Wolves 2 Fulham 0 – player ratings

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers rates the players after a 2-0 win over Fulham.

Wolves moved four points clear at the top of the Championship (© AMA / Sam Bagnall)

John Ruddy

Another quiet evening. Made an uncharacteristic error of judgement when he spilled what felt like his first cross this season, gifting a fantastic chance to Kevin McDonald which he spurned at 1-0. Otherwise he did fine. 6/10

Ryan Bennett

Kept his place in the side and you have to say over the past two matches he's taken his chance. His positioning is good, he rarely makes a mistake and he's strong in the air. Bennett has now played 575 minutes in a Wolves shirt and the only goal they've conceded in that time was a 99th minute penalty at Hull. 7/10

Conor Coady (c)

When is this guy going to have a bad game? Since the opening game of pre-season against Werder Bremen he's barely put a foot wrong despite this being a new position. Excellent yet again – was on the front foot for much of the game and his distribution was deeply impressive. 8/10

Willy Boly

When Fulham looked at Boly they just saw a brick wall. Looked impossible to beat – he uses his strength to such great effect and he can bring the ball out from the back like a playmaking midfielder. His technique on the ball is just something else. Far too good for the Championship. 8/10


Matt Doherty

Solid defensively and a threat going forward. Laid a gorgeous cross on a plate for Bonatini when the Brazilian sent a diving header over the bar. Doherty will now hope to finally win his debut Ireland cap during the World Cup play-off against would be long overdue. 7/10

Ruben Neves

Talking of internationals, Neves showed exactly why he's just been called up to the full Portugal squad. What a performance. Technically the groundsman is in charge of the Molineux pitch but in reality he's just borrowing it from Neves. The guy is tuned differently to other footballers...its like he's in another dimension (as Stranger Things fans will appreciate) while the rest of the mere mortals play on earth. Plays passes that others don't see. And you just know he's going to score a wondergoal soon...he tried his luck from inside his own half – if that had gone in none of us would have been able to close our jaws yet. What is he doing at Wolves? 9/10


Romain Saiss

Played a supporting role to the maestro Neves. Good to see him get on the scoresheet for the second time this season with a powerful header following a good run to the near post. 7/10

Barry Douglas

After a few inhibited weeks Douglas has looked back to his old self in the past two games in which he's had a hand in all four goals. Here he sent over two come-and-get-me deliveries which Saiss and Bonatini duly gobbled up. The ball for Bonatini's goal in particular could re-define the word whipped. Good all-round display. 8/10

Ivan Cavaleiro

A couple of divine contributions – a give-and-go with Jota and a gorgeous chip for Bonatini – in an otherwise fairly average display, but his work rate was good. Only completed one 90 minutes this season (at Burton) and has been the first player substituted in the past four league games. 7/10

Leo Bonatini

Seven goals in his past six league games and he's now the Championship's top scorer with 10 for the season already. To put that into context, Helder Costa was Wolves' top scorer last season with 12 in all competitions. Worked his socks off all night. A revelation. 8/10

Diogo Jota

Below the very high standards he's set this season. Should have scored when he scuffed a rebound from Bonatini's superbly-saved header. One or two dollops of quality but this wasn't his night. Off to Romania and Portugal with the under-21s during the international break which is a shame as he could maybe do with a week off. 6/10


Bright Enobakhare (for Cavaleiro, 75)

Not much of an impact with the game petering out. 6/10

Alfred N'Diaye (for Boly, 79)

As above – the game was over as a contest at this point. 6/10

Ben Marshall (for Bonatini, 87)

No time to get involved. N/A

Subs not used: Norris, Batth, Vinagre, Costa.

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living


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