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Karl Whitehouse shares his player ratings for Wolves defeat to West Ham

A frustrating afternoon for Wolves in the capital where we looked lost playing in a back 4, we know the back 5 works better. Gary made mistakes and the players lacked confidence and concentration, were caught out of position and we lacked the identity we have been used to these last few weeks. The game plan left us exposed us on the left hand side with West Ham exploiting it well with a three goal victory.

Daniel Bentley – 4

Brought in to replace the injured Jose Sa. Positioning was very poor in the three goals he conceded where he could have saved them by tipping them away with his hands, also nearly got caught out in the first half when Bowen hit the post with Bentley still on his line. He needs to get his positioning better. We missed Jose Sa today, he may have his faults but he is a quality shot stopper and probably would have done better in the circumstances.

Max Kilman – 4

Played further up the pitch leaving his partner  Dawson on his own to try and defend the goals that West Ham scored. His positioning was not good enough leaving him vulnerable and chasing the ball. 

Craig Dawson – 4.5

Was left exposed in defence for the goals, when Kilman was up the pitch marking other players should have kept closer into the player keeping him tight and stopping him getting the shot in but his positioning in the whole game was not up to his usual standard. Should have done better from the attacking set pieces when he had the opportunity.

Toti Gomes – 4

Bad day at the office for Toti playing in a back 4 where he plays better in a back 5. He got a yellow card late into the first half what could have caused us problems later on but luckily it didn’t but he must improve his concentration and positioning in the game.

Nelson Semedo - 4

Should have tackled Kudus to stop the first goal. He had an assist wiped out by VAR for offside. His positioning in the game was not the best should have done better.

Mario Lemina – 5

Helped setup Bellegarde in a move for the ruled-out goal. Today  he lacked his usual pace and concentration not much in the engine room suggesting something is not right in the side today.

Joao Gomes - 5

Not one of his best games, lacked sharpness and positioning and often looked lost .

Jean Ricner Bellegarde - 5

Bellegarde made a good pass to Semedo for the ruled-out goal. Was a game to remember for him being hit squarely in the face by Coufal but the officials didn’t notice! He had some runs at the West Ham backline but ended up in nothing.

Pablo Sarabia – 6.5 & man of the match

Not a bad game for him. He did have a good goal chalked off for offside which took 3 and half minutes for VAR to sort out, he will get more chances like this to bag another goal this season.

Hwang Hee Chan – 4.5

This wasn’t one of his best games, he didn’t have much service or many chances given to him in the game. Was he playing in the 9 position or the number 10 in the game? We don’t know!

Matheus Cunha – 5.5

Cunha had chances in the game to get a goal but was often playing deep to get control of the ball. He had some good balls and crosses, but the placement wasn’t there to finish them off and convert.


Rayan Ait Nouri – 5

Nice to see him back from injury for 28 minutes in place of Toti Gomes and getting some game time, didn’t have much to do in the game.


Came on in place of Nelson Semedo had nothing much to do in the game but looked so lost when he came on.


Came on in place of Mario Lemina hardly had much to do in the game and didn’t fit well in the system played.


Pablo Sarabia he was the only player on the pitch today who played well, got into good positions and was so close getting a goal for Wolves which ended up being offside.



I have been a Wolves fan been for over 30 years. I have supported them both home and away games in the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s and now like looking into historic Wolves games and the stats behind the games

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