Saturday, 9 January 2010
What a relief! The game on Sunday is off, giving us more time to get Parker, Noble, Ilunga and, vitally, Cole fully fit. And who knows, if the takeover happens, we may have an extra player or two available come the rescheduled game.
I was sensing a degree of complacency as we approached the game, based on our performance against Arsenal and the return of Parker. The truth is, without Cole we are still very lightweight up front and defensively we are still vulnerable, as both Tottenham and Arsenal demonstrated. The breathing space of the postponement was just what we needed: Wolves would far rather face us without Carlton than with him in the team!
The trouble is, of course, we remain one injury away from a crisis. Carlton hasn't returned yet and that knee could give way again if we rush him back too soon. But after Villa, we go into a round of games that will determine whether or not we stay up. We need a strike force for those games, which is why Zola, Nani and co must pull a rabbit out of the hat from somewhere. Trusting to Cole and Franco simply is not an option during such a make and break period. We know now that Nouble isn't ready. Sears is a desperate option. Dixon, it seems, isn't an option at all. Harewood may not be ideal but at least he has a physical presence and has scored in the Prem. I would have him rather than nobody.
Meanwhile, I bet McCarthy is cursing his luck!
Posted by Hammersfan at 12:54