Birmingham news Wolves ratings as Podence, Neto shine & Ait-Nouri grabs chance MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Crystal Palace | Rayan Ait-Nouri and Daniel Podence net for Wolves in a thrilling win over the Eagles
Breaking News ! Wolverhampton Wanderers produced their best performance of the season to beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Molineux and move up to third in the Premier League. Debutant Rayan Ait-Nouri got the ball rolling with his first professional goal inside 18 minutes and Daniel Podence added a second before half-time for the rampant hosts. Palace had captain Luka Milivojevic sent off late on for a poor challenge on Joao Moutinho to add to their misery. Wolves have been criticised for their sluggish starts to games in recent weeks and hadn’t managed a first half goal since the opening day win at Sheffield United. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now But they started superbly against Palace and should have taken the lead within 12 minutes. Pedro Neto dropped a cross on Willy Boly’s head but for whatever reason the Frenchman didn’t bury Vicente Guaita from eight yards. Boly’s compatriot Ait-Nouri wasn’t so forgiving when his chance arrived six minutes later. The new boy ran onto Podence’s overhit cross and lashed the ball across Guaita and into the far corner. Wolves were combining free-flowing football with an insatiable desire to win the ball back at every opportunity. Leander Dendoncker does the latter better than anyone but he’s also capable of finding the net and smacked the bar from 30 yards shortly after Ait-Nouri had opened the scoring. Wolves’ pressure was relentless and Podence doubled their lead after connecting with Neto’s cross from the right from a quick turnover. The diminutive Portuguese now has two goals for Wolves and both of them have come against Palace. Read More Related Articles Explained: The reason why Marcal is missing for Wolves as Nuno starts Rayan Ait-Nouri Read More Related Articles Nuno reveals the lessons £35m Fabio Silva is learning after tough Wolves start It wasn’t completely plain sailing with Palace posing a considerable threat on the counter-attack. They had the ball in the net after Michy Batshuayi guided home Wilfried Zaha’s centre but the striker was offside. And they were also awarded a penalty when Boly tripped up Patrick van Aanholt but VAR revealed that the Dutchman had been in an offside position. Wolves had to contend with numerous Palace attacks at the beginning of the second half but this team loves playing on the counter-attack. Neto raced away down the left and picked out Dendoncker - who had bust a gut to keep up - but the Belgian ballooned his effort over the bar. Wolves had another chance to add to their lead through substitute Adama Traore late on but Guaita stood up and saved his shot. Fellow substitute Moutinho set up the chance before being caught late by Milivojevic in the middle of the park. Martin Atkinson dismissed the Palace captain after reviewing the incident on VAR. Rui Patricio 7 Patricio didn’t have an awful lot to do in the first half as Wolves dominated. He will have been relieved to see those two offside decisions go against the visitors though. The goalkeeper had a little more work to do after the break and showed excellent handling to avoid spilling any of Palace’s efforts from range. Willy Boly 7 Boly should have opened the scoring for Wolves but horribly misjudged his header. He got away with a clumsy challenge on van Aanholt but other than that he didn’t put a foot wrong. Took no chances when the ball was near Wolves’ goal and often elected to whack it clear. Conor Coady 8 Showed his composure on the ball in the second half to take down a cross and dribble past van Aanholt inside his own penalty area. That was one of many instances where Coady showed off his defensive qualities against a lively Palace forward line. Max Kilman 7 The best thing about Kilman is that you rarely notice him. He tends to take the simple option when on the ball and goes about his business quietly and professionally. You get the feeling Wolves are onto something good with Kilman. Nelson Semedo 8 Semedo was much improved against Newcastle, but he was superb in this victory over Palace. He produced three really inviting crosses from the right in the opening 10 minutes and continued to find acres of space throughout. It’s how Semedo used that space which was so impressive.
Leander Dendoncker 8 How did he not score!? The Belgian rattled a shot off the bar from 30 yards and skied one in the second half which he probably should have buried. Other than those missed chances it was another masterclass in midfield from the tireless 25-year-old. His performance levels are peaking right now. Ruben Neves 8 It made such a difference to Neves having two natural wing-backs to hit with his diagonal passes. Time and time again the midfielder put it on a sixpence for Semedo and Ait-Nouri and, more often than not, those two produced at the end of it.
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Rayan Ait-Nouri 8 He looks like a serious player. The 19-year-old was an unexpected debutant due to an injury to Marcal in the build-up to the game. Ait-Nouri grabbed his chance though and showed off all the considerable talents Football Manager experts have been telling us about. He only needed 18 minutes to net his first Wolves goal with a sweet first-time finish past Guaita. This was pretty much the perfect debut.
Pedro Neto 9 The rapid winger has become a key man in the opening weeks of the season and this game was quite possibly his best yet. His directness caused van Aanholt all kinds of problems and he interchanged cleverly with Podence and Jimenez, often changing positions with the former to confuse Palace. Neto grabbed an assist for Podence’s goal with an accurate ball in from the right. He’s getting better and better. Raul Jimenez 8 Nuno will be delighted that others stepped up to the plate and grabbed the goals for Wolves after Jimenez netted four of the club’s first six this season. Jimenez didn’t really have a clear sight of goal all night, instead using his intelligence to create for those alongside him. The Mexican was instrumental in setting Neto away to set up Podence’s clincher.
Daniel Podence 9 Podence has Traore breathing down his neck so he needs to be on his game and he certainly was. He looked Wolves’ most dangerous spark from the word go and might have netted before his close range finish midway through the half. He also created the first goal with a fine run down the right before his deep cross found Ait-Nouri. SUBS Joao Moutinho (for Neto, 76) 6 Took a whack from Milivojevic which earned the Palace man a red card. Adama Traore (for Podence, 76) 6 Shot straight at Guaita after Jimenez played him through. Fabio Silva (for Jimenez, 90) N/A A rare outing for the £35million man but he didn’t have enough time to get involved. Not used: Ruddy, Hoever, Saiss, Otasowie
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