Wolves managed to come away with a point against the heavily favoured Manchester City at Molineux, albeit in controversial fashion. These are my player ratings from a memorable day in the Black Country:
Rui Patricio – 8/10
Performed one of the best saves you’ll ever see at Molineux and what will likely to be one of the saves of the season from Raheem Sterling’s long range volley. That goal could have been a game-changing moment which may well have opened the floodgates. Throughout the game he did his job very well, making some good saves as City bombarded Wolves goal with shots and he looks to have improved his kicking, with not too many goal kicks finding a ball boy. Made an astute save when Gabriel Jesus powered a header towards him.
Ryan Bennett – 8/10
Completed one of his usual goal saving tackles during the game and was constantly throwing himself in the way of City shots. Managed to prevent Sterling and Mendy from being affective on the overlap with Mendy only managing one fast paced delivery.
Conor Coady – 8/10
Headed most of City’s balls into the box away from danger and worked his magic as he was aware of City’s attack, often closing them down, getting stuck in. Also played a wonderful long range ball late in the first half which found Jimenez in behind the City defence.
Willy Boly – 8.5/10
Although he was beaten to the ball by Aymeric Laporte for City’s equaliser, Boly prevented numerous City attacks, most notably with a perfectly timed tackle to stop Aguero from shooting inside the box, during the first half. All of the back three did well, limiting City’s attack and getting rid of the danger when necessary. Boly also scored Wolves goal, connecting with Moutinho’s cross with his hand, but who cares? It was the least Wolves deserved.Embed from Getty Images
Matt Doherty – 7/10
Had a few dodgy moments during the game and gave the ball away a few times but did what was asked off him. He kept his position and shape to help defend. Often left Bennett one on one with Sterling, however Bennett was on his A game, but this was probably due to Doherty focusing on stopping Mendy’s attacking influence which he successfully did. A better performance from Doc after Leicester.
Jonny Castro Otto- 8.5/10
Had a fantastic game both offensively and defensively. Looks to have created a good partnership with Diogo Jota. He showed his pace on the counter and was able to bring the ball away from defence quickly. Dare I say, he looks to be an improvement on Barry Douglas. Unfortunate to not complete the full 90 after suffering from cramp, but Jonny can be proud of his performance.
Joao Moutinho – 9/10
Highlighted by Alan Shearer on Match Of The Day, Moutinho and Ruben Neves were crucial in both defence and attack. Moutinho was persistently pressing City players and won the ball back effectively. Was his cross that Boly connected with and Moutinho could have had another two assists. Vincent Kompany took a heavy touch and the ball fell to Moutinho who put Jota through on goal, however his shot was deflected with the ball falling to Raul Jimenez who was adjuged to be offside as he put the ball into the back of the net. Moutinho also found Jota again, this time in the second half as the forward raced towards goal, however he took a dodgy touch and ran wide. Looks to fit perfectly in the Wolves midfield and showed both his passing range and tackling ability.Embed from Getty Images
Ruben Neves – 8/10
Took it in turns to press the opposition with Moutinho. Wasn’t afraid to get stuck in and could have conceded a penalty for a coming together with David Silva, however it would have been very harsh if it was given. Worked very hard and supported the attack going forward. Had a few long range shots but none hit the target this game. Could have done a little better with the chance in the second half where Jota played the ball back towards Neves on the left of the box. However, you can’t score them all!
Helder Costa – 8.5
Looked very good going forward and was able to beat one of the most expensive defenders in the world (Mendy) on numerous occasions. Combined well with Doherty and was back to his best, running at defenders causing them problems. Had the chance in the second half just before Boly’s goal, where he pressed the City defence and won the ball. He delayed the final shot and Ederson was able to close down the angle and block. Almost as if he knew Adama Traore was on the bench watching him with anticipation. He could well have retained his place for next week’s visit to West Ham.
Diogo Jota – 7.5
As mentioned above, he worked well with Jonny and did show some threat going forward, although he wasn’t as effective as Costa. However, a definite improvement on last week’s game, and he helped out defensively with his pressing and work rate. Unlucky to not receive an assist as his deflected shot fell to Jimenez who was flagged offside.
Raul Jimenez – 7.5
Worked tirelessly as usual, it was Jimenez who was the front line of Wolves press, as he closed down both Laporte and Kompany, making the latter look very uncomfortable on the ball. Didn’t have too many sights at goal but was unfortunate not score. Uyou have to think Jimenez will be involved in many more goals this season for Wolves.
Adama Traore – 7.5
No end product you say? Mendy must have been relieved when Costa walked off, however his afternoon was only going to get worse. Traore made Mendy look terrified as he eased past him numerous times. Traore drifts past defenders so easily and during the game, managed to create two openings for Wolves, one Jota could have done a tad better with. A scarily exciting talent who showed he can create chances, as he did against Leicester. Wolves have a unique player on their hands that will terrify opposition defenders throughout the season.
Ruben Vinagre – 7
Came on for Jonny who had cramp, used his pace well on the counter for Wolves and closed down Walker towards the end of the game as City tried to cross continuously. Didn’t have enough time to show his skilfulness but did not look out of place against City, for the second time in 12 months.