That’s the only positive.
I can’t think of anything else good to say about any individual player or the collective performance.
What was Paul Lambert thinking?
He somehow managed to pick the most defensive starting eleven anyone could possibly muster that still appeared to be wide open at the back.
Rotherham should have been two goals clear before Helder Costa wasted a penalty and Andi Weimann’s determination secured the ill-gotten points.
So limp were our attacking efforts throughout against a team who statistically can’t defend – averaging just under three goals conceded per game away from home – the contest was still up for grabs in the dying seconds when their center half mercifully shanked one over from right under the crossbar.
The result is of course crucial but it doesn’t justify the performance.
And the performance was a reflection of the ridiculous team selection – the blame for which lies squarely at one man’s feet.
To play two defensive midfielders at full back was ridiculous. They offered nothing going in either direction.
Matt Doherty has been one of our most consistent performers for two seasons and is arguably one of the best attacking full-backs in the league. Leaving him out at home, when we need to sort out the whipping boys is madness.
And where exactly was Dave Edwards supposed to be playing? He offered little to no support to Weimann and barely got a foot on the ball all game.
Surely if you’re going to play two holding midfielders, there has to be one attacking midfielder ahead of them?
I just don’t get it. What was the plan?
Of the three genuine attacking players we fielded, Marshall tried and showed moments of ability, Weimann did what he could from laughably little service and Costa continues to sit on his deckchair.
I’m sorry, if we’re going to lambast the workhorses for a lack of ability our £12 million winger needs a rocket up his rear end for the dross he’s been turning out lately.
Against Wigan, Blues and today again he was totally anonymous. And don’t tell me he was marked out of the game or surrounded because he wasn’t. It’s just not acceptable.
The biggest travesty of all though is that people will focus on the boos that deservedly accompanied the full time whistle when in fact the support was tremendous throughout considering what was served up.
It’s the crowd that deserve better.
Sort it out Wolves.