Eardley plummets from top of world

Neal Eardley beats Tottenham's Stephen Pienaar in the air
Neal Eardley beats Tottenham's Stephen Pienaar in the air
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NEAL Eardley was big enough to face the media after the hammering at Wolves but he didn’t need to say a word – his body language spoke volumes.

With shoulders slumped, the defender said he felt like he had gone from the “highest of highs to the lowest of lows” after the delight of beating Spurs was followed by the Molineux mauling.

Eardley admitted he and his team-mates had not done themselves justice during the 4-0 defeat, and felt conceding a goal inside two minutes had a big bearing on the outcome.

“To concede early in any game can have an effect on the way you play and I felt it did,” said the Welshman.

“The first goal often sets the tone of a game.

We didn’t want to concede at all, never mind that early, and it just wasn’t to be for us on the day. We couldn’t really get going.

“It’s a big blow. I know we beat Spurs the other day but it is the matches against the likes of Wolves that we need to be winning.

“It just wasn’t to be and it is not a nice feeling, but we have to dust ourselves down and get on with it in the next game against Chelsea.”

Eardley admitted the other turning point was the first-half dismissal of DJ Campbell following a clash with Wolves centre-half Richard Stearman.

“I’m not sure what sparked it off because I didn’t really see,” said Eardley.

“I don’t want to say much about it because I think DJ will know he was in the wrong.

“He is not that type of lad. You can’t raise your hands. It was probably a heat of the moment thing and DJ will probably admit that.

“It is out of character because DJ is not that kind of guy. He is a top man but maybe that had an effect on the way things panned out.”

The defeat extended Pool’s wretched record at Molineux. They have lost their last six games there and haven’t won at Wolves since a 2-1 victory in 1964, when Ray Charnley and Graham Oates were the goalscorers.