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3 reasons for optimism at Wolves after tough end to February

Wolves finished February with a whimper.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham United came just days after the loss to Arsenal, which has really dampened the mood for a lot of supporters.

It was not a good display at all yesterday from the team.

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Bruno Lage made several changes, and those that came in were poor.

Perhaps given the quick turnaround those changes were necessary.

But it was frustrating to see the team play in such a negative manager, and go another game without scoring.

Despite a poor end to the month though, there are a few reasons for Wolves fans to relax and be optimistic now.

‘Good’ fixtures

February was always going to be tough looking at the fixture list.

The club had to play Arsenal twice, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and West Ham.

In March, Wolves face Crystal Palace (H), Watford (H), Everton (A) and Leeds United (H).

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There are obviously no easy games in the Premier League. But three of those teams are currently fighting relegation, and it’s great chance to get back on the straight and narrow for Wolves.

Still within touching distance

Finishing fourth is going to be difficult.

Wolves may have lost to two rivals in Arsenal and West Ham, but the club are still only seven points off fourth-placed Manchester United.

Psychologically, it’s good that the gap isn’t absolutely massive.

All the teams competing for that final Champions League spot have been erratic this season. If Wolves can find consistency again they could chip away at that seven-point gap.

Wolves still have the third-best defensive record in the league. So if the team can keep solid, they will also be in with a chance of winning matches.

Having lost the last couple, it could be that Wolves now go back under the radar, resulting in a bit less pressure. That is potentially something the players had been enjoying before the last two matches.

Good squad depth again

Wolves’ bench in recent weeks has been looking much healthier.

Pedro Neto’s return is really good news, and Jonny Castro Otto is also back in the picture after recovering from his second serious knee injury.

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Supporters are awaiting news on Nelson Semedo who went off injured against Arsenal. But Lage has quite a few options now and hopefully those on the periphery can push those who are starting.

Competitiveness within a squad is very important. Wolves have many quality players, and Lage needs everyone fighting to start.