Survival and Pride
Survival in the Premiership was first and foremost on Wolverhampton Wanderers fans today as their team lined up to face a resurgent West Bromwich Albion. Or was it?
Pride plays more than a massive part in local derbies and none more so than West Brom vs Wolves. This is a game that both sets of fans look forward to with great anticipation and bragging rights go on for weeks if not months after. The fact that Wolves are involved in a relegation battle added to the tension but they raised their game and put West Brom to the sword.
Goals from Steven Fletcher and Adlene Guedioura put Wolves 2-0 up within the first half hour and you could tell from watching that West Brom, already knowing they are safe from relegation,seemed to be in some sort of holiday mode.Wolves dominated the first half and Albion were lucky not to go in at half time more than two behind.
In the second half, Wolves fans knew that Albion would come back at them but could not have hoped for a better start when, within two minutes of the restart,Fletcher got his second goal after a horrendous defensive error by Albions' Abdoulaye Meite. 3-0 to the Wolves and game over. Albion did pull a goal back with a Peter Odemwingie penalty to make it 3-1. The Baggies dominated the remainder of the second half and except for a few fine saves from Wayne Hennessey could have made it level.
This was a hugely vital three points for Wolves who are now out of the bottom three of the Premiership and have two games left to ensure their survival.As for the Baggies, maybe a lesson in how not to switch off.
The bragging rights are now in the hands of the Wolves fans and they will be ecstatic about this victory for a long time to come,especially if it was the game that saved their season and possibly Mick McCarthy's job.