Wolves 0-0 Fulham: Post-Match Player Ratings
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Wolverhampton Wanderers were held to just the point at Molineux on Saturday when newly-promoted Fulham came to town. The home side failed to convert a host of chances but could only get one shot on target for their efforts, with Bruno Lage's striker problem evident once again.

In the end, Wolves were lucky to hold on to a point in a game they had controlled possession after Jose came to the rescue and saved Aleksander Mitrovic's penalty late in the fixture. 

Mitrovic's frustration at his miss nearly boiled over as he scythed down Morgan Gibbs-White in stoppage-time and then went head-to-head with the Wolves forward. But the Serbia international only saw yellow, despite VAR looking at the incident.

But as the afternoon drew to a close, a point felt fair for both managers, who would be discouraged by their lack of goals on the day.  

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  • Wolves Starting XI

Jose Sa - 8/10

In the first half, the Portuguese goalkeeper had little to nothing to do, but his heroics in the last 10 minutes of the fixture ensured Wolves would clinch their first point of the new season. Arguably the Man of the Match, Sa did his job - it's a shame the attackers didn't.

Rayan Ait-Nouri - 6.5/10

Ait-Nouri was a constant threat on the left flank, linking up with Pedro Neto competently to endear himself to the crowd early on. It was his involvement in the first half, which led to Rodak and Tosin's confusion in the box, that Wolves should have capitalised on. His problems cropped up defensively as he struggled to deal with Bobby De-Cordova-Reid, and brought him down for the penalty. 

Nathan Collins - 6/10

Dealing with the presence of Mitrovic in his first appearance for Wolves is no easy task, but Collins kept the Serb quiet for the most part. His role in playing out from the back also caught the eye but did nothing special in terms of keeping out a dried-up Fulham attack. 

Max Kilman - 7/10

Kilman's aerial dominance was the reason Fulham struggled to get Mitrovic in the game - he played the role of leader in a new look defence that didn't miss the organisation from Conor Coady. Helping the backline stay alert, Kilman was authoritative. 

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Jonny - 5.5/10

On the whole, Jonny played well in the first half, but he was targeted in the second and gave Kebano some joy. Compared to the rest of the defensive half of Wolves, Jonny struggled most. 

Ruben Neves - 7/10

While Sa is still seen as the hero of the fixture for Wolves, Neves' goal line block after De-Cordova Reid was afforded a free header following a corner comes a close second in the most important moment of the game. He was let down by his constant biting tackles towards the end of the game. 

Leander Dendoncker - 6/10

Provided a solid base to start attacks from but was unable to make a significant impact on the outcome of the game. His linkup play was solid and looked positive but no more than Neves, who proved more lively. 

Morgan Gibbs-White - 7/10

If he hadn't blazed Ait-Nouri's teasing cross over the bar in the second half, his rating could be a lot higher. Regardless, his desire to cover up a lot of the pitch was promising, and with time, this could become a significant component of Wolves' setup. 

Daniel Podence - 6/10

At every opportunity, Podence found Neto down the left in the first half an hour, which should have brought about success with the chances that cropped up afterwards. However, Podence showed defensive frailties, picking up a yellow after bringing Harrison Reed down to stop an attack. He became less effective in the second half before being hooked.

Pedro Neto - 7/10

Seemed to be Wolves' most lively attacker, especially in the first half, having forced Rodak into his only save of the game early on. The winger gave Fulham's defence a wretched time and showed glimmers of his former self before giving way to Adama Traore.

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Hwang Hee-Chan - 5/10

The South Korean international proved to be an embodiment of Bruno Lage's attacking problems on Saturday. He was mainly nonexistent from an attacking perspective, while he chose to create chances for others instead. Although this would usually be a good thing to be selfless - but Wolves are in dire need to score goals!

Substitutions

Goncalo Guedes (for Hwang 58') - 6/10

Adama Traore (for Neto 78') - 6/10

Nelson Semedo (for Jonny 78') - 6/10

  • Fulham Starting XI

Marek Rodak - 7.5/10

While Sa saved a penalty, Marek Rodak stopped Neto in his tracks, and both incidents proved vital to the point on the day. He retained his place as Fulham's starting goalkeeper, and Bernd Leno may have to wait a little longer for his debut. 

Kenny Tete - 7/10

Perhaps struggling with the sun's heat in the latter stages of the game, Tete showed signs of being beaten towards the end of the fixture. Nonetheless, he continued to defend on the front foot - a policy that Marco Silva admires in his fight for survival. 

Tosin Adarabioyo - 6/10

Defensively, Tosin didn't look out of place once again in the Premier League, which will be significant in the run-in. However, the 24-year-old showed, just like against Liverpool, that he can be shaky in possession - something his manager is trying to stamp out in his free-flowing philosophy. 

Tim Ream - 8/10

A near-faultless performance from Ream again, with his leadership and command at the back being pivotal to Fulham's point at Molineux. He also displays good on-the-ball skills - something that other defenders at Fulham may lack.

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Antonee Robinson - 7.5/10

Similarly to Ream, 'Jedi' was exceptional defensively on Saturday, with his physicality and pace in recoveries being a thorn in Wolves' side throughout the match. He also created a chance for Mitrovic that should have produced more than just a striking blunder. 

Joao Palhinha - 7/10

Palhinha is a joy to watch, and he is quickly becoming a household name in Fulham. The midfielder consistently won his battles, unfazed by Wolves' experienced lineup.

Harrison Reed - 7/10

it was another trademark performance from Reed, who showed his effortless ability to pick up the scraps, look up, and find a positive pass forward. Mr consistency, it's no surprise that he showed tremendous talent on Saturday. 

Andreas Pereira - 5/10

Despite impressing in his debut against Liverpool last weekend, the Brazilian was a shadow of himself against Wolves. He never looked close to winning second balls in the match, and his inability to keep possession was a stark contrast to his debut outing at Craven Cottage.

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Neeskens Kebano - 7/10

A menace on the left flank, Kebano caused trouble with every touch - it's a shame that he was unable to add a goal to his game to ensure his rating was even higher. Instead, he did all the hard work but failed to find a chance in the end. 

Bobby De-Cordova Reid - 7/10

Not too dissimilar to Kebano, De-Cordova Reid caused problems for Wolves, this time on the right flank. The winger continues to show his worth to Marco Silva as he looks set to be an integral piece to Fulham's jigsaw puzzle. 

Aleksander Mitrovic - 5.5/10

Will Mitrovic put his Premier League hoodoo behind him? He showed he can against Liverpool, but his missed penalty against Wolves presents Marco Silva with that same-old question. He could have earned a valuable three points for The Cottagers, but nothing came from the Serbian - he also failed to get into the game for most of the fixture. 

Substitutions

Jay Stansfield (for Kebano 83') - 6.5/10

Tom Cairney (for Pereira 86') - 6/10

Kevin Mbabu (for Tete 93') - N/A

Tyrese Francois (for De-Cordova Reid 93') - N/A

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