All that needed to be said about our respect for Wolves has been said here – and especially here. This was not the way we wanted our own season, in terms of the home games, to end. Happy for them, sad about our own failure to perform …
If all this week’s goodwill from Salut! Sunderland towards Mick McCarthy and Wolverhampton Wanderers had to lead to such a bitterly disappointing defeat, then we can at least be happy that it was Jody Craddock who set them on the way.
Steve Bruce claimed he had only 12 senior players fit to train this week and that has to be taken into consideration.
But this is a game we should have WALTZED!
Wolves, as expected, wanted to win and played accordingly. All the same, our makeshift starting team was all over them and should really have been ahead before Craddock’s clean drive swept past Mignolet to give him his first Premier goal of the season and his team an undeserved lead.
Sessegnon, who looked sharp and threatening throughout the first half, gave us the equaliser we clearly merited but Wolves came back in the second half with what Pete Sixsmith called, in his text from the SoL, a “much more positive” approach. And scored again. And again.
OK, there was what BBC Radio Newcastle called the clearest penalty shout of the season, denied by Mr Jones, when Sessegnon was bundled over, in between the second and third Wolves goals. Who knows what an equaliser to 2-2 would have meant?
Happy that Wolves may secure their survival. Sympathetic towards Steve Bruce and his injury problems. Deeply, deeply disappointed that we could not, somehow, produce more of a finale to a season of gross under-achievement. Unless, of course, amends can be made at West Ham …