Quite simply, this was a bad day at the office and I can’t think of a single player who did particularly well today.
Yes, Trezeguet scored, but he looked very poor at times. He wasn’t alone though and even John McGinn was very average.
We looked disjointed and kept up with my recent complaints in constantly giving the ball away far too easily.
The worrying thing is we didn’t look like we had any fight in us and consistently were second to the ball.
Was this a hangover from the Liverpool game, where we gave everything and still lost?
Possibly and it makes sense.
I don’t think Wolves looked anything special, but they were by far the better team today, with our wide players being torn a new one, particularly by Adama Traore, whose pace murdered us.
Things weren’t helped by the fact that Jed Steer started instead of Heaton, who was injured, only to suffer an injury himself in the first few minutes.
Which left us with Nyland in goal. I’m not sure what the rest of the team would have thought about that, but I wasn’t exactly filled with confidence.
That said, I don’t think he did too much wrong today. I was watching the defending more than the goalie and thought it was poor for both goals.
Luiz appeared to duck for the first one and I think the swerve of the ball caught Mings out, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. The impression at the time though, was that he should have kept that out.
The second goal, Mings should have got more goalside of Traore and we should have closed them down quicker.
These things happen though and if defenders did everything perfectly, we’d never have any goals would we?
And then there’s Wesley.
I’m close to giving up on him, I’m afraid.
He had what I think were two very good chances today.
He put one over the bar and had a tap in where he kicked the air.
He should have scored both, simple as, to my mind.
I said in the previous replies that Henri Lansbury looked more of a threat in five minutes than Wesley did in the whole of the game.
I’m pretty sure I said the same quite recently too, in a very similar situation, where a player had just come on and this simply can’t be right.
For a player of his size, I don’t understand why he seems to offer next to nothing in the air.
I’ve seen it said that he had very little to work with today and I’d tend to agree, given that I so want him to come good for us.
But a big part of me thinks it’s because his positioning isn’t right.
I don’t know, but the fact is a striker has to score goals or at least contribute to them.
And he doesn’t seem to do either.
Yes, he’s young and still learning etc, but so is Davis.
We need a striker who would have put those two chances away today and I don’t see Wesley being the answer just yet.
Not that we’d have deserved any points today, but smash and grabs do happen, don’t they?
We missed Grealish too, as we had noone who could take the ball, keep hold of it for a few seconds and actually have a look before passing it.
It all looked too panicky for my liking.
I think this might be one of those rare occasions where I’m actually glad we have an international break. The injured players can now recover and Dean Smith can do some serious work with the rest of them.
They definitely need it after today’s showing.