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Wolves 3 Norwich 0 – Player ratings

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Joe Edwards rates the players as Wolves beat bottom-of-the-table Norwich 3-0 at Molineux.

Diogo Jota scored twice for Wolves (AMA)

Rui Patricio

Another clean sheet for the Portuguese shot-stopper. Rarely tested by the Canaries, in fairness. Had to be sharp to keep out Pukki and McLean early on but once Wolves got their goals, he was able to put his feet up and rarely called into action. 7

Willy Boly

Again, he barely broke a sweat. Boly made it all look so simple, thwarting Norwich attacks with ease. While it is not down to him alone, of course, his return has been a huge factor in Wolves keeping four clean sheets on the spin in all competitions. 8

Conor Coady

This was his 100th consecutive full league game, and he was solid. Pukki had one or two moments early on but, after that, Coady made his presence felt. Never really grabs the headlines, but this was another committed, sound display from Wolves' skipper. 7

Romain Saiss

Just gets better and better on the left of the back three. Won headers, made tackles and brought the ball out with confidence. Reads the game excellently and it is difficult to picture him playing in midfield again as he looks such a natural in defence. 8

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Matt Doherty

The shift to 3-5-2 suited Jota, who always tends to look better in a front two, but Doherty shone in the system too. Made his presence felt a lot more going forward, setting up Jota's first and almost scoring a header late on – Krul making a good save. 8

Joao Moutinho

As usual, Moutinho kept things ticking over nicely in the middle of the park. He did not make as much of an impression as Neves, who tried his luck from range a couple of times, or Dendoncker, who played a big part in Wolves' first and third, though. 7

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Ruben Neves

Almost added another stunner to his already long list, but his cracker of a free-kick was tipped onto the crossbar by Krul. Otherwise, Neves carried out his work calmly and effectively, seeing a lot of the ball in an easy last half an hour. 8

Leander Dendoncker

Dendoncker, while he did a pretty solid job filling in for Boly during his injury, is a midfielder through and through. He likes being in the thick of the action – seeing plenty of the ball, and covering plenty of ground. And that is exactly what he did here. Fantastic work ethic. 8

Jonny Castro Otto

A typically busy performance from the Spaniard. Caught Aarons with an accidental stamp early on, and then was forced by another unintentional whack from Godfrey towards the end. Hopefully, it is nothing serious for the wing-back. 7

Raul Jimenez

Now on 21 goals for the season in all competitions. Could not miss, to be fair, but you still have to be in the right place at the right time. Jimenez also flicked the ball onto Saiss, who then set up Jota for the Portuguese's second. Really good display. 8

Diogo Jota

Bang at it again for Wolves, coming up with a fierce drive to beat Krul and then getting into the right position to grab a second. You could tell he was enjoying himself and playing at full confidence. Ran Norwich ragged until, thankfully for them, he got taken off. Superb. 9

Subs

Pedro Neto (for Jota, 63)

Flashed a dangerous ball across goal which nobody got on the end of. 6

Adama Traore (for Jimenez, 71)

Threatened once or twice with his frightening pace. 6

Ruben Vinagre (for Otto, 80)

Almost set up Doherty with a fine cross. Good to see him back. 6

Not used: Ruddy (gk), Kilman, Gibbs-White, Podence

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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