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Patrick Vieira gives verdict on Wolves

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has given his verdict on Wolves, after he ended Bruno Lage’s unbeaten run yesterday.

Wolves will head into the next international on the back of a 2-0 defeat.

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It was a very poor day at the office for Wolves.

There was none of the free-flowing football that was on show against Everton.

Wolves seemed quite happy to sit back and allow Palace to dominate.

Lage has come in for quite a bit of criticism on social media, and it’s difficult to defend some of his tactics yesterday.

Speaking after the game though, Vieira complimented Wolves about their shape and defensive efforts.

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He said: “We knew it would be a difficult game and we had a really good performance. We didn’t play as well as we want to but we were patient and we kept our organisation.

“We needed to wait because they [Wolves] are well organised and we knew it would be really difficult to find space. But we waited for our moment and we took it.”

Wolves could be much better

Wolves have defended well as a unit at the back at times this season. For that Lage deserves credit. The intense pressing is also great to see.

But that backline could be significantly improved.

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Conor Coady and Romain Saiss have done well for the most part this term, but neither are top-level central defenders.

If Wolves want to go to another level, it is paramount that Fosun back Lage in January.

If he is given the right tools, Wolves can be better organised.