Wolves player ratings against Newcastle including incredible Ikeme

Wolves Manager Walter Zenga

Wolves secured a superb 2-0 win over the Championship's in-form side, Newcastle United, to get their campaign back on track.

Walter Zenga

Wolves' victory over Newcastle United sees them catapult themselves up to tenth in the Championship with 12 points, just three points shy of the Magpies. After three games without a win, manager Walter Zenga needed to make a statement, and he did exactly that by claiming the scalp of the Championship's best team at St James' Park. 

In this shock win, how did the players rate?

Carl Ikeme 8.5/10

Ikeme made a superb save from Ayoze Perez in the first-half and things could have been so different if he had not gotten a hand to the ball. He continued his fine form as he made a number of fine stops and he was strong in the air from crosses too.

Matt Doherty 8

A fantastic performance at right-back as a lot of Newcastle's threat came down that side. He stood up to this very well though as he defended powerfully and could have had a goal as he had ghosted in behind Chancel Mbemba when he centre-back netted at the wrong end.

Dominic Iorfa 8

Preferred to Richard Stearman at centre-half and, after being moved in from the right, he was another player that played very well. He was strong in the air and intelligent on the ball and, to keep Newcastle from scoring all day, he had to be in fine form, which he was.

Danny Batth 8.5

Wolves' Danny Batth

Baath just gets better and better. The captain did everything at the back as he instrumental in their victory over the Magpies. Everything that came his way he either blocked, tackled or headed away in a performance that will have Premier League teams raising their eyebrows.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson 8

The Manchester United loan player looks like a real talent. Nothing got past him on on the left, and Matt Ritchie was hauled off midway through the second half which showed that he was having no joy against the left-back. Wolves must properly utilise his ability this season.

David Edwards 8.5

Derby County's Raul Albentosa in action with Wolverhampton Wanderers' David Edwards

An incredible performance sitting in front of the defence. He was not allowed the ability to roam freely in the midfield and, oddly enough, this seemed to set him free. Everything that Newcastle threw at him, he stopped and he was superb in dealing with Jonjo Shelvey as the former Swansea man was restricted to long range efforts.

Romain Saiss 8.5

Saiss was the perfect midfield buffer beside Edwards. His physicality and tenacity halted Newcastle in their tracks and he seems to love a strong tackle. He also has a good technical ability on the ball as his passing range set Wolves forward on more than one occasion.

Prince Oniangue 7

He was the least effective of the midfielders, however that is not to say that he did not play well. His energy levels are outstanding and he did not give the Newcastle midfield a moments rest. His physicality also added a further threat in the centre and he gives Zenga more problems about who to play in the midfield due to his depth of options.

Helder Costa 9

Another superb player for Wolves and his direct running, pace and trickery meant Newcastle's defence were constantly on the back foot. His creativity was also vital on the wing and he could have scored twice but he instead had to be contented with scoring a fantastic curling effort in the second-half. 

Jon Bodvarsson 8

-  Iceland Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates after scoring a goal.

Bodvarsson was incredibly unselfish throughout and gave the Newcastle centre-halves no end of problems. His cross was turned in by Mbemba and he slammed a shot against the bar. The only criticism of the Icelandic striker is he is not scoring often, but with the positions he takes up he will score more.

Joao Teixeira 7

Pushed out wide onto the wing from centre midfield and he looked far more comfortable. He is still struggling to replicate his performances from earlier in the season, however he is getting there. A few nice touches and a tireless display meant Newcastle were not given a moments rest.

Substitutes

Ivan Cavaleiro (Teixeira, 71) 6.5

Ivan Cavaleiro (R) celebrates scoring the third goal for Portugal

The record signing was not given a lot of time to have an impact in an impressive win for his side. The winger's pace and trickery will be a potent threat for Wolves this term.

 

Joe Mason (Costa, 74) 6

Replaced Costa who had put in a real shift on the wing. Mason won't be happy with short cameo roles, and if he is given a chance to start on Tuesday then he must take it with both hands.

Conor Coady (Bödvarsson, 88) N/A

Coady was bought on to shore up the midfield and he did exactly that in the closing stages.

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