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AMIDST the wail­ing and the gnash­ing of teeth, the blame for Wolves’ dis­mal de­scent into League One ap­pears to have fallen at the door of the di­rec­tors.

Fans in­vaded the Mo­lineux pitch af­ter last week­end’s 2-1 de­feat to Burn­ley, dam­ag­ing dugouts and chant­ing for chair­man Steve Mor­gan to go.

But if they re­ally wanted to find the cul­prits, they should have gone past the dugouts, down the tun­nel and into the home dress­ing room.

Wolves have good play­ers on good money, and plenty of them. Sev­eral – Kevin Doyle, Roger John­son, Syl­van Ebanks-Blake – have won the di­vi­sion. They boast the kind of ex­pe­ri­ence that most Cham­pi­onship clubs would kill for. Un­der no cir­cum­stances should they be in the bot­tom half, let alone the bot­tom three.

Time and again this term, Wolves play­ers have stood be­fore a mi­cro­phone and said: ‘We haven’t been good enough’. Skip­per Karl Henry did so just last week.

But while hon­esty has its place, they are just words. With­out the will to do some­thing about it, they are empty, worth­less.

And at no point have Wolves’ play­ers tried to claw their way out of the hole they dug for them­selves.

Sure, you can talk about con­fi­dence. But the best play­ers can over­come self-doubt. That, just as much as pace, strength, or skill, is what clubs pay hand­some fees and hefty wages for.

Don’t you think Peter­bor­ough would have been feel­ing pretty sorry for them­selves af­ter los­ing seven straight games at the start of the sea­son? And what about Barns­ley, who hadn’t won in 11 be­fore David Fl­itcroft re­placed Keith Hill?

Yet both of them went into the fi­nal week­end with a shot at sur­vival af­ter scrap­ping their way off the bot­tom.

Had Wolves’ play­ers shown even a frac­tion of that fight they would be safe. That they didn’t proves just what a gut­less bunch they are. Never again should any of them see the salaries they pock­eted at Mo­lineux.

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