This year’s Boxing Day fixture saw Wolves face bottom of the table Fulham away at Craven Cottage. After an unimpressive start to the match, half-time came and neither team had managed to get on the front foot. Wolves then started the second-half better but fell behind in the 74th minute after a messy goal from Ryan Sessegnon. It looked like a shocking defeat was on the cards, but luckily Romain Saiss was on hand to bundle the ball into the net and gift Wolves a point. Let’s analyse the statistics to get a better look at the match.
Even though Wolves had 71% of the possession and a total of 14 shots throughout the match, it wasn’t a very impressive performance from them. With usual attacking forces such as Morgan Gibbs-White and Matt Doherty nullified for big portions of the game, it was, on the whole, a bit bland. The game could have taken a completely different turn had Calum Chambers been shown a red instead of a yellow for a rough tackle on Saiss, or if Wolves had been awarded a penalty when Denis Odoi handled the ball in the box. Alas, these things did not happen and they had to settle for a point in the end.
Wolves had 86% passing accuracy and won more duels (74) and more aerials (33) than Fulham throughout the 90 minutes. Rui Patricio made 3 key saves but it is Conor Coady’s scrappy goal-line clearance that everyone is talking about after he darted forward to stop the ball from going into the net to prevent a Fulham victory.
Wolves have now scored 75% of their league goals in the second half of their games this season (15 out of 20) and proved once again that they should never be underestimated when Saiss scored late in the 85th minute.
One of the stand out performances from Wednesday’s match for me came from Romain Saiss. He worked tirelessly to both defend and attack and his efforts were eventually rewarded with a goal. Not only was his own performance great, but playing next to him seemed to make the world of difference to João Moutinho, who had an incredible game.
Saiss himself played a total of 13 accurate long balls, two accurate crosses and two key passes. He also had 80% passing accuracy, won six out of 11 duels and was fouled twice.
He seems to be making a habit of scoring on boxing day as he also scored last year on boxing day against Millwall.
Saiss is a strong and confident player, who is not afraid to get stuck in defensively, but who also has the ability to push forward and score the occasional goal. At the moment I feel he is one of our best assets and I hope he continues to perform well. His only slight downside may be his short temper, which led to him picking up a yellow on Wednesday.
A scrappy performance from Wolves which resulted in winning an important point away from home. Some fans believe these are games we should easily be winning, however, despite their poor form, Fulham are a tough team to play and a point is a point at the end of the day. The team have already excelled themselves so far this season and expecting to win every game is unrealistic, especially in the Premier League.
Next up, Wolves face Tottenham at Wembley later today. This will prove to be another tough match, especially as Nuno has announced that Diogo Jota is still not fit to play. We gave them a good run for their money when they came to Molineux and only lost out on points because of misfortune. Let’s not forget Wolves beat Chelsea the other week so hopefully, the team will put in another good shift and can come away from the match with something.