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Wolves review

A home win, as expected, and continues our impressive home record from 2008/09. An average performance though, one in which we could have come unstuck in on another occasion, but equally, one in which we would have won at a canter if we had gone in at the break 2-0 up - which on the balance of play we should have done.

It was a far more impressive first-half than second-half. Wolves, I thought, allowed us plenty of possession and space, and with the attacking options at our disposal, we are going to create chances.

The goal was an indication of that. Good inter-play between Adebayor and Tevez led to Adebayor converting a sharp chance midway through the first-half. This was evidence of the rewards of a £50 million investment in your front two brings, and a stark comparison to what was on offer during 2008/09.

Going behind didn't alter Wolves' approach, and they remained content to allow us time and space, and offered very little going forward. Still, they sprang to life just before the break and only what looked a very smart save from Shay Given prevented them getting on level terms.

The problem with only holding a one-goal lead though is that you leave the door open and allow the potential for your opponents to get back in the game. Wolves switched things around at the break, bringing on Kevin Doyle and had far more purpose and belief, sensing they had a chance to get something from the game.

Surprisingly, we struggled to cope with Wolves going forward for the most part after the break. Whereas the opening forty-five minutes saw us very much in control, Wolves were setting the tempo after the break.

This led to some uncomfortable moments at the back when under pressure, yet hitting the bar aside, Wolves created opportunities rather than clear chances and rather than having to hang on for the points, it was a case of toughing things out to come away with the win.