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Bruno Lage has his flaws, but Wolves boss deserves backing through tricky times

Some Wolves supporters on social media have really given Bruno Lage both barrels, after Saturday’s absolutely abysmal display against Brighton.

Wanderers went into the game needing to win to keep their hopes of European football for next season alive.

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It was a good chance for three points, despite losing the last two against Burnley and Newcastle United.

There was supposed to be a major response. A performance full of intensity and heart at the very least.

But the Molineux faithful were instead subject to a disgraceful showing, and the Brighton players ultimately probably couldn’t believe how it easy it was for them.

Wolves barely threatened, with Willy Boly’s tame header in the 85th minute their first shot on target.

The midfield battle was lost, and the defence was all over the shop at times. To concede two penalties in the first-half was just shocking.

Some fans have taken a pop at Lage.

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In recent weeks, he has got things wrong. From his team selections to his late substitutions.

On Saturday though, it’s difficult to see how he can shoulder most of the responsibility.

There was just a lack of quality all over the park. Wolves were careless in possession, and also far too safe. There were several times the ball ended up going backwards when in an incisive through ball was on.

It just felt as though those that were out there showed they weren’t good enough.

Bruno Lage has his flaws, but he’s earned the right to be backed this summer and supported through difficult moments

Criticism of Lage yesterday is to be expected. It was a truly shambolic display.

But it is important to look at the bigger picture.

He has taken Wolves up to eighth in the table, so he has clearly done something right.

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For all his flaws, he has shown himself to be a decent manager, tactically outwitting the likes of Ralf Rangnick, Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte to name but a few this term.

Arguably, he has not been appropriately backed in the two windows he has had since he became manager at Molineux.

He is mostly still working with players brought into the club on Nuno Espirito Santo’s watch. Some of those players have been at the club now for a several years.

It just feels as though there needs to be a slight overhaul.

With a greater quality pool of players at his disposal, and maybe even a change of system, Lage could potentially do much better.

It has always felt, so far, like he’s been working with one hand tied behind his back.