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Wolves winger Adama Traore insists he and his teammates must “keep believing” that they can win the battle for survival after Wanderers’ disappointing defeat to fellow relegation candidates Bournemouth on Saturday.
Julen Lopetegui’s side had won twice on the spin against Liverpool and Southampton before what looked like another winnable fixture against Bournemouth at Molineux at the weekend, however, Wolves never really got going as an attacking force and eventually slipped to a hugely-frustrating 1-0 reverse against a spirited Cherries outfit.
Despite sitting in 15th spot, Wolves are now just three points clear of the Premier League’s drop zone following the weekend’s developments in the top flight.
Traore urges Wolves to keep the faith
Speaking in the aftermath of their 12th defeat of the campaign, Wolves’ Adama Traore said: “We had some chances, we didn’t take them, this is football and the few chances they had, they took one.
“This is how the game goes, we have to keep working, keep improving, and keep believing.
“We created chances, we fought for the game, and for many parts of the game we did feel we could take our chances. We didn’t, so we have to prepare for the next game and work from there.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game, the manager said it was going to be a tough game, a difficult game, and it was. We can’t do anything with the result now, all we can do is analyse the game and keep improving.
“It was frustrating, I think. We tried to fight until the end, we didn’t get the result in the end, but we have to take the positives. We have to watch the game again and we keep going.”
He added: “It’s not damaging. Of course, we don’t want to lose any game, but we can’t do anything about it now, we lost the game, so we have to keep fighting, keep working and keep improving.”
Lots to learn.
— Wolves (@Wolves) February 19, 2023
Key fixtures looming for Wolves
With relegation fears starting to heighten, Wolves head to Craven Cottage on Friday evening where a difficult test against highflying Fulham awaits. Wolves drew 0-0 with the Cottagers when the teams last met back in August.
After that, Wolves travel to Anfield for their first fixture in March, hoping to complete a league double over the Reds following their 3-0 triumph over them in early February.
Straight after their visit to Merseyside, Wolves face another tough customer in Tottenham at Molineux before they head to St. James’ Park to take on Newcastle on March 12th.
However, their March 18th tussle with fellow relegation contenders Leeds in the Midlands already has the makings of a six-pointer. Wolves lost 2-1 to the Yorkshiremen in the reverse league encounter between the teams in August, though they gained a measure of revenge by dumping Leeds out of the Carabao Cup in November.
Wolves will be desperate to avoid dropping out of the division this term, following four excellent campaigns in the top tier. Wanderers finished 7th, 7th, 13th and 10th in their last four seasons, and few expected them to be embroiled in a fight for survival this time around.