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Match of the Day pundits Dublin and Richards impressed with Wolves despite 3-0 loss to Manchester City

Wolves fell to defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League yesterday, losing 3-0 at Molineux.

Bruno Lage’s side got off to the worst possible start against the champions, with Jack Grealish scoring inside the first minute.

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Erling Haaland added a second for City, and Wolves’ start to the game then got even worst when Nathan Collins received a red card for a high challenge on Grealish.

Phil Foden then scored City’s third in the second-half after some impressive inter-play with Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne.

Ultimately, it was a fairly comfortable afternoon for the visitors.

But Wolves did have some good spells at points in the game, and did not just roll over.

Despite trailing in the game and being down to 10 men, Wanderers did play some nice football, and beat the City press a number of times.

And their efforts came in for praise on Match of the Day from Dion Dublin and Micah Richards last night.

Dublin said: “They’re just struggling in that final third. But the quality and footballers they have in the squad… they play some really good stuff. In and around the central of the pitch. They always get themselves into good positions.

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“They get in this position here, there’s nobody in the box, nobody really working hard to get into those goalscoring positions. They want to play a pass to somebody, but nothing’s on. They have to take the option on their own and that happened four or five times today.

“They’ve got lots of lovely little footballers, who get themselves into really good areas. They actually broke City’s press four or five times.”

Richards believes the integration of new signing Diego Costa could be the answer the Wanderers’ issues up top.

He added: “They need Costa ASAP. He’ll be a focal point for this team. They beat Man City’s press, and broke the lines. Then it’s just that final cut-throat (finish) up front. That’s what they need, get him fit and firing and they’ll be OK.”

Same old story for Wolves but at least the football is good

Wolves were up against it right from the off yesterday.

Conceding inside the first minute was far from ideal, and really it would have taken something truly special from the hosts to get anything out of the game.

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City then scored a second and Collins was sent off, and from that point on it was about showing a bit of pride in the game. And Wolves did do that.

The issue is clear as day. The lack of a focal point is really harming Wolves, and the sooner Costa is up to full fitness, the better.