Derby were unable to deal with Wolves’ individual quality in a 2-0 loss last night.
Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves were the scorers in a relatively comfortable victory for the league leaders at Molineux.
Willy Boly found Jota with a wonderful over the top ball in the sixth minute to open the scoring, and Neves scored a beautiful volley in the 51st minute to guarantee the victory.
This victory leaves Wolves 11 points clear, with promotion all but assured, in what has been a fantastic season for them so far. Derby are still in the play-offs, but the gap between them and seventh has been cut to two points due to Millwall’s victory allowing them to leapfrog Middlesbrough.
Here’s what Tom Huddlestone had to say about the loss to RamsTV: “Our game-plan was out of the window after six minutes and that was disappointing. After that it was down to us to take the game to them because they had the lead.”
I think we could maybe have had a bit more courage in possession of the ball but, against a team like Wolves, you are always fearful of what they can do to you on the break.”
Huddlestone is right to point out how positivity is the best way to deal with Wolves because sitting back and allowing them to play their game means they are likely to break you down eventually.
Disrupting their play high up and putting sustained pressure on them in the final third with possession is the best way to test them and see whether they are fragile defensively. This means they will have opportunities on the break, but the potential rewards are huge and heavily outweigh the risks. Although, realistically, this is an approach that only the top teams in the division can use.