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Leeds United 0 Wolves 3 – player ratings

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers rates the players after a convincing 3-0 win at Leeds.

Celebrations after Benik Afobe's second half goal (© AMA / Sam Bagnall)

John Ruddy

A return to normality for Ruddy, i.e. he had very little to do. 6/10

Danny Batth

A very solid return to the XI for the skipper, who made just his second league start since October. Pressed Leeds quickly, forcing mistakes from their front line and was good in the air. 7/10

Conor Coady

Not a huge amount of sweeping to do for the sweeper whose evening was more about recycling possession smartly and quickly, which he did with aplomb. 7/10

Willy Boly

The dictionary will tell you that someone who is imperious 'expects to be obeyed'...that's Boly in a nutshell. Possibly his best game in a Wolves shirt. Commanding, domineering and played some outrageously good passes that seasoned creative midfielders would be proud of. Got on the scoresheet too with his third of the season. Just a class act all round. 9/10

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Matt Doherty

Given a licence to roam forward and he used it liberally. Seemed to benefit from the 11 days between matches more than anyone. Would have landed a superb assist had Jota not made a mess of Doherty's perfect ball into the six yard box. A return to his roaming best. 8/10

Alfred N'Diaye

Rumour has it the Beast from the East was named after N'Diaye. A towering presence in midfield who broke up play incessantly, won his midfield battles and produced some incisive passing. Has grown in confidence and sharpness in this run of seven consecutive starts. A tough call for Saturday now with Neves back from suspension, but would be incredibly harsh to drop N'Diaye who's made a big contribution in recent weeks. 8/10

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Romain Saiss

It would also be harsh to drop Saiss who was a very safe presence in front of the back three here. A no-frills display and an expertly guided diving header to break the deadock. 7/10

Barry Douglas

Surely a Bend it Like Beckham sequel is on the cards...Bend it Like Barry. Has an unerring talent for placing – or rather whipping – set pieces towards his required target. One went straight onto Saiss' header for the opener and then a second corner led to the second goal. Eleven assists this season now for the man who makes his £1m transfer fee look like coppers. It wasn't just the set pieces though – Douglas, like Doherty, marauded forward and regularly made a nuisance of himself in the Leeds third. 8/10

Ivan Cavaleiro

A quieter game for Cavaleiro after his starring role of late. Still tested the keeper on a couple of occasions and helped stretch Leeds open. 7/10

Leo Bonatini

Could/should have scored a hat-trick, but his long wait for a goal will stretch to a 16th match. Definitely lacking in confidence. He started off poorly, with a touch as cumbersome as a sumo wrestler after a Sunday roast, but Bonatini gradually grew into the game and was a crucial component in allowing Wolves to play with such freedom, creating space for Jota and Cavaleiro to try and exploit. Link up play was of a good standard and he held the ball up well. When Bonatini is playing well, Wolves tend to too. He unlocks doors in that final third, but Afobe's goal will put pressure on his starting place. 7/10

Diogo Jota

Did everything but score. In fact, how didn't he score? That's two sitters in two matches that he's spurned and this one was embarrassing, with Jota somehow cocking up a free shot from six yards. Later hit the bar with a 15-yard rasper. But in general he was unplayable...Leeds just didn't know how to handle him. The touches, the movement, the pace...it was devastating. And set up Afobe's goal with a lovely ball over the top. 8/10

Substitutes

Benik Afobe (for Bonatini, 70)

What a goal. Saw the keeper coming and picked his spot from 25 yards with perfect execution. That will do his confidence the world of good – and was a timely reminder of his finishing prowess. 7/10

Helder Costa (for Jota, 75)

No impact but the game was all over when he came on at 3-0. 6/10

Morgan Gibbs-White (for Cavaleiro, 86)

A dead game at this point. N/A

Subs not used: Norris, Bennett, Hause, Miranda.

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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