Post Match: Wolves v Liverpool (EPL 13/3/21 8pm)

Man of the match
  • Alisson BECKER
  • Nathanial PHILLIPS
  • Ozan KABAK
  • Andrew ROBERTSON
  • Thiago ALCANTARA
  • Sadio MANE
  • Mohamed SALAH
  • Diogo JOTA
  • Naby KEITA
  • James MILNER

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Unused subs: Adrian, Jones, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, R. Williams, N. Williams.

:arrows_counterclockwise: 67’ Naby KEITA on, Thiago ALCANTARA off
:arrows_counterclockwise: 67’ James MILNER on, Gini WIJNALDUM off
:arrows_counterclockwise: 81’ Alex OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN on, Diogo JOTA off

:soccer: 45+2’ Diogo JOTA (assist Mane)

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Never in doubt.

Jürgen named an unchanged lineup for tonight’s match, keeping faith with the same eleven that beat Leipzig so comfortably in Budapest last week. The last time we fielded an unchanged team was… after beating Leipzig 2-0 in Budapest. We lost that game, to Everton, so it was tempting providence for the boss to do the same thing this evening.

An early fumble from Alisson set the pulses racing, the keeper failing to collect a straightforward cross cleanly and bundled into Semedo as he tried to retrieve it; no penalty was the decision. Semedo then forced our bearded Brazilian into a low save in the fifth minute; it was relatively routine as far as saves go.

Twelve minutes in, Gini released Sadio for a clear run on goal. Last season, the net would have bulged; this year, Mané was forced wide and the attack came to nowt. Replays showed that Rui Patricio put a hand on Sadio’s foot- should he have gone down? Would we have got the penalty? No and no, in my opinion.

Nat got a vital flick to take the ball away from Jose just after the half hour. A few minute later, Trent played a brilliant first-time cross but Sadio could only send his diving header wide of Patricio’s lefthand post.

Neves drove a 30-yard free kick straight at Ali; the Portuguese midfielder then found himself in acres of space at the edge of the box but drilled his shot well wide from 15 yards.

A minute into stoppage time, our front three combined to release Jota on the left about ten yards out. His low shot was well struck but the keeper should have done much better; still, it was 1-0 to the good guys.

As the players trudged off for their halftime oranges, the visitors probably deserved their lead but Wolves had certainly shown glimpses and certainly could not be written off.

The second stanza started with Conor Coady heading high and wide when unmarked from a cross from the Wolves right; he should have at least tested Alisson. Salah shot over from longe range, after an excellent cross-field pass from Sadio.

Trent was lucky- in my opinion, at least, to get away with a nudge in the back of Moutinho in the 65th minute; if that had been a foul on one of our players, we would all have been livid when the ref waved play on. Jürgen refreshed the midfield shortly afterwards, with Baby and Millie replacing Gini and Thiago.

Salah forced Patricio into a low save with eleven minutes left and then Jota tried his luck but his compatriot saved comfortably. Ox then replaced Jota for the last ten minutes. Kabak did well to nick the ball from Gibbs-White as the youngster burst through the middle.

Moments later, Mo had the ball in the back of the net but was rightly flagged offside. Rui Patricio went down with an apparent head injury after clattering into Coady; the keeper had to be stretchered off and, after about twelve minutes of treatment on the pitch, John Ruddy replaced him as a concussion substitute. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing the Wolves goalie a full and rapid recovery.

This obviously meant a lot of stoppage time. Mo whipped a typical left-footed effort just wide from about 15 yards and then Silva nodded tamely straight at Alisson. And that was that. The Reds clung on and are now back in the chase for a top four finish.

Next up is one of those much-loved international breaks (how many players will come back injured this time?) before a trip to Arsenal. The game is currently scheduled for 3 o’clock on Saturday 3rd April but will no doubt be moved for television purposes. Our recent record in the capital has been excellent; another three points would be most welcome.

MOTM: those good people at Neal’s Yard Dairy. The other half has decided to take out a monthly cheese subscription (I could have played her my Des O’Connor records, as that would’ve been much cheaper) and I must say that she has received some stunning stuff. From old favourites like Stilton and Cheddar to lesser-known gems such as Corra Linn and Winslade, their cheeses are truly delicious. I’m going to weigh about 20 stone by the time the Arsenal match comes around.


In before @cynicaloldgit


Fucks sake


Goodnight lads :slight_smile:



Good three points but I thought we were awful. Gave the ball away time after time. Nobody deserved a MOM.


Finally a deserved man of the match…TAA for me


Kabak looked like a liverpool quality centre back tonight. MOTM for me.


We fucking won :clap: onwards and upwards. Trent man of the match.


Seconded. His best performance in a red shirt.


Well thank fucking buggery for that :grinning::+1:


Uff, thank goodness! We won this one.

Jota has been a huge miss for us in the critical part of the season.
We are slowly clawing our way back to the top part of the table.


Terrible game made worse by Patricio’s injury. No positives other than the 3 points.


The joy of sixth.


Better than 8th eh Everton people?

Link to the Rui Patricio incident; hopefully one that looked worse than it was

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Three vital points for us in a very even game overall. Wolves had to pay for their lack of clinical finishing in front of goal, and we could have too hadn’t it been for that beautiful move right before half-time, with Jota scoring against his former team.

A bit lucky to not have been one goal behind after two minutes, but we have been at the bad end of so many ref decisions this season that I certainly won’t complain for a bit of luck going our way!

Five points behind Chelsea. A tall order to overhaul them, but you never know. Time for the players to rest, to regroup, to train, to organise themselves, and then to go again!

(Also, how long haven’t we got two back to back wins? It certainly feels like an eternity!)

(Get well soon Rui Patricio!!)