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Europa League: Wolves 4 Espanyol 0 – Player ratings

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Joe Edwards rates the players as Wolves beat Espanyol 4-0 in the Europa League last-32 first-leg.

Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves (AMA)

Rui Patricio

A bizarre air-shot was almost punished by Ferreyra for the visitors, but the keeper managed to make the save and kept his third clean sheet on the spin. 7

Willy Boly

Another commanding performance from the Frenchman, who has shown no signs of rust after returning from a broken ankle. The top-drawer defender was an unbeatable force in Wolves' back three. 8

Conor Coady

After keeping Jamie Vardy quiet last week, Coady was again rarely troubled and put in an assured display. 7

Romain Saiss

Another display full of grit, as well as ability, from a player who is relishing his role at the back now. 7

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Matt Doherty

Much more like it from the Irishman, displaying a lot more attacking intent and setting up Jota's second. Showed a good burst of pace on several occasions and won a fair amount of headers, too. 8

Joao Moutinho

A typically superb corner was flicked on by Jimenez for Jota's opener, and the Portuguese continued to operate with class throughout the clash. 8

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Ruben Neves

What a stupendous strike it was to make it 2-0! The funny thing is, though, given Neves's already-extensive showreel, it may not even be in his top three. While not quite as stunning as his scorcher against Derby in the Championship, the talent shown as he chested the ball down and volleyed it past a helpless Prieto cannot be understated. The work of a true artist, who has performed at such a high standard as of late. 9

Jonny Castro Otto

Goes under the radar sometimes, but Otto is another who has been playing very well for quite a while now. So solid, in every game. 8

Adama Traore

Won the corner for the first goal through some nice play on the right. Taken off on the hour, perhaps with an eye on Norwich. 7

Raul Jimenez

Nice flick-on to Jota as Wolves broke the deadlock, and some clever hold-up play throughout the encounter. 7

Diogo Jota

Back-to-back hat-tricks in the Europa League. Just let that sink in. After a couple of fairly underwhelming performances from Jota upon his return from injury, the onus was on him to shine here. And he was outstanding, too hot to handle for Espanyol as he grabbed an outrageous hat-trick. The first two goals took nicks off defenders on their way through, not that he will care, before he saved his best until last and went off to a standing ovation. A reminder of what a special player Jota is. 10

Subs

Leander Dendoncker (for Traore, 60)

Added steel in midfield as Wolves gained more control. 7

Pedro Neto (for Jimenez, 75)

A few nice touches in his 15 minutes. 6

Daniel Podence (for Jota, 83)

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Subs not used: Ruddy (gk), Kilman, Jordao, Campana

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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