Time for Wolves to tighten up says Leander Dendoncker

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Leander Dendoncker has called on Wolves to start keeping clean sheets as they look to get back on track this weekend.

Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss (AMA)

Wolves followed up their heartbreaking FA Cup semi-final defeat to Watford with a 3-1 reverse at Southampton on Saturday.

The face another struggling side, Brighton, at Molineux this Saturday.

Belgian international Dendoncker says keeping goals out at the other end would be a good start.

“Just like in the Burnley game, we had to be coming from behind at Southampton – we had to follow and come back from 1-0,” Dendoncker said.

“They got the first goal way too quick and we were behind straight away, so it’s difficult.

“In the first minute, that’s where it went wrong.

“It’s important to keep them at zero, because it gets very difficult to come from behind every time, and we have to see what we can do.

“In the first-half we had three chances against, and two times it goes in, so we have to do something.”


Boss Nuno Espirito Santo and captain Conor Coady dismissed the notion that Saturday’s defeat was a hangover from their Wembley loss six days earlier.

Dendoncker agreed and added: “We said to each other before Southampton that the semi-final is behind us, that we have to move on and try to finish the season well.

“I think everybody wanted a good result, to fight for seventh place, but it’s a defeat.

“We wanted to get a good result and play a good game.


“I don’t think we played a bad game, but we have to look at ourselves.

“I think we can do better, so it’s up to the next game.”

Wolves had 70 per cent of the ball at St Mary’s and controlled the game for long spells, albeit without creating many clear-cut chances.

They had equalised via Willy Boly’s 28th-minute header, but Southampton re-took the lead soon after and that was the game’s crucial goal in clinching the three points.

Dendoncker, who is set to join the club on a permanent £12million deal this summer after spending this season on loan from Anderlecht, added: “First-half we controlled quite well, with some chances, and managed to score, but then they go the second against us straight away, which makes it even more difficult.

“Second-half we started out well, we had a few chances, but once they got the third we collapsed.”

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living


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