MATCH REPORT BY NICK PARKES
18th place took on 20th this weekend as we hosted bottom of the league Leicester at The Molineux. The visiting team arrived buoyed from their midweek victory against fellow strugglers Leeds, while we looked to bounce back from a poor second half showing away at Palace.
Steve Davis made two changes from Tuesday night’s defeat, as Jonny and Moutinho started ahead of Semedo and Boubacar Traore.
The opening minutes saw Wolves play fast and attacking football, we looked to get Adama on the ball as much as possible and straight away he caused problems for Leciester’s defence. Within the space of two minutes he beat his defender on a great run down our right and then shortly after, cutting inside and beating defenders. Despite Wolves’s constant attacks, we couldn’t find the breakthrough, and against the run of play, with their first attack, Tielmans finished brilliantly as he volleyed from the edge of the box straight into the top left hand corner, giving Jose Sa no chance, and in doing so, giving Leicester an undeserved lead. Going forward we didn’t drop our heads at this stage and Adama continued to fight and cause issues. Nunes came close with a shot on target, a great cross field ball from Collins found Adama who found Bueno who had a shot, and then Kilman’s header from a corner was only just over. Defensively however, we were so easily penetrated by players such as Maddison. Not only this, but we also caused so many issues for ourselves, Kilman and Jonny in particular had such poor games in terms of poor passing.
The game was end to end and surely entertaining for the neutral but the spaces left by Wolves in the midfield was similar to a Sunday league game. At certain points we committed far too many forwards leaving a huge space for Leicester’s attacking players to play with. Even though our opponents sat at the bottom of the league, scoring goals was never their issue and Leicester’s manager had pinpointed our weaknesses at right back and he looked to exploit this to get Leicester the goals they needed. Jonny, who was booked after eight minutes after a poor touch and tackle, was getting bombarded with Leicester’s more creative players constantly running at him. It was exactly this issue that resulted in Leicester’s second goal as Barnes ran at Jonny, playing an easy one-two with Dewsbury-Hall in the box and all Barnes had to do was slide the ball past Sa. A well-worked goal but far too much room was given to the Leicester player. 2-0 down after twenty minutes.
Once the second goal went in, the atmosphere in the stadium turned sour and despite a great block from a Leicester defender to prevent Costa at the back post in the 41st minute, Wolves went into the changing room at half time to the echoes of boos which reverberated around the ground. 13 shots and still nothing to show for it, while Leicester only had two shots, both on target and both resulting in goals. These stats alone tell you everything about the differences between the two sides.
The second half started in the same vein as the first with Wolves putting Leicester under a lot of pressure. A free-kick just wide from Neves and a shot from Podence, saw a glimmer of hope from the players and fans alike, but as we once again failed to find a way though we reverted back to our predictable and boring style of football, sideward and backward passes a plenty. Things went from bad to worse after this as fans started to voice their opinions about certain members of the club. Whether they are justified or not, it highlights the increased and very much deserved anger and frustration at the predicament we find our beloved club in. On the 65th the game truly was dead and buried as 2-0 became 3-0 as Vardy, who came on as a sub, picked out Maddison outside the 18-yard box, he shrugged off half-hearted challenges and easily beat Collins to fire a shot into the bottom right hand corner. Fifteen minutes later three turned into four for Leicester as a cross into our box came from Castange and was easily tapped home by Vardy. His celebration of saying something smells really summarized the performance, the players and the negative atmosphere which surround us.
Us Wolves fans find ourselves repeating the same words time and time again, week in and week out. We have too many players hiding, ones who are not taking responsibility for the state they have put us in. Turning out disgraceful performance after disgraceful performances; Jonny and Nunes are two in particular who do not deserve to play for our club at the moment. Also, the lack of spirit and fight all season and in this performance in particular is what worries fans the most; there is no denying we are in a relegation scrap and do the players have the character to do anything about it? At the moment the answer is most definitely no. Spineless, embarrassing, devastating, shocking are only four adjectives to describe today.
ARTICLE BY NICK PARKES
Hi, I’m Nick! Born in Wolverhampton and currently living in Barcelona. I’ve been a Wolves fan since birth (dad’s choice) and was a north bank season ticket holder in my younger days. My favourite all-time player, Bully! And favourite player is Coady!
I’m an English teacher by trade and when I’m not scolding teenagers in the class, I’m either running, gardening or watching cricket!