Date: 30th November 2014 at 5:46pm
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Wolves suffered their third successive hammering and their fourth successive defeat at Brentford and at the moment look a pale shadow of the team that were amongst the promotion favourites early season. After an impressive August where the momentum of last season’s League One Championship triumph was maintained, it’s just 15 points from the last 14 games, and that is close to relegation form for the months of September, October and November.

Manager Kenny Jackett recalled Golbourne to the defence and moved Ricketts to centre back in the absence of the injured Ebanks Landell. And Evans, Saville and Van La Parra were recalled with Kevin McDonald one of the players left out.

Ikeme
Doherty, Batth, Ricketts, Golbourne
Evans, Saville
Van La Parra, Edwards, Sako
Graham

Maybe it could have all ended differently if Danny Graham’s 17th minute header had gone in. But from Van La Parra’s cross his header hit the underside of the bar and rebounded close to the goal line for a big escape for the home team. It was a pretty even game for the first half hour with Van La Parra and Sako causing problems for the Brentford defence. But the home team were passing the ball crisply and accurately and after Evans gave the ball away midway in his own half Brentfird took full advantage with Gray linking neatly with Judge for the latter to slot home.

Brentford looked the better team after the break although Wolves were still in contention until a dispiriting final 15 minutes. Pritchard got through in the inside right position and found Dallas on the far post to score number two. Then after 82 minutes Gray cut across the Wolves defence from left to right before firing back across into the far corner. And in injury time the rout was completed as Jota got through in the inside right position to fire the fourth.

Ikeme 6 – all falling apart in front of him, but he is the least of their problems
Doherty 6 – held his own better than most
Batth 6 – steadiest of the back four
Ricketts 4 – 12 conceded in 3 games since he came back into the team and three of the goals came through his area of the defence
Golbourne 5 – taken off at half time and was occasionally found out with cross field balls
Evans 4 – never got a grip in midfield
Saville 4 – an unhappy return o the club where he did do well last season
Van La Parra 7 – brightest spark in the Wolves team in is best game since early season
Edwards 4 – anonymous for the most part
Sako 6 – had some bright moments in the first half
Graham 5 – looked isolated for most of the game

So what do Wolvs do to put things right. The defence is leaking goals at an alarming rate, the midfield are getting outplayed every week, and they look toothless up front. The faith of the supporters is draining fast now and the manager and the players need to show a massive improvement in December to restore some confidence.