The first half on Thursday was a reminder of what can go wrong.
Only Gary O’Neil will know whether the team weren’t setup correctly to cope with Man Utd’s threat – particularly on the counter – or simply didn’t carry out his instructions.
The intensity was dialled up in the second half and things improved, so I lean more towards the idea the lads just needed to sharpen up.
There were still positives to extract and reasons to believe we can go to Stamford Bridge and get a result.
A crushing defeat at Anfield in midweek was another setback for the Blues in a season that doesn’t want to catch fire.
But they’re into a cup final and just about in the hunt for Europe so every chance the campaign will finish a lot better than it started.
There are still plenty of key players returning or set to return and I think the experience of Chilwell, Nkunku and James will take them up a level if they can keep them fit.
I was a bit surprised they allowed Broja to leave on a straight loan to Fulham the other night but as with all clubs, I think they’ve got one eye on FFP and generating revenue with over a billion spent in recent windows.
He would have been a decent pickup for Wolves but I’m glad we didn’t splash out megabucks to get a player only just returning from a serious injury still looking to regain his best form.
It’s easy to say with hindsight but Ait-Nouri and Gomes probably should have come back into the side on Thursday.
That’s not a slight against Doyle or Doherty, I just think the team needed some fresh energy and with Gomes in particular shielding the back three, we might not have been so stretched.
I’m confident both those players will be starting tomorrow along with Pablo Sarabia, who had a good impact from the bench. Bellegarde just can’t get into the game playing up top.
A 3-4 home defeat is a tough one to guess so little surprise nobody got it right.
Both teams will be looking to bounce back tomorrow and if we’re not at our best I fear we might be on the wrong end of another result.
We need to be more compact and disciplined as we were at Brighton, looking to break when they over commit. Get Neto and Cunha into the game in those pockets of space and we’ll have a real chance.
But I’ve got a suspicion they’ll produce more attacking output and home advantage might just give them the edge to avenge their defeat at Molineux. 2-1 Chelsea.
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