James Hallett shares 5 things we learnt from wolves draw with Newcastle
1. VAR IS STILL AN ISSUE
Another game plagued with what seemed like endless mistakes from all the officials. A very harsh penalty gifted to the geordies being the main talking point. VAR was brought in to reverse these difficult and wrong decisions from the referee. The fact it’s been over 4 years since the introduction of VAR and we’re still having these problems in concerning.
2. Neto is the (obviously) main man
Before his unfortunate injury, Pedro was running the show. A great corner swung into Lemina gave us our first. His pace and effective dribbling makes great space and is always dangerous. The injury did slow down our attacking options for the last 15 minutes of the game. We didn’t have the same level of threat. Wishing him a speedy recovery!
3. O’ Neil has proved us wrong
I’ll be honest with you, after that loss to Ipswich in the cup, I was questioning if Gary was the one to take us forward. But being undefeated since and 8 points from Man City, Villa, Bournemouth and Newcastle has definitely reassured a lot of our trust in the gaffer.
4. CHANGE IN MENTALITY
Following on from my last point, I’ve definitely noticed a change in mentality from a lot of the fans and lots of the players. Today felt like 2 points lost instead of 1 point gained. To be a competitive team, this is the mentality to have. The way we’re playing our football has created ambition and confidence.
5. DOYLE MUST START NEXT WEEK
After Pedro’s injury, Tommy Doyle was our biggest attacking threat to Newcastle. Following his impressive display against Bournemouth, everyone expected a similar display again and he did not disappoint. Starting him against his old club next week must be a given knowing his knowledge of how they play and his confidence after two positive performances.
ARTICLE BY JAMES HALLETT
Hi I’m James. I’m a sixth form student with a passion for Wolves and sports journalism.