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Barnsley 0 Wolves 0 – player ratings

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers rates the players after a 0-0 draw at Barnsley.

Wolves extended their unbeaten run (© Robbie Jay Barratt / AMA)

John Ruddy

As in so many games this season he barely had a save to make and his biggest contribution was to command his area and claim the crosses and set pieces that came his way, which he did with aplomb. 7/10

Ryan Bennett

Bennett did what Bennett does...won plenty in the air, kept it simple and uncomplicated and did his job. 7/10

Conor Coady

A couple of important interceptions in the second half when the game became more stretched. Always seems to be one step ahead of the opposition. 7/10

Willy Boly

Too good for the Championship. Imposing, decisive and assertive...and makes it look so easy. Not only a wonderful defender but his technique and his poise in possession gives Wolves an extra dimension when starting attacks too. Excellent. 8/10

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Matt Doherty

Took a nasty blow on the head in the first half which required plenty of treatment...then two minutes later he was trying to head a ball that a Barnsley played was trying to kick. Commitment personified. Generally solid and then in the final 20 minutes he bounded into the Barnsley third to launch a few attacks. 7/10

Romain Saiss

The less said about the barnet the better. Saiss was busy in the first half, played a couple of sumptuous searching passes but then after a daft booking (a ninth of the season meaning both he and Neves are walking a tightrope) he was a bit more subdued. 6/10

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Ruben Neves

His space and influence were restricted by a hard-working Barnsley midfield but when he loosened the shackles he kept Wolves ticking. Tremendous work ethic, as evidenced by the fact he had to hobble off with cramp in the 90th minute. 6/10

Barry Douglas

Played as a winger at times and on another day he'd have had a couple of assists. Always offers an outlet. Deliveries from set pieces were good too – one whipped teasing corner should have led to a goal. 7/10

Helder Costa

Had a couple of decent moments but this wasn't Costa's day. Seems to be 'one on, one off' at the moment. He was great at Millwall and impressive against Swansea but anonymous at Bristol City and then lacking in influence here despite seeing plenty of the ball. Seems to doubt himself when he has time on the ball. Ironically his best moment was a superb finish from 15 yards...after he'd been flagged offside. 5/10

Leo Bonatini

Very quiet. Again, his space was restricted by the opposition but to be honest he was barely noticeable. When the game opened up he had a couple of opportunities but was hesitant when trying to play in Doherty and then horribly misjudged a shot from close range which he lofted miles over the bar. Not scored since Blues away which means it's eight games without a goal and counting. Rafa Mir is pushing for his place. 5/10

Diogo Jota

Improved after the break and nearly scored one of the goals of the season when his ferociously-struck effort cannoned off the bar. Could have done with that going in as he needs a special moment to perhaps spark himself back into form. Then a couple of minutes later he produced the miss of Wolves' season so far, firing over from a yard. 6/10

Substitutes

Ivan Cavaleiro (for Costa, 64)

Three excellent contributions from the bench in his past four sub appearances. Seems that he's still not quite over a heavy knock he took at Millwall away on Boxing Day, otherwise there's no reason not to start this guy. A piercing run down the Barnsley right when he showed pace and strength before crossing for Jota deserved an assist. 8/10

Rafa Mir (for Bonatini, 72)

As against Swansea he was very keen to impress, put himself about and was committed and hard working. Definitely offers an outlet in the air. The Swansea replay could be his big chance on Wednesday. 7/10

Alfred N'Diaye (for Neves, 90)

Sent on for the hobbling Neves. N/A

Subs not used: Norris, Hause, Gibbs-White, Enobakhare.

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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