Bruno Lage backs Wolves to find touch of goal after 2021 struggles

Wolves boss Bruno Lage has backed his shy squad to finally find the finishing touches after creating an unwanted story.

The Portuguese take his side to Manchester United on Monday after a year which has seen them struggling to score.

Wolves have scored just 42 goals in 2021 – their lowest total since 1922 – with 34 league goals, which is the club’s third lowest after 1919 and 1981.

Hwang Hee-chan is the top scorer with four goals but hasn’t scored since October and Wolves have just 13 Premier League goals this term.

Only the lowest Norwich has scored less in the top flight this season, but Bruno remains confident they will find the net.

“We’re not a defensive team and we create a lot of chances,” he said, with Wolves also posting one of the best defensive records in the division.

“All of our wingers and forwards had chances just against the goalkeeper and they didn’t score.

“I don’t blame anyone and give the players confidence to keep doing it next time around.

“Imagine if Adama (Traoré), (Daniel) Podence, (Francisco) Trincao, Hwang, Raul (Jimenez) and Fabio (Silva) score the chances they have in front of the goal. It’s football.

“That’s a bit of everything. Sometimes we have those moments and the most important thing is to watch the way we play and to keep creating scenarios in training to improve and give the players confidence for the next time.

Lage also stressed the importance of keeping the team focused during their lack of games.

Wolves had games against Watford and Arsenal called off over Christmas due to Covid and Monday’s game will be their first in two weeks.

He said: “I’ve been doing this since the start of the season because we didn’t have 20 players. Each time, I have tried to arrange and create scenarios and context to work on the things that we need to improve in our game.

“Every day is an opportunity to play. A couple of days ago we only had midfielders and right and left-backs and we worked on the things they need to improve in their games.

“These are things that you have a chance to try to figure out every time. Now we have time to work on these kinds of things that we don’t do well. Know that we are here to play, so every time we have a plan for each player because we want to improve everyone.

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