Monday evening’s score draw with Southampton, playing four at the back for the first time under Nuno and Conor Coady’s absence were just some of the topics discussed on the latest episode of Wolves’ Matchday Live Extra show.
Joining Mikey Burrows this week was regular co-commentator and ex-Wolves full-back Andy Thompson, as well as fellow former old gold players in goalkeeper Carl Ikeme and striker Chris Iwelumo, who analysed the Premier League draw with the Saints.
Also joining the panel were special guests including former Southampton full-back Francis Benali, who offered the perspective of the visitors ahead of Monday Night Football, and ex-Wolves defenders Neill Collins and Kevin Foley, as the team discussed Alex McCarthy’s impressive performance in the Saints’ goal and Pedro Neto’s impact off the bench.
On Coady’s first league absence since September 2017
Thompson said: “It’s not just the way that he plays the game and his passing ability, it’s his organisation, which is a massive loss. The way that he commands his back line and the people in front of him, and he leads by example as well.
“He’s a massive loss, especially with that passing ability that he’s got from long range out to the flanks, and it’s going to be strange that he’s not playing and strange that he’s not going to be out here and us listening to that bellowing voice across the pitch.”
Ikeme said: “He’s been incredible since he slotted into that back three and you heard the interviews in the week from Declan Rice saying how big of a member he is in the England squad in the changing room, you always see it on the pitch with how vocal he is, so it’s a massive loss.”
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On earning a draw
Ikeme said: “I think it was a fair result in the end, but we could argue that we maybe edged it with chances, but Theo Walcott had a good chance to make it 2-0 as well.
“We started the second-half well, but we then looked a bit disjointed. When Neto came on, it gave us a burst of energy again and we looked good. I’ve been really impressed with Southampton so far this season, and I know we expect to win games against Southampton, but it was a fair result on the whole.”
Iwelumo said: “I don’t disagree with the big man very often, but I have to disagree. I felt it was an opportunity missed. We created enough chances and there was some real quality – Moutinho’s dink over the top for Jimenez, the Neto one that’s blocked – we had so many opportunities.”