‘We did enough to deserve more.’
‘One inch can make the difference.’
‘We have to be more clinical.’
Three concise sentiments from the head coach that put this disappointing loss to bed.
Matt Doherty will be smarting of course, not only for his unfortunate own goal but the miss the preceded it, which should have put Wolves in the driving seat.
The woodwork rattlers from Moutinho and Jimenez that sandwiched that costly miss underlined the early dominance from a team who’d seemingly shaken off the opening night jitters of last weekend.
I think there’s an old saying along the lines of ‘if you can’t be good, don’t be unlucky’ and the misfortune that accompanied not one but both of Leicester’s goals was obvious.
This team aren’t used to chasing games but in such an unforgiving environment, it’s certainly an area they must improve.
Nuno rang the changes at half time but as we saw on occasion last season, Plan B isn’t a radical departure from Plan A.
Withdrawing Jota and Costa for Bonatini and Traore had the whiff of fresh legs rather than a genuine attempt to rescue the game.
It was nice to get a taste of what our record signing has in the locker and he impressed with the type of explosive contributions we hope will become the norm.
Traore aside though, there wasn’t enough adventure to Wolves’ play, even against 10 men after the correct dismissal of Jamie Vardy.
Despite a Neves dipper and Jonny smacking the post there’s the lingering suspicion Wolves should have done more in that second period.
But it was the first half and in particular those opening 25 minutes where Wolves should take solace.
They bossed the game against a very decent side on their own ground and created more than enough openings to win the game twice over.
Even after the concessions, it was a more composed, confident display than the Everton game and if consistent improvement is what we’re looking to achieve, we can at least tick that particular box.
With just one point on the board from two matches ahead of the champions visit next week though, it’s certainly not been the start we hoped – whether or not it’s the one we deserved.