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Wolves ratings as Ait-Nouri impresses in frustrating Burnley draw

Wolverhampton Wanderers have dropped two more points in the Premier League after Burnley held them to a goalless draw at Molineux.

Despite another dominant display, in which Wolves had 16 shots and 65 percent possession, Bruno Lage’s side couldn’t find a winning goal on a frustrating night.

Leander Dendoncker’s inclusion, in place of the suspended Ruben Neves, added height to Wolves’ arsenal and the Belgian headed the first chance of the game straight at Nick Pope after being picked out by Nelson Semedo.

Burnley went straight down the other end and fashioned a headed chance for Chris Wood, whose record of five goals in his previous three games versus Wolves had fans fearing the worst. Fortunately for Wolves, Wood glanced his header well wide of Jose Sa’s goal.

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Hwang Hee-chan did little to calm those nerves by lashing out at Matt Lowton after the pair clashed in midfield. Sean Dyche wanted red, Lage looked worried, but Hwang escaped with a yellow card.

The game required a spark and the returning Adama Traore duly provided it.

Wolves fended off a Burnley attack and the ball fell kindly to Traore, who turned on the afterburners and left the Clarets’ recovering defenders in his wake.

The Spaniard ignored Raul Jimenez to his left and flew past last man Charlie Taylor before thumping a shot against the crossbar.

The woodwork was still shaking when Traore broke clear from a similar position to play Jimenez in on the right side of the penalty area.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traore shoots against Burnley
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Adama Traore shoots against Burnley

Taylor managed to keep pace with the Mexican and the Burnley left-back produced an excellent sliding challenge to avert the danger.

Burnley quickly regrouped and held firm to ensure they matched Wolves until half-time.

Wolves continued to pile on the pressure after the break and Rayan Ait-Nouri exploded down the left before pulling the ball back to Traore on the penalty spot. Traore swung his left leg at it but multiple Burnley defenders threw themselves in front of his goal-bound shot and they survived again.

Hwang usually has the golden touch in front of goal and almost found the opener midway through the second half. The South Korean dribbled past two Burnley defenders before firing an effort inches wide of Pope’s goal via a deflection off Nathan Collins.

Traore managed to find the target when a ball fell kindly to him on the edge of the box, but Pope tipped his shot around the post.

Wolves just couldn’t find a way to goal and frustration set in during the final minutes as the spoils were shared.

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Jose Sa 7

Anticipated a quick free-kick brilliantly towards the end of the first half and tackled Cornet on the edge of Wolves’ penalty area.

Sa was dominant when coming for crosses and his distribution was of a high standard.

Max Kilman 8

Kilman is beyond cool at the back these days and looks so assured in everything he does.

The centre-back rarely just lumps the ball forward, everything is so measured and precise. He wasn’t troubled by Burnley’s attackers.

Conor Coady 8

Positioned himself perfectly to thwart several Burnley attacks in the first half. The improvement in Coady’s defensive work since Wolves’ last game against Burnley in April is immeasurable. The Wolves captain is very quietly having a good season.

Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action against Burnley
Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action against Burnley

Romain Saiss 7

Saiss was solid alongside Kilman and Coady, as he has been for most of this season. He was dominant in the air in Wolves’ box and won more headers during the game than any of his teammates.

Nelson Semedo 7

Semedo is becoming one of the key attackers in Lage’s 3-4-3 system and found lots of space down the right.

The right-back’s delivery was a bit hit and miss, but he continues to impress under the new regime.

Leander Dendoncker 7

The Belgian kept things simple in midfield and tried to move the ball forward to Wolves’ attacking players quickly. His pass completion, according to WhoScored, was just 77 percent though.

Debndoncker gave Wolves extra physicality in midfield and guided a header on target in the opening exchanges.

Joao Moutinho 7

Moutinho took on the role of pass master in Neves’ absence and was heavily involved in all of Wolves’ forays forward. His corners often didn’t beat the first man, which was a disappointment.

Rayan Ait-Nouri 8

The left wing-back is going from strength to strength under Lage having displaced Marcal in the starting line-up.

He was excellent against Burnley and looked to get at the Clarets’ defenders at every opportunity.

Hwang Hee-chan 7

Hwang hasn’t scored in his last five games, but it hasn’t been for a lack of effort. The forward went close to a winner against Burnley with a left-footed strike that drifted inches wide.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Hwang Hee-chan shoots at goal against Burnley
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Hwang Hee-chan shoots at goal against Burnley

Raul Jimenez 6.5

Absolutely skinned McNeil in the first half to delight the Molineux faithful before enduring a largely frustrating night. Jimenez was left to feed off scraps all evening.

Adama Traore 7

Should he have passed to Jimenez? Probably, but most other players would have done the same in the position Traore found himself in during the first half. Traore’s resulting shot hit the woodwork instead of the net.

Traore was Wolves’ most dangerous attacker, but he needs to start producing numbers to keep his place in the team.


Francisco Trincao (for Hwang, 84) N/A

Not used: Ruddy, Moulden, Hoever, Bueno, Cundle, Campbell, Silva

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