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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.

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  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Johnstone owners in heaven!

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Love it.

    2. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Not really he still misses the double

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Confirmed? What if his last isolation day is before the game?

  2. KAALI_DAAL
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Relief for Johnstone owners

    • Hazz
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      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Bemba has the fastest Internet connection I've ever seen.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        OMG

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Lives in the hub

    • Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Silva lining for Johnstone owners

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Nice.

      2. KAALI_DAAL
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Contact Bemba. He'll advise a nice internet provider.

      3. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        WBA keeping a clean sheet is going to hurt and if they keep 2 CS over the two games, more pain.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Facepalm

        2. Rochdale_Cowboy
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Like a vintage Rioja

      4. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Thank god.

      5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
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        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Jesus that’s some scar on Jimmy’s head

        Great to see him back though

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          This

        2. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yeah, everyone seems to have taken to him whatever club you support, even pre accident.

      6. Original Pirate Material
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        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Very good composure. Been impressed with his strength give his slight build.

      7. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Worst kept secret: Ozil's contract looks set to be ripped up. Sad how it's come to this but best for both parties if he just moves on.

        https://theathletic.com/news/mesut-ozil-arsenal-transfer-football-soccer/AurZhJ7PCzav

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I presume there's a large settlement fee, perhaps payable in installments. Ozil was after the full 7m initially, supposedly.

          1. Cometh The Aouar...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            I imagine so. Article says he hasn't played since 7 March 2020 - wow!

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Still going to pay him just smaller amounts over longer period!

      8. ivantys
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Love a nothing goal from Wolves.

        • wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Goaaaaaaaalll

        • Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Season over

        • Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Great finish and use of body

        • Rochdale_Cowboy
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Not a bad game this. Good advert for the championship.

        • Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Unbuttoned

        • Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Surely that goal was offside??!

          1. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Man was lying on the ground.

          2. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            baggie on his knees playing them onside

        • Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          YES! Eat that f*cking goal Sam 🙂

        • Flynny
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Feel a miniscule bit better as a Johnstone bench booster

        • Steve The Spud
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          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          O’Shea wagon de railed

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Johnson would of saved that 🙂

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          50 minutes until my flappy anxiety can descend into genuine anger or delight

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          OMG Boly

          1. Rupert The Horse
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            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            You’re so classic. So consistent.

        • Captain Berbarossa - arrrrr…
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Let's be honest, this scoreline isn't affecting anybody really, besides making Johnstone owners feel a bit better

        • Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          WE LOVE IT!

        • Il Capitano
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Boly monster haul

          • Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Boly on fire

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Even involved in the penalty incident

          • aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Boly gonna have 40p

          • Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Boly

          • ivantys
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Monster haul from Boly

            • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
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              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Boly G & A already lol