Ryan Bennett admits Wolves must become more creative to break defensive-minded teams down after the one-sided 0-0 draw against Brighton.
Wolves had 68 per cent possession against the Seagulls – it was 80 per cent after the first half an hour – hit the woodwork twice through Diogo Jota and had 22 efforts, of which five were on target, while Brighton mustered nothing on target from their five attempts. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have now taken more points from the top six (13) than from the bottom six (11).
“We have found that a few times this season, and normally, when teams do that, they are hard to break down,” said Bennett.
“We did dominate the ball and we couldn’t find a way through, but it’s something we will work on and try to create different ideas to break teams down who come and set up like that.
“We have encountered that a couple of times this season and we have found it difficult so we will keep working as hard as we can.”
Jota hit the bar in the first half and the post after the break as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side desperately strived for a breakthrough.
Raul Jimenez, Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker were all denied by man of the match goalkeeper Mat Ryan, while Jimenez twice, Matt Doherty and Neves were all off target.
Bennett conceded that it wasn’t to be Wolves’ day against one of their biggest bogey sides.
“Sometimes it isn’t your day – we had a few good chances and a few unlucky ones as well,” said the 29-year-old centre back. “There were a few decisions that maybe could have gone the other way as well.
“But that happens in football and we have been on the other end of it as well, so we can’t complain too much. Unfortunately for us, the luck was with them and not for us.”
But Bennett was full of praise for Wolves’ midfield, who he believed was the chief reason why Brighton struggled to create much going forwards because it was stopped at source.
“We found at their place it was a similar game and we dominated the ball but they caught us out and that was what they were looking to do again,” he told Wolves TV.
“So it was credit to the lads with the way we worked, especially in midfield because I thought they worked really hard to stop them dominating and from getting the ball forwards as quickly as they like to do.
“It was difficult and because it was a hot day, it was nice to have the ball for that period of time, but unfortunately we couldn’t make it pay.
“But I suppose they will look on it as a good point, whereas we were disappointed, given the amount of possession we had.”