suspension of Carroll.

Player to watch: Luke Varney

Scored his first Derby goal at the weekend and has been lively since his arrival from Charlton. Looks to have cemented his place up front and his pace, if the service is right, could be the weapon the Derby frontline has been missing.

Match Facts & Stats

Last five results

Wolverhampton Wanderers
Southampton (A) 2-1 Jones, Iwelumo
Blackpool (H) 2-0 Iwelumo (2)
Sheffield United (A) 3-1 Iwelumo (2), Ebanks-Blake
Birmingham City (H) 1-1 Ebanks-Blake
Queens Park Rangers (A) 0-1

Derby County
Sheffield Wednesday (H) 3-0 Commons, Addison, Stewart
Ipswich Town (A) 0-2
Preston North End (H) 2-2 Hulse, Stewart
Stoke City (A) 1-0 Ellington
Crystal Palace (H) 1-2 Varney

Match Prediction:

After the disappointment of Saturday Derby will need to be at their very best if they are to get anything from the trip to Molineux and despite an improved performance Wolves will take this 2-0 to further improve their position at the top of the table.

Next Fixtures:

15th Dec v Charlton Athletic (Coca Cola Championship) The Valley




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: MikeC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 9 2008

Time: 4:27PM

Your Comments

you didnt really expect to get anything from this one did you ....??
lincolnblue
Not far off were you Mike, I'd have prefered 2-0 to 3-0 that's fo sure!
Rammie
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Derby County Articles

Top Of The League (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Stats: Blackpool v Derby County (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Butland In Line To Start? (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Martin Puts Derby Second (Monday October 20 2014)

Stats: Reading v Derby County (Monday October 20 2014)

International Round-Up - Ireland (Friday October 17 2014)

International Round-Up - Scotland (Thursday October 16 2014)

International Round-Up - England (Wednesday October 15 2014)

Buxton And Coutts Play In Friendly (Wednesday October 15 2014)

Bennett Recalled From Loan (Tuesday October 14 2014)

Archived Derby County Articles

List All Vital Derby Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. RichORam92 1

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Derby County 13 7 5 1 +13 26
2. Watford 13 7 4 2 +11 25
3. Middlesbrough 13 7 2 4 +7 23
4. Wolves 13 6 5 2 +5 23
5. Norwich 13 6 4 3 +10 22
6. Forest 13 5 7 1 +9 22
7. Charlton 14 5 7 2 +1 22

Breaking League News

Team News - City At Wednesday
Norwich : 25/10/2014 14:19:00
Blackpool team to face Reading
Blackpool : 25/10/2014 14:06:00
The Team Sheets - Derby v Latics
Wigan : 25/10/2014 14:04:00
LUFC BREAKING: Leeds v Wolves Teams
Leeds Utd : 25/10/2014 13:56:00
The Cottagers Eat Charlton.
Charlton : 25/10/2014 13:27:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where do The Rams still need to strengthen?
Suggested By:  MikeC
Goalkeeper 6%
Fullback 10%
Central Defender 41%
Midfield 8%
Wide Attacker 6%
Central Striker 23%
Nowhere 6%