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PREVIEW: WOLVES V TOWN

16 August 2016

Jonas Knudsen is looking to build on his first season as Town travel to Molineux

Jonas Knudsen believes he is a better player for having a full season under his belt for Town and hopes the knowledge of the league he has built up can continue to help him improve.

The Blues travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers this evening hoping to get back to winning ways following consecutive defeats to Stevenage and Brentford.

"It's an important game following the two defeats," Jonas told the Club website.

"If we play like we did in the first half on Saturday we'll have a good chance, but Wolves will be a tough side. They have new manager, a new owner and they've signed some players but every game in this league is a tough game.

"I think I am a stronger player now, and I know the league much better than when I came over. I knew I had to learn the league and learn the style of football so I think I've done that.

"I've had to do it step-by-step so now I want to put the next step on and go with the team to the Play-Offs.

"The culture and the fans in England have been better than I thought they would be. The atmosphere at the grounds and just how big football is over here is good so I like being here."

Team News

Town

Mick McCarthy will be without Brett Pitman [thigh], Luke Hyam [knee], Conor Grant [thigh] and David McGoldrick [ankle] for the trip to Molineux as, by the gaffer's admission, the Blues look a bit bare in certain areas. Luke Varney will be involved after re-signing on a six month deal last week.

Wolves

New signing, Prince Oniangue will not be available for the visit of Town, with the Congolese midfielder's transfer not being confirmed until Monday evening. Walter Zenga has no fresh injury concerns to deal with, but Michael Zyro, Jordan Graham and Nouha Dicko are all long-term absentees with respective knee injuries.

 


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Where they stand

Town - 13th

Wolves - 7th

Last Time They Met

There were no goals at Molineux when Town and Wolves last faced off in April. The Blues perhaps had the better of the chances, with Liam Feeney hitting the post and Brett Pitman having an effort cleared off the line in the first-half. Bartosz Bialkowski had to be alert to deny Matt Doherty in the second period, but both sides would have to settle for a point.


Key Players

Cole Skuse

Town's midfield anchorman has started this season as he has done any other, by providing a solid link between the defence and midfield. Skusey will drop deep to receive the ball whilst attempting to sweep up any Wolves counter attacks, so will be a vital cog in the machine if Town are to pick up all three points.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

The Icelandic international scored the equaliser on his debut as Wolves came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Rotherham on the opening day of the season. Bodvarsson played a big part in his country's spectacular Euro 2016 campaign, and managed to grab himself a goal in the 2-1 win over Austria in the group stages, so his pedigree will be something Walter Zenga will rely on for the season ahead.


Sky Bet Odds

Town: 12/5
Draw: 23/10
Wolves: 23/20

Match Officials

Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistant Referees: Daniel Leach & Timothy Wood
Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer


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