Pundit View: Lawrenson hints Wolves could struggle after Wembley defeat

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has suggested that Wolves will be hurting and thinks they may struggle to recover after being denied a place in the final of the FA Cup, tipping them to lose 1-0 to Southampton this weekend.

What’s he said?

Wolves have been terrific this season but they suffered their first major disappointment in 2018/19 by crashing out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage.

Nuno Santo’s men were within minutes of reaching the final but a last gasp Troy Deeney penalty sent the game to extra-time.

The Midlands club ended up then losing the tie as Gerard Deulofeu sealed their fate.

It was extremely tough for Wolves to take but they’ll now have to bounce back and ensure their season doesn’t peter out. That starts with a clash against Southampton this weekend.

Giving his weekly Premier League predictions to BBC Sport, Lawrenson said:

“Wolves also have a big ‘if’ to look back on last weekend. They will be hurting after being 2-0 up with 11 minutes to go in their FA Cup semi-final against Watford – and then losing in extra time.

“What happened at Wembley was one of the few occasions this season where you could look at Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, and think: ‘That is really not like you.’

“So it will be interesting to see whether they can bounce back from that disappointment. We will find out how much it has affected them on Saturday.”

Testing time for Wolves

Could this be Nuno’s biggest test in charge of Wolves? It’ll be incredibly interesting to see just how they bounce back from their heartbreak last weekend, but Lawrenson is right to predict they could struggle, especially against a side battling to stay up.

However, this Wolves team has been full of fight and desire all season so write them off at your peril.

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For the most part, they were brilliant against Watford last Sunday, only to be undone and switch off at pivotal moments.

Wolves’ away form of late also hasn’t been excellent so that could make things even more tougher for them this weekend.

After their last league defeat against Burnley on the road, the club managed to bounce back against Manchester United. They now need to prove themselves in a similar fashion.