Three video games into this nascent Premier League season, and Wolves sit within the backside three with out a objective and with out a level below their new supervisor Bruno Lage.
The house aspect threw all the things at Manchester United, particularly early on with Raul Jimenez and Trincao going shut, however their defensively disjointed guests clung on and snatched a controversial winner late within the day by way of Mason Greenwood.
It has been a baptism of fireside for Lage, who, having witnessed a 3rd consecutive 1-0 defeat, have to be questioning when his luck is about to show.
“Another time we created loads of possibilities,” he advised Sky Sports activities. “I feel we had the perfect ones after which we suffered one objective and we lose, so it’s totally laborious. I am dissatisfied with the outcome however assured in the best way we’re enjoying and for certain we’ll win.”
The fixture record hasn’t been sort to Wolves. Having confronted a visit to Leicester and a house recreation towards Tottenham, they had been confronted with a aspect who’ve now set a brand new top-flight report for league away video games undefeated.
There was sufficient on show to counsel they’ll quickly stand up the league, nevertheless, and in Adama Traore they’ve a potent weapon who maybe embodies Wolves as a collective in these opening three weeks.
The Spain worldwide has accomplished 28 dribbles within the Premier League this season, 11 greater than another participant. And but no particular person has had greater than his 12 photographs with out scoring.
Talking on Tremendous Sunday, Graeme Souness described Traore as a “close to miss of a footballer” who has “discovered his degree” at Wolves, and the winger was changed within the closing phases even with the hosts looking for an equaliser.
There was anger on the method United’s successful objective was allowed to face, however of better frustration for Lage will probably be discovering better finish product from Traore and his team-mates.
Spurs’ third straight 1-0 win within the Premier League was the right conclusion to a month that ended significantly better than it started.
Deploying Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and the spectacular 20-year-old Oliver Skipp for the third recreation working in central midfield could not have glad these wanting free-flowing soccer at this nice new stadium, however the Premier League is, and all the time will probably be, a outcomes enterprise.
That Skipp and Hojbjerg’s common place was no larger than midway in a house recreation towards a newly-promoted aspect says a lot. Skipp specifically would bounce off an imaginary brick wall, someplace round 40 yards out, at any time when he tried to enterprise ahead.
It is clear Nuno’s pragmatic methods are being drilled into these gamers, nevertheless it additionally permits Dele Alli extra freedom and fewer duty, whereas match-winners like Heung-min Son and Harry Kane do the remaining.
Nuno opted for factors over fashion on Sunday, and going into the worldwide break, a defeat or draw would have lingered.
As a substitute, it is extremely evident how three slim victories can fully carry the temper of a membership, even earlier than kick-off round this pocket of north London. It does assist, after all, that these down the highway in crimson are sitting backside and now sit alone as the London disaster membership.
What you see is what you get with Burnley. Arduous-working, attritional, and usually robust defensively. What you not often affiliate with them is free-flowing, high-scoring soccer. However they usually do sufficient to recover from the road.
The decline on this Burnley squad has been clear during the last 12 months or so although, and it is no shock that holding their squad largely unchanged whereas rivals have strengthened performed its half of their lowest return since promotion final season.
Towards Leeds they managed solely three photographs on track, each from the identical transfer, and to their credit score scored one. However that is solely two objectives they’ve scored in three video games now, and none in open play. Usually their fortress of Turf Moor would encourage them to select up factors, however they haven’t gained a recreation on residence soil since February.
9 photographs on objective throughout three video games shouldn’t be sustainable. The one two sides who fell under that charge final season, Sheffield United and West Brom, had been each relegated. In Burnley’s defence, theirs shouldn’t be the bottom tally within the division this season, however you’ll count on Leeds, Leicester and Arsenal, groups they sit degree or above, to select up as time goes on.
Are you able to say the identical for Burnley? They had been the Premier League’s lowest scorers final season at a charge of 0.87 objectives per recreation. It is nothing new, true, however their defensive nature has negated their lack of a goalscoring intuition earlier than, and after they completed seventh three years in the past they conceded solely 39 occasions.
With none vital defensive additions to talk of, even that capability has now abandoned them. Two poor objectives conceded towards Brighton, one other towards Leeds, has dropped 5 factors from successful positions at residence already.
Yearly, Burnley discover themselves within the relegation zone for predicted tables up and down the nation, however defy their restricted sources to flee and in some years, flourish. Is that this the 12 months that actuality lastly catches up?