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No magic at Molineux

Posted on 10 February 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp felt we 'lacked a bit of magic' as we slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Wolves on Wednesday night.

No magic at Molineux

Harry Redknapp felt we 'lacked a bit of magic' as we slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Wolves on Wednesday night.

We enjoyed plenty of possession throughout the Premier League encounter and piled on the pressure in the second half without really carving out a clear-cut chance.

Indeed, our best oppportunity saw Niko Kranjcar denied by Marcus Hahnemann when the scoreline was goalless in the first half. Soon after, David Jones finished well from 16 yards in the 27th minute and that goal proved decisive.

"It was a game we obviously felt we could win but we didn't play very well," reasoned Harry at Molineux. "We had a lot of the ball but didn't create an awful lot with all the pressure we had in the second half.

"Even in the first half, I felt we got into some good positions and if Niko had scored it would have been a different game. They made it difficult in the second half, got plenty of bodies behind the ball and defended their 1-0 lead well.

"They shielded their defence and it was only when we got the ball out to Gareth Bale and David Bentley at times that it looked like we might break them down. We lacked a bit of magic - someone to do something a bit special."

Harry made five changes to the starting line-up from Saturday's goalless draw against Villa including a debut for Eidur Gudjohnsen and a first start for Younes Kaboul since his return from Portsmouth. They came in for Peter Crouch and Vedran Corluka with Sebastien Bassong in for Ledley King, Kranjcar for Luka Modric and Jermaine Jenas replacing Wilson Palacios.

"We rested one or two and changed one or two to freshen it up but we didn't play well enough," added Harry. "But credit to Wolves as well, they worked their socks off."