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Wolves 3 Bristol City 3 – player ratings

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers rates the players after a 3-3 classic against Bristol City.

Leo Bonatini celebrates his opening goal (© AMA / Sam Bagnall)

John Ruddy

Couldn't be blamed for any of the goals. Showed what's becoming dependable assurance in claiming a number of crosses and made a fine save to tip over a late long range strike. 7/10

Danny Batth

Another start for the skipper and he again impressed. Batth is constantly written off and many expected his time to be up at Wolves in the summer but he deserves huge credit for embracing the new playing style – and impressing while doing it. Five goals in his past 10 starts now – and what a header it was. He'll be feeling a bit worse for wear today after being assaulted in the penalty area too. 8/10

Conor Coady

Similar to Saturday, swept up when necessary and used possession wisely. 7/10

Roderick Miranda

Almost scored early on when he snatched at a shot from a corner. Doesn't exactly exude confidence and often looks like he's got a mistake just around the corner. Needs to be a more commanding presence in the box. 6/10

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Matt Doherty

His best performance of the short season so far. Constantly offers an outlet down that right flank but uses that incredible engine of his to ensure he's always back in position to do his defensive duties too. End product was much better than on Saturday. 8/10

Ruben Neves

Subdued and failed to exert dominance in what was a jam-packed midfield. Beaten for two of Bristol City's goals – missing the ball in the build-up to the first and then out-jumped in the air by Wright for City's third. Substituted in the final 10 minutes for the third successive game. Been a relentless start to his Wolves career (plus his partner has just had a baby) so he can be forgiven for an off-night. 5/10

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Alfred N'Diaye

N;Diaye's full debut and he did well. Certainly looks to have the attributes to succeed at this level – he's big, strong, powerful and works tremendously hard but has a delicate touch on him too and a decent passing range. Great work for the first goal with a lovely run and cut-back. 7/10

Ruben Vinagre

An assist for Bonatini's opener when he tapped into the six-yard box. Fantastic enthusiasm and energy yet again down that left flank and he combined well with Jota. As for Bristol City's penalty, yes he was only a couple of yards away but he's asking for trouble putting his hands out there. 7/10

Ivan Cavaleiro

If Nuno's plan was to rile Cavaleiro by making his wait for his first league start since April like a caged wolf, it certainly worked. The Portuguese winger has regularly made an impact from the bench over the past month and he extended those cameos to a deeply impressive 76 minute performance here. Pacey, tricky and inventive, he got the ball rolling for the opener with a wonderful through ball for N'Diaye and his corner, one of several that were on the money, led to Jota's goal. Should have scored himself but saw a shot deflected over and then he delayed his next effort after rounding the keeper. Almost all of Wolves' good play went through him and he linked up productively with Doherty. Ran himself into the ground too. 9/10

Leo Bonatini

Is he going to end up being that 20-goal striker Wolves never signed? His three goals (all scored at Molineux) have been sitters, but he's been in the right place at the right time, which couldn't be said of a host of strikers in recent years. It's a great knack to have and Wolves creating so many chances he could be the big beneficiary. Again his link-up play has to be applauded. A chest-down for Jota's shot which smacked the bar was perfect. 8/10

Diogo Jota

A step down from his carefree excellence against Millwall but still popped up with a goal and was inches away from scoring another. Also nearly scored a wondergoal with a fabulous volley. 7/10

Substitutes

Romain Saiss (for Miranda, 75)

Utilised at left centre half, a position he plays for Morocco. Safe to say he got stuck in. 6/10

Bright Enobakhare (for Cavaleiro, 76)

Has lost that exuberance from the opening weeks of the season. 5/10

Ben Marshall (for Neves, 84)

Great corner onto Batth's head for the equaliser. N/A

Subs not used: Norris, Deslandes, Price, Zyro.

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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