Wolves can end a difficult week with victory
Events on the pitch at a snowy Molineux on Tuesday took a back seat following the announcement of the death of Si Jack Hayward.
Few would argue that Sir Jack was the saviour of Wanderers in the dark days of the late Eighties and early Nineties. He poured £70million of his personal fortune into the club to stave off bankruptcy and build a more secure future.
He was as pleased as anyone when the club regained their Premier League status in 2003 and sold the club to Steve Morgan for just £10 in 2007 to help the new regime. There was hardly a dry eye in the house during a minute’s silence ahead of the Fulham FA Cup replay and the club’s life president will be badly missed.
Maybe it’s understandable that Wolves didn’t start well on Tuesday but they fought back well to level in the second period and only a goal in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of extra time denied them a place in the fourth round.
In the end, they lost on penalties to Kit Symons’ team but the Championship is regarded as the number one priority and Kenny Jackett could give a debut to Benik Afobe against Blackpool this weekend.
The England U21 international has been signed from Arsenal on a three-and-a-half year contract having scored 19 goals whilst on loan at League 1 MK Dons this season.
He looks a fine prospect and is looking forward to the new challenge. A start against the Championship’s bottom club looks a good opportunity to make an instant impression.
Blackpool beat fellow strugglers Millwall last week but that was a rare bright spot in a season which started poorly and has got gradually worse. Lee Clark still believes he can save the Tangerines but they’ve yet to win away from home all season and have managed only five points from a possible 36 overall on the road.
The turnover of players has been prodigious and it will be a major shock if they survive the drop with them currently eight points from safety.
It’s been an emotional few days at Molineux but Wolves should end it on a high note with three points, though they are understandably short in our betting at 8/15. The Draw/Wolves on the Half Time/Full Time is more attractive at 11/4. New boy Afobe is 13/8 to score on his debut.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, January 17th at Molineux.
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