Jermaine Jenas believes Nuno Espirito Santo has a headache to solve for next season over Wolves’ results against the struggling teams.
Wolves have taken more points against the top six teams – 13 – than the bottom six (11) after Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Brighton.
Diogo Jota hit the woodwork twice – two of 22 Wolves attempts on goal of which five were on target, from 68 per cent possession.
But the result continued a sequence of struggle against 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 each of third-from-bottom Cardiff, Southampton and Burnley.
Against the top teams, 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.
Former Nottingham Forest, Tottenham, Villa and England midfielder Jenas said on BBC’s Match Of The Day: “It’s not a coincidence now. Maybe after the first couple of results you think ‘maybe they have had an off day’ or it could be complacency but actually there is an issue there for Nuno to sort out for next season.
“They need to figure out a way to beat these teams that camp in. Whether it’s a change in system or what, I don’t know, but they’re losing out on too many points. That’s the next step for them.”
Co-pundit Alan Shearer has been a big fan of Wolves’ performances this season, but he hinted they lacked imagination to break Brighton down.
“When you’re going to do this (pump crosses in) then Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy are more than happy to deal with that. They will do that all afternoon,” said Shearer.
“It was pretty comfortable for them despite their efforts and that they (central defenders) worked incredibly hard.”
But he felt Brighton deserved the point they came for after ending a run of five straight defeats in all competitions.
“They had 10 men behind the ball and it is difficult to break down. They got the point and it could be vital for them,” he added.
“Glenn Murray was left up front on his own which was a very difficult role for him to play and they only had two touches in the opposition box. That tells you what they wanted from this game.
“They got it and they deserved it because of their attitude and they stuck together.”