Scout Notes

West Brom revival starts with exploiting Wolves’ ongoing defensive issues

WOLVES 2-3 WEST BROM

  • Goals: Fabio Silva (£5.2m), Willy Boly (£5.4m)| Matheus Pereira (£5.6m) x2, Semi Ajayi (£4.8m)
  • Assists: Boly| Callum Robinson (£5.4m) x2, Kyle Bartley (£4.4m)
  • Bonus: Pereira x3, Boly x2, Silva x1, Robinson x1

Roll of the Dyce

Wolves’ defensive credentials remain under serious scrutiny as they conceded three goals at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Despite being able to draw on Leander Dendoncker (£4.7m) and Willy Boly (£5.4m) again following injury, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are still searching for a first clean sheet since Gameweek 7.

Set pieces proved the main issue for Wolves as they gave up two spot-kicks and the Baggies’ only non-penalty goal at Molineux started with a Dara O’Shea (£4.5m) throw-in.

Kyle Bartley (£4.4m) then won the flick-on which allowed Semi Ajayi (£4.8m) to loop a header over Rui Patricio (£5.4m).

Asked if West Brom had rehearsed the dead-ball routine, Sam Allardyce revealed:

“Yeah…Wolves’ stats are not that great on set-pieces. In saying that, we weren’t very good on set-pieces ourselves! But Wolves on set-pieces do let a lot of goals in. So we felt we could exploit that area. And in open play, I’m disappointed we didn’t score the chances we created but at least we created more than I’ve seen since I’ve been here.” – Sam Allardyce

Nuno knew what the Baggies would throw at his team, though Wolves were unable to deal with it.

“We knew [the set-piece threat would come]. We knew. We knew that West Brom [would] try to do these kind of things; throw-ins, long balls, set-pieces. And we didn’t defend well. Disappointing, frustrated with the way we played and the result. The beginning of the second half, we started very poorly. Two penalties and a throw-in [were West Brom’s goals]. We knew we required better defending. We must rectify it and do better.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

The Wolves manager is clearly in a desperate search for solutions to their problems considering the decisions he made on Saturday afternoon.

He made the surprise call of taking off captain and ever-present (when fit) central defender Conor Coady (£4.9m) in the 64th minute, replacing him with Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m) in a tactical change.

“Options, options. We had Romain [Saiss] and [Willy] Boly, and we decided to go with Rayan [Ait-Nouri], the left-back. Simple decision.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

New no for Nuno

The Wolves boss stuck with a back four in Double Gameweek 19

Considering Wolves’ ongoing defensive problems, they have gone from a team FPL bosses looked to for shut-outs, to a side that may get targeted with opposition attacking assets.

With immediate fixtures against Chelsea (away), Crystal Palace (away) and Arsenal (home), there is further time to assess the deteriorating situation at Wolves, as players from those three teams may not be on the fantasy radar considering other fixtures.

It does seem, however, that Nuno will continue with a four-man defence. Wolves’ team-sheet graphic suggested a back three for West Brom’s visit but that did not prove to be the case. The Wolves manager said post-match:

“We think that a back four is better for us with the players we have. It is time to analyse and see what the next step forwards is.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

Willy Goaly

Willy Boly puts Wolves back in front in the first half

It was a tumultuous return to action for Willy Boly (£5.4m) at Molineux on Saturday.

The centre-back conceded the first of two penalties that Wolves gave up to West Brom.

Boly then turned a lovely pass around the corner of the West Brom defence in the opposite box, allowing Fabio Silva (£5.2m) to shoot past David Button (£4.0m).

And it was the Ivory Coast defender who put Wolves 2-1 up before half time, capitalising on a bouncing ball in the area to fire home.

Boly is unlikely to attract too many FPL investors, however, considering his price and Wolves’ aforementioned issues in defence.

Flat to the Mat

Matheus Pereira converts the first of two penalties

Matheus Pereira (£5.6m) twice converted from the penalty spot against Wolves, after fouls on Callum Robinson (£5.4m) by both Boly and Coady.

The West Brom winger, as with Boly, is unlikely to be a consideration for our squads at present. However, the Baggies do embark on a relatively favourable fixture run from Gameweek 25.

On the overall performance by his team, Allardyce mused:

“In the vast majority of that performance, I thought the plan and the way the lads carried out the tactics was excellent. It’s the best I’ve seen us in possession since I’ve been here. We [did] some good defending at Liverpool [in Gameweek 15] but from there on, we’ve been waiting to get the defending side right and getting the attacking side right. Apart from slipping up on a set-piece, or two set-pieces – a wide free-kick and a corner which put us on the back foot – I’d have to say the lads were excellent, [especially] in the second half. You could’ve felt that the heads would go down with the problems and the results we’ve had recently but they came bouncing back.” – Sam Allardyce


Wolves XI (4-3-3): Patricio; Saiss, Coady (Ait-Nouri 63′), Boly, Semedo; Dendoncker, Neves (Gibbs-White 59′), Moutinho (Cutrone 79′); Neto, Fabio Silva, A Traoré.

West Bromwich Albion XI (4-2-3-1): Button; Gibbs, Bartley, Ajayi, O’Shea; Livermore, Sawyers; Grosicki (Robson-Kanu 69′), M Pereira, Snodgrass, (Furlong 82′); C Robinson.

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1,119 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Which GW was the earliest you read someone post "Season Over"?

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Guessing some funny soul like Fudgy did it within 5 minutes of GW1 starting

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Mine was week 1 with the fixtures and wildcarding into teams that didn't perform.

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I read myself post that last night - No James, Bamford blank, Soucek blank, Vardy blank, Vardy hobbling

    4. ivantys
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Not sure, but Mourinho assisted in ending mine with that Son troll. 😀

      • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        GW1

    5. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Spurs set up 343 to attack and break Sheffield United down from both sides?

      1. ivantys
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Same play style no matter what lineup they play.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            I doubt it against Sheffield United.

            Mourinho knows the English game well enough to know his team have to take it to them.

        • COVID-CASUAL
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Set to lead 1-0, sit on the lead, lose the lead. Like always

        • Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Oooohhh burn.
          Sky Sports presenter:
          “Jose seems happy doesn’t he? (then quickly says) see what he’s like when they drop points anyway.”

          1. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Not very professional! Which one said that?

          2. brianutd-why always we? 20
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            If they take the lead then drop points is what he actually said

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Ah thanks mate. Can’t rewind as I’m on Now TV. But basically the same.

        • Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Lol Spurs playing 5 at the back against a non existent Sheffield United team with the worst attack we’ve seen in the league in many years...

          What the hell is this mentality from Mourinho?

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Back 5 does not immediately mean defensive. See Atalanta.

            1. Dirty Leeds
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              True that but Mourinho simply means defensive.

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            343

          3. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Probably decided that if he matches Sheff Utd formation his team's better quality will see him win.

          4. ivantys
              3 months, 27 days ago

              It's the wingback system, 3-5-2 or 3-4-3. He's tried this before, probably wanting to fit Doherty in.

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Yep. 343 from what I can see.

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  Davies, Dier and Rodon in a back 3.

                  Some width and plenty in the middle and upfront.

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Still playing 6 defenders in against Sheffield is a cowardly mentality. If the fullbacks play more as wingers than fullbacks then I will retract my statement

            • Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Cowardly manager

            • Studs Up
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Does it mean Pool play with 2 defenders if Fab and Hendo start at CB?

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Put it this way, I had 2 options for a -4 hit this week given that I didn't have any City players:

              A. DCL + Son 》 KDB + Brew
              B. DCL + Taylor 》 Antonio + Cancelo

              Of course I went A and played Bamford and Dallas. Son is guaranteed to haul today to rub more salt in the wound.

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Okay

              2. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Yes similar situation.
                Not a great start so far to the DGW.

          5. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Have TAA to move on. Best option?

            A. Coufal/Ogbonna
            B. Stones/Cancelo
            C. Justin
            D. Other

            Current defence is

            Mendy
            TAA Dias Regulion Dallas Targett

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              B

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              B

            3. jomikijiq
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              B

            4. COVID-CASUAL
                3 months, 27 days ago

                B

                If you don’t want double def, I’d go D (Digne)

              • Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 27 days ago

                B with Cancelo

              • Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                I'd be tempted on C to be honest, infuriating not owning him and I don't like double ups in defence

                1. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  Ty

                  It is tempting me a fair bit. Generally aiming to spread the load and avoid unnecessary double ups. Very foreseeable that there'll be more fixture cancellations quite apart from other double up concerns

            5. brianutd-why always we? 20
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Matip plays according to Carra

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Wow

            6. Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              I know I'm gonna end up regretting selling Son for KDB.

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Same, see my comment a couple of posts above

              1. COVID-CASUAL
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  Well never saw that coming!

                • Nimby
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  That would be well annoying.

                • ivantys
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Glass broke again

                  • mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Not much new there, hope he starts and gets 60 but would take 30-40 off the bench

                  • AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Pure speculation.

                    Does that itk account have any track record?

                    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 27 days ago

                      He's one of the most reliable as far as I know

                    2. Nimby
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 27 days ago

                      He does, yeah.

                  • Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Haha this is why I kept 1m ITB when I brought him in! Can't argue that he was a good pick, should have had a hattrick and may get some minutes v West Brom

                  • wulfrunian
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    jeez

                  • Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    And play who instead? They have no one the clowns

                  • Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Holly molly

                • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  Mings out of isolation. Any other villa news.

                  1. Hooky
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Mother, I tried please believe me
                    I'm doing the best that I can
                    I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through
                    I'm ashamed of the person I am
                    Isolation, isolation,…

                    1. St Pauli Walnuts
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 27 days ago

                      Cover songs now eh Hooky

                • Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  As a spurs fan I’ll personally be annoyed if this is a repeat of previous weeks, I can see us coming out here and trying to score 2-3

                  1. Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Or is that wishful thinking and mour won’t change

                    1. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 27 days ago

                      If you’re expecting more than 1 goal then you’re watching the wrong game

                • ivantys
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Did spurs buy Doherty just to make sure Wolves finish below them?

                    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 27 days ago

                      Yes. Mourinho master stroke. 😀

                  • The Big Fella
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Did any strongman and/or boxing fans watch Thor vs Ward? What do you think? Watched it last night and I thought Thor did well given the fact he was up against a pro, it was his first fight and he has been training less than 6 months

                  • Stormbringer22
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    New article

                  • Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Let the horses run free now 🙂

                  • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Kane way off the pace today.