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Interview With An Away Fan - Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ahead of your game against Wolves on Saturday, Thomas Hill spoke to David from the Wolves Fancast.

Scott Heavey

Fourth in the table after 13 games, you must be delighted with the start you've had?

We're very pleased! At the start of the season the thought was a mid-table finish. Although we performed better than expected last season, the realistic view from fans was mid table. We're still a promoted team from League One at heart and not many of our players have vast Championship experience. The frustrating feeling though is that we should be top. It's another of those 'if's and buts' scenario but if we hadn't had had our meltdown v Millwall and conceded late in the goal thriller v Reading, we could be easily top. Expectations have risen, Jackett wants the title. We're doing well but like the old football cliche we're taking it one game at a time.

I've always thought highly of Kenny Jackett, is he the man to take you back to the Premier League?

He could well be. From day one he seems to know what he is doing. Methodical and vastly experienced. This comes across very much in his interviews and when anyone meets him. Many may not realise that he was one of Sven's coaches when he was in charge of Man City. That one season where Man City (for what they were at the time) brought a group of unknowns and finished seventh. A very good season for them at the time. Kenny is building a new, modern and forward thinking Wolves. He is maticulous in his planning. I would very much recommend reading 'Family: Life, Death and Football' by Michael Calvin. It chronicles Millwall's playoff winning season in 09/10 but a large part of the book looks at Kenny as a manager who helped the Lions gain promotion.

Which of your players do we need to look out for and why?

The French connection. Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko. They should be fit for the game after picking up a knock mid-week. Every team puts three men on Sako and Leeds will be no different. Powerful, Skilful and fast. If the Sako we know turns up, he'll be a handful. He can also score bullet free kicks so watch out if you give away a set piece on the edge of the box.

Dicko is our lone striker. He's small but it takes a lot to bring him down. His low centre of gravity means he won't be bullied off the ball. He'll hold his own and by the time you've blinked he's sprinted away.

If they don't play, look out for local lad and captain Danny Batth, passer supreme Kevin MacDonald and our promising youngster Lee Evans (we've all heard the joke, literally) in midfield.

What system will you be playing for the game?

Probably a 4-2-3-1. Or a 4-2-2-1-1. One in the same. Dicko up top on his own. Edwards just behind with Sako and a choice of James Henry/Van La Parra/Michael Jacobs on the wings.

If you could sign any Leeds player who would it be?

Without sounding bad, I wouldn't know. When doing some research for our latest podcast on how Leeds were getting on, I couldn't recognise any of your squad. The one name that stuck out was Sam Byron. Who became famous for apparently giving our then winger and now West Ham player Matt Jarvis a hard game. I hope those words don't come to bite me back...

What do you think our strengths and weaknesses are?

Following from the last question, I wouldn't know? As you're 15th in the league and haven't won a game in the last five, all I could say is your defence as your weak point (This really sounds like I know what I'm talking about doesn't it?!). But as you have drawn a few recently, you'll be tough to brake down and our wingers and Dicko might have a tough time getting onto the scoresheet.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Strength is our midfield. We have an abundance of players in this area and most of these can cause a lot of damage. Even excluding Sako, most of our midfielders have a couple of goals a game in them. If all of Wolves goals had come from Midfield from January - May last season, we would have still been promoted in the automatic places.

Weaknesses are both up front and in defence. We can't play 4-4-2. We have been so used to playing a 4-2-3-1 that any other formation doesn't seem to compute. Without Dicko up front, Wolves haven't got the goals in that department. Both Leon Clarke and on loan Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo don't seem to be showing any signs of scoring any time soon.

Despite having the best defence in the country a few weeks ago, the goals have started to flood in. Why? We don't know. Fans point out different reasons from Richard Stearman to Scott Golbourne. Kenny has re-shuffled the defence and despite a slip up against Millwall, we delivered our first clean sheet since Bolton at home against Boro on Tuesday night in a 2-0 win.

First goal scorer today?

Got to go with Sako. He's on fire at the minute. Bullet free kick.

And the result?

As both Dicko and Sako are fit, got to go for a 2-0 win for Wolves. If either don't play, I think we can still nick a late 1-0 win.