Wolves player ratings: One man had a ‘stormer’ in Burnley defeat
Burnley put a dent in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ European dream to seal a 2-0 win at Turf Moor.
Former West Bromwich Albion forward Chris Wood put the Clarets ahead after two minutes, although it will officially go down as a Conor Coady own goal, before Dwight McNeil made the game safe in the second half.
While Wolves are in the FA Cup semi-finals, finishing seventh in the Premier League still represents their best chance of Europa League football next season.
And Wolves still occupy seventh spot but Leicester City are closing rapidly following an upturn in fortunes under new manager Brendan Rodgers.
Here’s how we rated Nuno Espirito Santo’s side at Turf Moor:
Rui Patricio 6
The goalkeeper didn’t have anything to do other than pick the ball out of his net twice.
Patricio might have done more to prevent Wood from rounding him after two minutes but he could do little about McNeil’s clincher.
Romain Saiss 5
Allowed McNeil far too much space and the young Burnley winger eventually made him pay.
If Bennett comes back into the team on Tuesday after suspension, Nuno will have a huge Wembley call on his hands.
Conor Coady 5
Unusually for Wolves’ captain passes went astray and he was caught out a couple of times.
Burnley’s powerful front two of Wood and Ashley Barnes gave him a torrid afternoon.
Coady now has three own goals to his name this season after ones against Manchester City and Leicester.
Willy Boly 6.5
Boly looked by far the most comfortable of Wolves’ back three and defended well against Barnes and Wood.
Adama Traore 8
Traore had a stormer of a game. Burnley left-back Charlie Taylor simply didn’t have the answer to Wolves’ powerful winger as he bounded past him at every opportunity.
Burnley’s analysts in the press box were screaming at Taylor to trip Traore every time the Spaniard started to motor, but he couldn’t get within range.
Doherty’s introduction stifled Traore with both players keen to hug the touchline and Nuno promptly replaced him.
Traore’s latest performance at wing-back was the big positive from a poor afternoon.
Leander Dendoncker 6
The Belgian, perhaps suffering from his international exertions, was nowhere near his best. Dendoncker’s passing has been so sharp in recent months but he took far too long to find his rhythm at Turf Moor.
It was Dendoncker’s persistence that led to an excellent chance for Cavaleiro shortly after half-time, but Wolves’ No.7 spurned it.
Ruben Neves 6.5
A wayward shot from range in the first half summed up the vast majority of Neves’s efforts this season – bar Everton and Liverpool, of course.
He wasn’t at his best but Neves was far from poor either.
Joao Moutinho 7.5
Moutinho’s standards haven’t dipped all season and he created a couple of excellent chances for his team-mates.
Unfortunately for Wolves’ creator-in-chief, his team-mates didn’t arrive in Burnley with their shooting boots.
Jonny Otto 6.5
Jonny missed a decent chance just before McNeil made the game safe but the players paid to score goals were just as wasteful.
Ivan Cavaleiro 6
Cavaleiro was starting just his first Premier League game since January and he struggled to make an impact.
The Portuguese attacker had scored on each of his previous two Wolves starts – in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury and Bristol City – but he lacked composure when Dendoncker pulled the ball back to him early in the second half, blazing over when he should have scored.
Diogo Jota 6.5
Looked the most likely out of Wolves’ forwards but his best effort dropped wide of the post.
He didn’t take kindly to Burnley’s rough treatment and the Clarets’ fans reacted just as angrily to his protestations.
Matt Doherty (for Dendoncker, 60) 6
Should have scored after great work from Moutinho.
Raul Jimenez (for Cavaleiro, 60) 5.5
Some great movement went unnoticed by his team-mates.
Helder Costa (for Traore, 72) 5
Very little impact as Wolves fell to defeat.
Not used : Ruddy, Kilman, Vinagre, Gibbs-White