Wolverhampton Wanderers were outplayed by Burnley at Molineux on Sunday. However, a late Raul Jimenez penalty secured a 1-1 draw for Nuno Espirito Santo’s tired-looking side.
Wolves were uncharacteristically poor. They lacked creativity and did not play with the pace or aggression that has come to be expected from the Midlands outfit in the Premier League. However, given their midweek Europa League exploits in Italy, their fatigue is somewhat understandable.
That being said, Nuno will still have been frustrated by much of what he saw against the Clarets, particularly the defensive errors committed by his side. Given the chances they were allowed to have by the home team, Burnley should have put the game beyond their reach.
Centre-back Ryan Bennett was culpable of a few mistakes. The 29-year-old struggled to cope with the visitors’ physicality and showed a lack of awareness when he headed the ball directly to a Burnley player in the build up to Ashley Barnes’ goal.
Bennett has produced a few poor performances so far this season and his place in the starting XI may well be under threat. Summer loan signing Jesus Vallejo will certainly be keen to take the Englishman’s place in the team. If Bennett’s form doesn’t improve soon then Vallejo will get his chance.
Following the match on Sunday, plenty of Wolves fans took to Twitter to criticise Bennett’s display.
All poor today asa but Bennett for me was at the top of my list today his reading of the game was off and could not win a header 1 for the goal was a nod down totaly miss read it & 1 for rui save do know.what he was doing best player 4 me was rui
— simon wwfc checketts (@simonchecketts1) August 25, 2019
Can’t believe Adama didn’t start how can you not reward our best player I’ll never know. Bennett and doc were awful. Mgw is so average. Also what formation was we playing at times? Both Neto and Mgw ended up on the right wing mind blown
— Josh (@Lem_WWFC) August 25, 2019
Bennett poor today. #wwfc
— jon dent (@jon306) August 25, 2019
Thought his goal would do him some good but MGW really struggled again. Bennett will be looking over his shoulder now, awful performance. Traore needs to start now because something is wrong with Doherty. #wwfc
— Bradley Parker (@parker_bradley) August 25, 2019
Doherty is in serious danger of permanently losing his place in the side and Bennett should have already lost his. Team selection all wrong today #wwfc
— Alex Tudor (@AlexTudor12) August 25, 2019
Bennett is living off a single tackle against Chelsea last season. Headed it straight to the Burnley player 🤣
— 𝕵𝖆𝖒𝖊𝖘 (@james_wwfc_) August 25, 2019
the defending from bennett and coady makes me so sick
— Jesus Vallejo (@bibb_wwfc) August 26, 2019