Five Things We Learnt About Wolves’ Draw with Fulham

Jake Tomkinson

Jake Tomkinson

Wolves secured their first point of the new league season following a goalless draw at home to newly promoted Fulham.

José Sá came to the rescue for Wolves deep into the second half as he saved Alexsandar Mitrovic’s penalty, after the Fulham forward was brought down by Rayan Aït-Nouri.

Wolves struggled to create after the opening ten minutes, and proved once again how necessary new additions are going to be to the teams success this season.

Here are five things we learnt following the draw.

The lack of a goal scorer is going to prove costly 

Wolves’ main concern last season was the lack of goals the side scored, and two games into the new campaign, that problem is still evidently there.

Pedro Neto and Morgan Gibbs-White both missed fantastic chances for the home side, and Wolves only forced Fulham’s goalkeeper Marek Rodák into one save all game.

Wolves top scorer last year was Raul Jimenez, with just six goals, and with no out and out striker yet to be brought, the problems are evident to see.

New addition Goncalo Guedes could hopefully take some relief off of these problems, but more is needed for the side.

The centre-back partnership were able to contain Mitrovic

Mitrovic has lived in the nightmares of Wolves defenders over the last few years, with many struggling to deal with his bullish attacking style.

However, Max Kilman and Nathan Collins managed to keep Fulham’s star striker quiet throughout the majority of the game, something that one of the leagues best defences at Liverpool were unable to do last week.

The partnership looked solid at Leeds, but has grown once again this week, both looking very comfortable on the ball and are clearly on each other’s wave length.

Nelson Semedo looked in great shape

Semedo has been out injured for Wolves since the end of the previous season, but that wasn’t evident when he came on late in the game on Saturday.

The full back only played 20 minutes of action but put in arguably the best delivery of the game for Wolves, following a great drive down the left hand side.

Defensively, he also looked solid, and with Jonny’s early struggles for Wolves this year, Semedo may find that his starting role may be easier to regain than initially thought.

Sa can save penalties

José Sá has been one of the most important signings Wolves have made since returning to the Premier League, as the goalkeeper quickly proved himself to be one of the best in the league.

However, one issue he’s always had was saving penalties, which he finally did for the first time against Fulham, as he saved Mitrovic’s effort down to his right hand side.

Sá was much more composed against Fulham than at Leeds last week, where he made a couple of erratic decisions, but the keeper looked much more like his usual self last weekend.

Wolves will be in desperate need for another fantastic year out of Sá, after the Portuguese goalkeeper had one of the most successful statistical seasons in Premier League history last season.

Gibbs-White is up for a fight

Not many players have the bravery to get into the face of Alexandar Mitrovic, but Gibbs-White didn’t back down after being taken out by the striker on a counter attack.

Both players received a yellow card for the incident, but he’s proving he is willing to give his all for the shift, despite speculation of a move away from Molineux.

Gibbs-White is going to be a key figure for Wolves this year, his creativity is something that Wolves’ attack missed last season, and his drive with the ball is something that has also been lacking.

Him and Daniel Podence were prone to a few too many fancy flicks that didn’t come off on Saturday, but if he keeps playing consistently well it’ll be clear to see why Wolves have valued him so high.