Wolves 1-0 Millwall Player Ratings: Super Saiss

Diogo Jota celebrates a screamer – wolves.co.uk

Diogo Jota’s stunning first half strike rewarded Wolves’ controlled performance with a 1-0 victory over Millwall. Here’s our player ratings.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

John Ruddy – tested more in the five minutes of injury-time at the end, than he was in 90 minutes of normal time. Stayed alert to deny Onyedinma and Williams. 7

Danny Batth – commanding in the air throughout and appears to have embraced Santo’s style of playing out from the back. 8
Conor Coady – made some excellent interceptions and set the tone for a controlled performance with some good passes out from the back. 9
Roderick Miranda – a few nervy moments at the beginning and end of the game, but for 80 minutes he looked quietly effective. 7

Matt Doherty – full of running and overlapped well in the early stages. Whether his technical ability is quite at the level that Santo wants in the longer-term remains to be seen. 6
Ruben Neves – has the first touch of a ballerina. Some of his passes out to the wings, especially in the first half, would befit a Champions League final. 8
Romain Saiss – offered similar technical prowess to Neves but also was aggressive to second balls and equally commanding out of possession. 9
Ruben Vinagre – shaky defensively in the opening moments but fortunately, this was the type of match that was tailed to his strengths. Showed an excellent first touch that enabled him to control Crossfield passes and create space for others. 7

Ben Marshall – at Blackburn, he was most effective cutting inside from the left onto his right foot. Starting on the right, he found it harder to influence proceedings, hitting one shot straight at Archer. 5
Leo Bonatini – some good movement and held the ball up well for other players, but didn’t quite provide the ruthless instinct you might want from a striker. Denied by Archer one-on-one. 6
Diogo Jota – scored a wonderful solo goal and showed plenty of skill and flair which caught the imagination of the home faithful. 8

Bright Enobakhare (on 59) – looked lively and always offered the threat of running in behind. 6
Alfred N’Diaye (on 77) – no frills but got the ball out to the wide areas quickly. 6
Ivan Cavaleiro (on 87)


Jordan Archer – did very well. Beaten by a great goal and made a series of saves thereafter, even if some he had been expected to make. 8

Stephen McLaughlin – better at defending crosses from the opposite flank than from his own. Some good defensive headers but was stationed far too close to the centre-backs when balls came in from his side. 5
Byron Webster – booked in the first goal and was guilty of rushing out too much for the goal, but defended the box well throughout considering the amount of pressure he faced. 7
Shaun Hutchinson – perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty with a second half lunge, but was otherwise solid. 6
James Meredith – struggled to handle Wolves’ right side early on and suffered from fatigue in the second half. The performance of Meredith, League One’s most consistent left-back in recent years, sums up the gap between the divisions. 3

Jed Wallace – made some good off-the-ball runs and was arguably Millwall’s brightest player in the first half. Had to perform a more circumspect role after the red card and his influence was restricted. 5
Shaun Williams – overrun for much of the first half and his deliveries from deep weren’t of the quality we saw last season. Forced a save from Ruddy with his long-range effort in added time. 3
George Saville – playing against his old club like Wallace, but lacked the physicality and discipline to play in a double-pivot. His strengths were more apparent when Millwall had the ball in the opposing half – which didn’t happen too often. 4
Aiden O’Brien – a League One striker playing on the left wing in the Championship. It was clear his crossing ability was limited and while he tracked back now and again, he looked a fish out of water before his daft red card. 3

Lee Gregory – didn’t press defenders with the same gusto we saw from him in League One. When he dropped back into midfield, he appeared lost. 2
Steve Morison – at 34, he didn’t have the energy to close down three centre-backs on his own for 90 minutes. More influential in injury-time when he had support. 3

Shane Ferguson (on 79) – whipped a couple of decent balls into the box. 6
Fred Onyedinma (on 79) – looked lively and forced a save from Ruddy in injury time. 6