Date: 8th November 2014 at 3:54pm
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Wolves took a hammering at Derby on Saturday as they were outplayed all over the field by a team that will doubtless be in the promotion picture this season. Wolves have been stuttering for a few weeks now and this was the day when that all came home to roost.

Jackett recalled Sam Ricketts at left back and brought in George Saville to replace the injured Dave Edwards;

Doherty. Batth, Ebanks Landell, Ricketts
McDonald, Evans
Henry, Saville, Sako

Derby looked the better team from the very early stages and were pressing Wolves high up the pitch to counteract the passing game and Wolves were conceding a number of free kicks as they came under pressure. From one of those dead balls Shotton headed just over from a decent chance. And Wolves didnt learn their lesson from that after the same player beat Batth in the air to head in with Ikeme unlucky as he did well to push the ball onto the post but it rebounded in.

Wolves then came as close as they were to come to rescung the game when Sako drove over from a training ground corner move, and then Ricketts got through on the left and pulled the ball back to Saville who shot wide from a good chance. That spell was as good as it got for Wolves as Hendrick sidestepped Doherty and shot in from the edge of the box. It was one way traffic from then on and the Rams were 3 up at the break as Russell picked the ball up on the edge of the box and drove forward unchallenged before shooting in.

Jackett tries to stop the tide by bringing on Stearman for Ebanks Landell at half time. Wolves showed a little spirit at the start of the second half but it took only ten minutes for Derby to grab a 4th. A good passing move saw Hughes set up Hendrick for his second. In rare Wolves attacks Clarke hit the Derby post and McDonald shot over but in no time it was 5 with Russell getting his second. McAlinden replaced Clarke and immediately brought a save from the Derby keeper but Wolves were by now just happy to hear the final whistle.

Ikeme 6 – Unlucky not to save the first and no fault with the others
Doherty 6 – beaten for the second but better than some
Batth 5 – not his best game, beaten for the first and conceded many free kicks
Ebanks Landell 6 – probably unlucky to be the one replaced at the break
Ricketts 5 – made a couple of runs forward but not a great day to come back into the team
McDonald 5 – not on his game at the moment and made little impact here
Evans 4 – no impact on the game
Henry 4 – no impact either
Saville 5 – missed a good chance when it was 1-0
Sako 6 – tried to get things going to no avail
Clarke 4 – never showed until hitting the post when it was 4-0
McAlinden at least showed a little life.
Rowe and Stearman came on but made no difference

Kenny Jackett has two weeks to lift his team before the next game and a rest looks needed. The defence was not able to stand up to constant pressure, the midfield could never wrestle the initiative from the hosts and Wolves were toothless up front. I dont think its any coincidence that form has suffered since Dicko got injured. Him and Edwards are the only Wolves attacking players that move off the ball and give the midfield players a target so to retain possession, all of the passing seems to be sidewards and backwards. And when the opposition close the midfield down then the passing game falls apart. The return of Dicko will help, the signing of another forward will help even more even though it should have happened in the summer. And the next two weeks need to see some key players get their game back on track.