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Wolves blog: Can we play in London every week?

By Tom Tracey | Wolves opinion & debate | Published:

That’s seven points from three trips to London this season - but Arsenal are still the one that got away.

Wolves have enjoyed their trips to the capital so far this season (AMA/Sam Bagnall)

Wolves have scored three goals in London this season, gaining victories over West Ham and Crystal Palace, before being just minutes away from a third 1-0 at the Emirates.

Sadly we have to wait until after Christmas and March to visit the two other capital clubs, Spurs and Chelsea, and bank some more points.

Could you imagine, just a few years ago, that Wolves would go and put in such an impressive performance at the home of one of English football’s heavyweights?

Resurgent Arsenal are now 16 games unbeaten and are doing well under Unai Emery - but for their goalkeeper to be man of the match says something about Wolves’ performance.

We could - and should - have won that game at the death, despite the setback of conceding. We had multiple chances, all of which Adama Traore was involved in.

When he outpaced Rob Holding despite being yards behind, it looked like Wolves would snatch all three points - he turned inside the box and it seemed a certainty he’d score.

Traore is such an enigma - he is capable of creating chances at the end that no other player could, and if only he could finish them we would be flying.

He also set up Morgan Gibbs-White’s fantastic 95th minute effort, which was but an inch away from rifling into the top corner.

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Overall, Wolves looked threatening moving forward but just couldn’t do enough in the box to get that crucial second goal. Ivan Cavaleiro’s goal was a striker’s finish though, hit sharply underneath the keeper before he had time to blink.

The back three was immense in London and the goal we conceded was unfortunate, with Rui Patricio not seeing the ball until it was too late.

But how an in-form Aubameyang missed the chance fifteen minutes earlier is cause for disbelief.

Ultimately, a point stops Wolves’ run of losses and gives us a clean slate to work from for the Huddersfield match.

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It was admirable that Wolves continued to attack and not sit back and try to protect their point after conceding - and it nearly paid off. Watching Conor Coady’s post-match interview, you could see how gutted he was not to have taken three points back to Wolverhampton.

Wolves have only performed badly in one match this season - Watford at home. When you consider how well-fancied Fulham, who had a nine-figure transfer spree, are doing in the league, it puts things into perspective.

With the Terriers, Cardiff, Chelsea at home and Newcastle as the next four games, there is no reason Wolves can’t target a maximum return.

Tom Tracey

By Tom Tracey

Wolves blogger

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