Wolverhampton Wanderers lost their opening game of the season to Leicester City yesterday.
Bruno Lage took charge in the Premier League for the first time, but Jamie Vardy’s goal handed the Foxes the victory at the King Power Stadium.
The English livewire tucked home Ricardo Pereira’s cross as he nicked in ahead of Conor Coady at the front post.
Despite losing the game, there were a fair few positives for Wolves fans to take from the game.
The second-half performance was good and many chances were created.
Realistically, Wolves should have come away with at least a point.
Just being more clinical, and tightening up at the back are two things that can set Lage’s side well on their way to a decent campaign.
The manager spoke calmly after the game, and picked one Wolves star in particular for praise.
He said: “That’s our area to work, to work as a team, as a collective, but also to improve the skills they have, not just technique, but tactical things.
“They must improve. Adama has abilities, he has to improve two or three things, for sure the shooting. The way we work, I can feel, Adama is a top player, a top man, he wants to improve. I think we’ll work together to improve that.”
Traore was a menace
Perhaps Max Kilman aside, Traore was Wolves’ best player against Leicester.
The 25-year-old was a constant threat, and had a golden chance to open the scoring before Vardy struck.
According to WhoScored, he completed 10 dribbles in the match. That was more than Leeds United (9), Chelsea (8), Everton (7), Leicester (6) and Brighton (3), who were all in action on Saturday.
It was a very promising display, and there’s a good chance he will indeed become more clinical given how intensely Lage works his players in training.