Wolves made it 2 consecutive Premier League wins and clean sheets as they beat Burnley 1-0. The scoreline doesn’t reflect how good Wolves were and the difference between the two sides was remarkable. If Wolves can improve their finishing, this season they will run riot against some sides.
Rui Patricio – 6.5
Joe Hart sat down at one point during the game and started stretching, Patricio probably could have done the same but for 85 minutes. Wolves restricted Burnley to two shots on target with both shots being weak and not troubling the keeper. There’s not really a lot to say as he didn’t have a lot to do.
Ryan Bennett – 7
Got up well to compete for headers when Burnley hoofed the ball up to Vokes/Barnes and didn’t allow the Burnley attackers any space when they tried to execute their usual headed knock downs, meaning their headers were often intercepted by the Wolves defence. A steady performance, doing everything that was asked of him.
Conor Coady – 8
His distribution was absolutely immense. Charlie Taylor and Phil Bardsley were very narrow and allowed Matt Doherty and Jonny space on the flanks, which allowed Coady to find them with some precise long balls. Again, coped with Burnley’s aerial threat well.
Willy Boly – 7
Was superb in bringing the ball out from the back and finding a Wolves attacker. Had a lunging chance that Hart saved and also a volley from the edge of the area which was narrowly over. Looked assured and confident when dealing with Burnley’s front two.
Matt Doherty – 9
Looks a completely different player from the games against Leicester and Everton. After receiving criticism then, and also this week from Martin O’Neill who said Doc needs to drive forwards towards the byline rather than ‘cut back’. I hope O’Neill was watching as he looks to have been talking rubbish. He set up Jimenez for the goal and should have scored one himself late on but he can be forgiven for his man of the match performance. His energy to run for a full 90 minutes up and down the pitch is outstanding and his runs into the box were timed superbly, leaving both Charlie Taylor and Gudmundsson in no man’s land on more than one occasion. His final ball was sometimes lacking, however, he was still superb offensively.
Joao Moutinho – 8
Another classy performance where both he and Neves dictated the play. Had so much time on the ball to use his full passing range and often got on the ball trying to start an attack.
Ruben Neves – 8
Almost the same as Moutinho. They work so well together and are both experts in passing. We got to see his classic diagonal balls which all found their target. Had a couple of sights at goal but couldn’t get clean connections. Got stuck in with a few tasty tackles and was often pressing well, winning the ball back of Burnley.
Jonny Castro Otto – 9
A fantastic performance similar to Doherty’s. Has a huge engine which allows him to fly up and down the left flank, and he wasn’t afraid to take on his man. Although he does often cut inside as he is playing on his weaker side, he wasn’t afraid to dribble and drive towards goal and created himself a few shooting opportunities. Both wingbacks are coming into their own this season with Jonny getting better and better each game. Please can we keep him permanently Atletico?
Helder Costa – 7.5
He started the match slightly slow and looked a tad off the pace. However, once he got going he ran rings around Taylor and was crucial in Wolves’ attacks. Had a very good chance to score himself from just outside the box but wasted it. Played his part in the goal, but not his best performance.
Raul Jimenez – 8
Ran his socks off again, dropping deep to receive the ball and find a team mate, but also running in behind to receive the ball. Scored the only goal of the game with a nice finish from Doherty’s cross and could have had another but for Bardsley who recovered well. A huge confidence boost to score his second Wolves goal and he will surely score plenty this season as he is receiving so many chances already.
Diogo Jota – 7
An improvement on past displays but he wasn’t at his best, similar to Costa. Could of had an assist for Jimenez, but his past was too short which allowed Bardsley to recover and put pressure on Jimenez.
Adama Traore – 7
Created a couple of chances for Leo Bonatini which again weren’t finished. Another positive display though, as he used his skill and pace to skip past Burnley’s defence. Had a couple of shots but you can maybe see why he isn’t starting games. His work off the ball wasn’t enough for me and he needed to press more when out of possession. We know he doesn’t like to play on the shoulder of the last man and prefers to receive the ball too feet but a mix of both could improve his performances. Nevertheless, he has been excellent in a Wolves shirt so far and I don’t think we have even seen the best bits.
Leo Bonatini – 6
Had multiple clear chances to score but wasted all of them. In the final 60 seconds, Traore crossed from the right and Bonatini couldn’t connect properly and the ball went wide. He needs to finish his chances off if he is to try and get a starting 11 place.