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Graeme Souness slams Romain Saiss' defending on West Ham's goal today

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness ripped into Romain Saiss for the part he played in West Ham United’s goal today.

Wolves lost 1-0 in the capital to cap off a bad week for the club after defeat in midweek to Arsenal.

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Bruno Lage made five changes to the team that lost to the Gunners.

Raul Jimenez was dropped to the bench, with Fabio Silva leading the line with Hwang Hee-chan and Francisco Trincao as wide support.

Jimenez did struggle against Arsenal, but he was missed today.

Simply, his presence alone might have resulted in more joy against the physical Craig Dawson and Kurt Zouma.

And Wolves were lacking their usual defensive solidity today, with even the imperious Max Kilman looking shaky.

But it was Saiss who came in for some fierce criticism after the game from Souness and also ex-Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray on Sky Sports.

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He was all at sea in the box and strangely stepped out rather than go with Soucek, who ended up putting the ball in net unmarked.

Souness blasted after the full-time whistle: “It’s shocking. It beggars belief what he’s thinking at that particular time. He has to take his line off Coady. They never look over their shoulder. They never look to their left-hand side to see where the danger may come from.

“Dendoncker, there’s a little look but he’s lost him. What Saiss should be doing now is take the line of Conor Coady.

“For some unbelievable reason, he decides to run out. Totally irresponsible defending that’s cost Wolves the game.”

Terrible defending and most unlike Wolves

Bruno Lage will not be happy watching that goal back.

When the Hammers had the ball at the throw-in, there was no danger. But somehow, they have ended up scoring.

Sasis has not covered himself in any glory, but he isn’t the only player at fault. Dendoncker was also poor, as were those around the throw-in taker, including Francisco Trincao and Ruben Neves.

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Wolves’ defending has been immaculate on the whole this term.

Lage needs to ensure standards don’t start to slip at the back, because goalscoring is obviously a really big problem at the moment.