The result nearly always influences how you view a performance.
Had it been Wolves that made the breakthrough against Burnley in a game of few chances some of the not-so-good aspects of their play would have been swept under the carpet.
And the same applies when it goes the other way. There were some good passages of play in the game but ultimately their inability to score, the concession of a goal and then the failure to react made it feel terrible.
Bruno is right when he says we’ve seen that performance too often this season, but I suspect with the players he’s got there’s every chance we’ll see it again.
Hopefully not tomorrow though in what should be one of the more winnable games left to play against a team not too dissimilar in their deficiencies.
Credit to the Seagulls who were on a dire run and staring down consecutive games against Arsenal, Spurs and Man City. They took six points and have given themselves a chance of salvaging a top-half finish.
They’re 8 points behind us with just 4 left to play, so you would hope they won’t catch us but victory at Molineux may just see the door creaking open, particularly when you consider our remaining fixtures.
It’s been a familiar tale really for them this season, dominating the ball on plenty of occasions but not taking chances. They’ve scored two fewer than Wolves, which is pretty much all you need to know.
Failure to convert a rare two-goal lead into another win against Southampton last weekend must have felt particularly painful.
Their away record is strong with 6 wins, 7 draws and just the 4 defeats so far. A draw would see them achieve their best-ever Premier League points tally in what must be considered a solid season of progress despite their recent struggles.
There are no major injury problems or suspensions so Graham Potter has a full deck to choose from tomorrow.
News that Kilman, Neves and Podence all remain out is a crushing blow to our prospects. One could argue that’s our best defender, midfielder and attacker all sidelined. Have we won any games without all three? I’m not sure we have.
One of the great disappointments of last weekend was how far off the pace Pedro Neto looked when he came off the bench. He really needs a pre-season to get back up to speed.
I think Fabio has done alright in the last two games. Yes, no goals and two defeats but I don’t think he’s the root cause of those problems. I might bring Trincao in for Hwang to see what that combination looks like, but it’s a complete coin toss.
The positive is we’re playing another team that move the ball well but aren’t clinical so that probably suits us, particularly with the limited personnel we have available.
Last time out
Up until last season Brighton were our number 1 bogey team, but we’ve won the last two including a narrow 1-0 at The Amex in December courtesy of a smart Romain Saiss volley from a sumptuous Neves pass. We started badly but on the balance of chances created over the 90 were just about good value for the three points.
We came from behind at Molineux to win 2-1 last season with Morgan Gibbs-White netting the winner after Adama Traore’s equaliser. Brighton took the lead but were down to 10 in the second half after Lewis Dunk hauled Fabio down and that poor decision ultimately swung the game back in our favour.
Well done to Chesterwolf and MILDENHALL WOLF who both correctly predicted the 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor. It’s a maximum for both of them.
Brompton Wolf remains clear at the top of the overall table at the end of Gameweek 33.
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