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Wolves 0 Brighton 2 - player ratings

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Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers rates the players after league leaders Brighton win 2-0 at Molineux.

Andy Lonergan

The number of errors he's made this season are stacking up. Got to keep out Knockaert's shot for the first goal, after getting a hand to it. Had a nervous flap at a cross in the second half too. Made a couple of good saves but he doesn't inspire confidence. 5/10

Conor Coady

Wolves' best chance fell to him but he couldn't find the net with a close-range header. One dreadful mistake when he headed the ball straight at Tomer Hemed, leading to a good chance. But otherwise he was fine. 6/10

Danny Batth

A tough afternoon against Hemed and Glenn Murray. Looked like he'd suffered a really nasty injury in the first half but he played through the pain. 6/10

Kortney Hause

Misjudged the flight of the ball for the first goal. Yes Doherty missed his header but Hause has got to allow for that. A dip below his recent standards. 5/10

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Matt Doherty

His recent poor form was epitomised when he played a basic 10 yard pass straight out of play. Seems to be sleepwalking through games at the moment. Where's the Doherty of last season when he was a rampaging attacking force down that left flank? Also not as solid defensively. Needs to buck his ideas up. 4/10

David Edwards

Dale Stephens and Steve Sidwell ran the midfield for Brighton and that's where this game was won, with the visitors in control for long periods. Plenty of effort from Edwards and he rarely conceded possession, but he didn't have much of an impact on the game. 5/10

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Romain Saiss

So frustrating to watch. He started with some sublime, effortless passes and picked holes in the Brighton midfield, oozing class. Then he played a ridiculous pass which led to Brighton hitting the bar. Hit and miss for the rest of the game. Has the best technique and vision of all Wolves' central midfielders but he's too passive for the Championship at the moment. Partnership with Edwards doesn't work either. 5/10

Andreas Weimann

Scored two goals in two appearances as a number nine (against Rotherham and Fulham) but has since, bar Cardiff at home, been shunted back out to the wing again where he's not as effective, certainly in a goalscoring sense. No shortage of effort and endeavour and he did have a couple of sniffs at goal, but it wasn't his day. 6/10

Ivan Cavaleiro

Started well, with good movement and some nice touches. And it was his cross that led to the Coady chance, but he did very little else. He may have missed a chunk of the season through injury but this was his 29th appearance in gold and black and he's yet to justify that £7m fee. Lambert has absolved him of defensive responsibilities (and with the manner he barely shuffles back from offside positions he certainly has taken that on board) but he's got to offer more going forward, otherwise he's a luxury Wolves can't afford to carry. 5/10

Ben Marshall

Wolves' best chance of producing something special. Gets his head up and looks to make something happen. Was bright and breezy early on, then faded, then looked a good bet for a goal when he forced a couple of saves from Stockdale, before being surprisingly withdrawn. 7/10

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

His bravery and persistence led to those second half chances, when he practically headbutted Bruno's foot to win the ball before Coady's header, and then broke from midfield to tee up Marshall. Otherwise he found it tough against Dunk and Hünemeier and was often isolated. Poor service to him too. 5/10

Substitutes

Nouha Dicko (for Marshall, 76)

Straight in the action with a cute flick to release Weimann but couldn't get in the game otherwise. 5/10

Donovan Wilson (for Bodvarsson, 76)

Given his league debut as a reward for nine goals in 10 under-23 appearances. One sniff of goal but he lost his footing. Hope to see more of him in the coming weeks - his pace could trouble any defence. 5/10

Subs not used: Burgoyne, Williamson, Saville, Evans, Gibbs-White.

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