Brighton & Hove Albion v Wolves player ratings

Shane Duffy heads over in the first half. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Shane Duffy heads over in the first half. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Glenn Murray's 100th Brighton goal took them to a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon. Here's how we rated the players of both teams.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Glenn Murray prepares for a set-piece. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Glenn Murray prepares for a set-piece. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Mathew Ryan - 8

Made some crucial saves, including an outstanding reaction stop to deny Bennett an injury-time equaliser. Third successive clean sheet for Albion's number one.

Bruno - 8

Set up Murray for Albion's opener early in the second half. Cleared a dangerous Doherty cross in the first half.

Shane Duffy - 8

Dominant in the air at the back as usual and went close to scoring at the other end on a couple of occasions in the first half.

Lewis Dunk - 8

Solid as ever at the back alongside Duffy. Headed over Neves's goalbound free kick with 13 minutes left.

Gaetan Bong - 8

Had his hands full with Doherty playing high up the pitch from wing-back. Defended well and showed a couple of nice pieces of skill in the second half.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh - 7

Struggled to make an attacking impact in the first half but worked hard throughout.

Dale Stephens - 7

Hard-working display in the middle of the park.

Beram Kayal - 7

Threw himself in the way to block powerful Neves shot early on. Worked hard up and down the pitch.

Jose Izquierdo - 7

Looked to drive forward when possible. His pace made him a constant threat. Subbed with ten minutes to go.

Solly March - 6

Again played in the number ten role behind Murray. Sent low shot wide on the half-hour mark. Corner headed wide by Duffy just before the break. Subbed with 20 minutes to go.

Glenn Murray - 7

Scored his 100th goal for Brighton when he turned home Bruno's low cross-shot early in the second half. Passed fit to start after suffering concussion in the 1-0 win at Newcastle last weekend. Named sponsor's man of the match.

Subs:

Yves Bissouma - 6

Sent on for the final 20 minutes.

Anthony Knockaert - 6

Came on for the final ten minutes. Pass cut out when he looked to send Jahanbakhsh clear late in injury-time.

Unused: Jason Steele, Jurgen Locadia, Florin Andone, Leon Balogun, Bernardo.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Rui Patricio - 6

Had little to do but no chance with the goal as Murray was left unmarked to tap home.

Matt Doherty - 8

Right wing-back played high up the pitch. Had a shot blocked by Izquierdo early on, which saw Wolves players appeal for handball. Missed a golden chance when he side-footed wide from 12 yards with just Ryan to beat. Had another couple of chances in the second half.

Ryan Bennett - 6

Denied an equaliser by outstanding save by Ryan in injury-time.

Willy Boly - 6

Defended well up against Murray. A threat from attacking set-pieces.

Conor Coady - 6

Solid at the back alongside Boly and Bennett in three-man defence.

Jonny Otto - 6

Spanish international worked up and down the pitch from left-wing back.

Ruben Neves - 7

Lovely through ball was just out of Doherty's reach on 17 minutes. Curled effort went wide on 53 minutes and had a fierce shot saved by Ryan.

Raul Jimenez - 6

Turned and fired well wide in first half. Return pass to Doherty set up excellent chance for Doherty, which Wolves' wing-back put wide. Subbed on the hour.

Helder Costa - 5

Swapped wings with Traore for the second half but had a quiet game.

Joao Moutinho - 7

Comfortable in possession and looked to spread the play.

Adama Traore - 6

First league start of the season after joining from Middlesbrough in August. Nice run down the left early on. Saw a well-struck shot saved by Ryan midway through the first half. Subbed on the hour.

Subs

Ivan Cavaleiro - 6

Introduced after an hour.

Diogo Jota - 7

Came on after 60 minutes. Lively. Low shot kept out by Ryan late on.

Leo Bonatini - 5

Got the final five minutes

Unused: John Ruddy, Morgan Gibbs-White, Ruben Vinagre, Leander Dendoncker.

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Match report: Brighton 1, Wolves 0