Manchester City 0-2 Wolves: Player Ratings

After Wolves defeat reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, Cameron gives his thoughts and player ratings.

 

Rui Patricio

Kept his third consecutive clean sheet in 8 days and held his ground throughout the 90 minutes, making superb saves to deny the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva from long range. Was rooted to his spot for David Silva’s free kick which fortunately hit the bar. 8/10

 

Romain Saiss

Dealt with Aguero and Mahrez during his time on the pitch, but with the Moroccan playing at a top level for three gamesin a row, an injury within the squad would soon come around with no surprise. Saiss picked up a minor knock and was substituted for Ryan Bennett on the 13th minute. 7/10

 

Conor Coady

The skipper hasn’t been himself in recent weeks, most notably against Everton and Chelsea, but a stellar performance against one of the top strikers in the world showed how much confidence he’s gained following the recent domestic victories. A crucial block in the early stages kept the away side in the game, with a passing accuracy score of 76%, stretching the play on numerous occasions. 8/10

 

Willy Boly

The Frenchman was creating frustration for the home side throughout the game, as City couldn’t find a way past the towering centre-half alongside his teammates. Boly has become a consistent performer in this Wolves team for many weeks and his presence is very much needed, with his absence (most significantly vs Chelsea) demonstrating how vulnerable Wolves are without him. 9/10

 

Ruben Vinagre

The youngster struggled to utilise his pace and skill against his opposite number, Kyle Walker, during his time on the pitch. On the flip side, the defensive display from the 19-year old was of top class, containing Riyad Mahrez and preventing the Algerian from making any worthy contributions to the game. 7/10

 

Joao Moutinho

Never stopped running all afternoon in usual Moutinho fashion, with the determination and classiness shown yet again in dictating the midfield and controlling the tempo. The Portuguese maestro won the ball back when dispossessing Rodri, which led onto the second goal and kept at it throughout the 90 minutes. 8/10

 

Ruben Neves

Wolves’ talisman struggled to assert himself in the first half of the fixture, showing signs of laziness in periods when giving the ball away cheaply and making unnecessary tackles. The team talk during the interval however sparked something inside the midfielder, as he came to life and controlled the game from the centre of the park as he usually does, but couldn’t push high enough to test Ederson with any long range strikes. 7/10

 

Leander Dendoncker

Much like Neves, the Belgian struggled to make any key contributions during the 90 minutes, but his physicality was much needed against the likes of Rodri and Gundogan in the midfield. Hasn’t really fulfilled his true form since the start of the season, but still has plenty of time to find himself and make a real impact on a game. 7/10

 

Adama Traore

The speedster has been deemed by many as not being good enough to play in a Wolves shirt, having no football intelligence or no end product. This performance silenced the many critics Traore has on his back, demonstrating his defensive qualities when dealing with Raheem Sterling and a change in his attitude in-front of goal rightfully earnt himself his first brace in a Wolves shirt. The improvement shown in his overall game highlights how much potential the Spaniard has, and his double against the champions will inject him with the confidence to strive on throughout the remainder of the season. That being said, the downfall to his display was the frustration shown when he lost the ball prior to his double, with the shouting of the away support forcing him to his feet. 9/10

 

Patrick Cutrone

The forward should have given his side an early advantage, scuffing a 1v1 to the relief of the Man City defence who allowed the Italian international through on goal. His second attempt was unfortunate, deflecting off the head of Fernandinho after Raul Jimenez was denied also by the make-shift centre-half. However, Cutrone’s work rate cannot be faulted in any way, shape or form, running his socks off yet again when pressing the back line. 6/10

 

Raul Jimenez

The prolific forward contributed twice to kick-start his assists for the season, teeing up Traore on both occasions with some delightful through passes. His chance on the 20th minute was well dealt with by Fernandinho, but controversy sparked as he was supposedly clipped for a potential penalty shout - Paul Tierney waved it away. Similar to his strike partner, he never stopped running and chased every loose ball. 8/10

 

 

Ryan Bennett (13th minute)

The experienced centre-half came on for Saiss at the right side of the back three, showing defensive discipline and composure following his swift introduction. Dealt with the threat and pace of Raheem Sterling and contained Sergio Aguero, giving the Argentinian hardly any chances on goal. 8/10

 

Matt Doherty (68th minute)

The Irishman replaced the diligent Patrick Cutrone, coming in at right wing-back as Adama shifted upfront. Again stopped any meaningful chances in the form of a block or tackle and was always an option going forward. 7/10

 

Jonny Otto (74th minute)

Nuno brought on the vibrant wing-back for Vinagre in the final stages of the game, showing his defensive capabilities in the final third and dealing with Bernardo Silva on most occasions, but was caught flat-footed as Cancelo broke through and squared it across to Silva which came to nothing. 7/10

 

Cameron is a Wolves fan and Talking Wolves writer. You can follow him here.

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