Wolves 0 Brighton 2 - Report and pictures

League leaders Brighton condemned Wolves to a second successive defeat with a 2-0 win at Molineux.

The Seagulls took the lead just before half time when Anthony Knockaert took advantage of two Wolves errors to fire them in front.

Wolves improved after the hour mark and forge

d a couple of chances for Conor Coady and Ben Marshall.

But the visitors made sure of the points eight minutes from time when they caught Wolves out on the break and Knockaert doubled the lead for a deserved away victory.

Analysis

"It’s a good barometer for where we’re at," said Paul Lambert ahead of the game.

Answer - there's an awful lot of work to do, writes Tim Spiers at Molineux.

Wolves and Lambert don't pretend to be near the finished product yet and they stayed in the game against the Championship's best side until the 82nd minute.

But despite the possession and shots statistics being fairly similar, Brighton were a class above and very rarely in trouble here.

There was no faulting Wolves' effort but they lacked the required quality - and the right decision-making - at both ends of the pitch, and more pertinently in midfield.

Brighton are the template for Wolves to follow. Chris Hughton took over halfway through the 2014/15 season, guided them to safety, identified key players and added to them, leading to a third-placed finish last season and surely promotion this year.

Lambert has talent and grafters at his disposal but there is plenty of dead wood to clear out and much-needed quality and goals to add.

That won't be an easy task. But, in Fosun's cash and ambitions, he will have the tools at his disposal to achieve it. There'll be no excuses next season.

Lambert made three changes from the team that lost 3-1 at Bristol City.

In came Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, who ended his seven-month scoring drought at Ashton Gate, as well as Ivan Cavaleiro and Romain Saiss.

Nouha Dicko, Morgan Gibbs-White and Lee Evans dropped to the bench where they were joined by in-form 20-year-old striker Donovan Wilson, selected as a reward for nine goals in 10 under-23 appearances.

Wolves initially made a bright start, making the early running with Ben Marshall and Ivan Cavaleiro looking sharp and Saiss spraying it around with class and purpose in midfield.

But no chances of note were created and the visitors soon began to make their extra quality count.

A careless Saiss pass led to Brighton's first big chance - the ball was quickly worked to Tomer Hemed who crashed a shot off the bar with Lonergan beaten.

Then a free Hemed header looped just over and Solly March was allowed too much room to fire into the side netting from 18 yards.

Wolves were beginning to look laboured, regularly giving the ball away and barely seeing the ball in the Brighton third at what was now a quiet Molineux.

The Seagulls didn't need an excuse to press forward - and just before half time they took a deserved lead.

Disappointingly though, it was two Wolves mistakes that led to the goal, with Hause horribly misjudging the bounce before Lonergan got a hand to, but couldn't keep out, Knockaert's shot.

Wolves were sleepwalking. And in stoppage time it was almost 2-0 but a dreadful Coady header straight to Hemed wasn't punished.

Lambert, perhaps surprisingly, didn't make any changes at half time and the status quo continued with Brighton in control of what was a pretty dull game.

A one-two saw former Albion man - and an ex-Wolves target - Sebastien Pocognioli get in behind and cross for dangerman Glenn Murray who flashed a shot wide.

A second Brighton goal looked on the cards with Wolves still passive and seriously lacking in inspiration.

But then, out of the blue, came a great chance to level. Cavaleiro was the man to provide that inspiration with a perfect cross to Coady but he couldn't beat keeper David Stockdale with a free header - the first save the Brighton keeper was forced to make.

With 20 minutes left Lambert still hadn't brought on a substitute and the home fans' frustration was growing.

Again, from nowhere, came an opportunity when Bodvarsson brilliantly burst from midfield and slipped in Marshall, but his prodded shot was far too easy for Stockdale.

Marshall was again involved when he worked space for a shot from 20 yards which drew a sprawling save from the keeper.

This was much better from Wolves and Lambert added fresh legs with 14 minutes to go when Wilson and Dicko replaced Bodvarsson and Marshall.

But a late charge never materialised and it wasn't a huge surprise to see the visitors double their lead through the classy Knockaert.

The mercurial Frenchman has been superb in both games against Wolves in 2016/17. Wolves' equivalent, Helder Costa, was sorely missed...where would they have been without him this season?

Key moments

15 - After Saiss concedes possession in midfield the ball is worked to Tomer Hemed who crashes a 15-yard shot against the bar.

45 - GOAL - Hause misjudges a long kick from the Brighton keeper, Anthony Knockaert picks the ball up and beats Lonergan at his near post.

61 - Cavaleiro floats a brilliant ball to the back post where Coady is all alone, but his header from a couple of yards out is saved by Stockdale and then Weimann's follow-up is blocked.

82 - GOAL - Brighton break, Wolves' defence is at sixes and sevens and Murray heads to Knockaert who beats Lonergan from close range.

Teams

Wolves (4-2-3-1): Lonergan; Coady, Batth (c), Hause, Doherty; Edwards, Saiss; Weimann, Marshall (Dicko, 76), Cavaleiro; Bodvarsson (Wilson, 76). Subs: Burgoyne, Williamson, Saville, Evans, Gibbs-White.

Brighton (4-4-2): Stockdale; Bruno, Huenemeier, Dunk, Pocognoli; Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, March (Murphy, 70); Hemed, Murray. Subs: Maenpaa, Tomori, Forren, Norwood, Skalak, Akpom.

Goals: Knockaert (45, 82)

Attendance: 23,221 (2,787 Brighton fans)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Position in the table

15th (51 points from 41 matches)

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Comments for: "Wolves 0 Brighton 2 - Report and pictures"

bintheredunit

on the way home ATTACK BIG FAT ZERO MIDFIELD TOTAL CRAP BIG FAT ZERO DEFENCE AND CRAP GOALKEEPER BIG FAT ZERO why do I bother its because I am a bloody wolves fan

wolf4ever

Goalkeeper beaten twice at his near post and would struggle to kick the floor.

Surely Burgoyne is the better option.

Is Costa not being played to safeguard his sale?

sie69

Oh and by the way apart from enobakhare and Ronan the rest of the kids ZERO THEY are to lightweight need sending out on loan next season as if we want promotion they won't cut it,get the targets wrapped up asap,we won 5 in a row without Costa we will loose 5 in a row then we in trouble

Kevt29

Well done Brighton.

They're a much better team than us, we are miles behind them in every position. They controlled the game, we never looked like scoring.

The Flying Winger

We are slipping into the same results and performances each week after some encouraging matches we revert to type, too many players not making a difference.

Can't defend, can't score and midfield lacking how does he pick Edwards week in week out?

I said a few days back not having another keeper as good or better than Ikeme would cost us and it is each game.

Perhaps in his media conference Lambert could enlighten us into his thinking of not bringing subs into the game at 60 mins seems a major fault and costing us, for those calling for young players this is different to the U23.

There are teams below us starting to win we are by no means safe, answer haven't a clue.

Bruce, Arouca, Trinidad

Watched the game live on TV. Last week Brighton were also live at QPR. On that occasion the commentator said "next week the Seagulls are at Wolves; that shouldn't worry them too much". How true unfortunately. This week at the start of the game the commentator said that the match would indicate to Wolves what they need to do next season. Well one thing is to pick an attacking line up. Brighton came with two up front and looked dangerous at every break. When we broke quickly Bodvarsson (later Dicko) were always outnumbered. For the slow build ups we get plenty up there, but it is the breakaways where top teams score a lot of goals. Then we wonder why our strikers hardly ever score. We are not safe yet, Blackburn are showing fight; we have play them, to go to Leeds and play a lot of other top 10 teams presumably with the same tactics of putting a single striker up front.

Kevt29

Lots of work to be done!

AucklandKiwiWolf

After all the hype of Wolves recent winning run,they have been brought down to earth with a bang.They are not mathematically safe yet and they have a tough run in to come.I'm sure that Wolves will be safe this season.I only hope Jeff Shi is true to his word.The deadwood needs to be cleared out ASAP and they need more than four quality players.THe folly of acquiring all those bargain basement lower division players and being asset stripped during the Morgan regime.Enough is enough!THe club has great potential if it is run properly.I only hope FOSUN & Co are up to the task and the fans get right behind the team

sheshe

Well Mr Lambert, hopefully you have seen how we compare with Brighton. You did say you were happy with strikers in January!!! This team lacks quality needed for a serious promotion challenge next season.

ELDERVO

Well there y'go Mr Lambert, what did the barometer tell you then ? If it was anything other than we are miles away then I suggest you should bin the barometer and look on the internet to see what's what, it's so much more accurate these days. (you could start with the table Ted) lol.

Quite why you and Farmer Ted felt you needed this game to tell you exactly what you should have known already and especially after the Bristol game is beyond me. Perhaps it's because neither of you seem to have any idea about football !

Dittonwolf

Well one hasn't got a clue about tactics or when to use subs and the other Rates Stearman.

1965wolf

poor performance from a poor team.the whole team needs rebuilding from scratch next season maybe even this one relegation without proper investment in proven championship players.

Shewolf1943

Why oh why do our players find it easier to pass to the opposition than to one of their own team. We are still a long way off. Pleased for Brighton after their disappointment last season, but do wish we could have got a draw at least tonight. Leeds will not be easy and now only 8 points off relegation.

BeeCee

She.

A decent goalkeeper would have saved both the Brighton goal.

If it isn't Ikeme against Leeds it has to be Burgoyne because Lonnie Donagon is useless.

Mountain Wolf

We started well so what went wrong?

Finchy

there was 80 mins left... thats what went wrong! Coasy club already on holiday with Club Med.

Finchy

What a loud of rubbish we really are… It’s not Lamberts fault the players he’s inherited are simply not good enough. We are not 3 – 4 players away from challenging promotion not at all. Today has shown just what a gap there is between us and the top 2.

The entire defence is mid table league 1, they all need binning off. Doherty was just plain lazy, looked not interested at all. Hause silly mistakes not concentrating when passing, passing blind, not challenging to regain the possession. Lonergan should have saved first goal, distribution poor. Batth usual self passing to no one. Saiss a few good passes but again sloppy and gave away possession in dangerous places. Edwards… did… the usual nothing and ran 10k. Weimann is Edwards double only further up the pitch. Cavaliero… not doesn’t do much when his partner Costa not playing… Bod awful… did nothing of note. Coady, marshall… meh… Dicko was ok for short time he was on but couldn’t see him doing anything anyways…

Brighton took their chances when they had them retain possession well and won the ball back, possession was even but we do nothing with it, except lob it up high and forward to there players, we cant win anything in the air, if we do win the header its straight back to them. Scared to trap the ball and play it on floor… would rather nut it forwards and hope for best.

Wolves are on the holidays no doubt about it…. The jobs NOT done yet! PL needs to whip them and get them playing one win is enough… is it too hard for them… Wolves fans turn up for every game… shame the players don’t!!! Cosy club out come the summer Fosun. Its not 3 – 4 players at all… not if you want to challenge.

Will this season never die !!!! I really don’t want to be watching this shower come the first game of next season! Anyone think Costa is already sold and were protecting the money by not playing him…. Also… I just cant get over the fact we gifted Blues 3 points at home if we had won that as we should have done they would be relegated for sure… I think we may have given them a get out of jail card.

Coasy club OUT!

Loyal

Lambert is a joke. FIVE man defence at home. Two subs made way too late. Relegation looms. We'll lose the next 3 games. Then panic will set in.

Dittonwolf

Your right we might well lose the next three and Lambert is a joke but I do think we'll still stay up on what we've got but hopes of the Prem next season like people keep banging on about Dream on we're a bottom half table team and I think our new owners will be looking for a way out.

dorsetmozz

Dorset Mozza.

If Paul Lambert believes this to be a good performance he will have to rethink the strategy. Very poor from front to back. Goodbye to Saiss Weimann and Edwards. Lonergan was poor verging on pathetic if we can't find a keeper with more command of his area playing at West park I will eat my trousers. He is truly useless. I àm looking forward to see what the boss does when the season ends. This was not a good advert for Wolves, very poor all round.

McIlmoyle

Me speechless, PL clueless, team skill less

Olly the cat

McIlmoyle, you have ungrammatically summed up the situation in a nutshell. Better put it I couldn't of! Me worried, PL ditto, skill where?

Wolvereeeen

You can try to excuse us in that we were playing the league leaders, but come on, we merely hoofed it towards their penalty area and hoped, there was little actual attempt at football. Very very disappointing. The goals came at exactly the times and in exactly the way as I predicted, and I'm sure the majority of fans also did. It was so predictably dull and numbing in every way. Without Costa we are toothless too. So much to be done.

RugeleyWolf

"It’s a good barometer for where we’re at," said Paul Lambert ahead of the game.

Being optimistic, I assume it was a veiled message to Shi, that plenty of change needed!

So in Tim Spiers style................what did we learn:

1. Players appeared to try harder because they were told to, rather than they care about our Club

2. Back 4 are poor; slow, distribution out was awful; limited awareness of the oppositions movement

I would include Saiss, he didn't protect as was his role

3. Lacking a couple of players to control centre midfield

4. Our build up play was pedestrian and lacked quality

5. Desperately need 2 Strikers who can score 15+ goals a season

6. Brighton's quality well ahead of ours

7. We don't play as a team in my view

As one pundit said on TV, "Wolves need 7 or 8 players if they are to push at the other end of the table next season".

Without a mass clear out, it will be another season of mediocrity.

ps

I expect the Leeds game to be even harder.

naz

2nd best in all departments, we huffed and puffed and they had a striker who blew the door down.

Olly the cat

naz, being second best in a two horse race just about sums it up. As a pundit once famously said,

" We were lucky to get nil today".

CoRnIsHWoLf

Utter rubbish!

Overhaul of coaching staff before next season please. It's been the same for years now, something has to done. It can't all be down to the players, else why would players we let go suddenly become better players at other clubs?

The mistakes being made are BASIC errors. Defending is school boy at best. Eyes only on the ball, no thought for the man! Passing!!!! No one seems able to pass the ball! No one moves an inch once they release the ball, simply stand still! I wonder, at home particularly, why we bother having a midfield when we just hoof the ball up to the front man & HOPE it sticks! & as for our manager & his substitutions...............words fail me.

We need a forward thinking backroom team in this club, manager, coaches, the lot. Unless our players get the best footballing coaching they will never become the players we need to move forward. We are standing still at best & Shi & Fosun need to realise that & QUICK!

The Flying Winger

Perhaps someone to train then to shoot between white posts

CoRnIsHWoLf

If only it were that simple.

We have a dearth of footballing intelligence running through our team.

3 Points Saturday

But sadly not through the technical staff

Dittonwolf

Spot on, Football at the MOLL, That would be nice, I wonder where we would have ended up if we kept Venga we were playing better football under him,

We need a Good manager shame we missed out on Monk.

Paul Cook might be worth a look at maybe teamed up with Rae.

KnightWolf

Blindingly and painfully clear. Brighton looked like a proper team, fit, eager, unselfish and well organised. Note how they knew what to do in every situation whether in or out of possession plus that extra bit of zip to the second ball and a player who knows where the goals are. Wolves way short in all those departments , an obvious agenda for the summer if we want to be next season's Brighton.

Kaiwolves

Well that was dire can not scpre can not defend can not pass the ball to any one on a gold shirt

old golds worth more

Well the Barometer reading after that display, is showing an extremely low depression sitting over Wolverhampton. Yet another lack lustre display without Costa, my God I hope to hell we don't sell him in the summer, because he is the only class act we have! Haus after his recent run of good form came crashing back down to earth, and between him and Saiss we were lucky not to concede earlier due to their very poor passes out of defence. Why oh why does PL persist with using Bod as a lone striker?, he definitely needs a partner up with him at ALL times, when he managed to win the headers they went nowhere most of time except to a Brighton player! Coady had a bit of a stinker at right back and Doherty wasn't much better, Lonegan managed to get beaten at his near post for their first goal, and then it went under his body for their second, very poor keeping I'm afraid. Edwards was largely ineffectual again, and Cav flatters to deceive and wasn't at the races most of the time. When they come to giving marks out of ten, I will be very very surprised if any of our players get more then a five. As for PL, I was getting angrier and angrier the longer the game went on in the second half, because the substitutions we sorely needed weren't appearing, finally a double change in the 76th minute, which was to late for my liking, especially when we were chasing the game. Oh well, at least the cricket season has started!

sie69

Oh dear,we are so far apart,we don't play balls in front of players it's to their feet or behind,the defence don't win headers and pass to the opposition too many times,we are average at best without Costa,Marshall was the only player to have a good game and he gets replaced,can't he take Edwards off,weimann was not in it again,we need to spend good money on proper footballers,we need an ince,bull,Emlyn Hughes,to even start to get anywhere,

tamworthwolves

Firstly, Brighton are the best team I've seen at the wolves this season. Houghton has them working for each other and technically very good, they don't waste many balls.

i got back from the match and my mrs who knows nothing about football said our keeper was rubbish.... Can't argue with that!

We all know we don't have the players yet to have a competitive team but what annoyed me at the game was a fan saying Cav is a waste of money. Well in my opinion if Cav was playing for Brighton today we would all be asking why we can't attract those type of players. Our problem is we don't have players around Cav and Costa to compliment their game. Our wing backs are cluless, the midfield are too scared to have the ball and we are too pedestrian when we have the ball.

I listened to PL on the way home and he said you can always take positives out of the game...yep, add GK to the ever growing shopping list!

Andy35

Today's starting line up and subs was as follows :-

Lonergan

Coady

Batth

Hause

Doherty

Saiss

Edwards

Weimann

Cavaleiro

Marshall

Dicko

Bödvarsson

Saville

Evans

Burgoyne

Wilson

Gibbs-White

Williamson

If any team wants a realistic push for promotion next season, out of that lot, surely they would only consider Cavaleiro and Marshall as possibilities for their squad ? So many of them have proved that they are simply not good enough.

Gibbs-White and Wilson have potential but are unproven so I would reserve judgement on them. Costa will be off so there is a massive squad rebuild to be done, which will take us at least another three seasons to build a squad ready for a promotion push.

Massive pressure on Lambert. Even given the above, next season if we don't make the play-offs, everyone will think "Owners worth £6.5 Billion and the best he can do is mid-table"

Pablo

I think we all wish this season would end but we still have some work to do. Had a bright enough start but it very quickly became obvious we are second class citizens. Brighton controlled and moved the ball better, looked like they understood what's expected of them and looked as though they actually enjoyed playing the beautiful game, whereas we looked like we couldn't wait for the final final whistle.

Stearmans overhead kick

Very much agree with what has been said on here up till now really. Very well organised hard working outfit were Brighton good luck to them they deserved it. Surprised we were still in it till the second goal went in to be honest. Another shocker from quite a few of them again lets hope they are moved on in the summer. Huffed and puffed in the final third only to give it away on the edge of the box or to be out done by some quality defending.They seem to know their job we didn't. First time passes were wayward or straight to them first half why can't we ever put a foot on it, Hold it up, Look up and see a player running into space ? Basic football, Things I had my head tapped for by not doing at school Fosun, Lambert, Quality striker like the lad they had today must surely be the first priority on your shopping list in the summer, Made what anything we we got look like donkey's. Have not seen any replays yet. But could the second one be offside? Lonergan was at fault with the first should not have been beaten on his near post from there. Don't know what he was doing when he dived like a starman with that cross into the box second half Everyone behind me was asking the same question Not been impressed with him I'm afraid. Plus side, We walked down to the ground with two Brighton fans Father and son. Two really nice gents,Hope you do well in the Prem we told them just take six points off the Baggies won't you we asked. Our grandkids asked us why we were talking to them as if they were aliens when we got into the ground .Blue and white stripes might have had something to do with it I suppose.And just one more gripe before I go.Those ruddy weather forecasters on ITV and BBC this morning .Rain clearing from the west from midday leaving a dry afternoon I got bloomin drownded going back to the car you lousy wazzacks. Have a nice easter everyone.

YozzaMadden

I can see at least 3 seasons of strengthening before we are ready for a challenge.I hope Fossun have the patience to oversee a complete overhaul of the playing staff and keep their long term investment promise.

This current lot barring just a couple are no where near good enough.

Not Convinced

worrying blackburn win at forest shows that they have not given up the ghost :

saisse/ edwards - did not turn out to be the dream midfield combo ;

weimann - did he get anything right all match ?

bod - not much connection between him and the rest of the team ;

doherty - why does lambert not try saisse at left back ? its obvious doherty is a fish out of water . saisse plays as a defender for his country - they probably know him .

naz

Surprised Brighton didn't shoot on sight of goal post, our keeper would have been better sitting in the stand.

A top quality keeper would have saved both goals all day long.

1877wolf

We have to be brutally honest and there are only a handful of players at the club who shouldn't be available for transfer if we have realistic ambitions of promotion:

Hause, Iorfa, Williamson (if fit), Coady, Cavaleiro, Costa, Marshall, Ronan and the Academy lads should stay.

As for now, we desperately miss Iorfa's athleticism and Hause needs Williamson next to him for experience and probably more games at left back (Doherty is awful)

For next season I'd like us to go out and get Hanley from Newcastle (CB-Lambert knows well), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea-Bristol City), Kightly (on a free from Burnley), Ryan Shotton (Blues) and we need 2 experienced central midfielders in the Steve Sidwell mould to talk to our very talented youngsters.

Olly the cat

Being brutally honest, 1877 wolf, who would want them?

sylvain2u

1877

agree

coady always puts a shift in, but cant match the pace of Iorfa especially when going forward which we missed

BondiWolf

Why is it the supporters can see the problems with the team but Thelwell and Lambert can't, for seasons we have said we need a good striker and a midfielder to start with and still we don't have them. This season will end with a full back being the leading scorer, ridiculous.

VictoriousSecret

I am still standing by my prediction:

Wolves will stay up and Paul Lambert will not be our manager at the start of the next season.

I hope I am right on both occasions.

naz

We need consistency in the managerial department, however not sure Lambert is the man, Jackett should have been given more support, he would have delivered same results, perhaps even better had he been allowed to bring in a few of his own player's. Now would have been the time to relieve him of his duties, if things weren't going well.In hign sight with consistency Jackett would have if supported, would have at least delivered playoffs.I like you feel Fosan have other plans.

Stearmans overhead kick

And me.

Sharmwolf

What we saw in this game was the worst 2 central defenders in this League and probably any professional league. Virtually every pass they made went to opposition players. Lot of talk as to whether we are a 1 man team. without a doubt we are.

No player in that side today performed and if Weiman was out to get a move , he did nowt to impress.

Robert

Result was as expected. Poor performance from Wolves - no sign of goals up front and 2 disastrous errors from Hause gave Brighton their goals. Lot of work to be done and cash spent close season. Disappointing. You cant make simple avoidable errors and expect to win the points.

The Flying Winger

Robert , this is why Hause and Iorfa will not form a CB partnership or stake a place in the team on a consistent basis, they are error prone, as for the goal on the near post.

Robert

Why are we playing Lonergan when we have a better prospect in Harry Burgoyne. Lonergan looks nervous and is not a class keeper. Last nights first goal was a schoolboy save - verey shaky guy.

Chris Groves

Forest beat Brighton 3-0 on 4th March. The over reaction to individual results with Wolves is crazy. We are behind Brighton but miles behind?? as some suggest. That's unbelievable. Apart from detached Rotherham the whole Championship is fairly level. What the best teams have is consistency. Yesterday Brighton were desperately playing to secure their Premier League survival. Unfortunately our season is already over. We were not great when we beat Newcastle, competed with Chelsea, beat Stoke and Liverpool. And we are not useless because we lost to Brighton. We are safe. It will probably take Blues until September to get the 4 points required to catch us even if the other teams who play each other catch us. The young players will improve who we all wanted to be given a chance. And all of Lamberts signings have made an impact. The rest of the squad are not his players. Lets support him I'm sure he knows more than us about the squad.

Olly the cat

Chris, our season is far from over. A loss at Elland Road on Monday, and other results going against us, would make the home game versus Blackburn Rovers a must win game. Lose that one and we are really back in the pit of relegation ordure. Realistically, I don't think Wolves will be relegated, but we are not safe yet.

Chris Groves

Ha Ha I meant Premier League promotion.

Dentones

Can anyone tell me what's happened to Jack Price? One of the best players Wolves have in my opinion!

sylvain2u

dentones

i can see where you are coming from but in my opinion our midfield is an area that needs strenghening. Price is more effective than evans or saville and saiss at the moment but lacks the passing ability and defensive qualiites needed to compete the promotion pushing clubs in this league

DancesWithWolves

Congratulations to Brighton. Looking forward to seeing them at my local club Chelsea next season. As for Wolves last night, we're not suddenly dross, we just looked it. We have played far better against top teams, including PL teams this season, but consistency is not our middle name.

I fear the defeatist mindset is back after the recent superb run we had. It's almost like, we can't play without Costa. Better start playing lads, or else the drop is possible.

Anyone see that great goal Chris Wood scored in the last minute against Newcastle? He's already on 25 goals or so this season. It's not just Costa we need, it's. Chris Wood type of player too. Kenny Jackett was right about him.

RugeleyWolf

I will judge Mr Lambert from the start of next season.

Apart from one or two "odd" opinions that this squad is not too bad, every Wolves Fans know we are lacking at least half a team.

We have a squad assembled over a few seasons, not just this season. One clearly of generally a 1st Division standard.

I know many will be hard to shift, no one else will want them, but that is Thelwell's job, he brought them in, let's see him earn his money.

What Lambert and Shi do in attracting decent players in this summer will be the interesting bit.

sylvain2u

Gave the ball away too much and still making poor defensive errors

lonergan- should have saved the first goal and looked ropey

coady- offers nothing going forward and cant see why he is getting picked in place of

iorfa who is very attacking especially with Costa out.

weiman- looked leggy and made no impact and should have come off after 70 mins

saiss- still struggling with the pace of the game but will be better next season

bodvarson - apart from a couple of crosses from cavaleiro got no decent service at all

hause/batth- don't think this pairing works as too many mistakes, williamson needs to play

lambert- took far too long to make changes, and put two strikers on but like bodvarson they got no service.

it confirms what we already know that the squad needs strenghening in all areas. we need 4-5 players with some going out the door

rwbridge

There are so many problems to sort out I cannot see us dealing with them all by next season. Jury is out at present on Lambert. Defence has some merit but is let down by odd howler, fixable I think. Midfield seems non existent without Costa. Attack is non existent full stop.

I have a large dog which I take to the beach. When it sees the expanse of sand it runs around excitedly in large circles. I had a sense of Deja Vu and then it came to me. Bodvarson.

So. We can only hope Fosun have a lot of patience and have learned who not to take advice from. There is a lot of work to do in all departments. Not news I know but the big problem is knowing where to start.

3 Points Saturday

From what we saw yesterday I would suggest we need a massive clear out at the seasons end. A minimum of eight new signings for the first team at least are required. A priority be the elusive 20 goal striker and a highly creative midfield dynamo.

Chris Hughton has done a great job at Brighton and they´ve made some very astute signings which I fear will not happen at Wolves as long as Thelwell is there. The chasm between the two sides was enormous and it was pitiful to see so much unintelligent football being played by those in the Old Gold & Black. Why hoof hopeful balls into the box when a well directed pass could be far more creative and still leave us in possession? Why leap into the air to head a ball directly to the oppositions forward when it could have been been brought under control on the floor? I´m talking about Cody´s woeful blunder here, as one example, where he gifted Temed a golden opportunity. Doesn´t anybody explain to players there´s no need to head the ball when there´s no challenge coming on the defending player? If Brighton is the Yardstick we´re aiming for then a minimum eight really top quality experienced players need to be found before we kick off next season.

sylvain2u

3 points

i dont think there was an enormous difference between the sides, but brighton are better

save for some poor goalkeeping, and sloppyness in possession, it could have been different.

I also think with costa and iorfa playing maybe instead of weiman and coady, we would have given them a lot more problems going forward

Brighton also won the away fixture to by a narrow 1 nil win.

I do think a clear out is needed but not a massive one, nor do we need 8+ new signings as we will just be repeating our mistakes from this season.

You can see that we do need a good striker and midfield ball player, with just those 2 in place this team would be significantly improved

THEFilthyRaider

Clearly missing Costa is a problem and come the summer, will he stay? I imagine our friendly Portuguese agent has already brokered a deal for his commission no matter what the club or player want and we need to have that "someone" in the team. Astonished at Lambert still tinkering using kids. Yes, give them a chance but at the start and at the dropping of senior players?

Penkridgepete

Just watched the match on sky, complete rubbish. Absolutely no chance of the playoffs next season without a clear out of a lot of the dross that have worn the gold and black this season. Needs major investment by Fosun and I can't see it happening.

AucklandKiwiWolf

Brighton are a good team so losing to them can be seen as not dishonourable.However the way Wolves played against them along with the performance at Bristol is dishonourable.

broggiwolvesnz

Two below par performances after a purple patch of form. Still leaves Wolves looking over their shoulder as relegated threatened teams pick up valuable points. They will need to lift their game against Leeds. I am still puzzled why Lambert still plays a midfielder at right back and a natural right footed player left back.

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