Preview

Relief was the word following Town's victory over Millwall on Saturday. Nearly seven months without a win at the John Smith's Stadium was ended thanks to a Nahki Wells brace, although the football on show is still not at all easy on the eye.

However, Powell in his short time at the club has addressed some of his short term goals in the clean sheet against Wigan and his first victory at the weekend.

Town now go into a tough away clash against a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who have enjoyed a fantastic start to life back in the Championship following their promotion from League One.

Wolves currently sit third in the Championship, just two points off top spot and with the joint best defensive record in the league. In contrast Town have the second worst defensive record.

All signs may point towards a home win for tomorrow's clash, but Reading showed that Kenny Jackett's well organised side are far from a total rock, as they shipped three goals on Sunday.


Likely Line-up

One thing that Chris Powell has done in his short tenure, is to keep us fans guessing at his team selections and formations. From the confusing to the defensive line-up that we saw against Millwall.

He may opt to keep what appeared to be a 5-3-2 from the weekend, yet it was his changes in the second half that saw a more fluid brand of football played that encouraged most fans.

Whilst Anthony Gerrard and Martin Paterson near full fitness, Powell's major headaches will come in how to accommodate loan signing Grant Holt into the starting line-up.

Should he continue with the formation from the weekend, the impressive Harry Bunn may be sacrificed. However, if he is to fit both into the side, a flat 4-4-2 may be the way forward. Although that leaves both striker Bunn and central midfielder Jacob Butterfield out of position on the flanks.

Club captain Lee Peltier is also a doubt after limping off during the Millwall victory. Should he not recover, then 4-4-2 would seem the obvious choice.


Prediction

Wolves 2 -0 Town

A defence that still leaves you with little confidence up against a side riding high in the league, well the betting man will tell you home win.

Despite some decent football in the second half at the weekend, if Town play anything like the 45 minutes against Wolves then the game could be gone by half time.


Know Your Enemy

If you didn't know already, throughout this season, Thrice Champions will be getting the views of opposition fans, bloggers and podcasters so you know the story behind the club they know so much about.

Ahead of tomorrows clash away at Wolves, we spoke to Richard Hobbs - a contributor to the Wolves Fancast - to get the low down on the opposition.

Here's what he had to say to our questions...


TC: Wolves have started in blistering form since returning to the Championship. Is it a shock to see you currently two points off top spot?

RH: I really didn’t expect us to start the season this well, especially when three of our first four games of the season were against the relegated Premier League clubs. Last season we were clearly a cut above in League 1, and I thought we would be comfortably mid-table come May.

But the football we’ve been playing since the start of the season has been the best I’ve seen us play since I started watching them. At the start of the season I would have settled for a lower mid table finish at the end of the season, but now I’m quietly confident we can make a push for the playoffs.

TC: How much of the turnaround since relegation in 2012/13 can be attributed to Kenny Jackett?

RH: A lot! When he arrived, he was unhappy about some of the players and the ‘Premier League mentality’. He quickly got rid of anyone he did not think was motivated to play for the club in the third tier and was not afraid to play young players at Wolves.

The football wasn’t always pretty last season under Jackett, but this term, a lot of work has been done over the summer to play a more possession-style football which can only be down to Kenny Jackett.

TC: What's changed at the club since Huddersfield last visited back in April 2013, when Wolves appeared to be in disarray?

RH: The club was a mess at the back end of the 2012/13 season. There was a poisonous atmosphere all around, with no one really coming out with any credit at season. If you compare our squad from we you beat us in April 2013, only one player from the starting line up is still at the club. Now the team is full of young hungry players once again, who Wolves fans feel proud to see donning the Old Gold and Black.

TC: How important is it to have such a large core of the squad which won promotion from League One competing in this division rather than having to bed several signings in?

RH: Keeping pretty much the same team that saw us get promoted, has definitely seen them maintain momentum from our form last season. Considering how good we were last season, the team only needed tweaking at best and we only signed three players over the summer, along with Yannick Sagbo on loan. The team seem to be a very close knit right now and enjoy working and playing together.

TC: Today Wolves have signed Hull's Yannick Sagbo, is that signing one of the final pieces in your squad jigsaw?

RH: Quite possibly. Nouha Dicko is a very good centre forward, but can often spend too muchtime chasing down lost causes and not in the penalty box. From what I’ve seen of Sagbo at Hull, he seems to have a great presence and would give our wingers a decent target to aim for.

TC: Which Wolves player should Huddersfield fans worry about?

RH: Aside from our two main stars in Bakary Sako and Kevin McDonald, Lee Evans has been in phenomenal form the last couple of weeks, and at only 20 years old, seems to the improving every game.

TC: Which Huddersfield player do you think Wolves fans should worry about?

RH: Wolves were linked with Nahki Wells before he signed for Huddersfield and from the clips I’ve seen, looks dangerous. I’ve heard good things about Jacob Butterfield in the centre of the park and Harry Bunn looks like a good prospect.

TC: What is your prediction for Wednesday?

RH: 2-0 Wolves. We’ve still yet to drop points at home this season and hopefully Yannick Sagbo is available to lead the line.


Richard Hobbs of the Wolves Fancast was speaking with Thrice Champions' Greg Marah.

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