Michail Antonio praises Wolves after Sunday's 1-0 result
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Michail Antonio praises Wolves after Sunday's 1-0 result

Michail Antonio praised Wolves, after his West Ham United side ran out 1-0 winners at the London Stadium last weekend.

Wanderers fell to a second straight defeat thanks to a Tomas Soucek goal in the second-half.

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Bruno Lage had made a few changes to the side that started against Arsenal.

Those that came in struggled to make the desired impact, and it was a really disappointing performance from Wolves.

Wolves did create chances, but lacked bite in the final third. And the defence actually looked vulnerable for the first time in a while.

One man who was key for the Hammers was Antonio, who got the assist for Soucek.

The Jamaica international heaped praise on Wolves during his latest ‘The Footballer’s Football podcast’, despite the visitors’ poor showing on Sunday.

Chatting with Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson, he said (1:19): “Wolves have been unbelievable this season.

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“They haven’t really conceded many goals with that good solid base that they’ve got. They’ve been challenging for the top four with us. It’s someone else around us, someone that we needed to take points from so we can keep pushing on and keep challenging for that spot.”

The defeat for Wolves means it’s now a seven-point gap to fourth-placed Manchester United.

Wolves do have a game in hand on the Red Devils. But Arsenal have two games in hand on Wolves and are five points above.

Wolves have people’s respect, but things could still be better

We are starting to hear a bit more praise for Wolves in the second half of the season.

Things have picked up from 2022 onwards, but there is still room for improvement at Molineux.

Specifically, Wolves need to get better in the final third.

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It’s clear Wanderers are strong defensively, but it’s about finding that balance now.

If this team can start scoring a few more goals, a genuine push for European football will still be on.