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National media reacts to Wolves’ stalemate against Burnley

Wolverhampton Wanderers were held to a 0-0 draw against Burnley at Molineux on Wednesday night.

Adama Traore came close to breaking the deadlock when his effort struck the crossbar but the stalemate was Bruno Lage ‘s second consecutive draw in the campaign.

Meanwhile, the Clarets’ registered their third successive league draw.

Wolves remain sixth in the Premier League but could see fifth place Arsenal distance themselves to five points, should they overcome Manchester United on Thursday evening.

Here’s how the national media reported on the game…

Adama Traore hits crossbar but Bruno Lage’s men play out another stalemate

Adam Bate, Sky Sports

Adama Traore came closest to scoring when his first-half shot hit the underside of the bar but Wolves had to settle for a second successive goalless draw.

Bruno Lage’s men remain in sixth place in the Premier League table, but their run of three consecutive home wins comes to an end. Meanwhile, this hard-earned point is enough to lift the Clarets above Norwich and into 18th.

Wolves dominated possession from the outset with Burnley content to play on the counter-attack and wait for the set-pieces but the home side created little.

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Wolves and Adama Traore left frustrated by Burnley in stalemate

Peter Lansley, The Guardian

Wolves could have gone fifth in the Premier League if they had converted their dominance into victory, but only scoring once in their past four matches offers a more realistic perspective of where Bruno Lage’s team are in their development.

A second successive goalless draw against a team in the relegation zone indicates that Wolves still have to bridge the gap between being difficult to beat and becoming realistic challengers for European qualification.

Burnley, defeated only once in eight games, remain solid but were grateful that Adama Traoré’s shot on the half-hour mark deflected against the underside of the crossbar and out. That was the nearest Wolves came to scoring, despite controlling twice as much possession as Burnley.

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Frustrated Wolves are left to rue Adama Traore’s lack of cutting edge against Burnley

Richard Tanner, The Times

Adama Traoré had one of his more frustrating games as Wolverhampton Wanderers’ hopes of leapfrogging Arsenal into fifth place in the Premier League were thwarted by a typically resolute Burnley defensive display.

Making his first start for a month, Traoré caused Burnley all manner of problems with his pace and power but, as is often the case with the enigmatic Spanish international, his end product was lacking.

Traoré had Wolves fans groaning when, after bursting clean through on a counterattack midway through the first half, he decided to go it alone instead of feeding Raúl Jiménez — which looked the better option — and although his shot was powerful and beat Nick Pope, it struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced to safety.

A tale of two sides lacking in goals

Callum Matthews, BBC Sport

After just one win in their opening five league games, a recent upturn in form – which had seen Wolves earn 11 points from 18 available – had moved them to within touching distance of the Champions League places.

Goals, however, are a worry.

They have only scored 12 in 14 league games – the joint-second lowest in the league – and only six in seven home league games now.

Wolves miss chance to leapfrog Arsenal as obdurate Burnley scrap for yet another draw

Richard Tanner, The Telegraph

Adama Traore was in enigmatic form as Wolves’ hopes of leapfrogging Arsenal into fifth place were thwarted by a typically resolute Burnley defensive display.

The Spanish international caused Burnley problems with his pace and power but, as is so often the case, his end product was lacking as Wolves were held to a second successive goal-less stalemate.

The Spanish international caused Burnley problems with his pace and power but, as is so often the case, his end product was lacking as Wolves were held to a second successive goal-less stalemate.

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