Wolves seem surprisingly nervous about tomorrow's encounter with Charlton: Wolves
Of course, a well run team takes every encounter seriously rather than three easy points to be collected by turning up on the day. Given recent poor form at Molineux, if Wolves do not score quickly, or Charlton go ahead, the crowd will be on their back and the players will get even more nervous.
I had foolishly forgotten that Darren Ward will not be available. The options to replace him are Matt Holland and Kelly Youga and Mark Kinsella has hinted on Cafc TV that Holland is the most likely stand in. Much as I admire Matty for his dedication to the cause, he doesn't fill me with a lot of confidence as centre half - and, to be fair, it's expecting a lot of him.
In all honesty, I do not think we will get anything out of tomorrow's game and I am going for a 2-0 win for Wolves. Given the proximity of Wolves, I have often gone to away games there, despite a rather threatening atmosphere, but not tomorrow. However, Philippa Nicholson will be providing match day coverage.
In these difficult times, one consolation is to recall previous victories. On the occasion of my 53rd birthday, I saw us beat Wolves 3-2 at Molineux. It was our first win there for 47 years. We had last won in 1953 and victory gave us 53 points. I used to travel to The Valley on the 53 bus. Five goals were, of course, scored in aggregate, three by Charlton, again making the magic number 53.
We do have a milestone birthday for one of our children on Sunday, but I wouldn't want to read the result off from that because it would imply an even bigger drubbing than I have forecast.