On August 19 Wolverhampton Wanderer supporters had to deal with something that they haven't had to deal with since the end of the 2014/15 football season; losing. Against Queen Park Rangers the Wanderers collapsed losing the game 3-2 after being up 2-0 twenty four minutes into the game.
24 minutes into the match with Wolverhampton up 2-0 against a team that had just been relegated from the Premier league, many supporters felt that Wolves were on there way to an early jump at being promoted after a season where they missed out on the play-offs because of goal difference.
What followed was a disappointing series of scores which left Wolverhampton supporters holding their heads and uttering; "Here we go again."
If one were to head over to the official Wolverhampton Wanderers Facebook page you could see exactly how supporters were reacting to this mid - game collapse. Supporters have been calling out the back four for a couple of days now as the reason for why we found ourselves marking the lose column.
However, I tend to agree with another group of supporters who are all asking the exact same question; "Why is Martinez playing over Ikeme?" While Martinez in his own right is a good goalkeeper he shouldn't be in the starting XI on game day. Carl Ikeme was the starting keeper for the Wanderers over the 2014 - 2015 season, a season that saw Wolverhampton perform well for a team that had just been promoted from League 1.
The final result against QPR was the first match this season in which the Wanderers lost. Carl Ikeme was the starting goal keeper for Wolverhampton until recently. Since Martinez has taken over the Wanderers have had a draw and a loss to their record. With an important series of matches coming up against Cardiff, Barnet, and Charlton Athletic, Wolverhampton supporters are hoping that their pleas for Ikeme to return to his usual role of starting keeper won't be ignored by the boss.
While I do agree that the back four need to be looked at closely over the upcoming fixtures I am more concerned with the man protecting the goal - and that starts with Ikeme returning to goal for the game against Cardiff.