Wolverhampton Wanderers survived plenty of late pressure to defeat ten-men Queens Park Rangers 2-1, in a poor Championship showing from both teams.
A nondescript first half saw fouls galore and ultimately a game altering red card offered to James Perch for two irresponsible bookings.
A game highlighting second goal was converted by the skilful trickery of Helder Costa.
A late goal from QPR's Joel Lynch proved consolatory - and despite seven minutes of added-on injury-time, Wolves just about managed to see the game through to take all three points.
Here's how Wolves' players rated.
GK: Carl Ikeme (7/0) – Footwork and handling was effective throughout the game - but it was evident that Ikeme is still struggling to shake oblique and hip injuries, as the Wolves stopper was slow to react on more than one occasion. A further injury, this time to an achilles, curtailed Ikeme’s completion of the game – replaced by Andy Lonergan for the closing stages.
RB: Dominic Iorfa (7/10) – The pace of Iorfa was decisive in the build up to Wolves’ opening goal, as the full back worked his way behind the QPR defence to supply a first time cross to scorer Dave Edwards.
CB: Danny Batth (6/10) – The Wolves captain returned to the line-up after a recent suspension, but looked far too laboured and his partnership with Richard Stearman seemed far from cohesive.
CB: Richard Stearman (6/10) – Alongside Batth, Stearman was fortunate that QPR couldn’t create too many chances after they were reduced to ten men during the first half. When he was called upon, Stearman appeared nervous in possession.
LB: Matt Doherty (6/10) – Struggled in any kind of attacking capacity on the left-hand side. Doherty’s reluctance to utilise his left was a major preventative for Wolves, as Doherty slowed many attacks by cutting back too often.
CM: Dave Edwards (8/10) – The Welsh international was the only Wolves man who looked threatening from midfield, proving as much with a well-taken goal just before the hour mark. Edwards was Wolves' best player and his commitment to the cause was admirable - signified by the multiple runs beyond midfield in an attempt to impact on the game.
CM: Roman Saiss (6/10) – Grew into the game and was able to influence a little more after the break. Saiss’ main responsibility was to protect Batth and Stearman – something that the Morrocan succeeded with.
CM: Conor Coady (5/10) – Work rate and combativeness were aplenty for Coady, but the midfielder struggled to find the penetrative creativity of passes required to affect the game for Wolves.
AM: Helder Costa (7/10) – Arguably Wolves’ most talented footballer, but against QPR Costa appeared to lack the team ethic required in this kind of Championship encounter. However, his individualistic display included a fabulous goal to give Wolves a 2-0 lead. Certainly a Molineux maverick.
AM: Ivan Cavaleiro (6/10) – Couldn’t be faulted for efforts and enthusiasm but was found guilty of playing with his head down on too many occasions in the first half in particular. Cavaleiro benefitted from Perch’s dismissal more than most – but was unable to make the extra space count. Replaced by George Saville on 71 minutes.
FW: Nouha Dicko (7/10) – The Mali international was deployed in a lone role in attack and looked isolated throughout. Dicko’s lack of support, or any significant service, from teammates didn’t deter the forward from a display full of work rate before being replaced by Jon Dadi Bodvarsson for the last fifteen minutes.
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