Conor Coady believes Wolves are getting closer to finding the formula to beat the Premier League’s strugglers.
Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Brighton meant Wolves have taken more points against the top six teams – 13 – than the bottom six (11).
Wolves battered the Seagulls, hitting the woodwork twice through Diogo Jota while having 22 attempts on goal, of which five were on target, from 68 per cent possession.
But the result continued a frustrating pattern where they have struggled to break down the lower-placed teams. Wolves have lost twice to relegated Huddersfield, drew at relegated Fulham, collected one point from Brighton, and had a home win and an away defeat against third-from-bottom Cardiff, Southampton and Burnley.
By contrast, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have beaten Tottenham away and Chelsea and Manchester United at home, drew at home to Manchester City and away to Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea. They have also knocked Liverpool and United out of the FA Cup.
Coady is convinced they will start overcoming lower-placed opposition soon.
“I think you saw that (getting closer) because we opened them up a few times and created some good chances,” said the Wolves captain.
“We were gutted to come away with a point because we felt we deserved the win and the fact we didn’t was disappointing because it felt like a lost one.”
Coady remains unconcerned about their record against the struggling sides.
“It only becomes a concern if we don’t learn from it. We are a team who are always learning and always trying to improve,” he insisted.
“We are always looking at our mistakes to try to improve and we did that last week as well because that (3-1 defeat at Southampton) was nowhere near good enough.
“As long as we’re improving, when we play teams like Brighton, we should be OK and there won’t be any concerns about it.”
Asked how to explain the differing form against lower-placed teams, Coady said: “We look forward to every game but this week it was important to regroup and get going, and we did that.
“We played quite well. We created a number of chances and we were unlucky to score. On another day they would have gone in.
“We just can’t seem to score against Brighton! I felt we needed to score in the first half really to have opened them up but we couldn’t seem to do it, but we dug in.
“We kept on going and I felt we deserved the win.”
Coady felt the luck went against Wolves, especially with Jota’s efforts against the woordwork.
“I felt we just needed that rub of the green a little bit – like the ball to sneak in the corner of the net from Diogo’s chance instead of him hitting the bar or the post,” he said.
“But we kept on going. We played some good stuff at times and moved them from side to side and we were patient with it.”