Wolverhampton Wanderers’ stop-start to life under Bruno Lage took another setback after losing to Brentford 2-0.
Fans had every reason to come into the clash feeling positive and confident that Lage’s side would make it back-to-back wins against promoted sides following last week’s 2-0 win against Watford.
But instead Wolves produced a lacklustre display which burst all the momentum that had been built.
Lage’s team can ill-afford a Brentford hangover, as they welcome former boss Nuno Espirito Santo back to Molineux with his new Spurs side, in the second time in just five weeks for Wednesday’s fourth-round Carabao Cup clash.
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The loss against Brentford meant that Wolves have lost nine home Premier League games in 2021, more than other current side in the division (Sky Sports).
The Wanderers have also lost four of their first five league games of a top-flight season for the first time since their 2003/04 season (Sky Sports).
In order for Wolves to climb the table, home results are going to have to dramatically improve.
Lage has won a lot of plaudits for the attacking style of play he has already visibly implemented at Wolves, but inevitably football is a results-based business and an un-inspiring 2-0 home loss against a newly-promoted side will be a difficult pill to swallow for some fans.
Wolves’ next home game comes against struggling Newcastle on 2 October, which is the last match before the second international break of the season.
With Steve Bruce’s side yet to win this season and having a defence (13) which only Norwich City has conceded more (14), Lage will fancy his chances that the game against the Magpies is where he gets his first Molineux win as Wolves manager.
Fans will hope that the loss against Brentford was nothing more than a blip, but the stats don’t lie, under Espirito Santo and Lage, home form is a concern that needs to urgently addressed.