Wolverhampton Wanderers correspondent Liam Keen was left bemoaning a ‘crazy’ error made by Nathan Collins in the 2-1 win against Everton this afternoon.
The Lowdown: Wolves snatch victory
Wolves’ new manager Julen Lopetegui secured all three points in his first Premier League match at the helm, with a first-half Daniel Podence goal cancelling out an early opener from Yerri Mina, before Rayan Ait-Nouri slammed home a dramatic stoppage-time winner for the visitors at Goodison Park.
The result means that the Old Gold have moved off the bottom of the league table, leapfrogging both Southampton and Nottingham Forest, to now sit in 18th place, just one point behind today’s opponents.
Steve Madeley, who reports on Wolves for The Athletic, described the first half as ‘a frantic game between two poor-looking teams’, and an error from Collins encapsulated that interpretation.
The Irish defender failed to deal with an Alex Iwobi pass and gifted the ball to Neal Maupay, who should have done better with the subsequent shot.
The Latest: Keen reacts to Collins ‘error’
Taking to Twitter after witnessing the mistake from Collins, Keen lamented the mistake, which could have been costly for the Old Gold had Maupay not been thwarted by Jose Sa.
The journalist tweeted: “Crazy error from Collins as he attempts to let the ball roll across his body, but it hits the back of his heel and Maupay races towards goal. Effort saved by Sa.”
The Verdict: Must cut out mistakes
The 21-year-old was dubbed ‘fantastic‘ by broadcaster Jacqui Oatley in October, and for the most part he had a good game today, but he cannot afford to make mistakes of that nature against more clinical opponents.
Out of the ten duels that he contested, the former Burnley man won seven, while also making one last-man tackle and recording more clearances (six) than any other player on the pitch, earning himself a 7.2 match rating from Sofascore.
The Old Gold will be delighted that they have managed to move off the bottom of the table, but they will realise that they won’t be able to have a repeat of today’s first-half showing when they take on Manchester United at Molineux on Saturday.