Wolves player ratings v Aston Villa: Defensive trio get 8/10
By Will Butcher
Football Insider rates the Wolves players after they secured a 1-0 win in a feisty Midlands derby against rivals Aston Villa at Molineux.
Carl Ikeme 7 – Very little to do in between the sticks for Wolves, as Villa’s attack was nullified by the Wolves defence.
Connor Coady 8 – Eye-catching performance away from his normal position of central midfield, as he kept Leandro Bacuna quiet on Wolves’ right flank.
Richard Stearman 8 – Strong, combative performance alongside Batth as the duo continue their impressive partnership at the back.
Danny Batth 8 – Led by example as captain, Batth tidied up a number of loose balls and put his body on the line to secure three points for Wolves from centre-back.
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Matt Doherty 7 – Looks a very bright player on the left side of defence, as he kept Albert Adomah quiet. Good going forward too, Doherty played a pivotal part in his side’s win.
Dave Edwards 7 – Broke Villa’s play up well at the base of the Wolves midfield with a number of interceptions and tackles against the likes of Ross McCormack and Aaron Tshibola.
Jack Price 7 – Complimented Edwards no-holds-barred, box-to-box efforts in the middle of the park with an intelligent, simple game at alongside his midfield partner.
Helder Costa 6 – Did little against Steve Bruce’s side despite a fantastic season at Molineux so far. Showed glimpses of the brilliance that he has in his locker.
Joe Mason 8 – Predatory instinct from 10 yards out as stroked home a loose ball past Sam Johnstone, who dropped Nouha Dicko’s cross in the first half. Dictated Wolves’ attacks from the number 10 role.
Ivan Cavaleiro 6 – The Portuguese winger possesses obvious talent but continues to struggle to do anything with it as Alan Hutton kept him quiet.
Nouha Dicko 8 – Worked his socks off as he ran the channels for Paul Lambert’s side and earned vital territory throughout the match. Decision making needs sharpening.
Bright Enbokhare (On for Cavaleiro, 64 mins) 6
George Saville (On for Edwards, 74 mins) 7
Jón Daði Böðvarsson (On for Dicko, 77 mins) 6