Wolverhampton Wanderers got back to their best on Friday night as they roared to a 2-0 victory against a disappointing Crystal Palace.
Palace had a goal correctly ruled out for offside, and before you could get your breath back, Wolves were ahead thanks to a delightful strike from the debuting Rayan Aït-Nouri. Daniel Podence made it two before Palace thought they had a route back into the game when Patrick van Aanholt won a penalty – only to see the decision overturned because of an earlier offside.
The second half was far more even, with Palace shifting their shape to try and get back into the game. They enjoyed plenty of possession but lacked the cutting edge to break through Wolves’ stubborn defence, and any hope of a comeback was extinguished as Luka Milivojević was shown a late red card for a nasty challenge.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
João Moutinho – 6/10 – Victim of a shocking challenge from Milivojevic, having gone about his business in typically unassuming fashion.
Adama Traoré – 6/10 –
Ran around quickly, as you’d expect, but wasn’t required to turn on the turbos as Palace don’t play the exposure at the back game.
Fábio Silva – N/A
Ebere Eze – 6/10 – Didn’t really get involved, but didn’t put a wrong either in his defence. Will be confident of starting future games if this is how Palace perform.
Jordan Ayew – 5/10 –
Wasn’t able to influence proceedings much as, you guessed it, the ball wasn’t particularly forthcoming.
Christian Benteke – N/A