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Burnley v Wolves - five talking points

Wolverhampton | Sport | Published:

Wolves stunned the league leaders with a last-gasp equaliser to claim a share of the spoils at Turf Moor.

In one of their most impressive performances of the season Kenny Jackett's team comfortably out-shot Burnley by 15 attempts to eight.

They took the game to the Clarets and were fully deserving of the point they earned.

Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers picks out five talking points from an unexpected draw.

It was skipper Batth's second goal of the season

No one could argue Wolves didn't deserve a point.

In fact even some of the Lancashire locals admitted the visitors should probably have won the game.

An off day for Burnley? Maybe, but this result was far more about Wolves winning a point than Burnley losing two.

Indeed, the hosts showed no signs of complacency, or of having an off-day, when they came racing out of the traps with a dominant opening 15 minutes.

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Jackett's team weathered the early storm and played their way into the game, growing in confidence and belief.

Then either side of half time they began to dominate and created several chances.

That they didn't take them will irk Jackett - and it shouldn't be forgotten that Wolves were two minutes of stoppage time away from another defeat.

But after a season of mostly negatives it was heartwarming to see a young team playing at something approaching its potential.

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Jackett took the handbrake off and we witnessed some attacking, free-flowing football on the floor.

Make no mistake, Wolves went for it. This wasn't a smash and grab, they weren't sitting back and hitting on the counter, particularly in the second half.

In fact it was the most enjoyable Wolves performance for months. Certainly more so than those embattled post-Christmas wins over Reading, Charlton and Brighton, so sorely needed but a purist's nightmare.

Jackett has got things wrong this season but he deserves rich praise for the way he set his team up here.

Man of the match Jack Price at full time

The chief protagonist in this was the magnificent Jack Price.

Jackett gushingly called it Price's best ever performance in a Wolves shirt. He was spot on.

In defence, Price saved his team on several occasions, sniffing out danger and coolly intercepting in the unflappable manner that is his trademark.

And he was also the linchpin on which so many attacks were launched with a wide-ranging passing repertoire.

He was Wolves' pivot and he didn't make a single mistake.

Price would surely admit himself that he hasn't found his best form this year, albeit hindered by his game time being so sporadic, but this performance showed he has the attributes not only to be a force in the Championship, but possibly in the Premier League too, perhaps in the manner that Leon Britton has successfully carved out a top-flight career.

The way he so joyously celebrated Batth's equaliser tells you all you need to know about Price's commitment, his desire and his will to win - for Wolves.

He didn't play any part in the goal. But that's how much it mattered to him.

Jed Wallace is now facing up to six weeks on the sidelines for Wolves.

The hope was that Jed Wallace would return from Millwall full of confidence, and transfer that vitality to Wolves.

He did just that.

Like his team, Wallace grew into the game, gradually switching focus from defence to attack.

There were a couple of dazzling runs, his touch was excellent and he popped up in good positions.

He's certainly improved in physicality and confidence since we last saw him.

It's been a frustrating start to his Wolves career - and that frustration looks set to continue after he was so cruelly forced off with a thigh strain 10 minutes from time.

But that shouldn't detract from what a promising performance this was from the 21-year-old.

Wallace has shown what he can do. And Wolves look to have a real prospect on their hands.

Jeremy Helan at Turf Moor

The one gripe was that Wolves didn't transfer their midfield dominance - and as well as Price, Conor Coady and George Saville also impressed, particularly the latter in his shackling of Joey Barton - into goals up front.

Jackett is definitely still searching for a winning frontline formula, as he didn't find it here.

Michal Zyro spent the first 30 minutes watching the ball go over his head as he missed out on a succession of headers.

The Pole didn't excel in a thankless task. He was far better when facing goal, but he too often played with his back to it, such was the role he was asked to play.

Jeremy Helan hasn't yet found top gear either. His defensive nous was vital, though, with Matthew Lowton and George Boyd the home team's most potent threat down Burnley's right.

Joe Mason, Bjorn Sigurdarson and Adam Le Fondre were all on the bench - three players Jackett has tried but failed to get the best out of, either on their own or in different combinations.

That elusive formula remains undiscovered.

Carl Ikeme, with Rob Edwards and Joe Gallen celebrating behind him

That's two games against Burnley, a team likely to be promoted, and two draws.

Wolves also beat Brighton, they beat Derby and they drew with Hull.

Are Wolves really that far away from the better teams in this division?

On their day they're a match for anyone. Inconsistency has been their problem.

Danny Batth hit the nail on the head after the game when he said: "The margins in the Championship are very slim and I think it's just a bit of consistency really and a few unfortunate injuries that have cost us."

It shouldn't be forgotten that the average age of this team was just 23. Or 22 without old-timer Carl Ikeme, at the veteran age of 29.

Will that consistency ever come with such a young side? Probably not.

Will it come with a few experienced players added in the summer? There's a far better chance.

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