Birmingham news Bamford's misguided anger & the moment which sums up Adama's season PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Leeds United | Adama Traore forced the only goal at Molineux as Wolves defeated Marcelo Bielsa's side in the Premier League
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Victory over Newcastle United on Saturday would most probably put Nuno Espirito Santo in the running for Premier League manager of the month. That sentence seemed improbable and implausible only a matter of weeks ago, such was Wolverhampton Wanderers’ poor form, but the pressure has subsided in February. The 1-0 win over Leeds United on Friday night was Wolves’ third in four Premier League games and lifted them up to 11th in the table. All of a sudden those relegation fears that took hold of supporters after the defeat to West Bromwich Albion have vanished and Wolves can focus on finishing strongly. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Here’s our analysis from Wolves’ latest win… The biggest problem It came as a shock to many that Wolves managed to become embroiled in Leeds’ chaotic style of football for much of Friday night. An end-to-end spectacle somehow only yielded one goal, but there were plenty of chances for both sides. Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio made seven saves, including a number of top drawer ones. Some of those saves were made at Leeds set pieces, which Wolves’ defenders simply couldn’t deal with. Wolves’ defending at set pieces has been pretty poor throughout this season. Willy Boly and Raul Jimenez are the men who usually deal with them, so their absences have created an unhelpful amount of panic. How Liam Cooper didn’t find the net at least once at a set piece was beyond most of those watching on BT Sport. This isn’t a new problem and the aerially capable players currently in Nuno’s team - Leander Dendoncker, Romain Saiss and Willian Jose - need to sort it out. Read More Related Articles Wolves player ratings vs Leeds United: Semedo impresses as Adama Traore forces victory Read More Related Articles Nuno reveals what Wolves 'deserved' against Leeds United and makes Adama Traore comment Bamford’s misguided anger Patrick Bamford isn’t the first player to criticise VAR - but he must be the first to take aim at the technology for absolutely no reason at all. Shortly after the game, Bamford tweeted: “Gutted for the lads tonight, robbed of a point but at least it’s ‘making the game better’. We go again Tuesday.” Bamford is referring to the goal he saw chalked off in the second half at Molineux. What he’s failed to mention is that the assistant referee had already flagged him offside and that the goal wouldn’t have stood - with or without the intervention of VAR. The use of VAR only highlighted the correct decision which had been made. The Leeds striker should probably direct his anger at his teammates’ wasteful finishing, not something that had no direct impact on the game.
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More fuel for Adama's haters... Punch the words ‘Adama Traore stats’ into your search engine and his numbers for this season’s Premier League will automatically appear: 24 games, 0 goals, 0 assists. There’s no doubt that one of his detractors will soon tweet something like ‘Adama Traore hasn’t registered a goal or assist in the Premier League this season’ and be inundated with replies saying the Wolves man is a 'myth' or 'overrated'. That’s not entirely true though is it? Winning a penalty out of absolutely nothing, like Traore did at Brighton, apparently isn’t an assist and the Spaniard hasn’t received any official recognition for the wonderful part he played in the winning goal against Leeds. There have been several other examples of goals which Wolves simply wouldn’t have been able to score without Traore.
Semedo starting to shine Along with Patricio, Traore and Pedro Neto, Nelson Semedo also stood out. The wing-back has received lots of stick throughout his first campaign in England, but his performances have gradually improved. Semedo has now reached a point where he is producing consistently good performances and against Leeds he excelled defensively and offensively. Not only did Semedo nullify the threat of Jack Harrison for the second time this season, he constantly galloped forward to put himself in goal scoring positions. Semedo worked Illan Meslier three times in the first half and the signs are that it will only be a matter of time before he nets his first goal in old gold.
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