Analysis: Wolves defending first 8 games vs last two matches - Is this why it has all gone wrong?

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Wolves have conceded six goals in their last two games, compared to three in their previous eight. What's gone wrong?

Wolves suffered a shock 3-1 home defeat in midweek, losing to Chris Powell's Huddersfield Town.

It was the second time in a week they had conceded three goals in a game, drawing 3-3 with Reading at the weekend.

What makes it so remarkable, is that Wolves had only conceded three goals previous to those two matches, in the previous eight games - possessing the best defensive record in the Championship.

We decided to drill a little deeper behind the goals against column, to see if there was any obvious area it had gone wrong for Kenny Jackett's side...

Wolves against Reading and Huddersfield

  Goals ConcededBlocked Shots per gameBlocked Crosses per gameShots Allowed inside the boxShots Allowed outside the boxAerial duels lost Poss Won Def 3rd Poss Won Middle 3rdGames
Wolves 6 1 2 4.5 9 16 24.5 21 2

Wolves opening eight games of the season

  Goals ConcededBlocked Shots per gameBlocked Crosses per gameShots Allowed inside the boxShots Allowed outside the boxAerial duels lostPoss Won Def 3rd Poss Won Middle 3rdGames
Wolves 3 4.75 1.5 5.38 6.25 16.63 27 22.8 8

There are narrow margins in terms of Wolves winning possession back less in the final third and the middle of the pitch, but not hugely so to explain such a turnaround in form.

Where they have really 'suffered', is their inability to block shots from opposing teams over the past two games, averaging only one a game.

During the previous eight games, Wolves managed to block almost five attempts per game, while they are also nearly allowing a 50 per cent increase on shots from outside the penalty box.

Two of these have resulted in goals, while over the first eight games, Wolves did not concede any goals from outside the area.

It's easy to tie this into the failure to block shots, and it is clear both the midfield and defence need to lift their game and get back to closing down the opposition and prevent shots even troubling their goalkeeper.

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