Wolves 2-0 Fulham Player Ratings: Impressive Coady

Headers from Romain Saiss and Leo Bonatini saw league leaders Wolves beat out-of-form Fulham 2-0. Here’s our Player Ratings from the match.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

John Ruddy – flapped at one free-kick from Sessegnon and was let off the hook in a rare moment of danger. It was an otherwise quiet night for the ex-Norwich stopper, who has now kept eight clean sheets in 16 Championship games. 5

Ryan Bennett – came in for criticism at Norwich last season, but perhaps he has benefited from playing in a team in which everyone is pulling towards the same cause. A quietly effective performance from the 27-year-old, who didn’t concede possession once. 8
Conor Coady – once a standard Championship ball-winner appears to be turning into Franz Beckenbauer Mark 2.0 this season. Some of his cross-field passes were outstanding and a real indication of the work the coaching team have done. 10
Willy Boly – showed great technical ability and used his physicality to good effect, dominant in the air. 9

Matt Doherty – his driving runs down the right were key to Wolves threat, having won the corner that led to the opener. Amid the influx of foreign talent, it was important to keep one or two leaders who have an affinity with the fans and it is proving wise to retain Doherty’s service. 9
Romain Saiss – we saw a bit of everything from Saiss. He bossed central midfield, yet also headed in the opening goal in the first half, then moved to a wide centre-back position for the closing stages. There aren’t too many more complete midfielders in the Championship. 8
Ruben Neves – played some wonderful passes, either cross-field or in a snappier manner, whichever was required to expose gaps. For a player with such ability, he also looks committed to the defensive side of the game which is testament to his character. 9
Barry Douglas – more disciplined than Docherty in open play, but his attacking contributions came from three excellent set piece deliveries, two of which led to goals. 9

Ivan Cavaleiro – caused problems for Sessegnon with his winding runs and was perhaps Wolves’ most creative second half performer. 8
Leo Bonatini – pressed from the front and stole the ball on numerous occasions. Headed in the second goal and could have completed a brace, having had a few presentable opportunities after the interval. 7
Diogo Jota – completed five dribbles, including one in the first 60 seconds that drew a foul from Johansen and combined well with Bonatini and Cavaleiro. Given the ridiculously high-standards he has set himself so far this season, one is left thinking he has it in him to go up another level. 7

Bright Enobakhare (on 75) – looked direct in possession and added fresh energy. 6
Alfred N’Diaye (on 79) – added aggression in midfield after replacing Boly, with Saiss moving to centre-back. 6
Ben Marshall (on 87)

Fulham

David Button – did well to tip Bonatini’s second half header wide and could not be blamed too much for either goal. Perhaps the one Whites player who is performing better than last season. 5

Ryan Fredericks – perhaps Fulham’s brightest first half performer, even if not everything he tried came off due to the limited space he was afforded. The visitors needed more players with his pace and drive. 6
Denis Odoi – didn’t have a bad game in open play and, despite playing away from his natural position, was arguably part of the reason the visitors weren’t thrashed by three or four goals. 6
Tim Ream – perhaps lacked the bravery to truly impose himself on Wolves’ front-line. Tomas Kalas was a miss. 4
Ryan Sessegnon – struggled against Cavaleiro and Doherty, not helped by a lack of support from Ayite. At 17, he can’t be expected to defend without either a disciplined wide man in front of him, or a back three behind him. 3

Kevin McDonald – often looked under pressure in possession and was forced into backwards passes which didn’t help the momentum of Fulham’s play. 4
Stefan Johansen – booked inside the first minute of a disappointing performance in which he failed to quicken the tempo, as he did so well last season. Betting with McDonald that he would score 10 before his teammate scores three isn’t exactly the greatest indicator of togetherness. 3
Oliver Norwood – a static performance in which he didn’t offer enough movement or creativity from deep. Little use completing 88 accurate passes if almost all of them are square five-yard balls. 2

Floyd Ayite – didn’t show enough desire to help his teammates especially in the defensive phases of play and was anonymous going forward, baring one shot from inside the box shortly after half-time. Rightly taken off. 2
Rui Fonte – other than that lay-off for Ayite, he cut an isolated figure for much of the game and suffered from limited service. He doesn’t quite offer the same presence as Martin though and one goal in 13 doesn’t suggest he’s the greatest finisher, either. 3
Neeskens Kebano – named after Dutch legend Johan Neeskens but that was were the similarities ended. Plenty of energy but didn’t ally that with intelligence or product. 3

Yohan Mollo (on 54) – completed three successful dribbles in his time on the pitch and looked a minor upgrade on Kebano. 5
Rafa Soares (on 63) – spent a lot of time in the opposing half but was well-marshalled by Doherty. 4
Aboubakar Kamara (on 70) – no great improvement on Fonte but didn’t have the best service. 4