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Pierre Pellegri: The Pink Panther

Started on 6 May 2020 by Justice
Latest Reply on 2 June 2020 by Griffo
Pedro Neto, Ruben Neves and Conor Coady should make a great spine for this Wolves side for years to come. A huge fan of all 3 irl and looking forward to seeing how they fare under Pierre.


Wolverhampton Wanderers recorded a 4-1 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion as Pierre Pellegri made his managerial debut. The away side were behind at half time but four second half goals saw them earn their first win of the Premier League campaign, having not won in any of the twelve games previous. The game was not without controversy, however, with Pellegri booked for a time wasting incident late on.

Wolves fans had become accustomed to losing games in the Premier League this season, having recorded a 0-2-10 record in the league prior to today's match. Their trip to the American Express Community Stadium was not filled with much hope either, despite the debut of their latest manager, with key players Raúl Jiménez and Bruno Alves out injured, while Willy Boly was only fit enough for the bench. These were not the only missing figures in the Wolves camp as Pellegri cut a forlorn figure in the Wolves dugout, with just physios and a doctor by his side - as all of Wolves' senior coaching staff had departed the club with Nuno Santo.

Any excitement the Wolves supporters had going into the game was quickly wiped out by early errors from the away side's defence. Lining up in a very familiar 3-5-2 formation, Wolves were repeatedly caught out while trying to hold possession of the ball in their own third of the pitch in the first few minutes of the game. Roman Saïss was first caught out, before Jonny's stray pass gave Brighton a glorious scoring opportunity. Alexis Mac Allister took his chance from the edge of Wolves' box, firing a rasping low shot into the far corner to give the home side an early lead.

Wolves had scored just six times in their twelve previous Premier League appearances, and their form in front of goal did not impress their new manager. Diogo Jota twice fired into the side netting from close range, the second time prompting an angry reaction from his new boss. The former two-time Ligue 1 golden boot winner, Pellegri, was caught on camera roaring 'DO I NEED TO SUB MYSELF ON TO SHOW YOU HOW TO F*CKING SCORE?' at the Portuguese attacker. Referee Kevin Friend gave the Premier League rookie a stern telling off for the incident, but failed to brandish a card despite the vociferous protests of Graham Potter in the opposition dugout.

The rest of the half proved to be very dull as neither side created any chances. The vast majority of the first half was played in the middle of the pitch, with both teams passing sideways and backwards with regularity. The travelling Wolves fans were not appreciative of what they were witnessing and audible groans were heard from behind their goal regularly.

The second half saw Wolves make a very early change - Adama Traoré came on to replace the ineffective Matt Doherty at right wing back and his athleticism prompted a change in fortunes for the visitors. Traoré's pace and ability to repeatedly beat Bernardo saw him get into good positions to create chances, and to get on the end of crosses.

Traoré's running off the ball proved to be vital for the visitors, and resulted in Wolves' equalising goal. Jonny was instrumental in the goal too, as his cross from deep found the backpost area, where Traoré had drifted into before rolling a free header into the back of an empty net. The goal was a mood changer for Wolves players and fans, and turned the game on its head. The home fans were shell shocked and fell into silence, not expecting to concede against a previously impotent side.

Traoré was proving to be in unstoppable form for Wolves, vindicating his manager's choice to bring him on from the bench, and set up Wolves' second goal of the afternoon. Leonardo Campana picked up a loose ball out wide before teeing up the Spaniard on the edge of the box. Traoré curled a first-time cross across the penalty area, and striker Diogo Jota was on hand to power a header into the top corner, leaving Mathew Ryan absolutely helpless in the Brighton goal.

Then came Pellegri's second moment of controversy. Brighton wing back Bernardo was racing to pick up a ball for a throw-in adjacent to Wolves' dugout when Pellegri raced out from his technical area to kick the loose ball into stands. The action prompted a scuffle between both sets of players and staff, with Kevin Friend brandishing a yellow card for Pierre Pellegri and Leonardo Campana for their roles in the incident - Campana having screamed at the referee during the craziness.

If Pellegri's intent was to rattle Brighton's players, he certainly succeeded as his side scored a third goal, with Jota grabbing his second of the game. Pedro Neto, who was playing part of a makeshift front three in the second half for Wolves, had picked out his team mate twenty yards from goal. Jota jinxed his way beyond the challenge of Patric before seeing his high shot nestle in the back of the net.

The game went from bad to worse for Brighton in the latter stages of the game as Pedro Neto got in on the goal scoring act himself. Rúben Neves' floated free kick from the halfway line picked out the fellow Portuguese player who, completely unmarked, redirected the ball beyond Ryan with a cool header. It was a goal which killed off any chance Brighton had of a late comeback and marked Pellegri's first game in management as a success, despite the controversy.

Pellegri and Wolves will be hoping to follow up their first win of the Premier League season with another victory when they host Arsenal at the Molineux next Saturday. The Gunners are performing well under fellow rookie manager Mikel Arteta, and are heavy favourites ahead of the clash.

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers


Jack, there are quite a few players out on loan who will be leaving at the end of their loans, but more on that at the end of the season.
ScottT, no prizes for guessing who Alves' agent is :P
TheLFCFan, there is some serious talent in the team. Just need to harness what we have and strengthen the weak areas!
tedbro20, hopefully Bruno will do enough for me to vindicate Nuno's/Mendes' decision to sign him.
Griffo, at Fiorentina perhaps :(
J_ames, a backup has been on my mind although Pedro Neto could prove to be equally as good as Jota in the future, with a bit of luck!
Eoin97, they are indeed very good players - Coady, in particular, will have an important role as captain!
Pellegri won't win many friends with antics like that but if he can continue to deliver results like that regularly, I'm sure he won't be too bothered and nor will the Wolves supporters.
Hit the ground running as they say. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out... and if he does indeed sub himself on in future games

Cracking read so far mate!
Wow that's a beautiful piece of writing there. Dominating win against Brighton. Love those logos you got.
I promote the story to the girls for site readership reasons, no exchange in money takes place ;)
A comfortably start for Pierre then. That sub of Traoré was inspired.
A great start. Hopefully that will kick them on onto bigger things this season
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4 yearsEdited


Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher were joined by Thierry Henry on Monday Night Football as they disected Pierre Pellegri's debut game in charge of Wolves. The three former players expect Wolves to struggle this season, as they sit in 19th position in the league, and don't expect the club to stay up this season, based on their season so far.

Gary Neville was critical of Pellegri's behaviour during his first ninety minutes of management, branding the former France international as a 'diva' and questioned the forty-nine year old's respect for officials.

Gary Neville:
"I was quite appalled when he did that (kicked a ball into the stands to waste time when Brighton were to take a throw-in). It was a deliberate attempt to slow the game down when he shouldn't have gotten involved and it probably threw the Brighton players off their game. I don't think it was a red card offence for Pellegri but I'd expect he'll be fined by the FA for his actions."

Despite Wolves' four goal haul in the second half, Thierry Henry has been less than impressed by the misfiring outfit. Wolves have scored just ten goals in thirteen Premier League games this season, with four of those goals coming against Brighton, and Henry was quick to dismiss the weekend's goal haul as nothing more than a 'happy accident'.

Thierry Henry:
"They have been very poor in front of goal this season, I don't think there is anybody who will tell you otherwise. They are lacking goals and if you aren't scoring goals, you are going to struggle in this league. I look at this team and I can't see where the goals are going to come from. Jota and Jiménez have been poor all season.

I think the four goals against Brighton was a happy accident. They went all-out in the second half with three strikers and their wing backs pushed high up the pitch. I think it caught Brighton by surprise and they were not prepared for such an aggressive approach. Wolves won't get the luxury of surprise in future games.

They need to invest in January. Giroud would be a perfect fit for the side. He distanced himself from a transfer to Wolves this weekend but I think he could be convinced by his good friend Pellegri. He would help to link up the play and he would make simple players, like Adama (Traoré) play better because they can play around him. They need to sign somebody."

Former Liverpool defender instead pointed his defender at a makeshift defence that Wolves set out, and criticised their role in Brighton's early goal. With Bruno Alves and Willy Boly missing through injury, Carragher felt that Wolves' need for a new defender was paramount as a 'makeshift' defence struggled with 'basic defending'.

Jamie Carragher:
"They can score as many goals as they like, Thierry, but it won't help if they defend like that. The three who lined up at the back aren't natural defenders. Coady was converted from midfield, Saïss was converted from midfield and Dendoncker doesn't have much experience there either. They made simple mistakes that proper defenders wouldn't make.

That isn't a criticism of the three players - I think they are terrific midfield players - and slotting one of them into defence, maybe two at a push, can work. But you can't play a defence made up of three midfielders. It just won't work.

They need to make signing a proper defender an absolute priority in January. Boly and Alves are the only natural defenders they have in the squad and neither have been great this season. We've seen the price of good defenders in recent seasons and Wolves may need to spend something similar to fix there defence. They'll continue to leak goals if they don't spend to fix it."

While there was plenty of criticism of levelled at Pellegri and Wolves, there was also praise for Pellegri's aggressive handling of his players. Neville described Pellegri as a 'wake up call' for star players who have underperformed so far this campaign.

Gary Neville:
"He's certainly been a wake up call for a number of those Wolves players, as we saw on Saturday. He had a go at Jota for a poor showing in the first half and Jota upped his game in the second half to score two goals. There are plenty of players in that dressing room who will benefit from that aggression.

He needs to be the fire underneath their *sses over the next few months if he wants get them out of the relegation zone. The players may have been used to some passive treatment in the past but Pellegri needs to continue on in the same vein and not give them an inch of space. This is a club that spent over £100M this summer, and plenty of money in previous seasons. They should be challenging to break into the top six, not challenging to survive."


ScottT, has to keep things interesting, right? ;)
JmG88, thank you sir! I don't think the PL will allow him to come on as a sub unfortunately :(
Wolf, Thank you!
Jack, yeah and I watch porn for the story line ;)
TheLFCFan, Traoré is wham!
tedbro20, he'll be against the odds but he likes it rough!
I'm sure Gary isn't your best friend haha!
Incredible shithousery from Pellegri booting the ball into the stands however, he may need to tone it down in the future. Absolutely loving these headlines, though.
I think it's wrong of Henry to dismiss what a new manager can do to the confidence of the front-line and what impact it can have on their performance and their ability in-front of goal. I suspect finishing won't be too much of an issue if this can continue as confidence will only flourish.

It was interesting for Carragher to discuss Brighton's need for a defender and then dismiss that to then talk about Wolves's need for one. I would have liked to hear what he had to say about Brighton. ;)
Haha I love it, Pelligri is nut's! The shithousery is class. Can't wait for more stories about the star of Wolves
The antics of Pellegri will put Jose to shame moving forward haha
Did Pellegri have a run in against some of them in the early part of his career?

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