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Wolves defender Conor Coady needs big response against Braga

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Wolves defender Conor Coady needs big response against Braga

Wolverhampton Wanderers host Braga on Thursday night in the first group stage match of their Europa League campaign.

They have every right to enjoy the competition after progressing through three qualifying rounds and it’s a reward for finishing seventh in the Premier League last season.

But Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have had a torrid start to the new campaign domestically and currently sit 19th in the table after five league games.

The West Midlands club have looked excellent in Europe so far and their league form has been a sizeable contrast.

There have been a number of poor performers in recent games, but one player that perhaps needs to step up more than others is captain Conor Coady.

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Coady needs to find a massive response against Braga with a top performance, as his form has been poor and he needs to prove he’s still the leader at Molineux.

It’s been very rare during the 26-year-old’s time at the club that he has come under big pressure since he joined for £2million (BBC) four years ago.

 

He’s a no-nonsense centre-back that has been immense in the heart of a back three under Nuno and looked excellent in the top-flight last season.

But he was terrorised in the 3-2 defeat to Everton prior to the international break, as striker Moise Kean gave him a torrid time.

The English defender was again miles off the pace at the weekend in the 5-2 home defeat to Chelsea, as hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham dominated him.

Coady’s poor display was highlighted by Abraham’s third goal, as he squared him up one-on-one and breezed past him to score.

Wolves’ captain has the character and quality to respond, but he could do with reacting quickly against Braga and getting back to his usual self.

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