Wolves 1 Burton 1 - Report and pictures

There's a revolution underway at Wolves...but no one ever said Rome was built in a day.

That certainly looked the case at Molineux today, writes Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers, after they were held to a draw by newly-promoted Burton Albion.

The visitors snatched a dramatic point in the 94th minute but in truth Wolves, on the balance of play, were fortunate to be ahead at that point.

Their many new signings - three were handed their debuts here, plus the returning Richard Stearman who was given a hero's reception - didn't click as the Molineux masses hope they will in the coming weeks and months.

The things Zenga has taken no time at all to instill - tenacity, team spirit and passion - were certainly evident after they huffed and puffed and finally broke the deadline through Prince Oniangue on 77 minutes.

But defensive fragility was on show throughout the game and it was no surprise when Burton had the final say.

Record signing Ivan Cavaleiro, striker Paul Gladon and Manchester United loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson all made their debuts for the club, while Oniangue and Helder Costa started their first league games in gold and black.

The whole front six from Huddersfield all changed, with Conor Coady moving into midfield, and there was no place in the squad for the likes of Kortney Hause, George Saville and Ola John, while another new signing Romain Saiss was also missing.

It was a fairly tepid start to the game, but Wolves had the ball in the net early on when debutant Gladon tapped in after Burton keeper Jon McLaughlin dropped a cross - but referee James Adcock ruled it out for a foul.

It certainly wasn't the last controversial decision the referee made of the first half, and indeed he was centre stage for most of it.

After 20 minutes he awarded the visitors - who had done most of the early attacking - a spot kick, seemingly for handball against Stearman following a corner.

Lucas Akins stepped up but Carl Ikeme - who moments earlier had fooled Jamie Ward with a cheeky Cruyff turn in his own six-yard box - saved low down to his right.

It was the third penalty at Molineux this season - and the third which hadn't been converted.

The visitors were getting the majority of 50/50 decisions and Zenga was failing miserably to keep his emotions in check, with the livid Wolves boss angrily gesticulating at the referee and the fourth official.

Burton continued to pepper the Wolves goal, with Chris O'Grady inches away from connecting with a Lloyd Dyer cross-shot.

Wolves gradually began to find their feet, with Joao Teixeira shooting low from 18 yards, Stearman glancing a deflected header just over and Cavaleiro seeing a curling effort saved.

But the visitors ended the half on top with a couple more efforts from range in what was a disjointed half for Zenga's new-look team.

Zenga stuck with the same team for the second half and there was a marginal improvement after the break, although Burton's stubborn and well-organised back line were proving a tough nut to crack.

The visitors then went close again when Jackson Irvine headed just over, while Wolves were still failing to force McLaughlin into action at the other end.

Zenga sent on Joe Mason just past the hour mark and changed the system to 4-4-1-1, with Costa and Cavaleiro on either flank, but other than a couple of blocked shots they made no headway.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was the next to be thrown on - a very popular change judging by the reaction from the South Bank.

And the big Icelandic striker had a chance within seconds as Borthwick-Jackson swung over a superb cross, but he couldn't quite connect properly with his free header from six yards.

Wolves were finally building up a head of steam and they went close twice in a minute.

Cavaleiro drilled right across the face of goal - it missed a host of players and Lloyd Dyer did brilliantly to slide it behind ahead of Costa. From the resulting corner the ball dropped to Mason and he arrowed one just past the post.

Back came the impressive visitors through substitute Hamza Choudhury who wasn't far wide with an 18-yard shot.

It was looking like it wouldn't be Wolves' day - and then up popped their new Prince to break the deadlock.

It was an emphatic finish from the Congo midfielder, crashing home a left-footed half volley from close range, and Molineux went absolutely berserk with Zenga even running halfway down the touchline.

It could have been 2-0 soon after but Mason was denied by an outstanding block in the six-yard box.

A tempestuous encounter was cranked up another notch when Coady was booked for diving after going down too easily in the box - Wolves' second booking for diving after Costa was yellow carded earlier.

Zenga was absolutely livid and began shushing the Burton keeper McLaughlin, who gave him some back for good measure.

After a feisty 90 minutes the fourth official added on a further six - and Burton took full advantage to score a deserved equaliser.

They pinned Wolves back into their own box and eventually their pressure yielded a goal with substitute Will Miller scoring from close range.

The timing may have been harsh on Wolves, but the result certainly wasn't.

Wolves (4-3-3): Ikeme; Doherty, Batth (c), Stearman, Borthwick-Jackson; Oniangue, Coady, Teixeira (Mason, 61); Costa, Gladon (Bodvarsson, 71), Cavaleiro (Edwards, 84). Subs: Lonergan, Iorfa, Price, Wallace.

Goal: Oniangue (77)

Burton (3-5-2): McLaughlin; Turner, McFadzean (c), Brayford; Akins (Choudhury, 71), Naylor (Harness, 86), Palmer, Irvine, Dyer; O'Grady, Ward (Miller, 77). Subs: Bywater, McCrory, Williamson, Beavon.

Goal: Miller (90+4)

Attendance: 22,049 (1,036 Wolves fans)

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire)

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Comments for: "Wolves 1 Burton 1 - Report and pictures"

CoRnIsHWoLf

With all these new signings to be bedded in you better get used to disjointed performances like this for quite a while, as Zenga's love of rotation means they'll all take longer to get up to speed.

Interesting to see there were 21,013 Burton fans according to the attendance.

paul

A win would have been harsh on Burton, but we will get stronger as the new players get to know each other, a bit like a defeat and 6mins xtra time looked like the Ref"s watch got stuck at some time. roll on Tuesday i say.

MAGISTER

So what happened to the "all fired up Zenga Zing" then? Ye gods! Burton Albion for Heaven's sake ! I hope this isn't a precursor of what is to come.

johnwolf49

The fire was doused by the corrupt referee and his officials, his decisions were beyone baffling.

goldenoldiedreams

well disapointed but half expected this result today,12 new signings,what a problem trying to sort your best team,this may go on for quite a few weeks,this experimenting and will be frustating for us Wolves fans, lets hope for a much improved performance against Barnsley on Tuesday.

johnwolf49

Another one that didn't go today, disappointed! Burton had 14 v 11 and without the extra ,en would have lost my, the ref gave them everything and surprised every one Inext the ground with his decisions apart from clough who must have been delighted with his performance and pleased with the payoff.

Cradley Wolf

Well Faagen-Bazs and Farmer Ted

I STATE MY CASE RE STEARMAN !!!

He gives away a penalty and plays absolutely dross all game

alongside Batth who was crap as well what else can you say ?

We were lucky in the fact that we have a great keeper in Ikeme

to save the penalty otherwise we could well have ended up being

beaten.....

I predicted a draw in this match and not blowing my own trumpet too

much I was correct.

The sooner that useless piece of CRAP Stearman is sent packing back to

Fulham the better for Wolverhampton Wanderers...

And to all you happy clappers who think that the sun shines out of

Stearmans backside wake up and smell the bloody coffee FFS !!!!!!

Wolvereeeen

Didn't they used to drill holes into the skull to release this kind of pressure off the brain in the olden days? Is this a new 'stearman gets one game' treatment for the problem?

Woodsetton wolf

Wolvereeeen....they only did that if there was a brain to release pressure off.

Tonka

Over the top CW, whilst I am not Stearmans biggest fan I think he looked a better option than any of the 3 young pretenders.

Finchy

I think he played quite well actually... The defence on a whole was better, apart from the end...

The Flying Winger

If he had played a blinder and scored a hat trick you would have posted the same drivel.

Sir Billy Quiet

Football is all about opinions sometimes you are right and sometimes your wrong.

Cradley on this occasion you are wrong.

The Flying Winger

S B Q, There was no need for the venom in his post to a Wolves player especially Stearman.

Bleydh

Yes, I remember Sigurdarson constantly coming in for criticism by some on here. I seem to remember he was a Wolves player.

The Flying Winger

Bleydh, if that was aimed at me yes I was very critical of Siggy not being able to hit the target, striker he was not and my problem was him being referred to this by the coach and others.

His goal scoring was abysmal and his selection game after game in front of other players was wrong,

As for the player he had to keep taking his opportunity, but I don't remember posting with anything like the comments that Cradley Wolf has about Stearman.

I also note he is no longer with us so you can make of that as you Will!

WOLFIEFOREVER

I would not quite put it like you did, but your underlying message is correct.

We never strengthened the defence in the transfer window, merely weakened it.

Stearman is not the answer and never was.

Also we will never win the championship with Benfica B.

Overated Benfica reserve players they no longer wanted.

In reality grinding out 1 nil and 2-1 wins is how most people get promoted.

Come back Kenny all is forgiven.

Stearman hopelessly out of position for equaliser, enough said.

Nothing a further 15 million or so wouldn't put right, maybe new manager by christmas..

Business as usual then

Farmer Ted

CW,Do you know the saying 'it's better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you're a fool rather than open it and remove all doubt'?

Where were you watching the match from? The the gent's toilets?

Stearman had a decent enough game, he won his tackles and distributed the ball very well. In my opinion and those around me the penalty was very harsh given by an over officious referee. My one criticism was the unnecessary booking for a reckless tackle.

One other thing, for God's sake spare us the happy clappers nonsense for anyone who dares to disagree with your jaundiced, uneducated opinions.

Next time you visit Molineux try at sit by someone who understands the game and maybe they'll talk you through it.

johnwolf49

Thank you Farmer Ted, mind you i think your comments will fall on deaf ears because these buffoons are just brain Dead, unless we win matches by 3,4,5 goals we will always be rubbish in the eyes of the nethendrials, just knuckle draggers whose understanding of football is minus 0000000000.

Cradley Wolf

Ted do you think that your posts are educated every time ?

I don't bloody think so !!!

When was your first match ??

Mine was a 4-2 win over Spurs

August bank holiday weekend 1954.

So probably been going a lot longer than you.

Faagen-Bazs

So you're not just a fool, you're an old fool.

Wolvereeeen

You don't win a rubbish, abusive, simplistic argument simply because you've been going to matches longer (otherwise Dean Saunders would make more sense than jermiane jenas on TV). Personally I started in early 1968 so I've got 48 years plus, but the older I get the more I forget, so maybe I actually know less. Not that I'm suggesting your extra 14 years makes you lose even more of a grip on reality than myself. Just saying

Ritchie

Cradley, I bet you were the last pick in the school yard. Or were you ever on the 'school yard.

By any chance, are you related to the idiot that reffed the game?

Olly the cat

Another example that care in the community does not work. Cradley Wolf, you really should get your carer to supervise your medication more assiduously. Richard Stearman played with passion and pride today. You had the audacity to call me an idiot yesterday when I welcomed Richard Stearman's return. Wolverhampton Wanderers need passionate players like him if we are to have any chance of promotion. Wolverhampton Wanderers can do without fans like you, who take pleasure at belittling our players and making obnoxious remarks about other fans.

Everywolfhastheirday.

Got to agree with you Wolf. I was saying on the way to the match that Stearman would either give a penalty away or a free kick in a dangerous are. When are we going to learn the best way to stop them scoring is play in their half. Also what's happened to this high tempo football. What do they do in training with Tex going down with cramp. A fair result in my opion.

Faagen-Bazs

You are Cradley Wolf posting from another account and I claim my £5.

Cradley Wolf

Faagen-Bazs

W T F are you jerking off about ??

Faagen-Bazs

Utterly devoid of merit or wit.

Faagen-Bazs

Get a load of this jackass.

The Flying Winger

F B, there is always one on here that brings down sensible debate ,replies and comment, seems like we have found that new one.

Wolfman

For 10 minutes we were second in the league, felt good. Then it was back to normal. Wolves oh wolves....

Sidcup wolf

Sounds like a bit of a disjointed performance, but with so many new faces coming in only to be expected really. Overall I'm happy with a point, bit surprised at the Burton following, according to the report of the 22,049 crowd there were only 1,036 Wolves fans !!!

Shewolf1943

These players need time to gel. There will be more results like this, think we are expecting too much too soon. Watching Newcastle at the moment and they are flying, two difficult games to come at their place.

Renaissance Wolf

Ouch !

Farmer Ted

Work in progress and it showed. Of the new recruits B-J looks a class act, Gladon could be useful, but not today. Texeira and Costa made decent contributions but must stop this diving nonsense. Prince and Stearman were the pick, with the latter conceding a very harsh penalty, surely ball to hand, and a very silly yellow card. As for Cavaleiro, he had an average first half, but started to fire well in the second half. He looks a box of tricks and was surprised Walt took him off.

I thought Burton played very well and fully deserved their point.

Woodsetton wolf

FT....same opening line...I didn't copy...honest...great minds etc.

johnwolf49

FT agree with you apart fromy the Burton deserved their point, it was thanks to the Officials that they got anything, they are a conference league team at best, and if we are going to get promoted we have to put these garbage teams in their place and stop showing them so much respect.

Also I think the club should stop being soft and complain about the standard of the Officials who wouldn't be able to officiate a school football match.

chris h

FT Some fair comments. I have not seen the goal again, but if we had 6ft 4 in Iorfa at the far post ie in the right back position he might well have won that far post ball in injury time. Two years ago we had a similar problem conceding goals from both far posts and this was in the main solved by the introduction of Iorfa and Hause in the full back positions.

I do think we as things stand we will lack the goal power to be a real threat this season. Time will tell. We certainly looked a lot better with the introduction of Mason and Bodi.

Not Convinced

so Richard Stearman returns in triumph ? did you know that Burtons goal was the first goal wolves have conceded in open play at molyneux since february ?

where are the young lions dominic iofa , kourtney hause , ethan ebanks-landell ?

so we do not miss macca , eh ?

dont think I will be changing my pseudonym name for the time being .

Sir Billy Quiet

Macca? Enough said I am not convinced you know much about Wolves Ebanks-Landell is out on loan.

Iorfa and Hause played midweek for England.

Get used to team rotation.

Not Convinced

Sir Billy - iorfa and hause away with england - interesting - so how many games at any level did richard stearman clock up for england ?

I know ebanks-landell is on loan at charlton - our defence was ok with him .

ps dont worry iorfa and hause will probably be on their way to play for other teams soon along with our other talented players that we have discarded such as macca and vlp (yes vlp- check how huddersfield are doing if you dont believe me )

Wolvereeeen

Aye up, when did Sheffield United pass ebanks-landell on to Charlton, and are the wolves staff aware of this unusual (and illegal) switch!?

Wolvereeeen

FYI... Since you asked the question. Wikipedia page on stearman says:

Stearman has represented England at Under-17 level in the 2004 European Championships and also at the Under-18 level. He was first called up by the England under-21 squad in November 2007 for the 2009 European Championship qualifiers, however he was an unused substitute in the games. He later received a second call-up from the under-21s when he was selected for a European Championship qualifier against Portugal in September 2008. However, he was again an unused substitute in the game, and again in the qualifying play-offs against Wales in October 2008.

Stearman made his debut in a 2–0 friendly win over the Czech Republic under-21s on 18 November 2008, and a 3–2 defeat to Ecuador on 11 February 2009. Stuart Pearce included him in the squad for the 2009 UEFA U21 championships when centre half and captain Steven Taylor withdrew due to injury.

On 12 March 2011, the Football Association of Ireland confirmed that they had contacted Stearman to play for the Republic of Ireland as he has an Irish grandparent on his mother's side of the family. Irish sources say team mate Kevin Doyle initiated with contact the FAI, who followed up with a call to Stearman. In November 2012, Stephen Hunt declared that Stearman had acquired an Irish passport.

Not Convinced

- I think Richard Stearman did make an England Under 21 squad once , dont think he actualy played , but it was so long ago no-one can remember , so I have commented on my own post !

Olly the cat

A Wolverhampton Wanderers fan who can't spell " Molineux " properly.

Cookley Wolf

A fair result on the balance of play - neither side could really claim to have earned all 3 points, but a defeat would have been harsh for Burton who matched Wolves throughout in terms of endeavour and inventiveness. Wolves were actually playing against 12 men for most of the game, as the referee today must surely have been the most inept official seen at Molineux in living memory!

I thought we were looked bright for most of the first half and scrappy for most of the second, at least until we scored. Immediately after that, Wolves could and probably should have gone on to win by a couple of goals, but rather prematurely started to play keep-ball near the opposition corner rather than capitalising on their own momentum. Instead we then seemed to lose our nerve and stood off Burton, giving them too much space, to our ultimate cost. We certainly have the players with the ability to simply keep the ball for the last 5 minutes and shut up shop, and that is a skill that we need to learn urgently.

It is of course pointless to make any meaningful judgements of the team when half of today's personnel were new recruits all thrown in together for the first time. I thought Cavaleiro was a bit of a disappointment - if you'd asked a stranger to pick out the £7 million player on the pitch they would never have guessed it was the number 50. Costa looked good, Gladen won a few tussles but faded out later, Prince looked decent in the first half and Stearman beefed up the back four with a typically whole hearted display. Borthwick Jackson looked classy and composed on the ball, at least for most of the time, and no-one let the team down.

On the whole we look to have plenty of skill and trickery, but it will obviously need a fair amount of practice and polish before we see the finished product. On the whole there were enough reasons to feel optimistic, though I would also say there is quite a lot of room for improvement at this moment.

johnwolf49

Cookley wolf try going to the match before commenting, if you did go you saw a different match to me, Burton deserved sfa and without the Officials would have got sfa.

frankbrucetrini

Two wins in six games isn't great form and I hope that Walter Zenga isn't like some of our previous managers who spend most of the season talking about nicking into the top six and getting into the playoffs. However his actions to date suggest that he is aiming for higher than that. We don't seem to have got over our shaky form at home and a win against Barnsley on Tuesday is almost a necessity.

Black Country Wanderer

One defeat in 6 isn't bad either,just depends on your outlook

Wolvereeeen

To concur... Our results have been average then.

Which is at least a lot better than most would have expected if asked in mid July

RugeleyWolf

Just in and seen the result......................disappointing.

I am sure we will improve.

johnwolf49

Try going to matches instead of gobbing off.

Bath Wolf

It will come

Kananga

The 21,013 Burton fans are probably happier than the 1,036 Wolves supporters tonight.

Tonka

A fair report of the match in which a draw was at least what Burton deserved.

Zenga will not endear himself to the fans if he continually says we played well when clearly we didn't.

It will take time to gel the players together if Zenga is up to the task but please do not try to pull the wool over our eyes Walter.

Woodsetton wolf

We are a work in progress...and it showed. Only 3 outfield players from last season and in truth Burton deserved at least a point. I said that this and the Barnsley game were not a nailed on six points and so it has proved. We looked better when Bod came on and he did well to create the goal for the Prince, who I was impressed with. Stears was..well Stears...and Ikeme got him off the hook with the penalty save. Borthwick-Jackson looks a good player but gave the ball away carelessly sometimes and notably for the equaliser. It will take time for everything to gel, but my big concern is our Portuguese who want to throw themselves to the ground at the drop of a hat. This diving just won't wash over here and word will quickly get round the refereeing fraternity...the danger then is that you don't even get given the deserved free kicks. Even Coady caught the bug and got booked for his trouble. This ain't gonna be easy...patience required all round!

The Flying Winger

It was a harsh penalty in fairness, but there are some well one Cradley Wolf who spat his venom today because that's what he wanted.

Man City changed their keeper but he gave a goal away that's football, it's what happens over 90 mins and I would rather have Stearman than our other CB's at the moment.

Some good performances the new players had to come in and it will take a few games for them to gel, Saiss will make another contribution and the team will settle, thought there would have been more fans today.

Woodsetton wolf

TFW...I'm a big Stears fan...7or8 performance week in week out. I thought that Batth looked a lot more at ease and the two do compliment each other. I agree on the dissapointing attendance but I guess it is a lot easier to lose em than to get em back. We probably need to string a bit of a run together to reignite those who walked away from the utter dross they had to witness last season.

The Flying Winger

W w, I agree with you and yes we do need a run with some exciting performances, I am sure it will come .

whitmore wolf

Made a big difference when Dadi and Mason came on

Tonka

Agreed WW, couldn't understand not starting with big Dadi. He is important to us.

Prince did well for his first game but underwhelmed buy our new £7m new signing.

Woodsetton wolf

Tonka ...I think Dadi played the full 90 mins for Iceland in the week so Walter gave him a break..would hope to see him start on Tuesday night.

Tonka

Yes I know WW but I would prefer us to start with our best eleven, get the game won and rest anybody that needs it once accomplished.

KnightWolf

Our new players need a "welcome to England" lesson and won't win free kicks by falling over after physical contact. Teixera, Costa and Cavaleiro were all guilty of over playing when in possession, having beaten a defender and not releasing the ball or beating a player with pace and then checking back onto their stronger foot. They need to adapt quickly otherwise their undoubted talent won't be utilised to the full. When this team clicks & gels, it could be awesome but Burton were good enough to neutralise the threat. The ref seemed to be on an ego trip but that shouldn't blind us to what was an underwhelming performance.

CAROLINA WOLF

Although it's a painful reminder. We have 40 league games left and improvement will happen.

RELAX !

Shewolf1943

Exactly Carolina As I said above we are expecting too much too soon. You can't expect all these new players to become a team in a few weeks, but it will happen, and then the excitement will come. Burton are a decent side, they beat Derby the other week.

Sir Billy Quiet

Some of the posters on here will be moaning when we win the Champions League...........

johnwolf49

Exactly SBQ.

Not Convinced

what Champions league do you think we are going to win ?

CAROLINA WOLF

With 40 games to go. The talent on the squad, it 's doable. Just relax and enjoy. Wolves are coming mate.

Wolvereeeen

I think it's probably the one called, erm, the Champions League? The one on BT Sport.

But I'll guess you're Not Convinced that will happen!

Pete in Asia

We will be in Europe when we declare war on Germany

Hertford

I couldn't predict the starting eleven and I couldn't predict the score.

But I most could predict some of the overreaction on here to a bunch of near strangers playing their first match together.

I was miffed that we lost but can't we all just reserve judgment on what is clearly a work in progress and just offer subjective comment rather than outright condemnation ?

Sidcup wolf

We didn't lose did we ?? I'm sure it was 1-1.

CAROLINA WOLF

Sidcup. A draw 1-1. Don't know which game Hertford refers to.

"TO THE WINNERS GO THE SPOILS" We'll get there.

outofdarkness

hurry up and get fit graham, far better player than any of the new signings weve seen so far

CAROLINA WOLF

Must admit. The fact that it was Burton really screws up my perspective !

GeorgeBerryAfro

Did we not beat Man U 1-0 when we were in the premiership? Bet their fans thought the same!!

Sharmwolf

Thousands of words written on here post match. End of the day the result is not good enough when you compare the 2 squads. Many of the points made are valid ones but the players out on the pitch should have won the game despite the amount of new players. Onto Tuesday night

Stafford_DeWolf

Too many changes. Evolution not revolution please Walter. Rotate the tired and struggling players, not the best players.

Wolves 13 shots (3 on target), Burton 18 shots (8 on target) at Molineux is a worrying stat and can't be what the Chinese doctor ordered. It surely raises questions about the balance of the starting XI.

Still early days but with much stronger clubs to visit in future, the home form is looking short of that required to produce a promotion challenge.

"Of course Is not the bigger 'appiness in the life" - too right.

The Flying Winger

S DW, He had to make the changes yesterday the players needed it and the fans expected it, we haven't had the luxury of a settled squad then bringing in a few players during close season, we would have been facing relegation with the squad we had.

We have bought trained and introduced many players in how many days, we will not see a smooth running team for weeks yet we still have 3 more to come in, for me this season was never a promotion one if it happens great but it will take time.

That's where we are.

thedoog

Lets see where we are by christmas and whether or not Zenga is still there.

Hertford

Yeah good spot......bu t it was late at night and underpinned by a bottle of Sauvignon. Plus it did feel a bit like a defeat at the end.

Sorry...

Chris Groves

Quite a bit of we should have beat Burton on here. But why? They are a tiny club but in the same league as us on merit. A Burton side who beat a decent Derby side we usually get beat by. The glimpses of pure quality were there to see today from a new Wolves side that will only improve. Its a long season. You can win the league from a mid table position at Christmas in the Championship. Patience is the key.

Albrightondek

I'm not sure we can draw any conclusions from this one game.

I would guess that all Wolves supporters expected changes, and we certainly got that. As a consequence the side, for over an hour looked like a bunch of individuals, rather than an actual team. Nobody playing particularly badly, but collectively they weren't producing much in the way of a threat to Burton.

Borthwick-Jackson's inclusion was probably the most predictable, with Doherty switching to his more familiar place on the right. He seemed to start a little nervy, but grew in confidence as the game went on. However, I was quite surprised to see Stearman selected ahead of Iorfa with Hause not even on the bench. The defence on the whole this season haven't done that badly, and it's one area that needs a bit of continuity.I suppose it could be that the two young defenders played in midweek, and also that Zenga wanted assess Stearman. He played OK, was possibly unlucky with penalty descision, but I'd prefer him to be used as a back-up to others.

Cavaleiro was bit disappointing given all the hype, but might not be match fit, which also might apply to Gladdon. Oniangue, and Costa were perhaps the pick of the newcomers until Bodvarsson made his entrance late. His introduction made quite an impact. Suddenly Wolves looked far more threatening, and he helped set up the goal.

Difficult to pick out a man of the match, but I thought Coady was perhaps the best player over 90 plus minutes. Oniangue had a decent game, and might well become a key player in midfield in the coming months.

Zenga is still in his honeymoon period, which will probably last into October, as he continues to assess his players. There are more changes in the pipeline, with Saiss and Ola John to make their debuts, so inconsistent performances and results will happen. However, at some point he will need to start picking a team with fewer changes between games. Rotate some players by all means, but not on the scale that is happening at the moment.

Ultimately, it's results which will determine whether his honeymoon period will develop into wedded bliss at Molineux, or else Fosun might start divorce proceedings.

rwbridge

This is my club and always will be but came away disappointed yesterday. Disappointed at the two bookings for diving. Disappointed at the sad attempt to waste time (to no avail) at the end and of course the shirt of shame hasn't gone away. Fortunately not too many 'Money Shop' tops in evidence. Long may it continue.

CAROLINA WOLF

Wolves are coming.

Cradley Wolf

Message to Zenga and Fosun !!

TOP PRIORITY !!

2 EXPERIENCED CENTRE BACKS NEEDED IN JANUARY

TRANSFER WINDOW....

Faagen-Bazs

Change the record, you bore.

Cradley Wolf

shut up you silly little boy and go play with

your toys or have you actually thrown them out of your pram

every comment you post on here is boring to many as you seem to

think that you are Mr Wolverhampton wanderers know it all when

you actually know nothing !!

Bring it on back FB PMSL ....

Faagen-Bazs

"PMSL"?

Read the comments, mate. Literally everybody believes you to be a cretin. I see no evidence to counter this view.

The Flying Winger

Not again,, what is wrong with you they had a very good partnership until Stearman was sold for footballing reasons, why happened next let me help you we fell apart.

Cradley Wolf

Aha aha aha aha aha PMSL......

Correction F B we fell apart long before

Stearman was sold due to the former incumbent Jackett's

total ineptitude in management and tactics ...

Faagen-Bazs

Posting while drunk is always a bad idea.

Wolvereeeen

Posting as Cradley Wolf isn't that good an idea either, it encourages relentless negativity in all that is associated with, attached too, or surrounding, the name.

It always looks on the dire side of life.

CAROLINA WOLF

I'm not even going to try and judge current Wolves to the MM & J Wolves. "New beginnings.

Let's see where we are when the new squad starts to get going and we can read the December papers!

Lakeside

I wonder who the Wazzock was that sat behind me with his granddaughter and gave a negative loudmouth commentary all through the game? Was it Cradley?

Cradley Wolf

Lakeside you sure it weren't yourself ?

I was in the South Bank with my 3 sons

If the comments were about Stearman and Batth

then I would be in total agreement with them...

Faagen-Bazs

How would he be sat behind himself? Idiotic.

Wolvereeeen

Given that 18 of the 20 premier teams let in at least one Goal this past weekend I was wondering which defenders Mr Cradley would dispense with as 'dross' and 'useless pieces of crap' this morning, based on the logic of a ball hitting stearman's hand for an iffy penalty being enough to demolish his right to consider himself a human being?

I hear Aguero missed a couple of penalties the other week, so we'd better not look to sign him in future. Jose mourinho lost a game, sack him and resell Pogba for not ensuring a win. Gareth bale isn't the most expensive player in the world anymore, so he is now rubbish then. Portugal, the European Champions need to sack their manager and drop the whole squad after losing last week.

Two words keep coming into my head... 'knee' and 'jerk'.

Lakeside

I bet the South Bank loved your shining wit....oops, a Spoonerism!

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