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Loftus-Cheek: We paid the price for sloppiness

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s sixth goal of the season proved in vain as we were beaten at Molineux, and the midfielder reflected on a period of play which cost us dear.

Having been handed his first Premier League start of the season, Loftus-Cheek opened the scoring against Wolves with a deflected effort from just inside the box. It followed recent goals he has netted against BATE Borisov, Burnley and Fulham.

But unfortunately the 22-year-old couldn’t glean any satisfaction from the strike because as he pointed out afterwards, ‘you don’t get the same feeling when you score and you lose’. It summed up a sentiment of frustration after we had begun so well in the Black Country.

‘We felt in control first half, 1-0 up and playing some good football,’ Loftus-Cheek said.

‘They came out fast second half and to be fair we were sloppy as a team, and in the Premier League if you’re sloppy, you pay for it. That’s what happened.’

Loftus-Cheek was one of five changes to the team that started Sunday’s win over Fulham, but he stressed that had no impact on the result and it is up to everyone to regroup ahead of the meeting with Manchester City that awaits.

‘We train every day as a team, and we should expect to play well, whoever plays in the team. We need to take this loss and turn it around quickly because we have got a tough game on the weekend. We need to analyse the game and move on very quickly.

‘The dressing room is very disappointed. This is a period with a lot of games and points at stake, and these are the games we want to take points from. It wasn’t to be but we pick our heads up and go again.’

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