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Martin Keown says Nathan Collins had a good game vs Manchester City, but questions him on first goal

BBC pundit Martin Keown has said Wolves star Nathan Collins had a good game yesterday against Manchester City, but left himself ‘a sitting duck’ for the first goal

Wanderers were comfortably beaten 3-0 a the Etihad Stadium.

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It was Haaland who did all the damage for the hosts, with the Norwegian scoring a hat-trick.

That was his fourth Premier League hat-trick of the season, and he has already now surpassed the Golden Boot winners of last season Mo Salah and Heung-min Son.

Wolves struggled for the most part the Etihad.

The organisation was relatively good in the first-half, but there was little to no attacking threat.

Haaland would open the scoring on 40 minutes, heading in a cross from the right side from Kevin De Bruyne.

He outjumped Wolves centre-back Nathan Collins, who was the target for both praise and criticism from Keown on Match of the Day 2 last night.

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The former Arsenal defender said: “Again it’s a young defender. I was very much a contact player and I think there, you’ve got to try and bump him. You’ve got to get touch tight in the box.

“That was the message I always had as a young defender at Arsenal working under Don Howe. Get tight, bump him, touchy-feely, stop him having that run up. He’s a sitting duck in the end, Collins, who had a good game in the match, you have to say. But in key moments he gets done because of the quality of this man (Haaland).”

Nathan Collins has the makings of a top player, but it’s clear he’s still young and inexperienced

Collins had a mixed bag yesterday against City.

He should have done better against Haaland on that first goal and probably showed him too much respect.

He ought to have been tighter, as Keown suggests.

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But the £20 million signing from Burnley also made a clearance off the line, and then blocked a very dangerous cross from City’s right side. These two actions arguably prevented another goal for the hosts.

Collins has the potential to become a top player.

But it is also clear at the moment that he is still quite raw. Perhaps the arrival of Craig Dawson could be a really positive thing for him.