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Matt Murray and Graeme Souness agree about Wolves boss Bruno Lage's substitutions today

Sky Sports pundits Matt Murray and Graeme Souness were in agreement that Wolves manager Bruno Lage made his substitutions against West Ham United too late.

Wanderers lost 1-0 at the London Stadium, and have missed the chance to go sixth in the Premier League table.

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It’s now back-to-back defeats, following the disappointing midweek loss to Arsenal.

Wolves were really poor today across the park today.

There was no cutting edge in the final third, midfield was often outfought, and the defence actually looked worryingly shaky at times today.

It was Tomas Soucek who got the goal for the hosts. He turned in after Aaron Cresswell was allowed to waltz through and find Michail Antonio.

Eyebrows were raised when the team news came in at 1pm. Lage made five changes to the team that started against Arsenal.

Boldly, Raul Jimenez and Daniel Podence were both benched, with Fabio Silva and Francisco Trincao coming in for starts.

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Podence and Jimenez did get on, as did Rayan Ait-Nouri. But many have suggested Lage should have made the changes sooner than he did.

That’s something ex-Wolves goalkeeper Murray and Souness also felt in the studio after the game.

Murray said: “I still felt that maybe he might have turned to the bench a bit quicker. Podence came on just after they scored. I felt Raul Jimenez needed to be in their to give Wolves a platform.

Souness added: “It’s easy to say with hindsight. Wolves huffed and puffed a bit. They started well and were the best team, but West Ham get the goal and then they (Wolves) change it. You’ve got to chase the game then.

“Without having any knowledge of people who had strains or knocks or whatever… you would say, of the guys that came on, were ready to come on then they could have come on 10 minutes earlier.

Neto came on for Marcal on 76 minutes. And Jimenez entered the action on 81 minutes, replacing Hwang.

Wolves subs could perhaps have have happened sooner

It was a poor performance today, and those that came in as starters did not cover themselves in any glory.

Arguably, there might have been scope for changing things at half-time.

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Wolves had a good spell early doors. But it was all West Ham for the last half an hour of the first half – the Hwang Hee-chan chance was the only positive moment for the visitors.

And then in the second-half, Wolves did create chances but the quality of those chances just wasn’t good enough.

Lage has done a lot of good things since coming to the club. But his tendency to make changes late is a cause for frustration sometimes.

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