I was sat at a bar in Cyprus with a group of fellow Wolves supporters watching the Southampton game and we all agreed.
The goals conceded, particularly the first and the third – were just so poor and unlike Nuno’s Wolves.
Those gifts coupled with a familiar yet irritating lack of cutting edge in the final third made for a maddening afternoon.
As always, there were some decent passages of play in between, but with the personnel in the team you’re always going to get that. Where it mattered at both ends though, they were lacking.
We definitely need a result to lift the mood after Wembley and even though we’re playing perhaps our biggest bogey team, this is a great opportunity to get it.
Talking of semi-final hangovers, I suspect Chris Hughton thought his team could bounce back from their own Wembley heartache with 6 points from home games against Bournemouth and Cardiff to all but guarantee safety.
Zero points and 7 goals conceded has left them in a whole heap of trouble.
They remain 2 points above Cardiff with a game in hand, but after this one, they’ve still got to play Tottenham, Arsenal and on the final day – Man City.
Getting turned over at Molineux would put a huge amount of importance on their other more winnable game at home to Newcastle next weekend.
I fancy Cardiff will get at least one result from their remaining four games (Fulham away and Palace at home are good fixtures) so the Seagulls need to put a few points on the board.
Based on our recent woes and generally awful record against struggling teams, this is a massive game for them.
Anthony Knockaert is a notable absentee after getting sent off against Bournemouth, which is a blow for a team who don’t create many chances.
The away end
Some views lifted from a popular Brighton forum:
Personally would go 4-1-4-1 as Wolves at home is tough on its own but they have something to prove after recent results and who better to get a reaction against than poorly Albion. Might as well bring in some U23’s as subs as they surely can not do any worse.
a draw against Wolves and a scrappy win against Newcastle. So long as we do that, we’ll stay up. But **** me it would have been easier to just have beaten Cardiff…
No hope, no chance. We won’t get another point this season. I’ve accepted it. We are in such freefall and so far off the required standard that it is simply impossible to turn this round in five games with the same personnel. It does make me laugh that people are still so detached from reality that they’re expecting us to beat Wolves and/or Newcastle. Wolves are far better than us and Newcastle have only lost one game away from home against non-top six teams all season. It’s a case of how many will they want to win by!
The lads have been sunning it up in Marbella again this week, which normally has the desired effect. I suspect Nuno might freshen up the starting eleven a bit too.
We should take more risks and go for the jugular as we did against Cardiff.
I don’t think they’re going to be overly adventurous in attack so I’d be testing them out defensively from the off.
Neves hasn’t been reaching the heights we know he’s capable of lately, so a good opportunity to see if Gibbs-White can rediscover some form.
Vinagre and Traore aren’t as cultured as those ahead of them in their position but offer the sort of direct impact we often lack against the bottom sides.
Quite a few people correctly predicted doom at St. Mary’s but nobody got the scoreline.
It’s still tight at the top of the overall table with Wolvo Dave, vicsmith and Teddy Eley all agonisingly close to glory.
As always if you’d like to join in, simply leave your prediction in the comment section below, which is where you’ll find my best guess.
Up The Wolves!