Wolverhampton Wanderers were easily beaten 4-0 in the Premier League today by Burnley.

Chris Wood scored a hat-trick before Ashley Westwood put the icing on the cake for the Clarets.

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It was a sorry performance from Wolves, with the players very much performing like there is nothing left to play for this season.

That might be the case, but that does not excuse this kind of performance.

What was quite perplexing was Nuno setting up with a back three/five.

Wolves have shown themselves to be more fluid and expansive with a back four, and surely should have been a little bolder given the lack of relegation threat.

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Willian Jose (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

But Wolves just invited pressure from Burnley.


The Wolves attackers just couldn’t get into it, and Sofascore statistics indicate that Willian Jose and Daniel Podence actually had fewer touches (28 each) than goalkeeper Rui Patricio (33).

The only people who touched the ball less were the three substitutes Fabio Silva, Morgan Gibbs-White and Vitinha.

When your attackers are so starved of service, there is little hope to create chances and therefore score goals.

Four-at-the-back needed

At this point, as Wolves limp to the end of the season, it just makes sense for Nuno to go with four defenders.

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Daniel Podence (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Yes more goals will be shipped, but can things be any worse than today?

At least with the 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 Wolves look more dangerous and the forward players get more involved.

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