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Wolves ratings vs Brentford after worst performance under Lage

Bruno Lage’s wait for a home win continued after Brentford defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molineux.

Wolves were well beaten in front of their own fans as Ivan Toney (pen) and Bryan Mbeumo bagged the goals for the Bees.

The onus was on Wolves to claim their first win at Molineux this season but they produced the worst performance of the Lage era.

Brentford had the ball in the net four times in the first half but, fortunately for Wolves, two of Toney’s strikes were ruled out – one for offside and one for handball via a VAR review.

Toney – who almost moved to Molineux back in 2014 – was Wolves’ tormentor-in-chief.

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He opened the scoring in the 26th minute from the penalty spot after being dragged to the ground by Marcal at a Brentford corner.

Adama Traore is always Wolves’ most dangerous attacker and almost levelled instantly with a shot from range that deflected onto the crossbar.

Brentford played Lage’s high press to perfection in the opening 45 minutes, drawing Wolves onto them before floating balls into Toney that bypassed Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho in midfield.

One of those passes left Max Kilman isolated against Toney on the left and the Brentford striker outwitted his Wolves counterpart before squaring the ball for Mbeumo to make it 2-0.

For the first time this season Wolves had been completely outclassed. Lage responded by bringing Hwang Hee-chan on at half-time in place of Romain Saiss and switching to a back four.

Wolves ratings vs Brentford after worst performance under Lage
Ivan Toney of Brentford celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford

Now on the right wing, Traore remained Wolves’ biggest threat and clipped a cross over Bees goalkeeper David Raya that was begging to be converted at the far post but nobody was there.

Wolves’ hopes of mounting a comeback were given a boost with around 30 minutes to go as Shandon Baptiste was given his marching orders by referee Darren England. Baptiste received a second yellow card after he fouled Francisco Trincao in midfield.

Wolves had to attack and Lage responded by bringing Daniel Podence and Fabio Silva on for Marcal and Nelson Semedo.

Traore refused to give up the fight and raced down the wing before producing a trademark cross for Jimenez that the striker headed agonisingly wide.

The Mexican’s wait for a goal continues, as does Wolves’ for a win at Molineux this season after Brentford held on.

Jose Sa 5

The goalkeeper couldn’t have done anything about either Brentford goal, with his defence to blame. Sa made a couple of stops to prevent Brentford from adding to their lead before almost gifting Toney another late on.

Jose Sa of Wolverhampton Wanderers
Jose Sa of Wolverhampton Wanderers

Max Kilman 5

Kilman has been very impressive this season but he must take his share of the blame for Mbeumo’s goal. The centre-back was outmuscled and outpaced by Toney on the left and Wolves paid the ultimate price.

Conor Coady 5

The Wolves captain couldn’t get to grips with Toney at all in what was a dominant performance by the Brentford centre-forward.

Wolves ratings vs Brentford after worst performance under Lage
Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers talks with the referee

Romain Saiss 5

Saiss wasn’t any worse than his teammates in a particularly dire first half, but he was the obvious candidate to be hooked once Lage decided to switch formations.

Nelson Semedo 5

The Portugal right-back wasn’t able to impose himself on the game going forward and became increasingly ineffective as the game wore on.

Ruben Neves 5

Neves has been breath-taking at times this season but this wasn’t his best work. He spent the back end of the first half arguing with the referee after decisions had gone against Wolves and needed the break to regain his composure.

He improved after half-time and looked to get Wolves moving forward, but his passing lacked its usual crispness.

Wolves ratings vs Brentford after worst performance under Lage
Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers is challenged by Christian Norgaard of Brentford

Joao Moutinho 5

Gave the ball away cheaply in the build-up to Toney’s second disallowed goal in his worst performance of the season to date.

Marcal 4

We’ve all been singing Marcal’s praises but there can be no excuse for his foul on Toney which gave away the penalty. The Brazilian’s end product going forward also left a lot to be desired.

Francisco Trincao 5

Played in three different positions and ended the game at left-back having struggled to make an impact in his preferred attacking role in the first half.

Raul Jimenez 5

It was a tough afternoon for the striker, whose frustration threatened to get the better of him in stoppage time.

Jimenez messed up a rabona in the early stages of the game and he never really picked himself up. He should have scored in the final 10 minutes but headed wide of an empty goal.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Raul Jimenez (right) and Brentford's Rico Henry
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Raul Jimenez (right) and Brentford’s Rico Henry

Adama Traore 7

Traore was comfortably the best player in old gold and created several openings for his teammates, including the one which Jimenez should have buried.

In the second half Wolves reverted to their approach from last season: Give the ball to Traore and hope for the best.

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Hwang Hee-chan (for Saiss, 46) 6

Gave Wolves attacking impetus off the bench and never stopped running.

Daniel Podence (for Marcal, 72) 6

Another who impressed after coming on and it surely won’t be long before he’s crammed into the starting XI.

Fabio Silva (for Semedo, 82) N/A

Not much to report on a quiet cameo for the youngster.

Not used: Ruddy, Mosquera, Boly, Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Dendoncker

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