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Birthday boy: Wolves must stop the early gifts

Birthday boy Leander Dendoncker admits Wolves must stop giving away early gifts if they are to end the season on a high.

Nathan Redmond scored for Southampton after just 94 seconds on Saturday as Wolves ended up losing 3-1 at St Mary’s.

Redmond’s early setback was the third successive Premier League game Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have conceded in the first quarter after Conor Coady’s own goal at Burnley at Turf Moor and Scott McTominay’s strike for Manchester United.

Dendoncker, who turned 24 today, confessed conceding early is costing Wolves dearly.

They got the first goal way too quickly and we were behind straight away, so it was difficult,” said the Belgium international.

It’s important to keep them to zero, because it gets very difficult to come from behind every time, and we have to see what we can do.

In the first-half we had three chances against, and two times it went in, so we have to do something. But it went wrong in the first minute, just like in the Burnley game, and we had to come from behind.”

Dendoncker added: “The first half we controlled quite well, with some chances, and managed to score, but then they went and scored the second against us straight away, which made it even more difficult. In the second half we started out well, and we had a few chances, but once they got the third goal, we collapsed.”

Wolves’ squad are currently in Marbella on a warm weather training camp for a few days before returning on Thursday to prepare for Saturday’s visit of relegation-threatened Brighton.

Dendoncker revealed the players had spoken about avoiding an FA Cup hangover after their heartbreaking semi-final 3-2 defeat to Watford in extra-time the week before.

The former Anderlecht man believes they need to look at themselves.

We said to each other that the semi-final is behind us, that we have to move on and try to finish the season well,” he said. “I think everybody wanted a good result, to fight for seventh place, but we lost.

We wanted to get a good result and play a good game. I don’t think we played a bad game, but we have to look at ourselves. I think we can do better, so it’s up to the next game.”