Perspective is often the hardest thing to keep in football, particularly after you’ve enduring an afternoon as galling as this.
But it’s the one thing we should all be keeping a firm handle on in the wake of Wolves’ first league defeat since October.
Poor performances can never be entirely excused but after providing us with six months of some of the best football seen in old gold, this team deserve to be cut some slack.
Credit ought to go to Forest for the shut-out too, Aitor Karanka has got them well drilled at the back.
That being said, it’s important we don’t mask our disappointment completely.
This was the poorest Wolves have been all season, and raises some urgent questions at the mid-way point of the January transfer window.
Do we need another striker?
Can our wing-backs make it through the second half of the season?
Are we creative enough in midfield?
All relevant queries that Nuno will no doubt be mulling behind the scenes.
The first conundrum will of course hinder on the impact Rafa Mir makes when brought up to speed, but it’s fair to say that Leo Bonatini isn’t having the best of times at present.
After a prolific start to his Wolves career the Brazilian is cutting a forlorn figure that offers little to the team, so much so that it’s certainly worth questioning whether he’s worth shelling out a transfer fee for.
Whether the solution already lies within our ranks or must be recruited is a nut the management team need to crack sooner rather than later, as we scarcely landed a punch on Forest despite our dominance in possession.
The stark decline of Helder Costa is a concern that only exacerbates this conundrum, with his dire cameo no doubt leaving everyone wondering where the thrilling player of last season has gone.
Matt Doherty and Barry Douglas’ burdensome afternoons are perhaps not so much of a worry, given their general excellence throughout the campaign thus far.
But it’s hard to dispel the fear that Doherty is at risk of being burned out, especially with there being no obvious cover for him within the senior ranks.
Likewise, the travails of Rueben Neves and Romain Saiss ought to be looked upon as something of a minor blip.
Neither were especially poor yesterday, and Alfred N’Diaye and Morgan Gibbs-White are no slouches. Indeed, a case can be made for the latter being our best performer in this game.
Nonetheless, our passing has been worryingly predictable as of late and this will no doubt be addressed on the training field over the next week.
Like the majority of Wolves fans, I have complete faith in Nuno’s ability to tackle these issues and trust the team to adapt to the solutions he provides.
One quick glance at the league table will show that this is no time for sirens, but rather calm contemplation. As the gaffer has no doubt already said, we go again at Ipswich.
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