Wolverhampton Wanderers welcomed Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side to the Molineux on Saturday as Premier League action returned after the September international break, and it didn’t turn into a great day for us as we suffered a 5-2 defeat.
With plenty of poor performances as the game progressed, it also means we are still searching for our first win of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign but for those of a more optimistic nature, it was our first defeat in the last 16 on home soil.
With some fans questioning our summer strengthening, others looking at second season syndrome as a cause for league form, and plenty of others hanging their hat on the early start to the campaign as we now battle for Group Stage qualification in the Europa League – Republic of Ireland international fullback Matt Doherty dismissed the EL concerns when he spoke to the Official Website following the heavy defeat.
“I think that would be an easy excuse to use or for people to say, but I don’t think so. We’re probably a bit ahead of schedule in terms of when we came back in for pre-season, and the games that we’ve had, but if anything, it’s probably just got us right. I can’t use that (Europe) as an excuse at all.”
Doherty went on to say that from the start of the game, Chelsea were ‘nullifying’ us and given how clinical they were, we simply have to learn from it. He also had no concerns at us going winless in five top flight matches so far.
“We’re not concerned, not just yet. We’ve had a lot of games, drew the first three, but we could’ve won a couple of those. Today, the result and the performance wasn’t great, but in the previous games, I don’t think our performance was that bad, so we’re not really worried about it at all yet.”
Onto the midweek clash with Sporting Braga, hopefully, a far better performance and a confidence boosting win before thoughts turn to Crystal Palace at the weekend.