Wolves wary of potential for pain

Thursday 11th April 2013 18:42

Stephen Hunt: Better run of results for Wolves

Stephen Hunt: Better run of results for Wolves

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Wolves' form has been much improved of late, but FanZoner Karl Sears isn't feeling comfortable watching his team just yet.

In the world of psychology, there is a concept known as the 'pleasure-pain principle'.

It was devised, or at least discussed at length, by Sigmund Freud, and it describes the idea of seeking pleasure and avoiding pain in daily life.

In basic terms, it outlines why people, if given the choice, would choose to sit in a comfortable chair rather than, say, have their foot chewed by a stray dog.

This trait is supposed to be inherent in everybody, yet thousands of people defy this principle every weekend and watch Wolves play - a choice that has been far from pleasurable for the last few years.

A few quick sums tell me that, since we won the Championship, we've only won 24% of all of our league games - 38 out of 155. That means that since August 2009, we've won one game in four - making our recent run of four wins in five games even more impressive... and unusual.

In recent weeks, watching Wolves has become rather more pleasurable and slightly less painful - Mr Freud would be pleased.

The team has started showing some grit, finally. It would have been so easy to fold after falling behind against Bristol City, after getting pegged back twice against Middlesbrough and during Birmingham's late flourish - but we didn't.

I don't think it's a coincidence that results have improved now that Dean Saunders has started fielding a more settled side.

However, even our recent successes have failed to escape the cold hand of misfortune completely.

Since winning at Millwall, the injury list has begun to mirror the squad list - those of you who have Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, David Davis and Matt Doherty on your Wolverhampton Wanderers 'injury bingo' cards can cross them off now.

It's also hard to escape the fact that, despite our good run, we've not shot up the league. Why? Everyone else keeps winning! Peterborough, Barnsley, Blackpool and Huddersfield have all picked up at least seven points in their last six games, so who goes down is still anyone's guess.

But for all the rubbish that we've seen this season, both on and off the field, the plight of Bury has helped me keep things in perspective.

Bury issued a statement in the week saying: "The club desperately needs £1million of external investment to secure the long-term future of the club. Without this investment, the club will cease to trade and there will be no more professional football played at Gigg Lane.

"We need you now because - I repeat - the club will close."

Wow. We may not be playing too well, and we may not be having a great season, but at least we have a club to support.

The next two games see us play Huddersfield, then Hull, at home. The former is a must-win, the latter is a mustn't-lose.

If we take four points from those games, I'll be thrilled - providing that everyone around us starts losing... which they probably won't.

By Karl Sears, FanZone's Wolves blogger. Follow us on Twitter at @FanZone too!

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