Wolverhampton Wanderers played hosts to Nottingham Forest on Saturday at the back of a disappointing FA Cup defeat at the hands of Swansea City. Nuno Espírito Santo’s men were looking to bounce back in the league against Forest but they were in for some rude awakening as the visitors took the lead in the 40th minute courtesy of a goal from Kieran Dowell. Forest doubled their lead three minutes later when Ben Osborn scored with his left-footed attempt which nestled into the top left corner of the goal. Aitor Karanka’s side went into the break with a significant 2-0 advantage and defended valiantly in the second half to secure all three points at the Molineux Stadium.
Let’s take a look at how each Wolves player fared during the match.
GK: John Ruddy – 6/10
The Wolves keeper made two saves in the game. Although, he was helpless while conceding two goals in quick succession just before half-time.
CB: Ryan Bennett – 6/10
He was a part of the Wolves backline who were guilty of conceding two cheap goals just before half-time. The centre-back came alive in the second half creating a great chance for Ivan Cavaleiro with the resulting shot being denied by the Forest keeper. He also came close to a goal when his headed attempt just went wide off target. Bennett also gave away some cheap fouls towards the end of the game which got him cautioned.
CB: Conor Coady – 5/10
He got carded for a bad foul before conceding two goals to Nottingham Forest in the final minutes of the first half. The former Liverpool player tried his best after the break but failed to inspire his team to mount a comeback.
CB: Willy Boly – 6/10
He had a mediocre game and was guilty of giving away some cheap fouls in the left side of the Wolves defence.
RM: Matt Doherty – 6/10
He created a wonderful chance for Romain Saiss just before half-time. However, Saiss’ right-footed effort went high and wide.
CM: Romain Saiss – 5/10
He gave away some cheap fouls and failed to create anything meaningful in the final third. He was also guilty of sparing a great chance as his shot missed the target by some distance.
CM: Ruben Neves – 6/10
He tried to help out his backline and won some free kicks in the Wolves half. However, he failed to provide a spark with his through balls from midfield.
LM: Barry Douglas – 5/10
He gave away cheap fouls and had a mediocre first-half. He was rightfully substituted at half-time.
RW: Ivan Cavaleiro – 6/10
He drew some fouls and looked a threat in the opposition half but was wasteful in the final third.
ST: Lohner Leo Bonatini – 6/10
He created an early chance for Diogo Jota but the resulting shot narrowly missed the target. He also got a good chance to score in the 60th minute but his shot from outside the box was too high.
LW: Diogo Jose Jota – 6/10
He was wasteful in the final third as he missed quite a few opportunities to hit the target. He also gave away cheap fouls out of frustration which got him booked in the second half.
RM: Wander Helder Costa – 5/10
He came off the bench at half-time but was unable to make an impact in the contest.
CM: Morgan Gibbs-White – 6.5/10
He was another one of Nuno Espírito Santo’s half-time substitutes and came on to create a good chance for Bonatini at around the hour mark of the match. He tried his best but was unable to find a breakthrough for his team.
ST: Rafael Mir Vicente – 6/10
He came on for the final quarter of the game and got a chance to score in injury-time. However, his left-footed shot missed the target.
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