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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, 3 days ago

    Johnstone owners in heaven!

    1. Knock Down Your Aerial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 3 days ago

      Love it.

    2. Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 3 days ago

      Not really he still misses the double

      1. Knock Down Your Aerial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 3 days ago

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

  2. KAALI_DAAL
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Relief for Johnstone owners

  3. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

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

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 3 days ago

      OMG

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

      Lives in the hub

  4. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Silva lining for Johnstone owners

    1. Knock Down Your Aerial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 3 days ago

      Nice.

    2. KAALI_DAAL
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 3 days ago

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

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

      Facepalm

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

      Like a vintage Rioja

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

    Thank god.

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

    Jesus that’s some scar on Jimmy’s head

    Great to see him back though

    1. Wild Guus Chase
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 3 days ago

      This

    2. Knock Down Your Aerial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 3 days ago

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

  8. Knock Down Your Aerial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

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

  9. Wild Guus Chase
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 3 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 3 days ago

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

      1. Wild Guus Chase
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 3 days ago

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

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

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

  10. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Love a nothing goal from Wolves.

  11. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Goaaaaaaaalll

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

    Season over

  13. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Great finish and use of body

  14. Rochdale_Cowboy
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

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

  15. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Unbuttoned

  16. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Surely that goal was offside??!

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

      Man was lying on the ground.

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

      baggie on his knees playing them onside

  17. Forza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    YES! Eat that f*cking goal Sam 🙂

  18. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Feel a miniscule bit better as a Johnstone bench booster

  19. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 3 days ago

    O’Shea wagon de railed

  20. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Johnson would of saved that 🙂

  21. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 3 days ago

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

  22. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    OMG Boly

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

      You’re so classic. So consistent.

  23. Captain Berbarossa - arrrrr…
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

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

  24. Knock Down Your Aerial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    WE LOVE IT!

  25. Il Capitano
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Boly monster haul

  26. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Boly on fire

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 3 days ago

      Even involved in the penalty incident

  27. aleksaa2
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Boly gonna have 40p

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

    Boly

  29. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 3 days ago

    Monster haul from Boly

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

    Boly G & A already lol