The margin between victory and defeat is always so thin for this Wolves side it really is the small details that make all the difference.
Against Sheffield Utd, we were too passive, too sloppy in possession and too meek in those rare opportunities we got forward to feel hard done by about how it finished.
This team go out and do the same thing every game, but the last two performances have felt more laboured and error-strewn than the trio of narrow victories that preceded them.
Still, had that Neves free-kick been a couple of inches lower, I suspect we’d have gone on to win that game – such is our ability to hold onto a lead – so some perspective is needed in what Nuno describes as a ‘difficult moment’.
Perhaps it’s time to forget about Europe for the moment and refocus on the objective our illustrious leader is always at pains to underline – the next game.
It’s a mantra that’s served us well for three years and could yet see us right again by the time we arrive at the finishing post.
In a twist of fate, it’s the Toffees who’ll have to contend with a Thursday/Sunday turnaround this time as they take on Southampton tonight looking to course-correct after losing to Spurs.
Prior to that, the restart had been kind to them with a good draw against Liverpool and wins against Leicester and Norwich.
Next season will probably be the time to judge Carlo Ancelotti but from the outside they seem a more stable, robust outfit than earlier in the season.
They did, of course, inflict a defeat on us at Goodison Park in a game where they always seemed to have the edge, promptly retaking the lead after Wolves twice found the equaliser.
Results took a steep decline after that point, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s emergence as a goalscorer has helped them claw things back. He’s got 15 this season.
Richarlison has 13 and loves playing against Wolves. He scored twice in the 2-2 draw in this fixture last season.
Their away form is amongst the worst in the division with 10 defeats from their 17 matches so far and just 3 victories.
I couldn’t get my head around taking Traore off in the last 10 minutes against Sheff Utd and reverting to a 352. It invited them on and restricted our counter-attacking capabilities.
Podence must wonder what situation will ever warrant him getting some minutes in the Premier League. I felt certain we’d see him at some point, particularly with Neto ruled out by injury.
It will be interesting to see whether Nuno takes this opportunity to shake things up a bit with the starting XI but my gut instinct is we’ll see the 352 with Dendoncker back in the side.
As mentioned above, whatever the shape or personnel, I think the biggest difference-maker is the players upping their levels by 10%.
Well done to MILDENHALL WOLF and kiwiwolf who both correctly predicted the 1-0 defeat at Bramall Lane.
Iceni Wolf and MILDENHALL WOLF now share the lead at the top of the overall table.
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