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Wolves 1 Sheffield United 1 – Player ratings

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Joe Edwards rates the players as Wolves make it nine unbeaten in the Premier League with a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.

Adama Traore during the 1-1 draw (AMA)

Rui Patricio

Made a series of important saves to prevent the Blades adding to their lead before Wolves equalised. He kept out Fleck's low drive in the first half with his feet before twice reacting sharply to deny McGoldrick in the second period. Played a pivotal part in getting the point. 8

Leander Dendoncker

Got drawn to the ball, along with Doherty, and missed the header as Mousset opened the scoring for the visitors. He was then outwitted by Mousset – nutmegged – for Fleck's chance and consistently gave the ball away. A sloppy showing at the back from the Belgian. 5

Conor Coady

Will have been disappointed to concede so early on and was caught on a few occasions by the pace and guile of Mousset, and the cleverness of McGoldrick. But Coady helped keep things tight towards the end and was not as poor on the ball as Dendoncker. 6

Max Kilman

Not quite the pick of the bunch, but Kilman was thoroughly solid on his full top-flight bow. Did well to prevent McGoldrick getting a shot off in the box in the first half and kept things simple. A couple of wobbly moments, but a very respectable display from the 22-year-old. 7

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Matt Doherty

Should have done better with Mousset's goal, getting sucked in, but Doherty made up for it by levelling the scores. He paid tribute to close friend Benik Afobe, whose daughter Amora has passed away aged two, with the celebration – kissing his black armband. 7

Ruben Neves

United made a concerted effort to unsettle Neves, with their three-man midfield pressing the Portuguese relentlessly. They managed to nullify his threat as well. Neves did get some shots off, but none of them troubled Henderson all that much in the Blades goal. 6

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Joao Moutinho

Also did not shine as much as usual amid tireless running from United's Lundstram, Fleck and Norwood. Did well enough with the ball when he got it, but was not able to impose himself in key areas. Credit must go to the visitors for keeping him pretty quiet. 6

Jonny Castro Otto

Outfoxed by Baldock and Lundstram for the cross which resulted in the Blades taking the lead through Mousset. The Spaniard held his own defensively after that and was keen to get forward, but he did not cause the visitors a lot of problems on the left. 6

Adama Traore

Did well to set up a good chance for Jota towards the end as he got to the byline and pulled the ball back to the Portuguese. He asked questions of the Blades backline all afternoon, but the visitors will also be pleased to have limited him somewhat. 7

Raul Jimenez

It was a replay of Braga as Jimenez picked the ball up from deep and played a stunning cross over to Doherty, who gratefully headed home. The Mexican put in plenty of hard yards and, while he did not get on the scoresheet, was one of Wolves' brightest performers. 7

Diogo Jota

Another game without a goal for Jota, and the most frustrating showing from him for a while. The Portuguese drove forward with the ball, but his decision-making was poor. Could have released Jimenez in the second half but ran straight at Egan and was tackled. 5

Subs not used: Ruddy (gk), Vallejo, Otasowie, Vinagre, Cundle, Neto, Cutrone

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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