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Edwards criticises Lage's tactics and Wolves' display vs Palace

David Edwards thinks Wolves put in their worst performance of the season at the weekend against Crystal Palace.

He wrote in his Express and Star column that Bruno Lage’s tactics did not make sense, as he went into the game without Raul Jimenez.

But there was also criticism for the players and the suggestion that having more players available has actually rocked the boat at Molineux.

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“Wolves followed that (West Ham loss) up with a real lacklustre performance against Palace, arguably the worst display of the season. It’s strange the run has come with all of a sudden players back available.

But it’s had an adverse effect, if anything it seems to have rocked the boat and Lage doesn’t seem to know what his best team is, with lots of chopping and changing.

You sometimes see it, when there are fewer numbers available and team pretty much picks itself, you get a little bit togetherness generated. Things are more settled.

“It was quite a strange team selection against the Eagles, with no recognised striker. It was ultimately lost in midfield, we didn’t learn from the game at Selhurst Park, where the hosts were too powerful for Wolves and Saturday’s first half was a replica of that. They ran all over Wolves.”

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Leaving out Jimenez again was always going to cause a stir and it did not go well for Lage or Wolves.

But ultimately, the level of performance was not there, regardless of the tactics and Wolves need to get back on track quickly.

This poor run cannot continue and allow the season to just fizzle out and a response is needed against Watford on Thursday night.