Wolves interim manager Steve Davis revealed last night that they ‘had to’ make the Adama Traore substitution against Crystal Palace due to a small injury the winger was carrying.
Wanderers crashed to 2-1 defeat at Selhurst Park.
It was a hugely frustrating result in the end, given Wolves took the lead and had put in a great first-half performance.
It was Adama who got the goal for Wolves, arriving at the back post to head in Hugo Bueno’s excellent cross.
But Palace hit back very quickly after the restart through Ebere Eze.
And later in the half Wilfried Zaha scored to put the hosts in front.
Perhaps on another night Wolves might have taken all three points. Ruben Neves’ free-kick that hit the post just before the half-time whistle was very unlucky.
Wolves may also have been given a penalty for a potential handball in the area by Marc Guehi.
But it wasn’t to be, and the players must now pick themselves back up and go again.
Arguably, Wolves really struggled from the 58th minute onwards. That was when Davis and James Collins decided to make a triple substitution.
Adama, Matheus Nunes, and Boubacar Traore all came off. And Goncalo Guedes, Joao Moutinho and Joe Hodge all entered the action.
Fans were very perplexed by those changes, especially Adama coming off when he had scored and been looking dangerous.
But Davis revealed afterwards that it was slightly enforced.
He said (Wolves official): “We had to. Adama was a doubt before, a little injury that might get worse, but he was important to how we were going to play. I thought he was excellent first-half. Obviously, you don’t want to take a player off that’s causing problems, so it’s frustrating, but we had to do it. He’s done his course of time and couldn’t have done any more.”
Adama Traore substitution against Crystal Palace was far from ideal for Wolves
There had to have been a reason for Adama going off when he did.
It turns out he was actually carrying a slightly knock, but was risked anyway.
But it was very unfortunate for Wolves that he did have to come off.
Palace were really knocking on the door in the second-half and Adama was always going to be the biggest threat on the counter.
Once he left the action, Wolves didn’t have much.