Wolves 1 Burnley 0
By Burnley FC
September 17 2018
Wolves continued their revival but left the Clarets still waiting to launch theirs after a second-half goal from Mexico international Raul Jimenez gave the Premier League new boys a deserved victory.
On another tough afternoon, the Clarets were unable to add to their solitary point from the opening day at Southampton as they drew a blank in front of goal for the third time in five games.
Boss Sean Dyche paired Ashley Barnes and Wolves striker Sam Vokes up front for the first time in the Premier League this season - as well as re-calling the fit-again Johan Berg Gudmundsson - to try and take the fight to the hosts.
But it was Wolves who bared their teeth and but for an impressive performance from goalkeeper Joe Hart – and a number of goal-saving interventions from fellow England international James Tarkowski – it could have been a heavier defeat.
Wolves were unchanged for a fifth successive time on the back of the impressive start to their return to top-flight football.
That included draws with Everton and defending champions Manchester City in their first two home games - stretching a winless run in the Premier League at Molineux to 14 games dating back to the 2011-12 season and the beginning of a slip down the divisions.
Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo masterminded last season’s recovery and a surge to the Championship title with a squad packed full of his countrymen and reinforced again with a further spending spree this summer.
Flashes of the flair that have restored the sheen to the ‘Old Gold’ were again in evidence in a first half in which all the chances came Wolves’ way.
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I know it is only "early days yet" as people keep saying but when you are bottom and needing to pick up some points it is always more difficult.
Vokes and Barnes together up front does not work especially when there is no service whatsoever.
Lennon spent more time at the back than he did going forward.
Last season we had two wing backs in Lowton and Ward (both sat on the bench) who got the ball into the box on a regular basis something that Bardsley and Taylor cannot do.
We cannot seem to hang onto the ball at all, passes seem to go straight back to the opposition, Hendrick was a prime example with this.
For some reason Mee does not look anything like the player he was last season.
It is most unfortunate that we are missing Defour and Brady as I am sure with those two back and Gudmundsson now back that trio would make a significant difference. Add to that Lowton and Ward and we would become in my opinion a much stronger team.
Time will tell for us now, but the phrase "It is only early days yet" does not give me the confidence for the future. The whole team dynamic has to change and change quickly.
West Ham won deservedly, Bournemouth too, taking points against Cardiff and Huddersfield are a must imo, or it’s Championship football next season me thinks for Burnley.