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Bruno Lage deserves criticism for Hwang Hee-chan substitution

Wolves drew 1-1 with Newcastle United in their fourth Premier League game of the season.

Wanderers looked to be heading for their first victory of the 2022/23 campaign, with Ruben Neves’ brilliant goal separating the two sides until late on.

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Allan Saint-Maximin equalised for Newcastle via a truly world-class volley from the edge of the box.

Wolves could easily have gone on to lose, with Newcastle hitting the crossbar in injury-time.

It’s another point in the board. But the pressure is beginning to crank up on Bruno Lage, who has not overseen a win in the Premier League now since April.

The manager made the very questionable decision to put Hwang Hee-chan on as the game was petering with out, with the South Korean winger replacing Pedro Neto. Daniel Podence also came on at the same time for Goncalo Guedes.

Hwang had a bit of a nightmare in midweek when he saw a feeble penalty saved against Preston North End.

He was rightly named on the bench for the game against Newcastle. But it was a surprise that Lage put him on after that outing in midweek.

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He cannot have been feeling particularly great coming into this game. That miss against Preston did look as though it affected him for the rest of the time he was on the pitch.

And when he came on against Newcastle, he again looked out of sorts.

Hwang, of course, was the man who shanked his clearance straight to Saint-Maximin to score.

Obviously, nobody could have known he’d gift the opposition a goal.

But Lage’s decision to send him on can certainly be questioned.

Bruno Lage’s Hwang decision was strange and it cost Wolves two points

This is a player who is in alarming form at the moment.

His defensive attributes are not particularly strong anyway, so it was a major risk to send him on.

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Really, Adama Traore should have been the man to go on instead.

The Spaniard will have been on a high after his tremendous goal in midweek, and he would have been a good outlet for Wolves in those closing stages.