Wolves may have returned to top of the Championship this weekend, but they were pushed all the way by Reading and that was reflected by the WhoScored Championship team of the week.
The club tweeted that three players had been selected into the team; goalscorer Ivan Cavaleiro, defender Willy Boly and keeper John Ruddy. The fact the last two made the cut proves just how much pressure Wolves were under at times.
— Wolves (@Wolves) November 20, 2017
After a poor start, John Ruddy delivered a superb second-half performance that included a magnificent save from Mo Barrow with the score at 0-1. The former Norwich keeper somehow stretched out his arm to stop Barrow’s close range effort and it proved vital with Matt Doherty sealing victory minutes later.
Meanwhile, Willy Boly was once again commanding in central defence and he too was responsible for saving a goal, getting his studs onto Sone Aluko’s shot seconds after Ruddy’s wondersave.
Finally, Ivan Cavaleiro opened the scoring after linking up with Diogo Jota for a very good goal. The Portuguese attacker sold Vito Mannone a great dummy before rolling the ball past him and tapping into an empty net.
So far this season Wolves have won mainly because they’ve been the better side, but Saturday was a different story and the WhoScored ratings prove that Nuno Espirito Santo’s men had a lot of defending to do.
However, as he said in his press conference afterwards, it’s the job of his defensive unit to come up good when needed and that’s exactly what Ruddy and Boly did in particular.
It’s not ideal that they were called into taking so much action, but the pair proved that there’s more than just attacking flair in this Wolves team.
Thoughts, Wolves fans? How good were those three players this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.