After Sunday’s game, a few people took me to task over my negative mindset.
I was definitely seeing red but it wasn’t so much the sickener of conceding late, more how that equaliser arrived.
Wolves couldn’t string two passes together in the second half and overall stats of 36% possession at home to Newcastle, when you’ve got our midfield, isn’t acceptable. Don’t forget their best midfielder was sat at home too.
It seems like Plan A is passing the ball around and struggling to create or camping out and playing on the break. I think Bruno Lage can coax more out of this talented group.
The seemingly imminent arrival of a giant centre forward should help.
The Cherries have just been slapped for 9 and sacked their manager. Some will say that makes it a tough fixture, but I’m not sure I agree.
If Wolves can assert themselves on the game as they should, this represents an excellent opportunity to collect a first league victory of the campaign.
Scott Parker might consider himself unfortunate to be out of a job on the basis he did get a win on opening day against Villa and the three losses that followed were against Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool.
They conceded an eye-watering 16 goals in that trio of defeats without finding the net themselves, but it seems like diverging views on transfer policy is the rationale behind the early change.
Parker wanted more signings and the club is talking about long-term sustainability. Fair enough, but you would have thought they’d have got on the same page over the summer or parted ways sooner.
In a season where it looks particularly tough to pick out obvious candidates for the drop, they’re rapidly moving towards the top of that list.
Probably not a popular choice but I’d put Dendoncker in tomorrow. There’s talk about him being moved on but until he does leave or we get another forward in, I think we need him.
There are still not enough players in the box when we get forward. Neto and Guedes are willing runners but neither is steaming in at the back post when crosses are coming from the other side.
Nunes got in there a few times on Sunday, but with Raul not offering any aerial threat I think we need another body occupying defenders and whatever you want to say about his finishing, Leander does get on the end of things.
Podence, Traore and Ait-Nouri are other attacking options that could help break the lock and maybe Podence playing just behind Raul could alter the dynamic. It worked well a few times last season.
Well done to Cannock Wolf, Portuguese Men of Wolves, PeteRobbo, Rich, Mike Jones, Steppenwolfe, Ash k and Matt Cook for all correctly predicting a 1-1 draw against Newcastle.
Ash K, PeteRobbo and Rich share the lead at the top of the overall table at the end of Gameweek 4.
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