Crystal Palace 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Player Ratings
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Maximilian Kilman, Pedro Neto and Vitinha of Wolverhampton Wanderers look dejected following their team's defeat in the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Selhurst Park on January 30, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to continue their poor run of form.

An Eberechi Eze goal separated the two sides with a second half strike to earn Palace their first home win over Wolves since 2013.

  • Defence

Rui Patricio- 5/10: Apart from the goal, it was a quiet day for the goalkeeper. Did what he could, but unfortunately, was beaten by a very good strike. 

Willy Boly- 6/10: Wolves looked solid at the back for the most part, and the back three certainly looks settled. Boly did well and made the tackle when needed, but couldn't do anything for the goal. 

Conor Coady- 5/10: Struggled to deal with the threat that Wilfried Zaha posed. The Ivory Coast international came close to doubling the home side's lead when he hit the crossbar after a rapid counter-attack, taking on the Wolves captain in the process. Coady also received a yellow card towards the end of the game after a confrontation with Zaha, symbolic of the frustrations of the game. 

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Max Kilman- 7/10: Despite the result, it was another solid performance from the young Englishman. He was extremely comfortable in possession and always offered a safe pass which helped Wolves to build from the back. 

  • Midfield

Ki-Jana Hoever- 5/10: An average performance from the Dutchman, didn't particularly offer much going forward or in defence, however offered an option on the ball when needed. 

Joao Moutinho- 5/10: A quiet display from the midfielder, who was patient in the build up, however at times a little too patient. Didn't offer anything going forward, other than the easy option. As valuable as his experience can be, Ruben Neves could see a return to the starting 11 for the next game.

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Leander Dendoncker- 4/10: Really should have done better for the goal. The Belgian was out of position as Eze received the ball on the edge of the box, making it easy for the goal scorer to glide past Dendocker before smashing home the first goal of the match. Didn't do enough going forward either.  

Nelson Semedo- 5/10: It wasn't a terrible performance from the full back, but not a great one either. To be fair to Semedo, he was deployed on the opposite side to what he is used to. He did deliver two decent crosses into the box, both coming in the first half, however the striker couldn't get on the end of them.

  • Attack

Pedro Neto - 7/10: Easily Wolves' best player today. He looked incredibly lively, and was always on the front foot when receiving the ball, and if Wolves were to do anything today it would have been through him. However, the young Portuguese struggled to get himself into those threatening positions where he could really penetrate the host's defence.

Willian Jose- 7/10: It is clear to see what the Brazilian can offer, we got a glimpse of this when he flicked the ball into the path of Podence, which was just intercepted by Patrick Van Aanholt. However, he kept finding himself in the wrong areas of the box for the cross in the first half. This changed in the second half as he drew the first save of the match with a great half volley, and almost levelled the scoring with a strong header. 

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Daniel Podence- 5/10: Another quiet day for Podence since coming back from injury. Had a few decent moments, but couldn't create anything too threatening. There is certainly a lot more to come from the winger.

  • Substitutions 

Adama Traore- 6/10: Wolves looked more threatening after he came on, thanks to the problems he caused Van Aanholt, however the Spaniard's end product lacked, with only a corner resulting from most of his attacks. 

Vitinha Ferreira- 5/10: Battled well with Zaha especially, however struggled to really grow into the game. Perhaps not enough time for him to make a real impact going forward. 

Fabio Silva- 3/10: In the fifteen minutes he got, it was hard to notice he was even on the pitch. 

 

 

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