Wolves travel to Derby today and that’s another big test to see where we’re at.
I think we caught Middlesbrough a bit cold last Saturday and hopefully we can do the same with Derby. I’m expecting the Rams, Boro and Hull – who Wolves play on Tuesday – to all be up there fighting for promotion at the end of the season. So for me, although it’s a very tough start on paper, I’d rather be playing these teams now before they really hit their stride.
Wolves have got a dreadful record at Derby in the past three seasons, losing all three games comfortably. But you can guarantee that Nuno won’t care about that – and why would he? He’s new to the club, bringing in his own ideas and players, so he won’t care about the past.
I’m interested to see how they get on today because I don’t think Boro were quite at it and this will be a tougher test. It’ll also be interesting to see if he sticks with the same team that beat Boro.
Ivan Cavaleiro is back from suspension but other than that the fringe players who came in and won the Yeovil game the other night didn’t hugely impress with their performance. The transfer window is still a few weeks away and there are still a couple of things to do. Some of the players who are out of favour will move on and it seems they’re still looking for another striker.
Nuno is still getting to know his squad but he’ll know where the weaknesses are. Fosun have backed them all the way so far, spending plenty of money, and I’m sure that’ll continue to be the case if new players are needed. This is why everyone is getting so excited for the future.
Finally I was honoured to take part in the 24-hour penalty shoot-out which took place last week. The whole thing was a massive success and I hear they’ve raised £12,000 which is absolutely superb. I know Carl will appreciate what everyone is doing in support of him and Cure Leukaemia. Fair play to Steve Plant and the other guys for putting on a great event. I even managed to stick one in the top bin with my shoes on!