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Steve Davis showed naivety with triple Wolves substitution against Crystal Palace

Wolves have lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace in the Premier League this evening.

Wanderers were unable to follow up Saturday’s victory over Nottingham Forest, despite going ahead tonight at Selhurst Park.

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Wolves played well in the first-half and were good on the ball.

Diego Costa perhaps should have scored in the opening stages.

And Palace midfielder Cheick Doucoure also had a great chance for the hosts when he struck the post from range.

But it was Adama Traore who broke the deadlock, turning in Hugo Bueno’s fantastic cross at the back post with a header.

Palace levelled in the 47th minute, with Ebere Eze scoring a header of his own from Michael Olise’s cross.

Wolves were mostly defending in the second-half, but still had threats on the field, the biggest being Traore on the counter.

But then, in the 58th minute, interim manager Steve Davis made a triple substitution.

The dangerous Traore, Matheus Nunes and Boubacar Traore all went off. And Goncalo Guedes, Joe Hodge and Joao Moutinho entered the action.

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The three did combine instantly for one chance for Hodge.

But it was ultimately a really strange decision from Davis. Taking off Boubacar was understandable given he was on a yellow card.

But to hook Nunes and especially Adama was a truly bizarre call.

Arguably, that move cost Wolves the points tonight and unfortunately, perhaps suggests Davis – and also James Collins – as perhaps being a bit too naive to be leading the team on a caretaker basis.

The triple substitution killed Wolves in 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace

It was a really strange call to make a triple substitution. And before the hour mark, too.

Taking off Adama was actually borderline unforgiveable. He had scored earlier in the game, and was the brightest attacking spark for Wolves.

Unless he was carrying an injury, then it just made no sense at all.

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Davis and James Collins have done great work with the first-team since taking over from Bruno Lage.

But on tonight’s evidence, Wolves’ need for an experienced, permanent head coach is clear.