The statistic that further shames toothless Wolves against Bournemouth
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The statistic that further shames toothless Wolves against Bournemouth

Wolves crashed to a 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday in one of the worst results of the season.

Wanderers came into the game in a big high following wins against Liverpool and Southampton.

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But Julen Lopetegui’s side had an off day at Molineux, and really struggled in the final third.

Bournemouth managed to get their goal in the second-half through Marcus Tavernier, and then got men behind the ball as Wolves sought an equaliser.

Lopetegui made a string of changes, but there was to be no comeback this time.

It was a massively disappointing performance. And one that again put Wolves’ struggles in front of goal under the spotlight.

Bournemouth have conceded the most goals in the Premier League so far this season.

By not scoring, Wolves allowed Bournemouth to get their first away clean sheet in the Premier League since December 2019.

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The post-match statistics showed that Wolves had 16 efforts at goal.

But the most damning statistic from the game is that Lopetegui’s side actually had 40 touches of the ball inside the opposition box.

That was the most of any non-Big Six club in this latest round of fixtures.

It was five more than Brighton had against Fulham, whom the Seagulls dominated in terms of possession and chances.

Touches in the opposition box against Fulham statistic shames Wolves

To have had 40 touches in Bournemouth’s box and not scored is really poor.

Yes, the Cherries had bodies back there a lot of the time.

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But there were openings, such as when Matheus Cunha should have slipped Adama Traore in for a free shot at goal.

Wolves are able to work their way into the dangerous positions.

But the team is lacking a killer in front of goal. And also, people are not making the right decisions often enough.

Lopetegui has got to find a way of adding goals to the build-up play.