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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley Live Commentary, 02/12/21

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A draw means Wolves stay in sixth, still only two points off the top four - albeit the gap will be bigger should Arsenal beat Manchester United on Thursday. Burnley are 18th, four points adrift of safety but with a game in hand.
That's all she wrote at Molineux, then. It's back-to-back goalless draws for Wolves, much to the chagrin of Lage who had spoken of a desire to see more of an attacking threat from his team. They did largely dominate and Traore was desperately unlucky to see an effort cannon off the bar. Other than that, though, there was just a complete lack of cutting edge and Burnley's defensive efforts deserved a point.
90' + 2' Tricky tricks from Trincao, who shows good feet in the area. His shot is blocked and cleared, though.
90' Again it's Traore who has an effort from the edge of the area and again it goes just wide. The wide man is awarded the man of the match award and it's been deserved. On another night he may have won this game for his team.
88' Moutinho receives treatment and the magic sponge is out for the magic man. To the relief of the home fans he gets back up and continues.
M. Kilman
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
86' Silly, silly tackle from Kilman there, who is late on Rodriguez. An inevitable yellow card follows.
A. Lennon
M. Cornet
85' Early end for Cornet too, as Dyche throws Lennon into the game.
Hwang Hee-Chan
Wolverhampton Wanderers
84' Over and out for Hwang, who has put in a fine shift for Wolves. Perhaps his replacement Trincao can make the difference?
84' Dyche is barking out order from the touchline, he senses this one is here for the taking for Burnley. Taylor puts in a deep delivery that has too much on it for McNeil.
82' Every time Traore touches the ball something looks like happening! This time the electric forward tests Pope with a low drive from the edge of the box that the Burnley keeper has to push wide.
80' Hello, where has this Burnley side been this second half? McNeil puts a great cross in and Cornet nearly jinks his way into a shooting position.
78' So close! There have been very few contributions from McNeil this evening, but he drives into the right of the area and tests Sa at his near post. It's a very smart stop from the goalkeeper.
76' Elbows again here...purely accidental here but there's a pause in proceedings as Rodriguez has to have blood cleared after copping one in the nose.
74' You just get the sense this one is going to need something special if there's going to be a winner. Still with a little over 15 minutes to play there's time.
M. Vydra
J. Guðmunds­son
72' Hell of a shift there from Gudmundsson, who has worked his socks off with little reward. On comes Vydra as Burnley look to snatch this one.
70' Oh that's close! Great feed again from Hwang, whose left-foot effort from the edge of the box is pushed wide. Lage responds by whipping the fans into a frenzy.
68' no. The wing-back was leaning back and his half-volley is only troubling the spectators behind the goal.
66' Is there going to be a breakthrough in this game? It won't be for a lack of endeavour if there isn't, but as things stand the two sides continue to cancel each other out.
J. Rodriguez
Yellow Card
64' No doubt that was a yellow card for Rodriguez, who catches Kilman late with a naughty late tackle.
63' End-to-end stuff now. Wolves keep probing, Burnley keep answering.
61' Penalty shout? He's not been on very long but Rodriguez gets into the area and feels he is bundled over by Kilman. It would have been very, very soft.
J. Rodriguez
C. Wood
59' Substitution for Burnley then. A disappointed Wood, who scored a hat-trick here last season, is hooked for Jay Rodriguez just before the hour.
59' Every time Wolves go forward they're met by a wall of Burnley defenders. That frustration leads to a long-range effort from Moutinho that goes high and wide.
57' Violent conduct check here? Jimenez tangles with Collins and possibly does catch him...but yeah there's not a lot in that, time to love on.
56' Ooft! Close again from Wolves, Hwang delivers into the area and yet again Burnley have to react quickly to make the clearance.
54' Lovely from Traore again. The winger feeds Nouri down the left, only for the full-back to be easily dispossessed and the move to break down.
52' Even though it's Wolves who are the main protagonists in an attacking sense, the longer this goes on the more Burnley will fancy their chances of snatching something.
50' Speaking of scrambles, there's another that means Mee has to head clear for a corner, which is easily dealt with. Wolves' dead-ball delivery has been pretty poor so far.
48' You'd expect Wolves will look to try and press the issue a little as the half wears on and there's a bit of a scramble in the area before Burnley clear.
46' More of the same? Or will there be a sprinkling of quality to find us a winner? Well we're back underway so we're about to find out...
Will either side be able to find a winner? You'd better stick with us to find out hadn't you?
Not a Premier League classic, though certainly not a bore. Wolves have perhaps looked the most likely to make something and Traore nearly broke the crossbar with a thundering effort. So far it's all square, though.
44' This half is petering out a little now, half-time will be a good opportunity for both teams to regroup and plan a way to find a breakthrough in this one.
42' There's been plenty to like about Wolves so far, especially from Traore and Hwang. Credit to Burnley, though, they're making life difficult.
40' Cornet almost gets in from a quick free-kick, it was even quicker thinking from Sa to make the clearance, though.
38' Again, it's Wolves who are asking the questions but another corner comes to absolutely nothing.
36' Wolves have won each of their last three Premier League home games, last winning four in a row in the top-flight at Molineux in March/April 1975.
34' Burnley in fairness are now starting to see a bit more of the ball. The issue is that in doing so it's leaving Traore a lot of room to run into and, for those who don't know, he's really, really, really, really fast.
32' CHARLIE TAYLOR, WHAT A TACKLE YOUNG MAN! It's Traore causing all sorts of havoc again with his speed and his pass finds Jimenez, who was about to pull the trigger before Taylor makes a perfect sliding challenge.
30' OH HOW CLOSE CAN YOU GET?! That is a HUGE let off for Burnley. Wolves break at lightning speed from a Clarets corner through Traore, who smashes his effort against from the crossbar from the edge of the area. Just an inch lower and that's going in the goal.
28' There are tears in the stand as a little lad was struck in the face by the ball. Thankfully he looks okay...
26' Rack up a shot on target folks!! Hwang shows quick feet to get away a 25-yard effort, which Pope smothers with minimal effort.
24' Wood snatches at one in the Wolves area, while at the other end Wolves pass and pass and pass without ever looking like breaking through Burnley's defences. It's by no means a bad game this, just lacking a little composure maybe.
22' The main danger is certainly coming from the right flank of Wolves. Traore does well to get a cross towards Jimenez at the far post. The forward certainly causes a bit of panic, but Burnley clear.
20' Wolves are just turning the screw a little now, Nouri wins a corner that comes to nothing and another attack down the right sees Semedo cross to no one in particular.
M. Lowton
Yellow Card
18' Another Burnley player goes into the book and it's about right as Lowton catches Hwang with an elbow during an aerial challenge, which drew a bit of a reaction from the Wolves forward.
Hwang Hee-Chan
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
17' And Hwang is also cautioned for his part in the affair.
17' Don't laugh, don't laugh, don't laugh...oh alright then, laugh. Jimenez picks up the ball and decides to try his luck from around 30 yards. It skittled across the ground but in reality had more chance of troubling the corner flag than Pope's goal.
15' Half a sniff from Wolves now, too. The ball is worked wide to Semedo on the right, who dinks a first-time ball in the area that Dendoncker heads harmlessly towards the goalkeeper. At the other end, Wood nods wide when there was certainly a hint of an opportunity for the Burnley striker.
13' Ooh an effort at goal! Or was it? There's every chance that was also a cross on the half-volley from the left boot of Taylor. Either way it sails harmlessly wide and Wolves' defence barely bat an eyelid.
11' Thus far it's been pretty much as you'd expect. Wolves are knocking the ball quite nicely, with Moutinho obviously at the centre of that. Burnley, though, are nice and compact and offering very few sniffs for the hosts.
9' Traore needed a little bit of treatment after that challenge but he looks relatively unscathed. Not unscythed, he was certainly scythed. But unscathed.
B. Mee
Yellow Card
7' If you're a Burnley fan that's probably not what you want to see. Mee is the first player to go into the book for a clumsy clatter into Traore. Just the 83 minutes to get through...
5' Only Tottenham in the top 10 have scored fewer than Wolves' 12 in the Premier League this season, so this one might not be a goal might be so don't count it out...just, yeah, don't count it in either.
3' As you may expect, it's been Wolves who have been the ones trying to get hold of the ball early doors but aside from an Adama Traore cross that was easily cleared nothing has yet come to fruition.
1' Referee John Brooks blows his whistle and we are underway at Molineux!
The two changes made by Dyche are enforced, with James Tarkowski and Ashley Westwood absent due to suspension. Collins and Cork move into the starting XI at Molineux.
With Ruben Neves suspended, Dendoncker returns to make his 100th Premier League appearance for Wolves. Their only other change from the 0-0 draw with Norwich at the weekend sees Traore return to the starting line-up and Trincao drop to the bench.
Burnley subs: Wayne Hennessey, Erik Pieters, Kevin Long, Connor Roberts, Bobby Thomas, Will Norris, Aaron Lennon, Jay Rodriguez, Matej Vydra.
Burnley (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Matt Lowton, Nathan Collins, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor; Johann Gudmundsson, Josh Brownhill, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil; Chris Wood, Maxwel Cornet.
Wolves subs: John Ruddy, Ki-Jana Hoever, Luke Cundle, Louie Moulden, Chem Campbell, Hugo Bueno, Fabio Silva, Francisco Trincao.
Wolves (3-4-3): Jose Sa; Max Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Leander Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Rayan Ait Nouri; Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez, Hwang Hee-chan.
But, in a more positive omen for the visitors, Wolves are winless in their last five Premier League matches against the Clarets (D2 L3), having won seven consecutive top-flight games against them between 1974 and 2018. Burnley did the league double over Wolves last season and have not won more consecutively against them in the league since a run of four straight victories between 1912 and 1931.
Conversely, Burnley have just a solitary win in the Premier League this term and are mired in relegation trouble. Their previous two matches saw the Clarets earn a big point against Chelsea before playing a 3-3 thriller against Crystal Palace. Sean Dyche's men may be the fresher of the teams on this occasion given their fixture against Tottenham on Sunday was postponed due to the adverse snowy weather that affected much of the UK.
Wolves have been in fine form under Bruno Lage this season and head into this one with just a solitary defeat in their previous eight top-flight matches. They only managed a goalless draw at lowly Norwich City over the weekend but three points here could see Wolves end the night in fourth depending on how West Ham fare against Brighton and Hove Albion.
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