Stu Hall give us his thoughts after Wolves miserable 3-0 loss to Brentford
After the shambolic performance at Huddersfield on Saturday, things surely couldn’t get worse.
The much maligned Jackett selection roulette game he seems to play before every game actually threw up a very strong attacking team with McDonald and Byrne returning to the starting lineup.
For a change it looked as if there was actually some balance to the side with an actual game plan, and to some extent it worked, for 10 minutes at least.
Sigurdarson headed straight at Button in the Bees goal from a VLP cross, albeit stooping to get any real power on it.
Byrne also had a decent chance when he placed his shot from the edge of the box rather than going for power.
Both attempts though came from actual movement off the ball and passing that we haven’t seen for a number of weeks.
This though, was as good as it would get for Wolves and when clear man of the match Alan Judge was allowed time and space to shoot from 20 yards out, it was fortunate that the shot hit the post and went wide.
From then on it was like the Alamo with Judge, Yennaris and Canos all running riot in the Wolves defence, unchecked and unmarked.
All 3 had decent chances and there was no way a goal wasn’t going to come sooner rather than later.
With a bit of luck and a slight deflection off Ebanks-Landell Swifts punt from just inside the area rolled in 5 minutes or so before half time.
What has to be said here is that Brentford were absolutely humiliating Wolves. The intricate passing and interplay with around the area was superb and apart from Batth throwing himself in front of the ball at one stage on the edge of the D, there was no answer to it.
When Wolves did regain possession, it was given away again within minutes.
Either through a long ball downfield or simply kicked out of play.
Hardly ever was it through actually trying to pass the ball though the middle.
Things should have been worse had Hause been penalised for blatantly dragging someone down from a corner that the officials thankfully missed.
Half time couldn’t come soon enough and there was hope that things would be said to try to change things, maybe just to show some pride would have been nice.
And to their credit, the first 10 minutes or so of the second period was ok with McDonald having a decent attempt saved well after the ball had fell to him just outside the box from a VLP cross.
But once Brentford got their 2nd of the game it was all over.
A long ball into the box found its way to Judge on the far side who laid it off to Canos who took a touch to fox Ebanks-Landell and blast past Ikeme into the bottom corner.
Personally I thought Ikeme should have collected the ball in the air initially before it got to Judge and he had started to come then retreated again.
But there were more than enough players back who should have dealt with the danger better.
As a contest the game was over and so was the patience of the 1000 ish fans behind the goal.
From gallows humour, things started to turn toxic as the lack of effort and desire drained from the team and VLP in particular.
His comment on Instagram might have been a joke but in the current situation and with his own form hardly great it wasn’t a good idea.
Any chance of him winning his critics over now seem doomed, no player has had such abuse since the O’Hara fiasco at Brighton the day relegation was confirmed 3 years ago.
Him being substituted was one of the biggest cheers of the night.
As was the song alleging certain sexual liaisons have happened between Moxey and Morgan but this just sums up the state of things at the moment.
The 3rd goal was the icing on the cake for a good Brentford performance as Hause was turned inside out by Canos who squared the ball to Swift who stroked the ball home after a pathetic lunge by Batth tried to stop him.
The final whistle was as pleasant as hearing the tunes of the morning songbird that I witnessed after getting up at 4am this morning. Going into work early so I could leave to experience this shambles.
As the players trudged off the pitch Jackett gave a singular clap and walked straight down the tunnel, not looking up once.
Hopefully we wont have to see him ever again either but I somehow doubt the powers that be have what it takes to get rid.
There is little point in rating individuals as it was such a joke of a performance but Siggy and Mason did little wrong, Byrne was stuck out on the left when he doesn’t have a left foot and Coady looks completely shot compared to the player I thought we had signed in the summer.
We are lucky there are teams worse than us that we still have a cushion between us and the drop zone but come Saturday night, Wolves could be in 18th place in the championship table. EIGHTEENTH