Wolves succumbed to a second successive defeat after losing 1-0 to Brighton at The Amex.
In what was one of the most one-sided games you’ll see, Wolves somehow came out on the wrong side. We can blame Anthony Taylor for not awarding at least one penalty, there were cases for two but the fault lies with Wolves. They created enough chances yet didn’t convert and failed to score again. Wolves had 25 shots and 7 on target, compared to Brighton’s 1, which was their goal. There’s a reason why they’ve completed a hat-trick of one nill wins, they have a clinical striker and have ridden their luck, especially on Saturday. I could continue to rant about why we lost, but fair play to Brighton. They defend well and have a striker I wish we had. Let’s look at how our players got on.
Rui Patricio – 6.5
Didn’t have a lot to do. Brighton’s only effort at goal was their goal which was a very good finish by Glenn Murray.
Ryan Bennett – 6.5
An ‘ok’ performance from Bennett who continued his good start to the season. Can’t really fault any of the back 3, limited Brighton to just one shot on target, although Brighton were happy to sit back and defend their 1 goal lead.
Conor Coady – 7
Couldn’t really have predicted Bruno’s shot would deflect right into the path of Murray but he could have checked behind him to see if there was any possible threat and then got closer to the striker. His distribution was superb and we all go to enjoy some of his classic inch perfect passes out to the wing backs.
Willy Boly – 8
The best of the back 3 this weekend. Drove the ball out of defence on many occasions and looked classy when in possession. Has settled into the Premier League well after a steady start, is strong yet mobile and can pick a pass well.
Matt Doherty – 8.5
So hard to decide what rating Doherty deserves. Do we praise him for having so many chances or do we criticise him for not scoring at least 1? He got forward superbly and was Wolves main attacking outlet during the first half. Had the beating of Gaetan Bong on many occasions and had one excellent chance when he exchanged passes with Jimenez before gliding into the box and firing wide. He will score a goal soon, just a shame it wasn’t on Saturday. I’m sure he knows that yet he shouldn’t be disheartened as it was another energetic attacking display from Doc.
Joao Moutinho – 7.5
Wolves’ midfield duo looked a lot more comfortable against Brighton then they did against Watford. Brighton allowed Moutinho so much time and space on the ball for him to pick out whoever he wanted to. His set pieces weren’t great and need to be improved.
Ruben Neves – 7
Had 6 efforts at goal but didn’t trouble Matthew Ryan. His passing was usually spot on and he was unlucky Lewis Dunk deflected a goal-bound free-kick over the crossbar.
Jonny Castro Otto – 6
Didn’t really offer much going forward. Had a couple of half chances in the box that he didn’t take well but he worked hard throughout the game. Ruben Vinagre may be a better option against teams that will sit back against us as he offers a little bit of pace and trickery Jonny doesn’t have.
Helder Costa – 6
Looked scared to take his man on. Always decided to cross the ball when we didn’t have players in the box or decided to turn back. Between him and Traore, they were up against 38 year old Bruno who they both would have beaten for pace yet Costa didn’t at least try and take Bruno on. Not seen enough from any of the wingers this season.
Raul Jimenez – 6
Was hauled off after 59 minutes. Got in the way of Jonny who was about to take aim early on and never really looked threatening. Worked hard but didn’t seem his day.
Adama Traore – 6
His first start in a Wolves league game, a golden chance for him to stake his claim. Showed his trickery early on and beat his man numerous times but lacked the final ball. Should have closed Bruno down for the goal and he doesn’t seem to do enough off the ball nevermind with the ball for my liking. Was substituted alongside Jimenez before the hour mark, Costa probably should have come off instead. You’d think he would play ahead of Jota and Costa, however, next week.
Ivan Cavaleiro – 6
Didn’t really do a lot. Was the central striker and looked sharp when he first came on but faded away as Brighton dropped deeper and deeper. May start next week with Costa, and Jota looking out of sorts.
Diogo Jota – 5
Brought on after being dropped for the first time this season. So frustrating to watch as we know he has the talent yet he’s not showing it this season. Seemed to run into Brighton’s defence everytime he had the ball and didn’t offer anything against a tiring Brighton defence.
Leo Bonatini –
Didn’t have much time to do anything of note as he replaced Jonny for the last 6 minutes.
Two tough fixtures await Wolves, starting with Spurs next Saturday night and then Arsenal the following week.