No chances with Wolves

Le Tiss forced to suffer a dull stalemate

Le Tissier: unimpressed with Saturday's game

Le Tissier: unimpressed with Saturday's game

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"There just wasn't that urgency there. It looked like two teams for whom the end of the season couldn't come quick enough."

Matt Le Tissier

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Matt Le Tissier felt Wolves' display at Sunderland proves they have given up all hope of Premier League survival.

The Soccer Saturday pundit was forced to endure a dire 90 minutes of football at the Stadium of Light with few clear-cut chances and a lack of quality, particularly from Terry Connor's side.

The stalemate means that Wolves are eight points adrift of safety with four games left and Le Tissier says their lack of urgency shows that they have given up on trying to retain their Premier League status.

"You can't fault the effort, but the quality was pretty poor," he told Soccer Saturday.

"To be honest, I think they've resigned themselves to their fate. From what I saw there wasn't a massive amount of urgency from a team who are bottom of the league and needing to win a game to give themselves a minute chance of staying up.

"There just wasn't that urgency there. It looked like two teams for whom the end of the season couldn't come quick enough."

The remaining games could provide a shop window for some of Wolves' players to try to attract a move from other Premier League clubs.

But Le Tissier said any scouts would not have been too impressed with what they saw.

"You'd have thought some of the Wolves players were playing for the futures," he added.

"But there weren't too many that you'd look at and say they stood out or had a chance of being picked up by another Premier League club next season.

"There just wasn't a great deal there at all."


Sunderland haven't won in their last five games and their good form under Martin O'Neill has disappeared in recent matches.

And Le Tissier felt the players, who worked hard to drag themselves away from the relegation scrap, looked tired on Saturday afternoon.

He said: "They had put in such a huge amount of effort since Martin O'Neill has been there that you'd probably think they are running a little bit low.

"When they're playing against a team that are bottom of the league, you'd expect them to create a lot more clear-cut chances than they actually did."