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Garth Crooks names Conor Coady in Premier League Team of the Week and praises Francisco Trincao

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has included Wolves captain Conor Coady in his latest Premier League Team of the Week.

The 29-year-old was the hero of the hour on Saturday, as he popped up to scored a 97th minute equaliser at Stamford Bridge.

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The 2-2 draw doesn’t do much for Wolves since West Ham United beat Norwich City 4-0 the day after.

But it was fantastic to see Wanderers showing a bit of fight and intensity again, after three dire performances in the three games previously.

Wolves fans will have feared a fourth straight loss when Romelu Lukaku scored twice for the hosts.

Chelsea really ought to have seen the game out.

But Bruno Lage – watching on from afar after testing positive for Covid-19 – gave the instruction to send on Chiquinho and then Francisco Trincao, two changes that would ultimately change the game.

Trincao struck a superb goal from the edge of the area, before Coady headed Wolves level after a stunning cross from Chiquinho.

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Speaking about Wolves, Crooks said (BBC Sport): “It’s very easy when your position in the league is safe and there is no threat of relegation for players to slip into holiday mode. Wolves have played the last four games as if they have had their minds on the Costa del Sol and not winning football matches.

“What changed at Stamford Bridge, I’m not entirely sure, but it was a helluva comeback. It might have been the spectacular goal that substitute Francisco Trincao scored with minutes left to play which galvanized them. But to see Wolves flooding the Chelsea penalty area, desperate to get an equaliser, was a world away from where they have been these past few weeks.”

“Conor Coady got the equaliser – but then with Raul Jimenez off the pitch, who else was going to get the goal in open play when the team was desperate?”

Wolves must show same fight from now until the end of the season, as Crooks names Coady in PL Team of the Week

Wolves may not have taken three points. But that fighting spirit was really good to see, and something supporters needed to witness.

The past few performances before Saturday simply hadn’t been good enough.

Hopefully, the intensity and fight that was there in the final 20 minutes against Chelsea can remain for the rest of the season.

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Finishing in the top seven is probably gone now after West Ham’s win over Norwich.

But Brighton are just three points behind now, and Wolves’ focus should be on staying above the Seagulls. Finishing any lower than eighth after everything that’s happened would be a real disappointment.