By Johnny Edward and James Agberebi:
Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Walter Zenga has berated Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme and his club team-mates following their 4-0 home loss to Barnsley in Tuesday’s SkyBet Championship clash.
With the Eagles keeper in goal, both Wolves and Barnsley were level with less than 20 minutes left in the game, but Wolves went on to concede four goals.
It was the fourth time in Ikeme’s career at Wolverhampton that he was conceding four goals since rejoining from a Doncaster loan in 2012.
Ikeme who was named in the Championship team of the week has now conceded nine goals in seven games so far.
On target for Barnsley were Conor Hourihane (73 mins), Adam Hammill (83 mins), Saidy Janko (85 mins) and Tom Bradshaw (90+2 mins).
Reacting to the game, Zenga, Italy’s 1990 FIFA World Cup keeper, accused his players of giving up easily after conceding the first goal.
“When we conceded the first goal in that moment something happened that I never want to see again in my life,” Zenga told Wolves’ official website.
“The players gave up and we conceded another three goals. It is not acceptable.
“I don’t want to see my players give up because they concede one goal and make it a gift like they did in the last 15 minutes.
“It is a shame not only for me but for the fans as well, the club and everybody. This must be a big lesson for us. We will watch the game back and use it as an example for the future.
“It is a shock as this is not a result that Wolves should have at home. I am shocked withy how we played. I am shocked for everything. It is a big lesson for me as well. This is not acceptable.
“We should have a day off today (Thursday) but that is cancelled now because we will be back in training.”
Wolves face second-placed Newcastle United at St James Park in their next game.
Ikeme is expected to be listed in Nigeria’s squad to face Zambia in a World Cup qualifier in Ndola next month.