Well all the experts moaned when he wasn't picked against Everton, despite the rumours of the injury, but what have they got to say now? The score is 0-0 because Cole, confidence surging apparently, can't hit a barn door at five paces. Played in by Parker's deflected pass, Cole was given the sort of opportunity most Blue Square League strikers would convert 99 times out of 100, and our "must pick" England man put it five yards wide with only the keeper to beat! And that was that, our one real chance gone for a Burton!
We have looked the better team first 45 but the crossing from the flanks has been poor. Defensively, we have looked OK, except at corners, where we continue to struggle. With more composure, Wolves might have notched two, especially when Cole dawdled in his own six yard box.
How do we win it from here? I suspect Obinna may be the key, coming on for either Stanislas or Sears. But we will then be very vulnerable to a counter attack. Noble was warming up early so expect to see him introduced around the 60 minute mark if we still haven't scored.
This game is winnable and had Cole taken that chance, I would have been very confident going in to the second half. But remember what happened when Cole missed a first half sitter against Bolton?