Conor Coady has insisted it has ‘never, ever been the case’ that he and his teammates have been ‘on the beach’, as he reacted to some of the recent criticism levelled at Wolves.
The 29-year-old spoke after Saturday’s dramatic game with Chelsea, which saw him score in the 97th minute to snatch a 2-2 draw for the visitors.
Romelu Lukaku had hit two goals, and it had looked as though Wolves might have been heading for a fourth straight loss.
But Bruno Lage – watching on from afar due to testing positive for Covid-19 – made a couple of great substitutions which turned the game.
The introductions of Chiquinho and Francisco Trincao really swung momentum in Wolves’ favour, and both players made decisive contributions.
The final 20 minutes or so were a pleasure to watch.
Wolves showed real hunger and desire, something the previous few performances have lacked.
Wolves and Lage have come in for a lot of criticism in recent weeks, with many alarmed at the apparent lack of urgency on show.
Speaking after the Chelsea draw, Coady insisted such comments ‘hurt’. He said (via Wolves YouTube): “A lot of people have said a few things over the past couple of weeks about us and it’s hurt us.
“We’ve heard a few things that we’re on the beach. We’re humans, it hurts us. It’s never, ever the case with this football club.
“It’s hurt us, we’ve looked at ourselves and where we’ve gone wrong. It’s not been good enough for a few weeks and today was all about performance, coming here and trying to put in a performance.”
Wolves players’ commitment should not be questioned, as Coady reacts to recent criticism
Seeing people suggest that the players have been ‘on the beach’ must have been extremely frustrating for Coady and his teammates.
Given Wolves have had a chance of securing European football for next season, there is no way they would let things like work ethic drop. And they wouldn’t let standards drop even if there was nothing to play for.
The poor performances against Burnley, Newcastle United and Brighton are still a bit of a mystery.
Perhaps it has just been a case of the pressure getting to Wanderers, and Lage just not getting his tactics right at times.
There has also been a lack of quality in the final third, which has really harmed Wolves’ potential to pick up points.