Wolves had to settle for a point in the end as they battled out a 1-1 draw with West Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Wolves initially took the lead thanks to yet another goal from Hwang Hee-Chan whose scoring streak continues. Unfortunately for Wolves, Villa replied almost immediately through Pau Torres. Both teams had chances to win it but ultimately a point a piece is fair on reflection.
Jose Sa – 7
A solid game from Sa who made three good saves, including one late on in the game. His distribution was fine and there was no real moments of panic, which sometimes you can expect to get from the Portuguese keeper. We need him to perform like this consistently.
Nelson Semedo – 6
He was largely untroubled by Moussa Diaby and Semedo had some bright points going forward on occasion. Unfortunately, Semedo was caught out by Ollie Watkins cross and let Torres get in front of him to score. Semedo for the majority of the game was solid.
Max Kilman – 7
The captain is clearly much more comfortable in a back three and gave a very assured performance. He noticeably stepped up with the ball frequently and won his duels. He had one miskick late on but Kilman was good and built on his performance from last week.
Craig Dawson – 8
The Dawson of last season has returned in the last two games and he was rock solid. It felt like he was on the end of every Villa cross and winning all of his duels. The change to the back three is allowing him to sit deeper and not be dragged out of position, and we are all the better for it.
Toti Gomes – 7
Another solid showing from Toti who still has not really let Wolves down since his debut. He was fairly solid and dealt with what come his way comfortably throughout. In possession he is still a bit shaky though.
Rayan Ait-Nouri – 7
The Algerian only played one half due to a suspected head injury, but the half he did play he was good. Nouri played with confidence and assurance and linked up well with Hwang, leading to Nouri flashing a shot across goal. He should be back for the Bournemouth game.
Mario Lemina – 7
Despite his late sending off, Lemina was as usual solid and tenacious particularly in the second half. He won the ball numerous times and then used it well to try and get Wolves on the attack. He will be a big miss for the Bournemouth game.
Joao Gomes – 5
Unfortunately the Brazilian was poor and it felt like he was second to everything today, which is not what we have come to expect from him. On the ball, he was also sloppy. There is no doubt Gomes will bounce back but today was one of his poorest games.
Pedro Neto – 8
Neto’s electric form continues with another assist. A constant threat throughout if we are going to score the chances are high he is involved. He should have scored however in the second half but he blazed over the bar.
Matheus Cunha – 6
The Brazilian was involved in the goal getting the ball to Neto, but for the majority of the game Cunha felt like he was not involved. He as usual is full of running and great at ball carrying but today his influence was not felt.
Hwang Hee-Chan – 8
Hwang is on fire and has taken his tally to five league goals. His improvement is huge in his general play. His touch is much better and he uses the ball well. Hwang never lacked for effort but now his confidence is sky high and we have found a goal scorer.
Matt Doherty – 6
Sent on for Nouri and the Irishman was comfortable and did try and still push forward when given the chance.
Boubacar Traore – 7
Sent on for Gomes and Traore was good, he injected urgency into the game and won a fair few challenges.
Sasa Kalajdzic – 6
Set up Neto for a big chance and then had a chance himself which he fluffed.
Fabio Silva – 4
Failed to make an impact. He gave away fouls and was not strong enough in challenges.