Wolves lost 1-0 to Burnley in the Premier League yesterday to pass up a fantastic chance to put the pressure on the teams around them.
Wanderers were beaten at Turf Moor thanks to a goal from Matej Vydra, with the result lifting Burnley out of the relegation zone.
It was a bright start from Wolves, who played some good football and created a few decent chances.
But the quality faded as the match wore on, and shortly after the hour mark, Vydra struck.
Wolves then had to chase the game. And that is something that is never good.
There was some huffing and puffing but ultimately, there were no huge chances for the visitors and Nick Pope had a relatively comfortable afternoon.
Wolves have now conceded the first goal in 15 matches this season. And alarmingly, the team have lost 14 of those matches (via Tim Spiers). The freak comeback against Aston Villa is the only time Wolves have come from behind to get a result.
That is a really poor record, and it perhaps points to a weak mentality when the going gets tough.
If Wolves are to secure European football – and they are doing their level best to throw it away right now – they simply must improve when in losing situations.
Wolves and Bruno Lage have got to improve in the tough moments
This statistic is worrying.
Clearly, there is a real problem when Wolves fall behind in games.
Bruno Lage has overseen some brilliant performances and tactically outwitted several managers this term.
But questions must be asked of him when it comes to getting Wolves back into contests.
Quite often, he does seem leave his substitutions quite late.
But the players must also shoulder some responsibility. Quite often this term, Wolves have been losing and nobody has stepped up to the plate. No one has produced quality when the team has really needed it. And often, Wolves have only ended up losing by a single goal, which is frustrating to consider. It isn’t like teams have been out of sight.
Without doubt, Wolves must improve their resolve.
Achieving that, and obviously bringing in some better players, would help Wanderers get to the next level.