Liam Keen comment: A bit of fight at Brentford helped get the Wolves fans back on board



Ruben Neves scores (Getty)

It was far from perfect, but a draw at home to Brentford, after going 1-0 down and struggling, brings some positivity back to the club.

They now need to back up that result in the next few games to go into the World Cup break in a healthier position.

Several players deserve recognition for how hard they worked in west London, but none more so than Daniel Podence.

The striker can be frustrating at times. He loses the ball too often and doesn’t get enough goals and assists for his unique talent.

However, no one can accuse him of resting on his laurels against Brentford as he was run into the ground.

Podence followed up, got caught in the tackles, put his body on the line and took several hard hits from Brentford’s frustrated defenders.

At times in the first half he was doing the work of two or three players, as he covered deficiencies elsewhere.

Matheus Nunes had one of his worst games before leaving in the 40th minute with a shoulder injury.

For the first time he looked disinterested as he failed to get into dangerous positions, run for the team or make any impact, and Podence ended up coming in to explain his mistakes and make an even bigger change for the team.

If Nunes is fit to play against Brighton, he needs to show a lot more.

The away fans were excellent at Brentford and gave the team a huge boost.

The fans have every right to make their thoughts known on the position Wolves are in, and they did so against Leicester, but they backed the team at the right time against Brentford.

Ruben Neves’ equaliser, just two minutes after Ben Mee’s opener, came at the perfect time and the visitors’ finish soared.

After that, the team had a remarkable momentum and could have won it. The connection with the fans was partially restored, and this will be key.

The vast majority of players also approached the outside at full time, in a show of unity. Goncalo Guedes and Joao Moutinho reportedly did not.

This is exceptionally poor of both. The fans deserve better and have been let down.

We wondered if Diego Costa would score or receive a first red card in his Wolves career, now we know.

Halloween weekend seemed inevitable and Costa wrote again. Remarkably, it is his first red card in the Premier League, although of course not his first in English football.

He was set to play 90 minutes for the first time for Wolves after the club worked tirelessly to get him fit. He also played well enough, providing a focal point and having a few chances.

But he let his temper get the better of him and his sending off was unnecessary, avoidable and stupid.

He will now miss the remaining three games before the World Cup break and has massively let his team down. Without a striker, Wolves must now pick up crucial points without his influence. Now it’s Costa’s turn to score more goals than the games he’s suspended for.


Source: Liam Keen comment: A bit of fight at Brentford helped get the Wolves fans back on board

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