Amateur, lacklustre, catastrophic and disastrous. Those are just four words we’ve chosen to describe the defending of Wolves when they faced Burnley on Sunday lunchtime.
However, on this occasion, it was the Old Gold who were made to look like the team fighting relegation.
Chris Wood put them to the sword by scoring a hat-trick in a romping 4-0 win for Sean Dyche’s men.
Willy Boly was at sixes and sevens for the vast majority of the game, missing the header that led to Wood’s opening goal. Adama Traore inexplicably gave the ball away for Wood’s second and then if things couldn’t get any worse, they left the New Zealanders giant frame open from a corner for his third.
Boly was particularly poor but Romain Saiss didn’t exactly enjoy a great game either.
The Moroccan was woeful defensively and that was summed up with his actions for Ashley Westwood’s goal late on.
Saiss gave the ball away terribly which then led to Wood dancing into the penalty area. He fed the Burnley midfielder who consequently rifled the ball home with compelling accuracy.
The centre-back tried to make up for it by taking a rasping effort from distance as the clock ticked down but like most of the things he tried on Sunday, it was poor as the ball sailed high over the bar.
Taking to Twitter, Wolves reporter Tim Spiers was left stunned by what he saw in the Midlands, saying: “Saiss, Coady and Boly all play at centre half for their countries but it feels like Darren Peacock and Simon Coleman are back in defence today. A catalogue of basic errors.”
Saiss and co never looked comfortable throughout the game as Wood bullied them with his physicality and Matej Vydra ran then ragged in behind.
Over the course of the match, the defender struggled to play out from the back, completing only 69% of his passes.
He did produce five tackles but his ability on the ball and his level of concentration has to be questioned.
Wolves don’t have anything to play for during the remaining weeks of the season but this was a performance that lacked any sort of authority and desire. It was a pathetic showing; Nuno should have been fuming in the dressing room.