Griffiths does it for gaffer Kenny
Iwas at Molineux on Friday night to watch the televised game between Wolves and Crawley. It is incredible to think that the fixture would have been Premier League vs Conference just three years ago.
On the field, there were some signs of that. Kevin Doyle’s pace, for instance, certainly doesn’t belong in League One. But on the whole it was a fairly evenly contested and entertaining game in which Crawley more than played their part despite a 2-1 defeat.
Their set plays were imaginative and well-orchestrated and their tactical method of working their wide men into the pockets between the lines was clever and caused numerous problems. Their work, and it was clear there had been a lot of it, did deserve rewards against a Kenny Jackett’s strong, united and well motivated Wolves.
The game had a special interest for me because I completed my A License alongside Crawley’s Ritchie Barker and my Pro License alongside Wolves’ assistant head coach Joe Gallen. I spent a fair amount of time watching the two dugouts and trying to work out what each bench was thinking and how each bench was affecting the game.
Ritchie picked an attacking line up and his team played with a positive energy. He got his rewards in performance for the courage of his selection. Kenny, on the other hand, ultimately won the points because, in the words of his winning goalscorer Leigh Griffiths, “The gaffer just believes in us”.
Griffiths smashed home the winning penalty and certainly showed self belief in doing so. He also made his manager’s 72nd minute substitution look a very good one!
Three points to Wolves then but a cracking advert for League One. One club has been on the way down and one has been on the way up; right now they both appear to be moving forwards.
BELIEF: Leigh Griffiths, right, celebrates with Sam Ricketts after scoring Wolves’ second from the penalty spot