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Wolves 1 Southampton 1 – Player ratings

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published: | Last Updated:

Joe Edwards rates the players as Wolves pick up a point against Southampton at Molineux.

Raul Jimenez in action against the Saints (AMA)

Rui Patricio

The Portuguese made a routine save to keep out Ings in the first half, but was beaten by him in the second – a cool finish from the Saints striker. Patricio went on to make a crucial stop as Wolves grabbed a point, racing across his line to tip away Ward-Prowse's free-kick. 7

Ryan Bennett

Bennett's afternoon only lasted 17 minutes as he limped off with an injury. It is difficult to rate his performance as he was on the pitch for such a short amount of time, but the woeful display from replacement Vallejo told the story. Wolves were worse off without him. 6

Conor Coady

Coady's error shortly after the break gifted Ings the chance to open the scoring, which he duly gobbled up. It was not all Coady's fault – Vallejo's horrid attempt at a clearance saw the ball come straight back – but, once he has come out, he should not let the ball past him. 5

Willy Boly

A phenomenal over-the-top pass from the Frenchman found its way to Jimenez for what we thought was the opener, but the Mexican was done for handball after a VAR check. Otherwise, Boly was not at full flow. He was still easily Wolves' best defender, though. 7

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Adama Traore

After such a stunning individual outing from Traore, as part of an awesome team showing, at Manchester City, we perhaps should have foreseen a dip from the Spaniard. But, still, you would have expected him to do more. He was quite static, and Bertrand was rarely troubled. 6

Leander Dendoncker

Dendoncker fell into the same category as Otto in that his second half was better than his first. However, his first 45 was littered with misplaced passes – busting a gut to get forward before bringing promising attacks to an abrupt end on several occasions. 6

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Ruben Neves

Went down in a heap after being challenged from behind by Ings and did not return for the second half, with Doherty coming on and winning the penalty for the equaliser. Neves did not make any glaring mistakes in the first period but did not stand out either. 6

Joao Moutinho

Moutinho's never had a bad game for Wolves, and he was one of the better performers in this one. The veteran often picked the ball up from deep and successfully sprayed it wide to the wing-backs. His set-pieces were a little bit off, but it was a solid showing. 7

Jonny Castro Otto

Surprisingly, given Ward-Prowse – the man the Spaniard was marking – is a central midfielder by trade, Otto seemed a bit anxious in the first half and his decision-making was off. He looked more assured as the game went on, at least. Capable of a fair bit more though. 6

Raul Jimenez

Set a fantastic example for strikers to follow – if you have a goal or two ruled out, keep going, and you might just get your reward. After seeing a couple of strikes chalked off by VAR, Jimenez kept his cool from the spot and smacked the ball into the bottom corner. 8

Patrick Cutrone

Cutrone, as has been the case a few times with him now, worked his socks off but did not come away with a goal to show for it. He did, though, come up with a very clever shot on the swivel in the run-up to Jimenez's second disallowed goal. It will come for him. 6

Subs

Jesus Vallejo (for Bennett, 17)

It can be tricky coming on as a substitute, especially so early on, so you could forgive Vallejo for looking shaky just after being introduced. But he got progressively worse. Simple six-yard passes were going astray. White shirts were taking him on at will. He picked up a yellow card for recklessly lunging in on Ings. The Premier League appears far too fast for him. The saving grace was that Wolves still got something from the game. 4

Matt Doherty (for Neves, 46)

Made a strong case to return to the starting XI in Bratislava. Was busy down the right and his fine run saw him tripped by Hojbjerg for the penalty which Jimenez put away. 7

Diogo Jota (for Cutrone, 62)

Played on the left of a 3-4-3 and displayed his usual attacking intent after a spell out with a toe injury. He looked sharp. 7

Not used: Ruddy (gk), Kilman, Vinagre, Gibbs-White

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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