We might have camped out in our defensive third at Stamford Bridge, but there were still opportunities to score at the other end.
The free-kick Neves ballooned over, the Dendoncker header in the first half, another chance for the Belgian in the second when he failed to control Neto’s through ball and of course the game’s clearest opening for Pedro himself.
It’s what we used to do – concede territory, protect our penalty area and break forward to create better chances than opponents could muster with 65% possession.
We’ve got to keep doing it.
There are no enticing fixtures coming up, but if we show the same resilience, we’ll make it very tough for teams to beat us.
We’re on a good run of form against Palace, winning the last three games (all at Molineux admittedly) without conceding a goal.
In those matches, we’ve exerted greater control than usual with our midfielders able to dictate possession, but I suspect we’ll find the going tougher at Selhurst Park.
The only teams Palace have beaten in the last two months are Sheffield Utd and Albion and they come into this game on a run of results nearly as bad as our own.
As with previous years, scoring goals has been a problem (albeit their tally of 24 is still three greater than Wolves have mustered), but they’ve also struggled to keep the back door shut this season. Only Albion have conceded more goals.
With Burnley and Brighton picking up points and Fulham improving, they, like us, will be looking over their shoulders and keen to start chipping away at that 40 point minimum objective.
They’ve also loaned in a striker and Jean-Philippe Mateta will likely make his debut at some point tomorrow.
The home end
Some thoughts lifted from the pre-match thread on a popular Palace forum:
I can only see a loss here. We are right now the worst team in the league imo. I can’t see us winning another game unless changes are made. We are going to be in the frame for the drop this season. Sheffield, WBA and Fulham all playing well right now.
Need to throw something different at them so would like to see the new guy get a run out. However if so will probably be thrown on later on in the game. Overjoyed with a point as I think only WBA we can possibly beat at the moment.
I really don’t want to watch this game, but I know I will, gonna say 2-1 Wolves, unless we go back to 433, in Roy’s case (451) we just can’t play 442 with our midfield, in this day and age, we would need, Giggs Keane Scholes Beckham to make it work.
It pains me to say it, but we need to stop the rot and revert to sitting deep and denying the space we so generously afforded West Ham. Wolves has quick players such as Neto and Traore that would love a run at our creaking defence. They are not prolific scorers and at the moment I would be delighted with a scrappy 1-0.
It always happens every time we are written off by everyone, we go and win. That’s normally how Palace roll.
It seems like Ait-Nouri could be out injured and Nuno may persist with Semedo down the left and Hoever on the right.
The other option that I’d explore would be to bring Romain Saiss into the team. I think he’s very unfortunate to find himself out of the picture.
Willian Jose should start without question, probably in place of Traore who was terrible at Chelsea.
Yes, we didn’t get the ball to him enough in the areas of the pitch he’d want it, but Podence and particularly Neto still made a better fist of things with their movement and willingness to come deeper.
Last time out
Wolves saw out a 1-0 win against Palace to progress in the FA Cup just a few weeks back.
That game was similar in a lot of respects to the 2-0 league victory Wolves secured a few months back with Palace slow out of the gate and struggling to break through once they fell behind.
Well done to BG, Wolfman Jack and St.Kitts Wolves who all got a maximum by correctly predicting the score in the stalemate at Stamford Bridge.
MILDENHALL WOLF still leads the overall table at the end of Gameweek 20.
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