Wolves made it 5 games unbeaten as they eventually beat Southampton at another packed out Molineux. They made hard work of it though, as it took 79 minutes for Ivan Cavaleiro to net his first Premier League goal with his first touch! Jonny secured the win 3 minutes from time to score his first of the season. It wasn’t a quality Wolves performance and certainly not their best against a Southampton side who didn’t look too bad. They played some good football but looked lackluster in both defence and attack. Let’s look at how our players fared.Embed from Getty Images
Rui Patricio – 7
Had to deal with a couple of tame long-range efforts from Elyounoussi as well as making a smart reaction stop from Stuart Armstrong. Didn’t really look like he was going to concede and he was able to collect his third clean sheet in four games.
Ryan Bennett – 7
Another solid performance although he didn’t really have a lot to do. Danny Ings and Charlie Austin weren’t very effective up top so the three centre halves didn’t have too much to worry about. Had a chance from a corner early on which was saved by McCarthy.
Conor Coady – 8
Looks to be getting better with each Premier League game, which is what you would expect as he gains experience and confidence playing at the top level. Managed to limit the front two to minimal chances even with their possession in Wolves’ half. More excellent distribution from the captain and another calm and composed performance as the England squad deadline looms.
Willy Boly – 8
Continued to build on his last two impressive games where he is back at his best showcasing his ability to defend and bring the ball out from the back. Made one interception where he decided to carry the ball past a couple of Southampton players and into the Saints half where he ended up on the right-hand side of the pitch. Looks to be confident at Premier League level after his shaky start.
Matt Doherty – 9
He has to be the most inform defender in the league at the moment. He churned out another superb energetic performance, getting up and down the pitch effortlessly. It’s no coincidence that 4 out of the last 5 Wolves goals have come from the right-hand side, his work rate is immense and his attacking ability is constantly improving. Created good chances for Jonny and Jimenez in the first half and then eventually got his assist for Jonny’s late goal. Is performing fantastically well on a consistent basis now. Roy Keane was at Molineux, you’d think he was impressed.
Joao Moutinho – 7.5
Wasn’t his most influential performance but he still showed us his excellent passing range and ability to win the ball back. Made a couple of crunching tackles and was harshly penalised for one of them by the man in the middle Mr. Stuart Atwell. He combined with Neves from a corner to nearly tee up Jimenez, who was denied by the fingertips of Alex McCarthy.
Ruben Neves – 6.5
Southampton had done their homework and didn’t allow Ruben or Joao space or time on the ball. This obviously hindered the duo, he still managed a few classic raking diagonal balls but that was about it.
Jonny Castro Otto – 9
He finally got his goal! Buzzing up and down the left flank, making tackles, running at defenders what more do you what from a wing back? Both he and Doherty are having cracking starts to the season. A cool finish through the keeper’s legs sealed a good performance from the Spaniard, after being set up by his fellow wing-back.Embed from Getty Images
Helder Costa – 6.5
Wasn’t at the same standard he was last week. Looked promising in the opening 10, with a mazy run to set Doc up for a cross but didn’t have much influence for the rest of his time on the pitch before being subbed off for Adama Traore shortly into the second half. Reports say he was injured. Hopefully, it’s not too serious.
Raul Jimenez – 8.5
Bagged another assist which was almost a mirror of last week’s assist for Moutinho. He’s had the second most passes in an opposition penalty area out of any striker in the top 5 leagues. Works his absolute socks off and was unlucky to be denied a goal with McCarthy making a great save.
Diogo Jota – 6.5
Similar to Costa, he didn’t have a very good game. To be fair to him, he was fouled so many times by Jannik Vestergaard, 3 times in the first 16 minutes and Atwell did nothing. A good performance is required, perhaps even a goal as Cavalaiero and Traore are desperate to take his place.
Adama Traore – 7.5
Frustrated many at Molineux during the first 25 minutes of his performance. He didn’t seems to have been told to not get in behind the defence and utilise his pace and instead wait for the right counter attacking moment, or request the ball to feet. If that’s Nuno’s instructions then we can have no problem. He sprung into life however and made a darting run to cross for Jimenez who set up Cavaleiro. And set up Doc who then crossed for Jonny to score. There is no other player like him let’s be honest and he will excite us as well as frustrate us, the subs are what won us the game and he played a big part in that. He is what Southampton probably wished they had.
Ivan Cavaleiro – 7.5
Comes on for his Premier League debut and then scores with his first touch. Not a bad way to introduce yourself to the league. He looked sharp and confident and will be bearing down on Jota and Costa for one of their spots.