COMMENT By Danny Wright
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Wolves’ 2-1 home defeat to Birmingham in the Championship on Friday night.
Striker has to start next game
Nouha Dicko proved he is back to full fitness after completing 45 minutes of action. He was bought on at half-time in place of George Saville and completely changed the game for Wolves. The former Wigan man harassed the Birmingham rear-guard and was rewarded when he found the net in the 73rd minute. Although he appeared to be marginally offside, the 24-year-old should definitely be in the starting line-up next time out over Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, who is still waiting for his first Molineux goal. The Icelandic striker failed to make any sort of impact in twice the time Dicko spend on the pitch.
Too many players lost their composure
When Wolves conceded the first goal it was clear that it had affected them. Heads dropped and rash challenges started to go in. This ultimately led to the second goal where the entire squad seemed to switch off allowing David Davis all the time and space in the world to double Birmingham’s lead. Paul Lambert must have given a great half-time team talk, plus the addition of Sacko, to revitalise his side. However fingers must be pointed at the leadership on the pitch. Captain Danny Batth should have done better to keep his teammates’ heads cool.
Lambert has to listen to fans
Fans were very unhappy with the starting line-up and it’s time for Lambert to mix things up. There are plenty of young, local players on the books at Molineux and he has to start thinking about axing some of the more experienced players. Richard Stearman was poor at the back, as was Batth. The midfield was also shocking, especially in the first half and calls to start Romain Saiss are beginning to appear justified.
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