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Wolves boss Nuno Santo must stop playing Romain Saiss in defence

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Wolves’ Premier League problems continued on Sunday afternoon as they again failed to earn their first three points of the season, but it could have been a lot worse.

It’s now six straight domestic matches without a win as now only Watford sit below them in the table – though, just two of those games have been defeats.

And it was very nearly a loss at Selhurst Park.

Starting the game in a 3-4-3 formation, Wolves looked the brighter of the two teams in the first half.

They recorded seven shots at goal compared to the home team’s one, but the second half was a different tale.

Almost instantly after the break, Crystal Palace took the lead as Joel Ward’s effort found its way past Rui Patricio via midfielder Leander Dendoncker.

Wolves needed a stoppage-time equaliser to rescue a point which was created by Adama Traore and finished by Diogo Jota.

The visitors launched a scathing counter-attack along the right flank with the 23-year-old eventually crossing it to the Portuguese forward to scramble home with seconds left on the clock.

Nuno Santo wasn’t helped by the fact that Romain Saiss was sent off and the Wanderers boss has since come out and said the 29-year-old needs to learn from his mistakes.

But maybe he should take a look at himself before offering out that advice.

Saiss put in a woeful showing at left centre-back, recording the lowest rating of anyone that featured in the match at 6.1.

In his 73 minutes, the Morocco international was dribbled past twice, he lost possession a disastrous eight times and won just 50% of his ground duels, per SofaScore.

Last time he played at centre-back was just last weekend when Wolves were thrashed 5-2 at home by Chelsea – if it wasn’t obvious enough that Saiss isn’t suited to the role after that shambolic showing then it surely must be now.

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Before then, Saiss was deployed in midfield playing a crucial role in their six Europa League qualification wins and even played and scored there in the Everton defeat.

That is his best position.

Nuno is just bringing it on himself by continuing to play him in the entirely wrong position.

There’s certainly no sympathy for Wolves’ current Premier League plight based on the Portuguese boss’ bizarre decisions.

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