Wolves are still waiting on their first Premier League win of the season but they just about managed to preserve their unbeaten status yesterday against Burnley after a 97th-minute Raul Jimenez penalty rescued a point for the home side at Molineux.
Ryan Leister, Wolves columnist for the Birmingham Mail, tweeted after the match (via @MrRyanLeister) that the team played badly and were “bullied” by their opponents, adding that manager Nuno Espirito Santo was culpable of some questionable team selection choices.
FT #wwfc | Never say die
Don’t get fooled by any Europa league hangover headlines, #wwfc were bullied for the majority of that match.
Not only that & on a very rare occasion, today’s team selection was wrong.
It’s a point rescued from a poor performance.
— Ryan Leister (@MrRyanLeister) August 25, 2019
The Black Country side showed five changes from the team that started the 3-2 win against Torino last Thursday, with Matt Doherty, Ryan Bennett, Jonny, Morgan Gibbs-White and Ruben Neves all coming in while Adama Traore, Jesus Vallejo, Ruben Vinagre, Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss dropped out. [via Sky Sports]
Burnley took the lead in the 13th minute through Ashley Barnes and had the lion’s share of chances in the first half with nine to Wolves’ six. [via WhoScored.com]
Just as the Clarets looked set for an away win, Erik Pieters conceded a last-gasp penalty which Jimenez converted to ensure that the points would be shared.
These Wolves fans on Twitter felt that Nuno got it wrong with his team selection and substitutions:
Not a big enough squad. Not enough strength in depth. Nuno totally out thought today. Terrible substitutions and an awful display all round.. move on quickly as this was disgraceful.
— Jim Bodley (@thaijimbo69) August 25, 2019
If were looking to progress further we have to note that.coady cant actually defend. Hes great at organising and plays the odd long ball but at some point a centre back has to.defend and he cant. Hes also too slow in that position. Bennet just isnt quite good enough. Nor mgw
— Jc (@Jc26307970) August 25, 2019
Have to agree Ruan, we were bullied and unfortunately we put out a team that could be bullied. When we play big strong teams like Burnley we need Dendonker and Saiss on the pitch. The back 3 had very little protection today.
— Michael Pritchard (@pritchard_me) August 26, 2019
Agree I thought it was a poor team selection, Nuno was possibly trying something that didn't work but he is still learning about the prem also. A few seasons of stability in the top division and Nuno and the team will be winning these type of games easily. Still not lost though
— Paul Collins (@CheekyPaul78) August 25, 2019
100% to start Morgan before donk in this game was wrong so we wasted a sub correcting it. Doc is no where near 100%, Traore again sparks life into us must start Thursday and Jota is way below par at moment for me..
— Vaughany (@Vaughany1973) August 25, 2019
At half time found myself thinking we need to make about 5 subs which IMO shows how massively wrong we got the team selection.Priority should always be Thursday so I'll let it slide. A last minute winner vs Burnley does not deserve chanting all the way to the subway #Embarrassing
— MT (@MT58806174) August 25, 2019
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Definitely a point gained. We would have lost this last season. MGW should not have started and Traore should have come on at half time. Pressure until the last moment paid off. Roll on Thursday.
— Bruce Harper (@BruceHarper00) August 26, 2019