Harsh . . .
No other words to describe that scoreline.
Wolves dominated Sunderland for some periods of Sunday’s game and certainly at least matched them for most of the 90 minutes.
So how did we end up shipping five goals?
First, a moan – the first penalty just wasn’t a penalty. Castillo got the ball, then the man. No foul.I can accept that the ref missed it though. It was difficult to see.
However, he was right in front of Kevin Doyle when he got assaulted in the box at the other end.
It must be infuriating as a player to know you have been wiped out in front of the man in black and he hasn’t given it.
Small teams just don’t get those decisions away from home. Nobody can explain why and it’s totally wrong.
As for the other pen we conceded. Fair enough, it was just clumsy.
We then scored two ugly but valuable goals, including another for the excellent Doyle.
But Bent and Jones were almost unplayable and showed real quality with two great strikes.
Turner’s was one we should have dealt with.
So the final score was 5-2 (Bent pen, Bent, Jones pen, Jones, Turner – Doyle, Mensa og)
But it should have read more like 4-3 (Bent, Jones pen, Jones, Turner – Doyle, Doyle pen, Mensa og)
Okay, we still would have lost. But the score would have been a much fairer reflection of the game.
Sunderland beat us with quality – especially their front two.
Portsmouth though are in all sorts of trouble and they are one of the teams we can outplay as well as out work.
Kightly played 45 minutes at the Stadium of Light and Ebanks-Blake is getting minutes under his belt too. It's been a good start so far without out two most destructive players from last season. Perhaps they'll be back for Pompey too.
A healthy win at the weekend and we’re back on track.