A mixed performance and a comeback capped by a stoppage time winner isn’t to be sniffed at.
I’m still frustrated by how Brighton attractively passed and moved the ball with effortless ease between Dunk’s header and sending off.
For Wolves, having any creativity in possession is an alien concept. I find it very frustrating that the likes of Neves, Moutinho and Podence have completely lost their confidence due to Nuno’s increasingly negative tactics.
And what also alarms me is that our defensive core has imploded. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Coady and especially Kilman should have been on their big men at corners.
Where’s our identity? A once rock solid defensive shape has vanished and we’re offering little going forward.
However, at least Adama stamped his mark on the game. We needed inspiration from somewhere, with Adama taking the game by the scruff of the neck. He’s the only one who caused the Brighton defence any problems.
And fair play to Gibbs-White. I don’t think he pulled up any trees and I haven’t seen anything to convince me that he’s of the required standard of where we want to be as a club, but it was nice to see him show some rare composure for the winner.
Ait-Nouri and Silva can also reflect positively on their contributions. I feel we’ve seen enough of Ait-Nouri going forward, as well as an improvement defensively, to sign him permanently, although not for £20 million. As for Silva, he continues to grow in confidence, with his all-round game coming along nicely.
Without stating the obvious, this summer is massive. We need to drill 4231 and recruit two centre backs, a physical midfielder, a wide forward (possibly two) and back-up/competition for Raul. And there’s a strong argument for a number 10 and left-back too (depending on Vitinha and Ait-Nouri’s situation).
Like I’ve said before, I’d like to see a new manager lead this revolution.
Our identity’s gone under Nuno and it’s very hard for managers to get that back. I agree with Nuno that a change in philosophy is needed, but I struggle to see how a manager with a defensive outlook on the game can be the one to deliver a drastically different style.