Three things we learned about Wolves from their game vs Reading

Walter Zenga

Wolves defeated Reading 2-0 in a very one sided game in the Championship and showed their fans a thing or two about what they can expect this season.

General view of the stadiumGeneral view of the stadium

With Wolves brushing aside Reading by two goals to nil, what did we learn? Were there any stand-out performers? Or did the team struggle to impose themselves?

Mason and Teixeira are a dangerous duo

Joe Mason and Joao Teixeira were hugely prominent in Wolves victory over Reading on Saturday. The pair dominated the flanks as they looked to have a telling contribution in the game. Teixeira in particular was good as he was close to opening the scoring on a number of occasions.

Teixeira, brought in from Benfica on loan at the start of the season, impressed against Rotherham last week in the 2-2 draw and deservedly got a start this week as he looked to catch the eye of new manager Walter Zenga. While Teixeira finished the game without a goal, he did supply the assist for Doherty to open the scoring.

Wolves' Joe Mason celebrates after he scores his sides first goal

                                              Wolves' Joe Mason celebrates after he scores his sides first goal

However, it was his counter-part on the other wing, Mason, that got on the scoresheet. The former Cardiff man latched onto a Saville cross, meeting the ball perfectly as he headed home to double their lead. Mason could have had another goal too, had it not been for Ali Al Habsi’s fine save shortly after the goal.

All in all, it was a polished performance by the two who will be hoping that this early season form continues long into their campaign.

A solid day in the centre

It was by no means the most challenging game that Wolves’ defence will have to deal with. Reading were very poor and rarely threatened. Wolves were dominated in possession, however, they were rarely given a problem to deal with.

Reading had nine shots, of which one was on target, as Wolves kept their first clean-sheet of the new season. In comparison to the frantic nature of the 2-2 draw with Rotherham where Wolves went down to 10-men last week, this was a far quieter day at the office.

Jonathan Kodjia of Bristol City (C) in action with Danny Batth of Wolverhampton Wanderers (R)

                    Jonathan Kodjia of Bristol City (C) in action with Danny Batth of Wolverhampton Wanderers (R)

Both centre-backs, Danny Batth and Dominic Iorfa, had very little to do in the game. Reading’s attack was toothless and so provided very few problems. However, the two were very competent when called upon, with Batth's distribution in particular impressive.

The two were positionally sound as they dealt well with Reading’s attack. What is also encouraging for Wolves is that they played without Kortney Hause, who was dropped after a slightly below par game against Crawley. The lack of talk about Hause displays just how soundly the two defended. Hause could struggle to get back into this team now.

David Edwards could be incredibly important this term

The midfielder is probably best described as tireless. He was everywhere on the pitch, constantly hustling and harrying the opposition.

What is interesting about Wolves’ win over Reading is the fact they had a mere 34% possession. Incredible considering Wolves dominated chances wise and rarely looked troubled. Reading found it very difficult to carve out any real opportunities as their players were constantly being hounded whilst on the ball, leaving them with very little time to pick their passes as he made a number of interceptions.

Derby County's Raul Albentosa in action with Wolverhampton Wanderers' David Edwards

                         Derby County's Raul Albentosa in action with Wolverhampton Wanderers' David Edwards

Edwards is likely to be even more important against the sides that will actually give Wolves a problem. His tireless running and all action displays are likely to give the better teams more to think about with Walter Zenga's employment of a high press playing perfectly into his own style of play.

It seems then, that if Edwards can keep up his high energy style, then he will feature prominently in Zenga's side for the foreseeable future. 

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