4 things we learnt from Bournemouth 0-0 Wolves
Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke competing with Wolves captain Ruben Neves. (Photo Credits: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

After Scott Parker's dismissal on Tuesday morning, Bournemouth will be pleased to have steadied the ship and add another point to their Premier League tally.

In what was far from a Premier League classic, Wolves failed to net against a side that had conceded 16 goals in their past three league games. 

Matheus Nunes came close to opening the scoring in the first half, rattling the crossbar with a vicious strike.

Bournemouth threatened with a series of set pieces after half time but failed to seriously test Jose Sa.

The visitors finished the game the stronger. Raul Jimenez and Daniel Podence both failed to capitalise on huge opportunities late in the game, leaving Wolves without a league win since April 2nd. 

Here are four things we learned from Wednesday's stalemate. 

  • Stopping the rot

After a turbulent few days at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth fans would have been pleased to see their side put in such a determined performance.

Gary O'Neil made four changes to the side that shipped nine goals at Anfield, including the return of club captain Lloyd Kelly. The Cherries' skipper pulled of a vital clearance with just minutes to go, denying Daniel Podence what seemed a certain goal. 

Bournemouth's three-man midfield sat just a few yards ahead of the defence, forcing Wolves' more technical players into wide areas when in possession.

Lewis Cook put in a solid performance, showing good awareness as to when to press and when to sit back.

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  • Wolves need a win

Over 150 days have now passed since Wolves last Premier League win.

12 games with five draws and seven losses, scoring just seven goals in the process. It is fair to say that a strong contingent of the fanbase are starting to lose faith in Bruno Lage.

Last night saw Wolves play slow, safe football, showing little intention to pass through the lines of the Bournemouth defensive block.

They did have big chances to win the game, with Raul Jimenez missing the biggest.

The Mexican found himself one-on-one with debutant keeper Neto, only to scuff his shot wide of the post.

Anything other than three points at home to Southampton at the weekend could see the beginning of the end for Lage. 

  • Adding more quality in attack

Bournemouth will be looking to build on this result when they head to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Their fellow newly-promoted side have made 20 signings at the time of writing, and are still waiting for their side to gel.

The fixture is already important to both sides, with victory for either going a long way towards Premier League survival. 

O'Neil will be hoping to see his side attack with more fluidity at the City Ground.

On Wednesday, Bournemouth struggled to put a fast-paced attack together, failing to capitalise when Wolves lost the ball in poor areas.

Ryan Christie often started counter-attacks for the hosts, but will be looking to add more precision to his final ball next time out. 

  • Is time up for Jimenez?​​​​​​

The return of Raul Jimenez is nothing short of incredible.

Simply recovering from injury was impressive enough, let alone making a comeback to Premier League football. Despite scoring seven goals since his return, time may be up for Wolves' number nine. 

Jimenez looked a shadow of the player he once was. There was a clear lack of movement off the ball, as well as failing to hit the target when the opportunity arose.

The arrival of Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic may see Jimenez taken out of the firing line for the foreseeable future.

With little signs of his career reaching the heights of his blistering 2019/20 campaign, Jimenez and those around him will wonder what could have been if he did not endure such a horrendous injury.  

The Mexican will need to get himself on the score sheet quickly if he is to impress his boss, who is running out of time to save his job in the West Midlands.

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