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Johnstone absent for West Brom after positive Covid-19 test as Boly returns for Wolves

West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) misses the Baggies’ first DGW19 fixture following a positive Covid-19 test.

Ahead of the Black Country derby at Molineux, Sam Allardyce explained:

Covid has kept out Sam [Johnstone] and Matt Phillips for us, as well as one or two other Under-23s that would probably have been in the squad.

Grady [Diangana] pulled or tweaked a hamstring, so we had to make a change there.

Asked by BT Sport what he has been trying to fix in training, Allardyce responded:

I’ve tried to fix the fact that we’ve got to stop conceding goals that are avoidable. Our concentration levels sometimes lapse, in split seconds and moments. It only takes the opposition a few seconds to exploit that. That is the focus when we’re out of possession.

In possession, it’s really about trying to get more quality in the final third. Create more chances in open play, which has been extremely difficult for us.

Wolves boss Nuno, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, said of his side’s recent leaky displays:

“We (have) made big mistakes, especially in defence. We must be compact and from there can grow positives. “We have to go back to our main foundation; a clean sheet.”

The Portuguese manager has duly reverted to a tried-and-tested back three. Nuno revealed in the embargoed section of his media offering that Willy Boly (£5.4m) would start for West Brom’s visit.

Boly is joined by Conor Coady (£4.9m) and Romain Saiss (£5.1m), while the Wolves teamsheet suggests that Pedro Neto (£6.0m) will operate at left wing-back.

The winger was a doubt for this afternoon’s kick-off, as was Adama Traoré (£6.1m). The latter also starts the match in a front two alongside Fabio Silva (£5.2m).

“Adama didn’t play the last game, he had a problem. He is better, so he is ready to go. Boly had an injury for some while and [now] he’s good.” – Nuno

Daniel Podence (£5.4m) remains sidelined, along with Jonny (£5.4m) and Marcal (£4.8m).

“Let’s see. We have Adama and Boly coming and joining (training). Let’s see how they are for tomorrow. We still have Daniel out. We have work to do. Jonny, Podence, Marcal are out.” – Nuno speaking on Friday

Wolves XI: Patricio; Saiss, Coady, Boly; Neto, Neves, Dendoncker, Semedo; Moutinho; Fabio Silva, A Traoré.

West Bromwich Albion XI: Button; Gibbs, Bartley, Ajayi, O’Shea; Snodgrass, Livermore, Sawyers; Grosicki, C Robinson, M Pereira.

1,347 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Silva not English enough there

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Pretty much. If it was Sterling it would've been 'play on'.

  2. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Clear penalty denied to Wolves

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Clear dive

      1. Shark Team
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        Joking

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Haha, even Silva himself was openly embarrassed and sheepish with that dive when I just saw a close up of him after the incident

  3. Shatner's Bassoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Soucek playing deeper than usual today?

    1. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 10 days ago

      He's advanced enough when they get a free kick or corner! That will do me.

  4. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    I like that Oliver is bold enough to book for diving. He's the only English ref that really backs his own calls.

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Easy to book an 18 year old Portuguese lad. Let's see him get Sterling for once.

      1. Party time
        8 months, 10 days ago

        This

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        He did it to Buffon and got called for having a 'trash can for a heart'. He's already proven that he can make the big calls.

      3. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        thisss

        dont think he'd be so brave with a city/united player

      4. Steve Chance
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        Or kane.

      5. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        or Wilson?

  5. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    So, Fulham, Burnley and Brighton bricking it because Allardyce going to save WBA from relegation?

  6. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Not much quality on show in this game, but it's been entertaining that's for sure!

  7. Slurpy
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    By the way Chris Wood doesnt look like scoring in a month of sundays at the moment

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      He's due.

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Coufal cleanie banked

    3. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      what about a saturday

    4. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Terrible pick really why on earth get attacker from Burnley even if he scores still so limited cieling

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        Same thing with Wilson really

        1. MagicMessi
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 10 days ago

          Exactly them two never enters my team maybe Wilson when with cherries just for few weeks... I prefer Mcburnie /Benteke on them at anytime in the low budget territory

    5. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Poor man's Kevin Davies

      1. Party time
        8 months, 10 days ago

        Davies is better

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        We played Kevin Davies as a winger at Chesterfield. No wonder we slipped out the league.

  8. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    How did no-one know in this community know Meslier's uncle's sister's cousin and tell us the news? What are we paying everyone here for?

    1. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      There was a meslier rumour yesterday which got labelled as rubbish.

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      🙂

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      +1 I'm not paying and nether are you

  9. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    I have no idea why people own Chris Wood.

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 10 days ago

      I own him

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        +1 for honesty 🙂

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 10 days ago

      DGW blindness

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      To deny LIV defence

    4. Heavy Data
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      High predicted points two weeks ago going forward.

    5. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      DGW fever & cheap

    6. S.Kuqi
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Was the only cheap option who had game in 18 and dgw19 before Wilson got dgw

  10. Cookie Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Third season syndrome

  11. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    @stevemadeley78

    From what I hear (although I'm sure Allardyce will confirm) Johnstone wasn't far away from being back today. Believe he has trained but obviously not quite over his bout. Hopeful for Tuesday, though. Not sure on Phillips. #WBA

  12. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    This result pushes Sheffield closer to a very early relegation

  13. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Is this the first H-A (home lead at half time, away win) of the season?

  14. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Best Fulham defender to own?

    1. Heavy Data
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Not sure if this is a serious question.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        Sure is my friend 🙂 Early planning Fulham dgw. Would stay on bench most games.

    2. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Hangeland

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        Great punt ;(

    3. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Adarabyio

      1. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        100%

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 10 days ago

          Thanks

    4. Yes Ndidi
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Second best would be Robinson
      Best would be none at all.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        Haha cheers 🙂

      2. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        Robinson too can cross nicely

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 10 days ago

          Thanks

  15. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Hope i didn’t break souceck for everyone

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Only delivers when one peoples benches

      1. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        Thats why I benched him on BB.

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 10 days ago

          Good move 🙂

  16. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Time to go Nuno

    1. Steve Chance
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      We'll keep him thanks.

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 10 days ago

        Last 9 1W 2D 6L

        Good luck.

        1. Steve Chance
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 10 days ago

          Thanks.

  17. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Huge win for Big Sam

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Yep, HUGE! Still don't think they're a PL side though

  18. Steve Chance
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    We're lucky to even have football on, given the state of this plagued island. I can stomach the fpl carnage and even the shambolic Wolves performance, all things considered!

    1. Frozen Mukluks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Indeed.

  19. Releasebreaks
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Glad of Neto on my bench

  20. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Looking forward to watching Leeds again. They are sometimes wonderful, sometimes incredibly naive, sometimes just awful...

    but never boring

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Love a Leeds game!

  21. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    As a Mart / Meslier owner now expecting Villa game to be called off

    would actually probably held me as don't own KdB

    1. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 10 days ago

      Think positive

  22. Balls of Steel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Really like the look of this Hammers line-up team today, looks to have a good balance to it, hopefully Antonio shines

  23. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    New article up

  24. The Mighty One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Sterling captain in 18 and then Sam on my BB to kick off 19. What a hilarious game we play.

  25. hullcityfan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Have Meslier as part of my BB but not too disappointed - was expecting 3 points max from him.

  26. Party time
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Who is the 1st choice set piece taker for the Hammers?

    Cresswell, Benrahma, Bowen??

  27. MagicMessi
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 10 days ago

    1sr OR triple captained Kevin ...
    2nd Captained Mohamed
    The chips are everywhere in top 100 Will be exciting week this !

  28. Milkman Bruno
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Blast from the past, Trossard and pereira my 3rd and 4th mids for ages at the beginning

  29. Milkman Bruno
    8 months, 10 days ago

    Not doing Bamford to Antonio looks silly at the moment