CRAIG HICKEY GIVES HIS PLAYER RATINGS FOR WOLVES DEFEAT AGAINST NEWCASTLE
It was another difficult game away to Newcastle United, were we outdone by VAR or are we the masters of our own destiny, today showed us again how some lack the quality needed to pull way clear of the relegation battle.
JOSE SA - 6
Apart from one great save and picking the ball out of the net twice he didn’t have too much to do. Then again it wasn’t without him being under seige at times. His distribution was alot better and he was eager to get the ball up field to encourage our attacks. His handling was good when he needed to be but I still feel he could command his box more and come and collect crosses, for a big guy, he has the reach.
NELSON SEMEDO - 6
I felt he got exposed too much in the first half on the right, Saint-MaximIn seemed to twist and turn him a lot, although he did get support from the midfield and Traore. In the second half he got more joy down the right hand side with Neto. Maybe that was a confidence thing knowing Saint-MaximIn had been taken off. Managed to get one excellent cross in but somewhat off his usual ratings of late.
JONNY OTTO - 4
This game seemed to catch him out for me, not enough quality in his passing, lacked awareness of the runs of Trippier etc and wasn’t tight enough. The goal came from a lethargic attempt to beat Isak in the air. A few ventures forward in the second half but taken off after 68 mins, where is the Jonny we all used to see 18 months ago?
MAX KILMAN - 6
Made some good blocks in the first half and gradually grew into the game after a few sloppy minutes at the start. The first half was all about defending set pieces and free kicks as well as blocking shots. His distribution was better in the second half but he wasn’t really allowed to make those silky dribbles through the centre of the park.
CRAIG DAWSON - 6
Always availbable for the ball, short passes into the midfield but he was not able to make those diagonal balls to the right wing, had to work hard with blocking shots, using his body strength to hold people off but not the colossus that we have become accustomed to of late.
Ruben Neves - 6
This score is uncharacteristic for him, battered and bruised today, got a couple of dodgy challenges today which may have led to his substitution on 68 mins being replaced by Nunes. One notable effort that went high and wide, which is not like Ruben, not his day but never gave up battling.
Mario Lemina - 6
JOAO MOUTINHO - 5.5
ADAMA TRAORE - 6.5
RAUL JIMENEZ - 6.5
Daniel Podence - 5
Pedro Neto - 6.5 (45 min)
Hwang Hee Chan - 5.5 (68 min)
Matheus Nunes - 5 (68 min)
Rayan Ait Nouri - 4 (68 min)
Nathan Collins - 4 (74 min)
So there may be some raised eyebrows for these ratings! For me man of the match would be Neto, showed us that he has the quality to deliver again. If he could do this against Leeds and Nottingham Forest that would be excellent.
ARTICLE BY CRAIG HICKEY
A 53 year old season ticket holder in the Steve Bull stand. Go along with my two young lads who love the Wolves and so far, the positive times. Long may it continue.