Didn’t expect six points, was hoping for at least four but as we all know we got none, very disappointed.
I’m not so much disappointed by the one point but more by our performances over both the games.
I would never ever think of criticizing Nuno but for both games I think he got things wrong.
Before the restart I said to friends that Diogo Jota needs to hit the ground running, we can’t wait for his usual, wait till January then become red hot banging in goals for fun.
And so far, he has lived up to my fears in the restart. The effort is there but no product so I was happy to see him dropped for the Arsenal game.
On dropping him I expected Neto to start but he was left on the bench and instead, Adama Traore started upfront with Raul Jimenez.
Unfortunately for all Wolves fans watching, bar Ruben Neves and Rui Patricio, the rest of the team decided to have an off day with stray passes, giving the ball away cheaply.
Normally top draw performers Willy Boly, João Moutino were awful.
Arsenal’s first goal was started with a mistake by Boly and finished with statue-like defending by Matt Doherty.
With the score only 1-0 down and several fruitless attacks later, Arsenal scored their second killer goal, Conor Coady should have done better but managed to trip over his own two legs.
On to Sheffield.
For this game I was more optimistic, Jota despite his recent performances was restored to the team,
Daniel Podence, who had missed the Arsenal game (causing some panic from the faithful), was back on the bench.
Now I can only put it down to an early knock but Traore was both ineffective and wasteful with the ball.
Doherty, as in the last game, was also off the pace, especially in his defensive duties.
Jota was still waiting for January to happen, the closest anyone came to a goal was a Neves free kick in the first half.
I was expecting a change at half time, I was praying to see Podence, who up till now we had seen only a great camo performance against Tottenham for 20 minutes.
I didn’t care who he took off for him between Jota or Traore.
But too everyone’s horror nothing happened just like the last game.
Jimenez was trying his hardest to create or be on the end of any chance, but the Sheffield United goalkeeper was barely troubled.
Unbelievably, we had to wait till the 79th minute before finally a change was made, but not Podence for Traore but Leander Dendoncker, instead which was very negative.
In the 92nd minute of added time, Sheffield got a corner, and I’m still not convinced Patricio even touched the ball and if that wasn’t bad enough John Egan, the Sheffield United defender, was given a free header for the winner with barely enough time for the kickoff.
I can accept being beaten fair and square but two bad performances by players you know can perform better is so frustrating.
My other criticism is the lack of the use of subs when you are given the opportunity to use five and in yesterday’s game only using one didn’t make sense.
In a game that was going nowhere it was crying out for changes, Doherty in my opinion isn’t up to his usual high level, I would have swapped Jonny over to his side and brought on Ruben Vinagre and Traore for Podence would have been my preference.
What Nuno has done for us, where he has taken us to, is fantastic but let’s make better use of the five substitutions that are available.