With all the technology flooding into football, it’s odd that nothing has been done to address the issue of time-wasting.
If we did away with the lottery of injury time and agreed the clock was only ticking when the ball is in play we could put this to bed once and for all.
No more defenders whining about sudden onset cramp, no more jogging back to the bench, no more keepers lining up goal kicks like they’re Jonny Wilkinson.
It’s a pantomime and everyone just plays along.
This isn’t a dig at Burnley specifically by the way who I refuse to lambast for one simple reason – every team does it.
OK, they well and truly maximized their opportunity to drain down the seconds once Ashley Barnes had fired them ahead, but so what?
If the roles had been reversed Wolves would have done very similar things.
Change the rules or introduce a solution.
Thankfully technology wasn’t our enemy today and Raul despatched the VAR-endorsed spot-kick with trademark nerveless aplomb.
It looked like the moment had been and gone after our Mexican magician saw his neat spin and finish come back off the post.
Those were the only two real goal-bound efforts of note from a jaded looking Wolves team who never really found a rhythm.
Burnley should have been over the hills and far away with the copious chances they created and we have Rui Patricio to thank again for bailing us out. He’s been the standout player so far this season.
Barnes and Wood are a handful and they opened us up with relative ease in the first half as Bennett, in particular, struggled to cope with the bombardment.
It probably didn’t help that to his right Matt Doherty wasn’t really at the races. He’s lacking the 10% that a full pre-season would have given him and should have been hooked sooner.
Quite why Nuno waited so long to introduce Traore only he can comment but Burnley had to sacrifice three players to stop him every time he had the ball, which opened spaces elsewhere that had previously been locked down.
Vinagre should probably have been on too with Jonny’s end product in the final third nowhere near incisive enough when teams sit back and defend.
Credit to all involved though for hanging in there and stretching the undefeated record.
And the fact they snaffled the point in the 7th minute of injury time only serves to make it all the sweeter.