Date:Thursday March 23 2006
The fight against relegation doesn't get any easier for the Owls - who travel to Wolves in search of vital points this weekend. We ask Stuart Smith - editor of Vital Wolves - about promotion, Mo Ross, and much more in this week's 'Who Are Yer?'
1. Do you think you'll make the play-offs this season?
Whilst its still possible yes. But in reality, having to go that route is a sign of an underachieving season. At the start of the season most Wolves fans expected automatic promotion. We had a very strong squad mixed with experience and talent, and had a great manager managing the team. Unfortunately it hasn't worked out that way but if we get into the play-offs then it's anyones guess who will go up so we still have a chance.
2. What are your thoughts on Glenn Hoddle?
We signed him, and have to go with that decision. Signing Hoddle was always going to mean a change in style, and when that style works its fantastic. But that hasnt happened enough times this year. He's a great manager and can attract and manage big named players in this division. I'm sure that if he doesnt get success with us this season then he will next. He should go on and prosper in the Premiership, and hopefully itll be with us!
3. How do you feel about losing Kenny Miller at the end of the season?
Gutted. Everyone knows how good this guy is, and I'd say he's probably the best player in the Championship. He's progressed so much during his time here its sad that we have to let him go. He could easily cut it in the Premiership. We all know he can do it in the SPL because hes done it before. Hopefully he'll give his all for the rest of the season and help us to promotion.
4. Maurice Ross didn't make much of an impression here, how's he doing at Molineux?
Fantastically. He's got fight, desire and a very attacking mindset. He's not let us down yet. He fits in nicely with the style that Hoddle uses and has looked great since joining us. Must have just had a blip with you, cos he got rave reviews up at Rangers and was breaking into the Scottish side!
5. Paul Ince isn't getting younger - is he still a key part of the team?
Very much so. You cant buy what he posesses. He's scored some crackers for us this season and his experience at the top level is invaluable. You know what they say, he may not be as fast and fit as he once was, but he makes up for that with the brilliant footballing brain he has.
6. Who are your danger men?
Frankowski Miller Aliadiere and Mark Davies, so quite a few for you to worry about! Everyone knows what Miller possesses, so he can quite often be marked out of the game by the opposition. Aliadiere is also a big threat, as is Frankowski. Mark Davies is probably the 'unknown' in our team who deserves a lot of credit. He's been great for us and is a real threat.
7. If you could take one Wednesday player to Wolves who would it be and why?
Deon Burton. Still life in him yet. I know a lot of Wednesday fans questioned the singing of him earlier this year, especially with him coming from lowly Rotherham, but he's done the busines just about whenever he's gone. He'll never set the world alight but will always give it his all, and is probably at the right standard in the Championship. Noticed he's scored a few for you recently, and his goals will probably be the key to you staying up.
8. If you could send one player from Wolves to Wednesday who would it be and why?
Have to be Leon Clarke, but only to get competitive minutes. The lads come in for a lot of stick, and needs a break. He needs a big confidence boost and could get that from being sent out on loan and being successful at a club. Doesn't look like it's going to happen unfortunately, not this season anyway.
9. What's your most memorable Wolves Vs Wednesday match?
Cup tie when we beat you on penalties at our place. It was a brilliant match. At that time Wednesday were the giants, with players like Waddle in their time, and we were just the relative minnows. The Sky cameras were down, which at that time wasn't as common as now, and it was a top match all round. I remember you going 3-1 up on penalties and we still managed to snatch it somehow!
10. What do you make of our season, and do you think we'll stay up?
I hope so. If for no other reason than to annoy Colin! The other teams around you don't seem to be winning and it looks as though you're picking up a few good results recently. Beating PNE at home is a cracking result for any team in this division, and it looked like you did it quite convincingly! I'm sure you'll still be in this division next season but hopefully not with us!
11. Finally, what's your score prediction?
2-0 Aliadiere and Frankowski. We'll have too much for you upfront and you're not exactly scoring freely. I expect a tough time of it though.
Thanks Stuart! Good luck on Saturday and for the rest of the season.
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