Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos


By Wolves
August 6 2020

Following the finale of the Premier League, Wolves attention is now focused on the final stages of the Europa League, taking on Greek Champions Olympiakos at Molineux tonight for a place in the Quarter Finals. 

Wolves lost out on an automatic place in next season's Europa League when Arsenal won the FA Cup last week, so they must now win this year's competition in order to play in Europe next season - although that would be in the Champions League!!

 

Having achieved a 1 - 1 draw in Athens in March Wolves will now be hoping not to have to rely upon the away goal to prgress, but for a comprehensive win to take them in to the final stages - along with Man Utd - which will be held in Germany this month.

 

Coach Nuno Espirito Santo says his players have forgone the chance of a mini holiday since the end of the domestic season in order to train for tonight's game, and he has a fully fit squad to choose from. He will be able to name a 23 man squad and will have 5 substitutions available to him during the game.

 

Tonight's game will be screened by BT Sport Channel 2 

 

This board will hopefully carry regular updates and board members are encouraged to post their own observations for those unable to watch the game.

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Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Wolves (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 11:36

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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: an angry wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 11:53

so are the QFs in Germany just one leg affairs ? What a mess this season is with this covid hoax.

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 13:20

Yes the Quarter Finals start next Monday (10th) when Utd will play Copenhagen. The winner of tonight's game will play the winner of the Sevilla v Roma match in a one-leg game. The semi final will be played on Sunday 16th, with the Final on Friday 21st.

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: an angry wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 16:31

Cheers Cheshire, I suspected that was the case. I must admit, I've been half hearted about the premier league campaign after realising we wouldn't achieve the impossible by finishing above Manure/Leicester but this evening is a different matter entirely. What a shame molineux will be empty for arguably our biggest game since ...........1972?

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 18:18

Now there’s a debate, what is our biggest game since 1972? I’d say City ‘74 Forest ‘80, Arsenal 1998 or Watford last year (our semi’s), possible / probable candidates as likely bigger BUT if we get to the semi’s in this competition, well ................ ? 😁

Positives for the night - I believe we have the better team, individually and collectively, a great and better manager (of course), capable of scoring some great goals, play for the full 90 minutes (disregard the Chelsea effort), a generally mean defence.

Negatives - post ‘restart’ we haven’t been consistent enough in attack (we are scorers of great goals, not great goal scorers), Olympiakos are no mugs and we didn’t exactly murder them over there, despite them being down to 10 for 60 minutes plus, no fans, 1-1 is a dicey first leg scoreline and can’t be relied on to sit on any laurels.

I think the positives outweigh the negatives and we’ll win but I do hope we take the game to Olympiakos to a certain degree. Having said that, a measured first half and ramping it up a bit in the second half wouldn’t phase me too much. As I say though, the score we achieved in Piraeus is a good one, but cannot be relied upon to deliver a quarter final berth.

We’ll do it 👍🐺🐺



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 19:05

So Nuno has opted for a 3 - 4 - 3 line-up to start tonight's game with Podence and Adama to put pressure on from the wings and hopefully feed Raul in the centre. Line-up:

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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:02

I’m sure Ivybridge Wolf will be able to confirm whether our commentator tonight sis speaking Flemish or some other European language!! Our referee tonight is from Poland.one minute’s silence observed prior to kick in memory of the COVID-19 victims. Then it lagged and caught me out!!!

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:06

First effort to Raul but just wide after a defensive mistake. Wolves get their first corner. A lot of insecurity in the Ol’kos defence already

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:08

Jonny earns a penalty after a mistake by their keeper

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:10

Sorry it was DP, but all the same aRaul slots it as coolly as ever
Wolves 1 Olympiakos 0

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:11

What a bully their keeper is, pushing little Podence over like that. Great penalty, 1-0. Great start 👍

As for the lanuage ..... I’m going for standard Dutch



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:17

Good play by Wolves from back to front ends with Adama getting another corner., then another! Pitch seems quite slippery tonight & Jonny has just slipped over and hurt his right knee needing treatment. Seems he’ll be OK. Saiss gets flattened in the area & ref blows up before Raul nets the ball. Free kick given to the goalie,,

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:18

Jonny crumpled on the floor with nobody near him, worrying. The pass Neves played to Traore immediately afterwards was fantastic as was Traores control.

The resultant corner ends in the back of the net by Jimenez but foul by Saiss on the keeper. Jonny is finished for the day. Innocuous. Vinagre replacing him.



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:18

Jonny’s injury must have been worse than it seemed as he is replaced by Vinagre

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:19

By the way, the winners here tonight play Seville in the quarters



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:21

Really good break by Oly and a super save by Rui to hi right. Ref thought He didn’t touch it!!

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:22

Wow. That was close ...... Patricio, thus far a spectator pulls off a great save after a quick Greek attack ..... worrying the extreme ease of their attacking play there.



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:27

Another strange decision by ref against Adama, then gives a throw in against us. Superb play by Adama brings excellent control by Raul who sets up Neves for a shot but blocked for a corner. Joao puts it in low but to no avail

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:32

Only player beats the offside to get into plenty of space and a good pass back which is put in off Neves. VAR checking for offside but I think Doc just played him onside. Going on for ages whilst they have a drink and disallowed!!!!!

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:34

Bloody hell.

Some appalling defensive play, cut through us like butter, and we just didn’t pick up the spare man.

Now checking for offside ..... whats going on here !! Taking ages. Hells, bells, offside by a micrometer. We’ve dodged a huge bullet there, enormous. We’ve been the recipient of such decisions so very much mixed feelings for me. Great we’re still winning.

It’s a simple equation, we need another goal.



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:36

I thought he was onside too, Chesh



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:38

Now DP goes down after a slip and I think being caught by a defender, but he’s OK

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:38

This is getting a bit too nervy now, free kick comes in, headed on to the far post, Olympiakos player totally free, just completely miss kicks, doesn’t touch it.

We can count our lucky stars we winning. Could be losing this one.



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:40

Joao booked for catching Valbuena’s foot accidentally. Only are playing quite a high line with their front three.

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:43

Only have been controlling the game for the last ten minutes but then PD feeds Raul on right wing and for some reason he tries a trick shot which goes high over the bar.

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:47

Good attack by Oly but shot is very wide. Tai oaks booked for a foul on Neves. Neves takes a good shot but collected by goalie. 4 added minutes

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:54

Nasty clash of heads between Joao and Ba. Ba gets a yellow card as he caught Joao from behind. Lengthy treatment needed for Joao and Ba apologies when Joao's up on his feet and OK to continue

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 20:58

Half time whistle goes after over 7 minutes. DP earned us a penalty when they lost the ball in their area and their goalie pushed him over as he chased the ball. Raul sent him the wrong way and slotted it as we have come to expect. We were later very lucky to avoid them drawing level after an offside decision which was extremely close, but it went to show they are a very decent team and can be dangerous in attack. Jonny has to be subbed after slipping and hurting his right knee, which we hope isn’t too serious at this time of the season.
Wolves 1 Olympiakos 0

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:08

I can’t slate VAR for us and then dismiss when it goes for us. I’d be fuming if I supported Olympiakos. These offsides are just plain ridiculous but it has gone for us.
Started well, but they’ve come more into it. Perhaps we finished slightly the better but in addition to the disallowed goal, they could have score at least two.
Tense, nervy encounter .... set to continue I reckon



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:10

Here we go again with no further changes

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:10

We need a bit more from DP & Adama this half

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:15

Now Adama slips over at a important time is it just too wet out there??

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:18

Dunno.

8 minutes gone of the 2nd half. We are far from convincing at the moment. Jota doing up his laces to come on



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:18

Great interception by Boly. Jota being prepared. I think Traore has been very poor tonight

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:21

With a better header they would have levelled there. Claiming Boly nudged him but I don’t think so!
Jota duly replaces Traore

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:25

I agree with you Ivy we are far from convincing ina attack this evening and we are allaying a team with dangerous potential

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:28

Having said that.... DP goes for goal rather than pass to Jota and brings a save. Superb pass from CC to feed Doc who gets a corner. Willy Boly fluffs it in front of an open goal!!

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:29

We’re on the front foot for a bit. A bit of shooting and football pinball and it goes wide with Boly inches away from making it two. That was from a corner which was a result of a brilliant long Coady pass ..... Nevesesque



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:32

Olympiakos go close again. Rui is solid and reassuring in goal20 mins plus AT to play

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:33

My word ..... sweating or what , Olympiakos just wide ...... how.

Wolves defence all at sea!!

22 minutes top go. This is on a knife edge. They look menacing and more than likely to score.



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:34

Donk coming on to bolster th midfield probably replacing DP

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:35

Podence has had a good evening winning us a penalty and posing a threat but is replaced by Donk

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:36

Now Podence and Jimenez fluff their lines and it’s still 1-0 😂😩

Our man from Passendaele, Flemish Belgium, is on. The Donk for Dear Podence



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:39

Cissencatches Raul around his chops and gets a yellow card

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:41

As always Boly is immense in defence

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:43

Now Jota only has the goalie to beat after a poor back pass and fluffs it!!

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:45

What a save by Rui!!!!!

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:46

Flipping ‘eco. They skim the bar after we we one on one with their keeper ...... the latter a dreadful attempt and it should’ve been 2-0 ..... who was that Jota or Donk, screen is fuzzy. It was Jota.... arrrrg

Patricio now saves us, close range header and save, Enormous pressure for Wolves to soak, 9 of normal time to go. This is definitely now squeaky bum time



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:48

Olympiakos are throwing everything at us and going oh so close, it is worrying. On the contrary we mount an attack then pass the ball back to our defence! Joao takes the ball forward, can’t see a pass and puts a great shot in just over the bar

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:48

Moutinho now skims the bar!!!! 🤪



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:51

Five minutes to plat plus AT, and we have a free kick just in their area which Joao takes. Boly and their goalie down injured in their area - goalie OK but trainers on for Willy

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:54

Willy’s OK

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:54

Boly injury in the box. This will add another 4 minutes on alone. He’s up however and we’re about to start.

The clock says 89 minutes gone.



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:57

More pressure ends up in the Wolves side netting. What a shame!!

4 of the 6 added minutes to go



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:58

Six added minutes to play. Good play on left of our area as Donk gets outwitted ends with a shot into side netting. Raul takes on for the team!

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:59

Free kick wasted by Oly

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 21:59

Free kick from Olympiakos sails over everybody. Goal kick

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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 22:00

Into the last minute and free kick on CC on edge of our area

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 22:02

That’s it!! Quarter final bound in Germany versus Seville!!!

Rode our luck tonight. Sometimes that’s what you need. Far from a cultured win but a great win nonetheless!

Well done Wolves on reaching this milestone.

UTW!!



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: wolverina (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 22:04

Blimey that was nerve-wracking - but we're through and that's all that matters! UTW!

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiako could struggle against Sevilla, but low
Posted by: Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 22:06

All over and we have done it. Nuno embraces his opposite no. Then rushes to embrace Rui.
A less than convincing performance and evidence of tiredness creeping in perhaps. We need to take more of our chances up front, and continue the good work at the back. Doc looks tired to me, and whilst Raul worked his socks off tonight I thought he was running out of ideas when attacking. Adama had an ineffective night also, but our midfield and defence held out very strongly, plus our top man Rui.
I think we might struggle against Sevilla, but let’s keep the faith in Nuno and our boys.
Our next game - the quarter - final will be next Tuesday
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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Lupinehowler (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 22:11

Not the most inspiring win but a win nonetheless.
I feel we will have to up our game for the next tie, the lads looked a bit rudderless at times tonight and we didn’t really have the player connections we usually have up front.
Onwards and upwards.

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: an angry wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 22:17

Quote:
Ivybridge Wolf
Now there’s a debate, what is our biggest game since 1972? I’d say City ‘74 Forest ‘80, Arsenal 1998 or Watford last year (our semi’s), possible / probable candidates as likely bigger BUT if we get to the semi’s in this competition, well ................ ? 😁
Positives for the night - I believe we have the better team, individually and collectively, a great and better manager (of course), capable of scoring some great goals, play for the full 90 minutes (disregard the Chelsea effort), a generally mean defence.

Negatives - post ‘restart’ we haven’t been consistent enough in attack (we are scorers of great goals, not great goal scorers), Olympiakos are no mugs and we didn’t exactly murder them over there, despite them being down to 10 for 60 minutes plus, no fans, 1-1 is a dicey first leg scoreline and can’t be relied on to sit on any laurels.

I think the positives outweigh the negatives and we’ll win but I do hope we take the game to Olympiakos to a certain degree. Having said that, a measured first half and ramping it up a bit in the second half wouldn’t phase me too much. As I say though, the score we achieved in Piraeus is a good one, but cannot be relied upon to deliver a quarter final berth.

We’ll do it 👍🐺🐺

I meant biggest game at molineux Ivy, but a great win tonight.

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: an angry wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 22:20

A minor emergency occurred here earlier , tonight of all nights... but from what I saw we got away with it tonight and Patricio contender for man of the match?

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Andy Fincher (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 22:22

Got a bit nervy at times to say the least but it wasn't going to be all plain sailing, Olympiacos are a good side. I couldn't see us keeping a clean sheet the longer it went on and were fortunate with the disallowed goal. If we had scored that and had it disallowed I would have been well unchuffed.
Jota should have sewn it up when one on one with their keeper and Rui had to pull out a couple of top saves but for every chance they had to score, we probably did as well.
Seville next. Not surprisingly it gets harder as we go.

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Andy Fincher (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 22:27

There's a few candidates for biggest match at Molineux but I always think of the wins over Ferencvaros and, especially, Juventus.

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: an angry wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 22:27

Sevilla are the best team left in the competition for me, couldnt get any tougher but who would have thought we would be 3 games away from winning the Europa league when we were in league 1 a few seasons ago eye popping smiley

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Andy Fincher (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 22:48

Quote:
an angry wolf
Sevilla are the best team left in the competition for me, couldnt get any tougher but who would have thought we would be 3 games away from winning the Europa league when we were in league 1 a few seasons ago eye popping smiley

Yep. The progress has been amazing.

Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06/08/2020 23:08

Absolutely, who’d have thought. An incredible few years. TC, Solbakken, Deanosaurus, M&M. Now this.

Going to the last match of the season under Lambert v Preston to the first match I got to the next season under Nuno was transition enough and Never thought it could / would come to this. Very happy. But still keen enough to will them on next Tuesday now. We cannot just see this as the end of the achievement, it can get even better despite the excellent opposition we are up against now. Seville will be an incredible match and I go into it with hope!.

And yes Angry, if just looking at Molineux matches, tonight could well be up there. Tragic fans couldn’t be there, a supreme irony that we wait 48 years for something like this, and nobody to watch it. Mind you, it was bad enough watching via a really poor online link, image what it would have been like at Molineux. Cardiac arrest time!! But would have been fantastic. I just feel fortunate I got to at least one Euro night this season v Espanyol.

A great achievement, very happy tonight ...... like the other thread on modern football, silverware is what we dream of. Underdogs we might be now ..... but tonight well done lads. Proud.

UTW



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Re: Match Thread: Wolves vs Olympiakos
Posted by: Billericay Wolf (IP Logged)
Date: 07/08/2020 00:46

Brings a lump to the throat!

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