Saturday, 30 October 2010

Wolves player ratings

Hart On a very good day he might just have got a hand to the first goal. But powerless with the second. Otherwise strong under an aerial barrage. 6

Richards A bit negligent - admittedly under difficult circumstances - against Matt Jarvis, allowing too many crosses including the one that lead to Wolves' equaliser. Things didn't get too much better in the second half. 5

Kolo Touré Maybe rushed back from injury, this was a return to his form of last season. He was back to his old diffidence and insecurity, and was partially culpable for both Wolves goals. Joleon Lescott must be wondering what he has to do. 4

Given a very difficult time by Kevin Doyle, who did a great job leading the line for Wolves. Won his fair share of headers but might have done better for the goals. Due a bad game, I guess, but we need him at 100% every week. 5

Having him out on the left inhibits his crossing, which is one of his best traits. Defended well enough, better at stopping crosses coming in than Richards was, although he did look a bit ponderous at times. Foul throw in the dying minutes was infuriating. 6

Yaya Touré
Asked to anchor in the absence of Nigel de Jong, he struggled to impose himself in quite the same way. As ever there was the suspicion that he was playing within himself, best displayed by the fact that he waited 75 minutes before going on his first charging run through the middle. A bit slow in possession, too. 4

Milner The shuttling role in a diamond is well-suited to his game, and he performed more admirably than some. He covered ground although his final ball was not as good as it might have been. 6

Barry Not as energetic as Milner, and so less suited to the task he was given. Barely made any impression on the game, on or off possession, as we were left with more bodies in midfield than we needed and not enough in wide areas. Lucky to stay on as long as he did. 4

Silva The one player who remained lively and ambitious until the end. Won us the penalty for our goal (although Stearman's greivances are entirely illegitimate), and continued to impress with his movement and touch throughout. Without Carlos, no-one was on his wavelength. 7

Adebayor Caused problems. Ran harder than usual, going deep and wide, and converted his penalty well. Unlucky to get the hook. 6

Balotelli It's unfair to expect too match in his first Premier League start. He was lively, certainly, getting in good positions and worrying defenders. He could have had a hat-trick in the first half. But he drifted out of the game and didn't look particularly helpful later on. 5


A. Johnson Beat Elokobi with his first run (as he has a habit of doing), and did lift things, without being too influential to the overall pattern of play. 6

Zabaleta One reckless tackle that deserved at least the booking he got. 5

One shot blocked n/a


Nika said...

Enough is enough. Barry has to go! He was poor for England and he has been poor for City. His position is too important to have such an average player occupy. He obviously is more interested in student parties than Premier league football. Mancini has to get a grip -- and fast! I think his days are numbered and he'll be gone by Christmas.

Dextersmart said...

Mancho needs to give the reserve players a fair run for the starting XI. Jo Alves has merited his position over AdeBABA.

buddzy said...

team v west brom. Hart;boateng,kompany,k toure,lescott;de jong,y toure;silva;milner,balotelli,a johnson.4-2-1-3 formation with milner & johnson playing wide silva in the hole with a free role.

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