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Kilman and Collins partnership is showing positive signs for Wolves

Wolves played out a 0-0 draw with Fulham yesterday to pick up their first point of the season.

Bruno Lage’s side dominated the ball at Molineux but were unable to find a way through the Cottagers’ defence.

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There were good chances for Pedro Neto, Hwang Hee-chan and Daniel Podence in the first-half.

But there was, once again, a lack of a cutting edge for Wanderers.

Fulham were awarded a penalty towards the end of the game after Rayan Ait-Nouri had brought down Bobby Decordova-Reid.

Luckily Jose Sa made the save from Aleksandar Mitrovic, and the game ended goalless.

The game really emphasised that Wolves need to go out and sign somebody to be a focal point, and link everything together.

It was a real missed opportunity in the end, but there were still some positives to take for Wolves.

Perhaps the biggest was the performance of the two centre-halves, Maximilian Kilman and Nathan Collins.

They are still getting used to playing with one another in this back four system, but yesterday they were both solid.

Between them they really did a number on Mitrovic, who has given Wolves real trouble in the past. The Serbia international has previously made life difficult for Conor Coady.

But Collins and Kilman gave him very little at Molineux.

And on the ball the pair were really good, and sought to break the lines as often as possible.

Transitioning to back four effectively will take some time. But Collins and Kilman are already looking pretty comfortable which is massively encouraging.

Very good signs as Collins and Kilman shine against Fulham

It was brilliant to see Collins and Kilman both putting in solid displays in a new system. And against a very good striker in Mitrovic.

It is a big risk for Wolves to be changing formation, given the back three had served as a solid foundation at Molineux.

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But the early signs are good, and Collins and Kilman both seem very capable.

There will be some stern tests to come. Next weekend Wolves take on Tottenham Hotspur and the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski.

But this showing against Fulham is certainly reason to be optimistic.