Mario Lemina insists Wolves need to be better in possession after Newcastle defeat
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Mario Lemina insists Wolves need to be better in possession after Newcastle defeat

Mario Lemina believes Wolves have simply got to be better in possession, after losing 2-1 to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Wanderers are back under pressure in the Premier League, having failed to get any points at St. James’ Park.

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Miguel Almiron scored a late winner for the hosts.

Hwang Hee-chan had equalised after Alexander Isak had opened the scoring for Newcastle.

But Julen Lopetegui’s decision to throw on Nathan Collins and switch to a back three resulted in Newcastle getting their second goal.

Wolves were also stung by a really bad decision from referee Andy Madley. Nick Pope took down Raul Jimenez in the penalty area, but Madley waved away the claims from Wolves.

VAR somehow didn’t instruct Madley to look at the incident again via the pitchside monitor.

Despite that incident, it is hard to argue that Wolves deserved anything from the game.

For the most part, they struggled and it was interesting to see the difficulty Wolves had in keeping the ball in the face of the Newcastle press.

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Speaking after the game, Lemina admitted that Wolves were poor on the ball and must improve.

He said (Wolves official): “I think in possession. They are really aggressive, we should pass the ball quicker to make them run more and have more solutions in the middle because we could play behind the midfielders. We did sometimes and we had good chances, but it wasn’t enough.”

Mario Lemina is right – Wolves need to be better in possession, after Newcastle defeat

It is hard to argue against Lemina’s view here.

Wolves simply must improve when in possession of the ball. Lopetegui has done fantastic work so far in making Wolves more organised and better off the ball.

But there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of playing with it.

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Granted on Sunday, Newcastle’s press was very good. The Magpies players were clearly well up for the game and had the crowd right behind them.

They forced Wolves to be sloppy at times. But there were also occasions where Wolves conceded possession cheaply.

Hopefully, improvements will soon be made. There have been encouraging signs, but it’s about being consistent now.