Date: 29th July 2015 at 10:31pm
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In front of a remarkable crowd of over 22,000 there was plenty to encourage Wolves fans in their friendly against Villa at Molineux. There will still be hope that there will be more new faces to boost the squad but there was the feeling that they are not that far away from having a team that can have another good season.

Early on it looked far from encouraging for Wolves as Villa passed the ball around confidently and took the lead with a very simple goal. But as the first half wore on it became far more even, although not the most inspiring of games. But after the break it was livelier and Wolves were the better team and created more chances than their opponents. They equalised after a good run from Iorfa was followed by a near post cross flicked in by Dave Edwards. Villa quickly regained their lead somewhat fortuitously when a mishit shot fell to one of their own players on the far post. But Afobe scored with his only chance of the game late on to earn a deserved equaliser. And during the second period Dicko wasn’t able to capitalise on three half chances that could have won the game.

Defensively there was a sound performance from Kortney Hause who looks much more at home as a centre back than in the left back position we saw him in last season. His defensive work and distribution was very good on the night. And at right back we saw more evidence of the huge promise of Dominic Iorfa who was often charging down the right to be the player most likely to get behind the Villa defence on the right.

In midfield there was a lot to like in the game of Conor Coady. His passing and tackling were good as he occupied the central midfield role alongside McDonald. Where Wolves did look lacking was in the wide positions with Henry on the right and Edwards surprisingly on the left. Neither made much impact on the game apart from Edwards well taken goal.

Up front Dicko and Afobe were a real handful for the Villa defence in the second half and they are clearly key to Wolves having a successful season. The concern in the striking department is the complete lack of any cover and competition for this pair. There is also no experienced cover for the keeper and we wait to see if the club have confidence in McCarey as the first choice cover for Ikeme. But the real question mark is whether the midfield packs the punch and flair that last night was clearly missing Sako’s impact from the left wing.

Wolves have been linked with quite a few players this summer and we wait to see if they can land at least a couple of good players in the transfer window that can raise the confidence that a last season’s 7th place can be improved upon.