Date: 18th December 2016 at 4:54pm
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With a record of two wins in the last thirteen games this is certainly not the time for euphoria in the camp but 7 points from the last 4 games does give some hope that better times might be around the corner for Wolves. The two wins gained in that period have come against a QPR team that played much of the game with only ten men and a Forest team weakened by the absence of key players but wins are wins and just as we have seen losing can become a habit, then winning games can be too.

As Lambert searches for his best team we have seen a wide range of performances in his six games in charge. A solid goalless draw at Preston was followed by a poor home performance against Sheffield Wednesday. Then came the win at QPR followed by the thrilling home draw against Fulham, another disappointing showing at Cardiff then this weekend’s win at Forest. After many sterile performances over the last 18 months, the most encouraging stat has been 9 goals in the last 4 games. Supporters always draw encouragement from a team that is capable of scoring goals.

As an attacking team then summer signings Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro are so important for Wolves. They clearly have the ability to be successful at this level but they haven’t yet achieved consistency. If they could produce the goods regularly then Wolves would be a threat to any opposition in the Championship. But Wolves have been lacking goals from their strikers. Bodvarsseon and Dicko have both been playing well but not been hitting the back of the net. Bodvarsson has not scored since August and Dicko has yet to score at all following his return from his long injury absence. A striker will certainly be on the shopping list come the January sales.

The disappointing league form is also a reflection of a vulnerable defence and a central midfield lacking creativity. And a change in personnel can be expected in both those areas also in January. A good number of the players brought in last summer may be victims of a clearout. Full back Silvio wont be one of them with a broken foot meaning he will miss the next four months and may have played his last game for the club. Borthwick-Jackson seems certain to return to Old Trafford in Jan after an unsuccessful loan. Saiss and Oniangue have shown promise without establishing themselves in the team. John and Gladon have hardly been seen and seem certain to be released, while Teixeira has shown moments of brilliance far too infrequently. And then there are some longer standing names at the club who are struggling to get regular games like Wallace, Saville and Evans and they may also be part of a clearout.

But what Wolves need to crack more than anything is their form at Molineux. The next two games are there, against Bristol City on Boxing Day and QPR on New Years Eve. On away games only, Wolves now sit in a healthy 7th place in the league table. But on home form they are bottom with just two wins and nine points from 10 games. That clearly needs to improve if the club are to climb up the league and get the fans behind them. A successful festive season at Molineux would send Wolves into 2017 which much more optimism.