Grif­fiths does it for gaffer Kenny

The Football League Paper - - BIG INTERVIEW -

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.

En­ergy

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.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

BE­LIEF: Leigh Grif­fiths, right, cel­e­brates with Sam Rick­etts af­ter scor­ing Wolves’ sec­ond from the penalty spot

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