Former Premier League defender Andy Townsend is gravely concerned for Wolves after their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Townsend fears the worst
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were, statistically speaking, the better side on the day, having had more efforts on goal, chances created and shots on target (Fotmob).
However, a game that was ill-tempered from the first whistle saw a total of 13 yellow cards dished out by Mike Dean, which including the second cautions of both Joao Moutinho and Villa’s Douglas Luiz.
In the second minute of added time, Nelson Semedo brought down John McGinn in the box to concede a late penalty, which Anwar El-Ghazi converted.
Speaking to Supersport (12/12, 2:46 pm), Townsend admits this is the first time since Wolves’ return to the top flight that he has been concerned for them.
“That is so frustrating for Wolves,” he said. “Such a frustrating day for them. They’ve been denied by [Emiliano] Martinez, players sent off, home defeat.
“They’ve just got to live with that. This is a little bit of a tricky period for Nuno. Since they’ve been back in the Premier League, this is the first time that I’m personally looking at them and I’m not loving as much as usual what I see of them.
“They’ve been so exciting, so good to watch. But at the moment, I don’t think the balance in that team is quite there.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Townsend is right. It is a cruel one for Wolves to take as they played so well. But the absence of Raul Jimenez is becoming all the more noticeable.
On another day, Wolves may have scored a brace, maybe more. But they have not been clinical enough since they lost their star striker.
That being said, there are plenty of games on the horizon to make amends and Wolves mustn’t make these sort of performances a habit.
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