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Rae reacts to ‘no fouls by Wolves’ stat

It is an astonishing fact that seems impossible in a game that still prides itself on some physical contact.

And it seems one element of Wolves’ ‘numbers’ from yesterday’s 0-0 draw against Brighton has got the statistics compilers scratching their heads too.

Amazingly, Wolves did not commit a single foul in the 90-odd minutes against the Seagulls.

Talk about sticking to the old schoolboy adage of ‘stay on your feet’!

Brighton committed only eight fouls and had one player booked – midfielder Dale Stephens, for a late challenge on Diogo Jota after 32 minutes.

But the unusual stat ‘earned’ by Wolves drew a humorous response from one former Molineux favourite and ex-midfielder who was known for his liking of a tackle, and indeed was hugely popular for his combative nature on the pitch.

Alex Rae, now 49, tweeted editor Tim Nash: “Am sure that was a regular occurrence Tim when PI (Paul Ince) and myself were patrolling the midfield.”

The former Millwall, Sunderland and Rangers man was booked 29 times and sent off once in his 119 appearances for Wolves, from 2011-14. Most of his bookings were for tackles and he often formed a competitive central midfield alongside former England captain Ince.

Rae was sent off in what turned out to be his last senior appearance in football, in May 2010 when he was playing for Milton Keynes Dons after brawling with Brighton’s Diego Arismendi two minutes after half-time. He was 40-years-old at the time.

One of the players involved in yesterday’s game, Brighton defender Lewis Dunk, also played in that game nearly nine years ago.

How things have changed!