Once again Wolves fall to defeat after the international break to a Huddersfield side who started the match bottom of the table. The Premier League is tough and unpredictable, and there are going to be times where you perform well and times where you don’t. However, Wolves are starting to be found out by many teams and by doing something as simple as sticking an extra man in midfield, teams are coming and outperforming us. Something needs to change in the system, even just having a more solid plan B than sticking Traore on. Anyway, instead of going over the same old same old that we’ve discussed in previous analysis’, let’s go and look at the statistics to see what they can tell us about Sunday’s outing.
Wolves fail to perform
To start us off we need to talk about possession and passing. It was a poor day out at Molineux on Sunday afternoon with Wolves only managing to keep 44% of the possession with 75% passing accuracy. At home, this shouldn’t be happening. Another thing to note is that when Wolves were in possession, they were dispossessed a total of 17 times, as well as winning considerably fewer duels and aerials than Huddersfield over the course of the 90 minutes.
In attack, things weren’t any better. Huddersfield had a total of 14 shots, six on target whereas Wolves only had 12 shots, three on target. In previous weeks, the problem has been that Wolves haven’t taken advantage of their opportunities, that is still a problem but this week there barely were any good opportunities. Other than the goal that wasn’t given due to the ball not fully clearing the goal line, there were barely any clear-cut efforts. At one point Raúl Jiminez had the ball at his feet in front of goal, and instead of shooting just sort of kicked in aimlessly and it went out of play. It was a hard match to watch.
Things did improve a little when Nuno stuck Gibbs-White and Traore on straight after half-time but still, we couldn’t find a way back, and after the Terriers’ second goal went in it was pretty much game over.
All I can say is Wolves were undone by a Huddersfield team who had clearly done their homework, making this the teams fourth defeat in five matches. Looking ahead to the next match against Cardiff on Friday night, something seriously needs to change. Cardiff are a physical side who were a tough opponent for us last year. I think we definitely need a more physical presence in midfield to strengthen us, maybe reintroducing Saiss as he is strong and can hold the ball up well. I also have to question why Dendoncker hasn’t been given a chance yet. Nuno seems to not want to change the system but it’s becoming more obvious with each defeat that something isn’t quite right. Hopefully, we can get it right on Friday and bag ourselves the much needed three points.