Media Player Ratings Wolves (A)- Fornals decent, Haller terrible

Wolverhampton Wanderers extended their unbeaten league run to ten games as they comfortably saw off West Ham 2-0 at Molineux on Wednesday night. Not since 1972 have the Midlands outfit managed this feat in the top flight, and the victory took them to 5th in the table- the same position they eventually finished in that historic 72/73 season.

For West Ham, it was a case of probably taking one step forward and two back. Given Wolves’ congested fixture list (this was their 28th game of the season), and West Ham’s stunning win against an in-form Chelsea side on Saturday, the visitors would’ve been hopeful of taking something from this clash, but instead slumped to another disappointing defeat.

Here is a look at how some of the major newspapers and media outlets rated the Hammers following the 2-0 loss. We’ve collated these from four different sources (Telegraph, Mail, Mirror and FL), and averaged them to find out who was the best Hammer on the evening.

According to these combined ratings, David Martin was the best player on the pitch, scoring a 7 in three papers and 6 in the fourth. Martin made a couple of crucial saves to keep West Ham in the game at 1-0, and there was probably not much he could do for either of the goals.

Mirror ratings Wolves v West Ham

Mirror Wolves West Ham

Ryan Fredericks was the worst defender on the pitch, with the papers not impressed with the way Dendoncker beat him to the opening goal. West Ham have a terrible record at winning Premier League games when they concede first (not since Fulham last season have they managed to do so), and that Dendoncker goal was a very crucial one in the scheme of things.

Aaron Cresswell had a tough game against Adama Traore- the same player who gave him problems when Wolves scored the winner at the London Stadium last season. FL gave the left back just a 4/10 for his performance here, but the others thought he did well, all things considered.

Apart from Snodgrass’ chance, West Ham didn’t really create too many clear-cut opportunities, and Wolves’ dominance was reflected in the xG scores (1.82-0.50 for the home side). Nuno Espirito Santo has managed his players well, and a look at the odds at Bettingmetrics indicates they could again finish in the European places at the end of the current season. As mentioned above, the Midlands outfit are currently 5th in the league, and have also booked their spot in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

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Daily Mail Wolves West Ham

Mark Noble wasn’t his usual authoritative self, perhaps a mix of him carrying a slight knock and needing to play two games in quick succession. Declan Rice was much better, although both of them gave the ball away to the opposition too many times for the supporters’ liking.

Telegraph ratings Wolves v West Ham

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Pablo Fornals and Felipe Anderson had decent games, with the former the highest rated outfield player. Sebastien Haller was very disappointing, and at an average rating of 4.5/10, was the worst of the bunch.

Combined player ratings

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