Sun 29 Oct 2023, 11:37 · Ash Harrison

Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) player ratings: A 4/10 for £12m man as two-goal hero bags POTM

Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) player ratings: A 4/10 for £12m man as two-goal hero bags POTM
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Newcastle United's fatigued side struggled to a 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday.

It's not often we have cause to be critical of Captain Fantastic, Kieran Trippier but his last two performances have been nothing short of awful. We'll be kind and blame the pouring rain, but something isn't right with our £12million bargain.

In Trippier's defence, he isn't the only one who is struggling at the minute as our ratings will show. Callum Wilson has bagged star man by virtue of his two goals, but really, even he had a poor game when you look into his stats.

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When your striker scores twice, he's going to get 'Man of the Match'

A decent result despite some big guns misfiring again

Nick Pope – 5

Undid all of his good work in saving from Cunha (x3) and Neto by being partly at fault for both of Wolves' goals. He was caught in no man's land on their first and really should have caught the initial free kick on the second.

Kieran Trippier – 4

We're not sure what's happened to Tripps, but he was even worse here than he was against Dortmund. He still made a decent late chance for Schär but was otherwise poor in possession, weak defensively, and primarily to blame for Wolves' first goal.

Jamaal Lascelles (c) – 6

Won just four of 12 contested duels but was solid in possession and didn't do anything calamitous. Still, we're anxiously awaiting Botman's return because our ability to play out from the back is hindered at the moment.

Fabian Schär – 7

Didn't deserve to be on a side that conceded twice and failed to win, being the best overall performer in green. Should have won it late on when planting a close-range header wide of the target, but was otherwise exceptional.

Dan Burn – 6

Was even poorer than Lascelles in his one-on-one battles, winning just 2/9 duels, but this was the best game he's had in a long while in terms of his use of the ball. Tried to get forward to support Gordon at every opportunity, too.

Sean Longstaff – 6

Offered a decent secondary threat with his intelligent running, but found it tough going defensively and is perhaps showing signs of fatigue at the moment given the amount of work he gets through on a game-by-game basis.

Bruno Guimarães – 7

The shining light in the midfield trio once again, having significantly more involvement than both Joelinton and Longstaff. Could have done better on Wolves' second goal, but this was another typically good Bruno display.

Joelinton – 6

We don't like being down on Joelinton because he's been superb under Howe, but he still seems to be searching for full fitness to us. He's not having anywhere near the impact on games he used to, but he was passable here.

Miguel Almirón – 6

It's been tough for Miggy in the last couple of games without the usually stellar service he gets from Trippier, who has been way off the boil. Managed just 29 touches in 72 minutes and barely mustered a threat against José Sá's goal.

Callum Wilson – 7 ⭐️

It's hard to argue with two goals, no matter how they came, but Wilson was incredibly poor in terms of his all-around game. He completed just three passes in the contest, won just 3/10 duels, and gave away possession 16 times.

Anthony Gordon – 7

The brightest spark in our attack from open play yet again and had a big hand in the first goal, but we struggled to get him involved in the game enough. Only had 31 touches despite playing the whole contest, but never lacked endeavour.

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Howe only used one of his seven available outfield substitutes

The bench was devoid of attacking options due to injury

Joe Willock – 6

Did his best to drive the team on in search of a winner in his 18 minutes of action, but wasn't able to make much of an impact.

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Could the club sacrifice the Carabao Cup due to injuries?

Next up for the Magpies

Just a little jaunt to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Kick-off is at 8.15 p.m. on Wednesday evening, with the game being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Howay the lads!