It has been a decent start to life at Wolverhampton Wanderers for Bruno Lage.

After a testing first few weeks, the 45-year-old has overseen some good results of late.

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The team have taken 13 points from the last 18 available, making them one of the form teams in the Premier League right now.

Surprisingly, Wolves have only conceded nine goals so far.

Considering the options he is working with, that is good going.

Arguably, Lage is getting his defenders to perform above expectation, which is a real relief.

And there is one thing specifically that Lage deserves credit for when it comes to the team defending.

Of the nine goals shipped so far, not a single one has come from a (non-penalty) set-piece.

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Under Nuno Espirito Santo last season, Wolves had real difficulty defending set-pieces.

Up to now, Wolves have been dealing with balls into the box quite well, with Max Kilman, Conor Coady and Romain Saiss all winning their fair share of aerial challenges.

 

Saiss (3rd with 47) and Kilman (16th with 32) both appear on the top 20 list of Premier League players for clearances made so far.

Saiss is also third for headed clearances (25) and Kilman is joint-10th (20).

Goalkeeper Jose Sa has also been good in these situations and looks very commanding indeed at times.

Wolves are giving themselves a better chance

Lage deserves big credit for addressing what was a clear issue from last season under Nuno.

Wolves were, at times, hopeless at defending from corners and free-kicks.

Sometimes, there was just an inevitability that the opposition would score.

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Something seems to have clicked this term though, and hopefully they can keep this up.

Being strong at defending set-pieces is hugely important, and Wolves will always have a better chance of winning games if continue to be well drilled.

The next thing that needs to improve from a defensive standpoint, is not giving away penalties.

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