New Dawn for Wolverhampton Wanderers

Last season Wolves achieved an ignominious first. After getting relegated from the Premier League they followed this up with relegation from the Championship. Becoming the first team to ever drop from the promised land of the Premier League to the third tier of English football in successive seasons.

The malaise at Molineux was summed up by the performance on the final day of the season last year. Still not mathematically relegated Wolves played Brighton’s Gus Poyat away. Needing to win with other results going their way. Survival was a long shot but at least a possibility.

The eleven men that Wolves sent out played one of the laziest 90 minutes of football ever seen. Playing more like a team safe in mid-table and nothing to play for rather than one fighting for survival. Big name signings like Jamie O’Hara won the ever lasting dislike of the Wolves faithful.

Fast Forward six months and the picture looks far rosier. Second to Leyton Orient only on goal difference Wolves are six points clear of third place and on track to bounce immediately back to the Championship.

Unlike many so called bigger teams who have found life tough in the lower divisions Wolves have adapted well finding ways to win the scrappy games and only losing two all season.

Almost more encouraging then the league position is the new look of the squad. Expensive deadwood like Roger Johnson and Razak Boukari have been cleared out on loan allowing exciting young talents like Danny Batth, Zeli Ismail and Matt Doherty to take their chance in the first team and prosper. Adding to this former fringe players like Leigh Griffiths have come back to lead the promotion charge with Griffiths finding the net 11 times in the league.

There is a long way to go in the season yet but there is good reason for Wolves fans to be optimistic that at the very least the worst is over.

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