Another game, another stoic defensive outing.
The point is welcome but I’m left thinking if we could have sustained our attacking efforts for the duration of the game, we might have gone one better against a beleaguered Chelsea.
Once they stepped onto us after the break though, we swiftly crawled back into our shell and defended the width of our 18 yard box for the remainder.
Much like the Liverpool game it was disappointing how little Wolves were able to muster on the counter , with the ball bommeranging back time and time again.
Perhaps it’s harsh to criticise Raul but I did think there were a number of occasions he could have done better holding it up or finding the right pass to relieve some of the pressure.
There was just no out ball for our warriors at the back, even after Traore came on and that’s something Bruno has to find a solution for if we’re to become more progressive in possession.
In the first half we moved the ball well and got up the pitch to cause plenty of problems – not least the goal that was ruled out and a fantastic headed chance for Dendoncker.
Daniel Podence was at the centre of all those good moments and he remains a frustrating enigma, able to produce moments of magic but frustrate and disappoint in equal measure.
It would be helpful if one of Podence or Traore or Trincao could step up their game to demand a place in the team with any sort of consistency. As it is, it’s nigh on impossible to say who should and shouldn’t be playing from one game to the next.
What has been pleasing in the last two games is seeing the back up wingbacks enter the action and perform admirably. We certainly didn’t lose anything defensively with Hoever and Marcal in the team and both got forward to good effect at times to support out rare attacking forays.
In fact, the only real chance Chelsea mustered all game was through Pulisic on the counter, but the imperious Sa was there to save our bacon as he has so often this season.
With the top three out of the way, we must now show greater ambition, find an antidote to our obvious weakness and transform this highly satisfactory season into a great one.