Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020


It's raining Canaries
By Ivybridge Wolf
February 23 2020

Here we go again, back at Molineux again this afternoon when we welcome Norwich City, currently adrift at the bottom of the league by 6 points, seven points from safety. This comes right off the back of Thursday night, the magnificent Europa league night in WV1, when we placed ourselves in such a great position ahead of the second leg versus Espanyol. 4-0 the score, 3 goals of very high quality, and a thoroughly deserved victory and fine team performance. Wolves will take a massive amount of confidence away, there’s no doubt, however this is the moment to cement European form into Premier League wins. Our last five league matches read W1 D3 L1 and whilst the only defeat was a great performance against Liverpool, it is goals we need …. Just like we manage in Europe.

In fact, during those five matches we have scored 5 goals (and five against) but 3 came in the one game (more accurately one half) at St Mary's on 18th January and the run includes two 0-0's, albeit one VAR assisted. Norwich's form in their last 5 reads W1 D1 L 3 F2 A7. Their last win was at home to Bournemouth on the same day we beat Southampton. Norwich's current perilous predicatment is now extremely close to the stage where they need wins, not draws, to close the gap, so perhaps they will look to take the play to us this afternoon ..... that would be helpful!! Despite their current form, it should be noted that they put in a highly creditable performance against Liverpool last weekend, pushing the virtual champions very close indeed. They proved they can play and it was an unfortunate result and they'll be very sore at losing. Will they, can they possess bouncebackability?

Wolves will start as clear favourites this afternoon for this non-televised 2pm kick off and we will have noted that Burnley leap frogged us in the table yesterday afternoon, so a win is a must to keep the season on track and push ourselves closer to Spurs and Sheffiled United and that potential 5th spot?! If Thursday is anyting to go by, we'll do it .... won't we?!! Good luck to Nuno and the lads, the only downside is that I won't be there.

Up The Wolves, enjoy the match and leave your comments and thoughts on this fixture in the thread below.

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Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 13:24

Thanks Ivy
This is how we line-up this afternoon showing one change with Adama dropping to the bench and Donk starting - after what many thought was an impressive performance by him on Thursday:

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Our referee today will be Chris Kavanagh who has had a bit of a troubled week with VAR decisions he has had to make!!

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 13:43

Decent starting 11. Traore on the bench, perhaps Nuno felt Doc had a bit more freedom to attack / support the front line on Thursday night after Adama was subbed?
Certainly that’s a very good bench.
Forgot to mention in my write up the massively positive effect of having Willy back. 3 clean sheets speak for themselves but his composure on the ball and general menace is a pleasure to watch. Not to mention his ability and grace on the ball. He appears to be showing no ills following his injury. A goal for him today? Don’t back against it!!
UTW



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Lupinehowler (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 13:58

Good to see Vinagre back in the mix.

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:03

Disappointing to see a block and a half of unsold Norwich seats.



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:13

Norwich have started much better. Decent chance just then fired in hard but luckily straight into Rui’s hands. Slightly concerning but a long way to go yet



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:18

Last 5 minutes have seen a great jinky Jota run and another good Jota chance when he could / should have shot but passed! both came to nothing. Team in general still need to get going



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Billericay Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:19

I hope they didn't think this was going to be easy after Thursday's exploits.

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: wolverina (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:20

1-0 - I think (never can tell for certain these days!)

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:20

Well worked and goal!!!!!!!
Jota!!!!



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:21

VAR bollox in play yet again, here we go



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:24

VAR looked at possible hand ball by Doc, but disproved and goal given. Nearly another created by Jota but cleared before it reached Raul

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Billericay Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:24

4 mins. later and assume it must be a valid goal!

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:25

Right we are going now, great Jota wing play just edged out before we could tuck it away for a second.
Shame about the goal, more inability for the fans to truly celebrate a good goal which was being VAR checked for handball. It’s just cr@p



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:29

Some sloppy passing by Wolves going on. Commentators saying how well City are playing so we need to take this game very seriously. However we always look dangerous when attacking

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:32

Our corner confuses the City defence and Jota converts again. VAR delays the celebrations again to no avail.
Wolves 2 City 0

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: wolverina (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:32

Think it's 2 now - Jota again?

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:33

The old short corner routine, Jonny crosses, put back in the box and Jota from 3 yards!!

2-0

Another bollox VAR review for offside.

It’s 2-0, crowd chant the now famously regular chant of f**k VAR. Followed by ‘your going down with the Villa’! We did that versus Espanyol too - hilarious. Mind you, no complacency today. We must keep going



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:35

Yes Wolverina - he wants another ball!!

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:38

Another Wolves corner causes Norwich chaos and they’re lucky to get away with it



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:38

Willy Boly is imperious in defence once again

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: wolverina (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:39

I'm still reluctant to celebrate because every bloody decision seems to have to go past VAR - what the hell is the referee for - and why is he getting paid if he's not allowed to make a decision on his own? Wish someone would pay me for letting others do the work! Right - rant over - UTW! I want another goal!!

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:42

Pukki hauls Doc back until he goes down, but no yellow card. Aarons give a foul away pulling Jonny down on the left edge of their area. Neves tests Krul but he's up to it. Raul collides with Cantrell to bring him down and gets a yellow card

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:42

Great Neves free kick, Tim Krul makes very decent near post save. Corner. Not so good, quick break by Cantwell and Raul hauls him to the ground for a yellow



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:50

Aaron's fouls Jota on edge of the box again and gets a deserved yellow card. Free kick to be taken within the D. Jota taking a while to get back up but think he'll be OK. Neves brings a fabulous save out of Krul again.
Half time and Wolves are on top despite not putting in a consistent performance, but two well taken goals by Jota give us the lead. Neves has been unlucky not to score with two free kicks from edge of the area. MN Utd also leading one nil so we need to keep the pressure on!!
Wolves 2 City 0

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 14:52

Wow!!! Exceptional Neves free kick from just outside the box, brilliant touch by Krul onto the bar. That was an excellent save, high class. Unfortunately.

HT 2-0.

Took us ages to get going and sloppy stuff was the incentive for Norwich to open the better - which they did. But we now look in control which thanks to Tim Krul, is not yet over as a match.

Yes you heard correctly ...... we have scored TWICE in the first half. Two for Diogo who took a heavy knock prior to the free kick at the end of the half, hope he comes out for the second. 5 goals for himin 4 days ay bad so far though!

C’mon Wolves!!



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Lupinehowler (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:02

A steady first half and complimented by some Jota magic. Norwich seem very low on confidence so unless they pick up considerably in the second half I can see us getting a few more goals.
Tim Krull is keeping the score down but he cannot do it on his own.
Boly his usual imperious self and Dendonker playing well.

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:05

Good to see Jota starting the second half



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:06

Here we go again. Crowd pleased to see Jota OK. & no changes

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:08

Early shot from Raul, wide. He needs a goal



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:09

Raul lets a shot go showing how keen he is to score again ,but wide. Break by a Saiss to Jota his shot rebounds off the post to Raul who converts
Wolves 3 City 0

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:10

Well on cue!! Should have been Jota’s hat trick, so we’ll set up from Jimenez, bounces off the post into Jimenez’s path. He could not miss!!!! Jimenez hets that goal, 3-0



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: wolverina (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:11

There's my third! Thank you!

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:13

Wolves putting City under huge pressure - but we need to score as many as we can to push our GD up higher than those around us

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:13

Norwich currently look bereft of ideas.



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:14

Just as I say that Patricio has to make a smart save from Aarons!



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:20

Another superb pass out of defence by Neves to find Raul but he loses possession

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:22

We look as though we could have them on the break every time. Neto coming on now. Jota off ...... no match ball today!!



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:22

Goal hero Jota replaced by Pedro Neto

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:24

Great cross from Neto, inches away from the advancing Doc



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:26

Coady commits a foul and gets a yellow card, but is also hurt in the tackle getting caught in the face. Ball went to a Pukki who shot high & wide

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:27

Yellow for Coady who seems to be caught in the face for his troubles.

Elsewhere Manchester United have scored a second

Coady is up and a cut on the face. Stitches needed?



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:28

Coady OK to continue. I get the feeling Adama may be rested for next week's games

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:31

I was wrong!!! Adama replaces Raul to another huge appreciation from the fans

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:31

Coady was quickly back on.

Traore gets to come on on 71 minutes, Jimenez the man to make away. It’s a pacey front line now. Hopefully we can get a 4th.



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:35

Good work down left wing by Jonny & Neto, but cross fails to reach Doc. Man Utd now winning by
3-0

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:38

Jonny hurt in a clash with Godfrey although not intentionall. VAR checked it by yellow card suffices. Jonny still getting treatment on the pitch.

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:39

Ruben Vinagre getting a run out replacing Jonny

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:39

Feel a bit sorry for Godfrey getting a yellow there. He landed on Jonny’s ankle a treat but it was all about Godfrey’s momentum. Nevertheless it leads to Vinagre coming on, Jonny off.



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:43

Wolves concentrating on retaining possession now. Keen to keep third consecutive PL clean sheet too

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:46

Cantwell was substituted. I was looking forward to seeing him today but he hasn’t been that influential.

Wolves mainly in possession, I’d love a 4th. Norwich look done in



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:47

Adama hasn't had much involvement in the game yet

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:48

How did Doc not score then???

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:50

Not sure, great cross from Vinagre BUT Tim Krul did the business again. He’s always been a very good keeper



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:50

Quote:
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How did Doc not score then???
it was a good save by Krul - again!!

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:52

Two of five added minutes played already

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:53

Good play by Adama but hit shot fizzes over the bar

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: wolverina (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:55

Decent result - might watch MOTD but I know we'll be on last! UTW!

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 15:56

Final whistle goes and three points takes us up to 8th place. Next wk's fame at Spurs will be interesting and very important regarding foo six places. A goid result and another clean sheet for Wolves today
Wolves 3 Norwich City 0

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 16:01

So we win 3-0. Great to see both Jimenez and Jota on the scoresheet.

Well played Wolves. Very confident and competent, overall. 4 or 5 wouldn’t have been unreflective of the play, though today it was largely down to the heroics of Tim Krul.

Up to 8th on 39, 2 points off Manchester United in 5th who are 3 points behind Chelsea. Anything is possible this season as exemplified by our next match ...... Spurs at the new White Hart Lane. We just need the consistency ..... and goals.

UTW!!



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Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: ` (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 17:05

We may well beat the lesser teams but with VAR in play we wont be beating spurs I'm afraid, Riley and co won't allow it - expect wolves goals chalked off and pen/s for spurs

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: oldngold (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 17:48

As Angry notes, I fancy a bet for 2-1 to Tottenham, including penalty for them and atleast 1 Var chalk off against Wolves. And the Tottenham winner being a dodgy one.

I'd be happy with a draw. All our remaining games are winnable with a trip to Chelsea on the final day where perhaps a win might see us qualify for the Champions league. We can but dream

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Lupinehowler (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 18:23

Perhaps I am too much the optimist but I fancy our chances against Spurs.

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Andy Fincher (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 19:35

A bit of a subdued start both on the pitch and from the supporters. We got going in fits and starts.
Norwich looked pretty dreadful but that wasn't our problem.
Makes a change to have VAR decisions going our way but after the initial couple of seconds celebrating the goal you then notice the referee with his finger stuck to his ear and realize it's gone to VAR. After a couple of minutes waiting for the decision, the moment for celebrating has gone. When it was eventually given I was just thinking "thank @#$%& for that". The authorities have come up with some daft ideas over the years but this pile of cr4p is ruining the sport.
Two good free-kicks from Neves, the second one especially brought a fantastic save by Krul, tipping it on to the crossbar.
Four clean sheets on the bounce and all in all a good win without getting consistently into top gear. Things looking good.

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: ` (IP Logged)
Date: 23/02/2020 21:43

Quote:
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As Angry notes, I fancy a bet for 2-1 to Tottenham, including penalty for them and atleast 1 Var chalk off against Wolves. And the Tottenham winner being a dodgy one.
I'd be happy with a draw. All our remaining games are winnable with a trip to Chelsea on the final day where perhaps a win might see us qualify for the Champions league. We can but dream

Why would you think all our remaining games are winnable with only the spurs game being affected by the cheating VAR system. Can you really see us going to Stamford bridge with CL qualification on the line and the VAR sign coming up in our favour? Anyway at least we aren't in a relegation battle as you predicted a few months ago thumbs down

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 26/02/2020 21:27

I have to point out that Chelsea had two goals chalked off by VAR last week. I know it was against Man Utd, and I also think they failed to send McGuire despite having VAR, but it does show that VAR is also affecting some of the 'Big Six' Teams.
I thought the cancellation of Chelsea's goal because of a push by Azpilicueta was outrageous as he was pushed from behind by Fred, and put his hands out to prevent himself colliding with the Utd defender!!

Re: Wolves v Norwich City: Match Thread 23.2.2020
Posted by: Andy Fincher (IP Logged)
Date: 26/02/2020 21:33

Yes, the McGuire incident was outrageous.

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