Boss unleashes after Wolves leave it late as player gives January transfer response
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Diogo Jota scored a dramatic late leveller at Selhurst Park to prevent Wolverhampton Wanderers’ wretched losing streak extending against Crystal Palace.
Joel Ward, who had earlier given Palace the lead, was caught under an Adama Traore cross and Jota pounced to send Wolves fans and Nuno into delirium.
Wolves also played the final 17 minutes plus stoppage time at Selhurst Park with 10 men after Romain Saiss’ red card but emerged with their fourth point of the season to halt the losing streak.
The Wolves head coach said: “The first half was very good. I think this is what we should stick to and build from. We played very good, we created chances, we managed, we controlled the game, and this is what we want for the growth of the team, to sustain this kind of performance.
“One of the reasons is the schedule that we have. If we play so good in the first half and create so many chances, you must punish (your opponent) and that allows you to control the game in a better way. We spoke about that at half-time and second half begins with the worst thing that can happen. It was a total loss of concentration, lack of focus, bad luck.
“We knew Crystal Palace were going to react and from thereon everything becomes harder. It’s not what we wish.”
He added: “It’s about the bond that is created between ourselves and the fans. A word of appreciation for them because when we were losing they were singing, supporting us and pushing us forward. We cannot thank them enough.”
Asked what positives his side could take from the match, Palace manager Roy Hodgson unleashed: “Must you always take positives out of a game? I don’t know. Why must one always take positives out of a game?
“It’s very hard after the game to feel positive when you’ve seen a very good performance, three very clear and well deserved points (slip away), I don’t know how you can talk about positivity. We don’t feel positive at the moment, we feel very disappointed and upset.”
He added: “(It’s) unbelievably disappointing. I thought we did more than enough in the second half to win it, perhaps we should have taken one or two of those very good chances we created.
“Maybe then we wouldn’t have been concerned about a cross coming into our box at the end of the game – but we didn’t. We weren’t able to manage those last five minutes.
“They took the chance and they’ll go away very happy this evening, feeling that they’ve won the game really.”
Adama isn’t an ‘experiment’ and more talking points
You can count the number of times Adama Traore has started on the right side of a front three in the Premier League for Wolves on one hand.
Traore was given that chance against Crystal Palace and didn’t disappoint. The winger has arguably been Wolves’ best player this season and his cross for Jota’s leveller means he’s now created six goals for his teammates.
Most of those assists have come from wing-back and whether it be there or further forward as part of the front line, Traore must play. The Spaniard is no longer an experiment – he’s proved himself to be among the club’s most decisive players and shone when others have faded during this rough patch of results.
The fact Traore has already accumulated one third of the Premier League minutes he managed in the whole of last season is testament to his importance nowadays.
Yusuf addresses transfer claims
IFK Göteborg midfielder Alhassan Yusuf has addressed claims linking him with a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 19-year-old Nigerian is reportedly under observation from Wolves scouts, with some in attendance for the Swedish side’s most recent fixture.
And Yusuf confirmed the interest, saying how flattering it was to be linked with a Premier League club.