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We’ve lost just one of our last four away games in the Premier League, and that at Manchester City, but with a third of the season gone and us currently in 19th place in the table we really could do with starting to get some wins.

It’s not just away from home, of course. We’ve won only once all season, that against Brentford at home, but this week concentrates on away games with tonight’s trip to Wolves to be followed this Saturday to Newcastle, currently the only club below us in the table.

Last season’s game at Wolves provided us with three points and the last time we were able to go there, back in August 2019, only a poor stoppage time penalty decision from Craig Pawson robbed us of three points.

But we take on a different Wolves this time who are currently in the top six and it is going to be a tough evening. Charlie Taylor admitted: “We’d have liked to have picked up a few more wins but we’re on a good run and, most importantly, we’re playing well. Even when we’ve lost sometimes, we’ve played well. The positivity is good. It always is here and is something that the gaffer instils in us.”

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Taylor refers to being on a good run and that is a run of seven games that has seen just that one defeat at the Etihad but has also included five draws, the three away at Leicester, Southampton and Chelsea alongside home points against Norwich and Crystal Palace.

We’ve been scoring goals too, including one from Taylor’s full back partner Matt Lowton in that one win and he said of that: “I think I need to contribute more to our goals, either assists or even scoring myself. In four and a half years I’m yet to score so it’s something I’m definitely trying to do and get involved in more.”

With Sunday’s game against Spurs postponed because of the snow, James Tarkowski and Ashley Westwood will now sit this one out as they serve their one match suspensions. Nathan Collins and Jack Cork had been brought into an otherwise unchanged team for Spurs and I would think it is very likely that we’ll kick off at Wolves with that team.

The starting line up and subs against Spurs would have been: Nick Pope, Matt Lowton, Nathan Collins, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Josh Brownhill, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil, Chris Wood, Maxwel Cornet. Subs: Wayne Hennessey, Connor Roberts, Phil Bardsley, Kevin Long, Erik Pieters, Dale Stephens, Aaron Lennon, Jay Rodriguez, Matěj Vydra.

Having finished seventh in the 2019/20 season, Wolves ended last season in thirteenth place and that brought an end to Nuno Espirito Santo’s time at Molineux with former Sheffield Wednesday assistant Bruno Lage the choice to replace Nuno.

He didn’t get off to the best of starts, losing all of the first three games 1-0 against Leicester away and then at home against Spurs and Manchester United. Another defeat at home to Brentford followed but, having lost those first three home games, they have since remained unbeaten at Molineux with wins against Newcastle, Everton and West Ham. With away wins at Watford, Southampton and Aston Villa to add to that, they are currently sixth in the table.

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However, Lage has reported that Wolves will have six players unavailable tonight although closer examination shows that only Rúben Neves (pictured above) of the six has featured much this season. He’s out serving a one match ban while Daniel Podence, who has started two Premier League games this season, is currently self isolating.

The other four are Willy Boly, Pedro Neto, Yerson Mosquera and Jonny Otto and neither of them have featured all season.

Unlike us, they did play at weekend, drawing 0-0 at Norwich. Their team at Carrow Road was: José Sá, Max Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saïss, Nélson Semedo, Rúben Neves, João Moutinho, Rayan Aït-Nouri, Francisco Trincão, Raúl Jiménez, Hwang Hee-chan. Subs: John Ruddy, Louie Moulden, Ki-Jana Hoever, Fernando Marçal, Fábio Silva, Leander Dendoncker, Adama Traoré, Luke Cundle.

 

LAST TIME WE WERE THERE

 

The only sadness about our last trip to Molineux was that we weren’t able to be there as fans and be part of it as we smashed a few records and came home with a 4-0 win. Chris Wood scored a first half hat trick and then set up Ashley Westwood for the fourth goal.

Wood got onto a Matt Lowton ball to score the first from a tight angle and the second came when Dwight McNeil got in quickly on the left with Wood converting his low ball across. Right on half time the New Zealander headed home a corner and the game was won.

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The game was won and we just added a little icing on the cake when Wood found Westwood to drill a shot into the corner to complete the scoring and provide us with our biggest ever Premier League win, our biggest top flight away win since 1965 and our first top flight away hat trick, also since 1965.

The teams were;

Wolves: Rui Patrício, Romain Saïss, Conor Coady, Willy Boly, Nélson Semedo (Fábio Silva 58), Rúben Neves (Vitor Ferreira 69), Leander Dendoncker, Rayan Aït-Nouri, Daniel Podence (Morgan Gibbs-White 69), Adama Traoré, Willian José. Subs not used: John Ruddy, Ki-Jana Hoever, Lewis Richards, Maximilian Kilman, Owen Otasowie, Theo Corbeanu.

Burnley: Nick Pope, Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor, Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil, Matěj Vydra (Jay Rodriguez 73), Chris Wood. Subs not used: Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Will Norris, Phil Bardsley, Jimmy Dunne, Erik Pieters, Dale Stephens, Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson, Ashley Barnes.

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