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Bruno Lage explains decision to take off Conor Coady at half-time against Norwich

Bruno Lage has stated the decision to take Conor Coady off at half-time against Norwich City was out of a need to control the ball.

Wolves yesterday played their final home game of the season, drawing 1-1 with the Canaries.

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It turned out to be a tough game, which was really disappointing considering the struggles they have had in the Premier League this season.

The first-half saw Norwich cause a lot of problems for the Wolves defence.

The visitors headed in at the break 1-0 up thanks to Teemu Pukki.

And the performance prompted Lage to do something rather drastic, and take off captain Coady.

Prior to Saturday, Coady has played 90 minutes in all but two of Wolves’ Premier League games this season.

He was replaced by winger Chiquinho, and Willy Boly and Toti Gomes became a centre-back pairing, with Jonny Castro Otto and Rayan Ait-Nouri operating as traditional full-backs.

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Speaking about his decision to hook Coady at half-time, Lage said: “It’s a decision. When we changed three defenders just for two, we need to understand the striker is fast and we need to control the ball.

“They were defending the goal with a line of five, but we changed to find a different dynamic.

“It’s hard [playing with a back four]. Nuno tested it during last season and it’s hard.

“Even when we have a line of five, we’re still conceding a lot of chances and a lot of spaces and a lot of spaces in front of us to control, so with four, it would be even harder.”

Wolves switching to a back four is something that has kind of been talked about for a while now.

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We saw Nuno Espirito Santo turn to the formation the odd time last season.

And Lage has followed suit this term, but only when Wolves have been chasing a game.

He played 4-4-2 at Benfica, and there has been talk that he could eventually make that his staple formation at Wolves.

Wolves need to sign better defenders this summer, as Lage explains reason for taking Coady off at half-time against Norwich

It seems there could be a rebuild on the cards this summer at Wolves.

And hopefully one or two quality central defenders will be coming in to raise the bar.

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As Lage says, right now the team is conceding too many chances even with a back five.

So it’s important to have a really strong pool of options, especially if there is a view to moving to a back four.