A blog along the lines of ‘forgive me if I’m not doing cartwheels over a lifeless goalless draw that virtually secures our Premier League status’ was locked and loaded.
OK, a stoppage-time winner and Adama ending his goal drought provides some relief, but it was still a hard and frustrating watch.
Before that last-gasp drama, I was ruing Wolves’ lack of ambition, poor recruitment, average squad and less-than-pleasing playing style. We seemed miles away from a club that finished seventh for the past two seasons, reached an FA Cup semi-final and progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Whether it’s 4231, or 343 after Neto’s injury (let’s not even go there), we’re devoid of any sort of identity.
Ait-Nouri and Semedo are defensively naïve, the midfield hasn’t a clue what to do in and out of possession, and the front line’s stranded. Our approach in attack is to pass the ball sideways and then lump it forward when we realise there’s no movement.
For long periods, Podence, Neto, Adama and Jose were anonymous, so too were Neves and Moutinho. They’re contributions largely involved sloppy passes and touches.
Predictably, the only passage of play in the first-half was ruled offside by VAR. It’s just the type of service that Jose thrives off. All I’ll say on VAR is that no one can convince me that it was introduced to overturn such ridiculously tight decisions – it’s pathetic. I’m all for VAR correcting obvious blunders – there’s enough of them in this country due to the diabolical standard of refereeing.
I was continuing to tear my hair out in the second half at Wolves’ failure to work out how to create anything going forward.
I’m loath to criticise our attacking talents, as the distribution from the defence and midfield has been mediocre at best since we restarted after lockdown, but Adama is a particularly frustrating case.
For long periods at Craven Cottage, Adama was barely involved. He was ineffective down the middle and continually gave the ball away.
But credit to him for standing up and producing that bit of quality when we most needed it. That’s something I want to see more from him.
At least we now have some relief for the rest of the season, although satisfaction is a long way off.