Wolves 3-1 Southampton: Player rating


The Wolves managed to keep Southampton in shape at arm’s length to secure a 3-1 win over Molineux on Saturday.

This victory means that Bruno Lage’s men climb to eighth place in the Premier League table and are now undefeated in their last five matches in all competitions.

The first chance of its kind came 26 minutes into the match, with Daniel Podence turning Romain Perraud in and out, but shooting straight into Fraser Forster’s grateful claws.

The Wolves missed a couple of great chances to take the lead shortly after half an hour after a frenzy in the Southampton box. Raul Jimenez’s shot was blocked by Lyanco, before Rayan Ait-Nouri was hit to the ball by Jan Bednarek. But after a VAR check, the Polish national team player was judged to have challenged the Frenchman illegally and the hosts were given a penalty.

Jimenez stepped up to the spot and sent Forster the wrong way to put Wolves ahead.

Southampton responded lightly to this setback. Jose Sa produced a fine reflex save to deny Mohammed Salisu’s free kick before Nathan Tella somehow snapped Perraud’s deflected post from just meters out.

In the first half stoppage time, Ait-Nouri shot into the side netting when he was released by Jimenez, although replays indicated that a goal would have been ruled out for offside.

Ralph Hasenhuttl threw on Che Adams for the second 45, although Wolves had the ball in the net shortly after the restart after Conor Coady struck in from a free kick – but the game had been withdrawn for an offside call.

But Coady would not be denied shortly after when Southampton again failed to deal with a solid piece. Forster failed to claim Max Kilman’s meandering nod that shook the post, and Coady just snuck it in from close range.

The second strike seemed to blow the wind out of Southampton’s sails, which did not threaten again until the 74th minute when substitute Che Adams fired straight at Sa.

And the Saints found a lifeline when James Ward-Prowse shot in a turning free kick from 25 yards with ten minutes left.

A match that conveniently seemed to belong to Wolves had suddenly burst to life when Perraud’s throbbing nod crashed against the crossbar before Adama Traore volleyed over for the hosts.

However, the Spaniard made arrangements for the stoppage time on the counter with a well-rounded finish to secure the three points.

Sa made some nice saves / PAUL ELLIS / GettyImages

Jose Sa (GK) – 8/10 – Made several important stops and commanded his defense with such a personality.

Max Kilman (CB) – 7/10 – Won the nod that eventually led to Coady’s blow. Otherwise, it was not really worried.

Conor Coady (CB) – 8/10 – Led from behind and took a decisive goal.

Toti Gomes (CB) – 7/10 – Did not look out of place on his Wolves debut.

Ait-Nouri was busy / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / GettyImages

Nelson Semedo (RWB) – 6/10 – He largely handled the threat from Perraud well, but was deprived of possession in a dangerous position cheaply by Adam Armstrong late.

Leander Dendoncker (CM) – 5/10 – Wasteful and not on the same wavelength as their teammates. Made some hasty decisions on and off the ball.

Joao Moutinho (CM) – 7/10 – Only has the ability to be in the right place at the right time and make the right decision.

Rayan Ait-Nouri (LWB) – 7/10 – One of Wolves’ most promising attacking places but was sometimes eroded defensively.

Jimenez made no mistakes / Naomi Baker / GettyImages

Francisco Trincao (RW) – 6/10 – It did not set the world on fire but he did not need it.

Raul Jimenez (CF) – 7/10 – After a quiet opening period, the Mexican sparkled to life and it ended up scoring goals from the direct.

Daniel Podence (LW) – 8/10 – Everything that Wolves did well came through the magic man.

Adama Traore (RW, 78 ‘for Trincao) – 7/10 – Missed a babysitter, scored.

Fabio Silva (CF, 80 ‘for Jimenez) – N / A

Luke Cundle (LW, 96 ‘for Podence) – N / A

An image of a cross that Forster managed to claim / Naomi Baker / GettyImages

Fraser Forster (GK) – 3/10 – Everything went well until he decided to try to take a cross on the outer edge of his own area. Horrible decision.

Jan Bednarek (CB) – 4/10 – Always looked a little tough so it was not a surprise to see him drop a penalty.

Lyanco (CB) – 5/10 – Put his body at stake again and again but it was not enough.

Mohammed Salisu (CB) – 5/10 – An up and down match that would definitely have been more “up” if he had made his free kick in the first half.

Exercise did perfect / Naomi Baker / GettyImages

Nathan Tella (RWB) – 4/10 – Wearing a little hot bar his sits from about two feet away.

James Ward-Prowse (CM) – 7/10 – He kept things ticking and his deliveries were dangerous. His free kick was delicious.

Oriol Romeu (CM) – 5/10 – He really tried, but that was all.

Ibrahima Diallo (CM) – 5/10 – Did not enjoy as much as he has done in recent weeks. Hooked at half time.

Romain Perraud (LWB) – 6/10 – One of Southampton’s only sources of inspiration but he could not do it alone.

Broja could not make a difference / Catherine Ivill / GettyImages

Nathan Redmond (CF) – 3/10 – Anonymous. Every time he tried to get on the ball, he soon dropped it.

Armando Broja (CF) – 5/10 – Held the ball up and won many of his fights, but not enough that was close to the Wolves goal.

Che Adams (CF, 46 ‘for Diallo) – 5/10 – Did not really get into the match until it was too late.

Stuart Armstrong (RWB, 71 ‘for Tella) – 4/10

Adam Armstrong (CF, 78 ‘for Broja) – N / A

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