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Bolton 0 Wolves 4 – player ratings

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers rates the players after Bolton are thrashed 4-0.

Wolves thrashed Bolton 4-0

John Ruddy

A couple of regulation saves for the keeper on what was one of his quietest afternoons of the season. 6/10

Danny Batth

Just his third league start of the calendar year – the others being a win at Leeds and then a torrid afternoon at Villa Park – and he slotted seamlessly into the side. Produced a couple of decent tackles in the first half and enjoyed the physical battle. 7/10

Conor Coady

Just when you thought voting might be closed in the "moments of the season" awards, up steps Conor Coady to score his first goal of the season and seal a 4-0 win in front of almost 5,000 adoring fans. Earlier he'd sent a perfect long ball over the top for Benik Afobe's goal and gave another assured centre half display (when doesn't he?). Then that penalty...just a wonderful and fitting moment for a player whose importance in Wolves' success shouldn't be underestimated. The roar when he picked up the ball could have been heard in Manchester. Goosebump stuff. I think I've got some dust in my eye... 8/10

Willy Boly

Another one of those games when it just looked too easy for him. At one point he sauntered forward, took on two players and almost released Doherty in the box with a smart through ball. Willy Boly is a centre half. 8/10

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Matt Doherty

Good defensively, pretty quiet going forward. In tribute to Doherty, Bolton winger Will Buckley effectively played as a second left back in a bid to neutralise the Irishman's threat. It worked...but merely freed up space for Helder Costa ahead of him instead. 7/10

Romain Saiss

Picked up where he left off against Blues with a combative and attacking performance. Almost scored in the second half and tried to tee up Gibbs-White for another. A couple of loose passes but overall he used the ball well. 8/10

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Ruben Neves

As per usual he calmly and efficiently ran the midfield. A ball over the top for Costa in the lead up to the penalty was just ridiculous. 8/10

Barry Douglas

A fifth goal of the season for Bend it like Barry who was in the right place at the right time to follow up on Afobe's saved shot. Plenty of energy down the left flank as per usual. 8/10

Helder Costa

The Portuguese wing wizard was at his best here. A fabulous display of trickery, creativity and phenomenal pace. Had a hand in two goals and could have set up a couple more. His confidence has fully returned and his touches are just sublime. 9/10

Benik Afobe

Something tells me this guy wants to earn a permanent deal...Worked tirelessly and his movement was excellent. Created penalty and how about *that* touch in the lead-up to his goal, which was expertly converted by a man in form. That's six goals in 10 games for the Bournemouth loanee who took balls over the top, or to feet, and looked well suited to Wolves' 3-4-3 formation here more than any other time this season. 8/10

Diogo Jota

It's been a stellar few weeks for Jota and he continued his excellent form here with yet another goal (18 this season, three in consecutive games or four in his past five) to edge nearer to the 20 mark. Involved in the first goal when he played in Afobe and then produced an x-rated dink for the goal that Ben Alnwick will be having sleepless nights about for a few weeks. 8/10

Substitutes

Leo Bonatini (for Afobe, 68)

A decent standard of link-up play as Wolves tried to run riot in the final minutes. All he really wants is a goal, though. 6/10

Morgan Gibbs-White (for Jota, 68)

Flashes of skill and the usual confidence and positivity from the youngster who always strives to make an impact from the bench and rarely fails. 7/10

Alfred N'Diaye (for Saiss, 81)

No time to make an impact with the game dead at this point. N/A

Subs not used: Norris, Bennett, Hause, Miranda.

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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