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Wolves blog: Molineux is becoming an unhappy hunting ground

By Tom Tracey | Wolves | Published:

As the song goes, Nuno had a dream - but it’s been a bit of a nightmare in recent matches.

It's not been the best of runs for Nuno's side (AMA/Sam Bagnall)

Three consecutive home defeats, and just one point from the last possible 15 - it’s been a frustrating period at Wolves recently.

It seems the last two international breaks came at bad times for Wolves, as they managed four points from Crystal Palace and Arsenal, but nothing from either of the games following the break.

There are few, if any, positives to take from the Huddersfield defeat, which was probably Wolves’ worst game of the season.

Losing to the bottom team always grates, but from memory Wolves have been notoriously gratuitous to struggling opponents - for instance Portsmouth in 2009, who had lost their first seven games, got their first victory against Wolves at Molineux.

Tactically, from the off, our opponent’s three-man central midfield killed anything our midfield could create - we had the same problem against Watford, who also did us 2-0.

Huddersfield also pressed us all over the pitch, leading to a catalogue of error-strewn passes. Even Rui Patricio got in on the act.

All over the pitch we were poor, and it seems at the moment as though once Wolves concede, they have no chance of coming back and salvaging anything.

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It’s telling that Joao Moutinho was hooked at half time - could Saiss be brought back in for more bite and a return to last season's ways against this Friday against Cardiff?

Raul Jimenez was desperately unlucky with the header (only 1.8cm!) but for his chance when the downed Huddersfield player played him onside, he really should have been striking at goal.

It’s fair enough if Nuno wants to continue to use his tactic which has served him well so far in his Wolves career. But we need a Plan B if that fails to work.

Wolves are still eight points clear of the relegation zone - we needed that good start to the season to give us this buffer, or we could have been in a spot of trouble.

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Some perspective is necessary - newly promoted Wolves are 11th in the Premier League, which is no mean feat. Booing the team is ridiculous and counter-productive.

But ultimately, the fireworks were as good as it got at Molineux.

Cardiff away is probably one of the toughest fixtures you’d want at a time like this, with the fact Wolves need to arrest this poor run of form.

But a trip away from Molineux could be exactly what Nuno’s men need, as they have lost just two of their six away games.

Tom Tracey

By Tom Tracey

Wolves blogger

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