City fell to a disappointing 3-2 defeat last night to a very good Wolves side. There were positives for Leonid Slutsky to take out of the game, however there were also a fair few problems. Here is a list of what we learnt from last nights game:
1. Max Clark isolated.
I would hate to be Max Clark, playing down the left with Kamil Grosicki. If I was Clark, I would be absolutely slaughtering the Pole for his lack of defensive activity. Moment after moment last night Clark was left isolated with two men to mark, and its clear that this is what Wolves targeted. The second goal is a perfect example. Grosicki was nowhere to be seen, leaving the overlap around Max Clark open, which lead to the cross for Jota to tap in. It’s annoying because it made Clark look out of his depth, when really, he is a perfectly good full back for that division.
2. Greedy Grosicki.
Don’t get me wrong, Kamil Grosicki is a good player, but he is very selfish. Every time he gets the ball, his head immediately hits the floor and doesn’t come up again until he loses the ball. Time and time again he had Max Clark on the over lap and time and time again he chose not to play the ball wider, instead running at the defender and eventually either running the ball out or being tackled. There was no end product at all.
3. Michael Hector is different class.
This is the first time I have seen Michael Hector, and I was mightily impressed. Him and Dawson make a very strong centre half partnership. You can certainly tell that he has been on loan before, and you can see that he is a Chelsea player. The difference between him, who has been on loan 14 times, and Ola Aina (who comes from the same club), who has only been out on loan once, is clear for all to see. City have found a gem.
4. Wolves are a top class side.
Wolves will be up there at the end of the season. They have bought extremely well and Nuno Esprito Santo has got them playing some very nice expansive football. They use the full pitch to their advantage and like to get their full backs into play – Matt Doherty had an absolute field day down the right hand side. You can tell they are a foreign built side. They are very organised, they like to spray the ball about, and they are very resolute in defence. Ruben Nevez is a fantastic signing, and his quality showed with a screamer for the first goal. My dark horses for the league.
5. City’s midfield is lacking.
Obviously Kevin Stewart is missing, but the depth in midfield is very poor. I thought Henriksen was poor last night, and I think Clucas is distracted by talk of a move back to the Premier League. It’s imperative that David Meyler starts the next game. If not for his quality, then definitely for his solidity and stability, which should give the side a bit more backbone.