Player Ratings: Wolves v Burnley

Paddytheflea’s ratings for the players against Burnley:

Marcus Hahnemann – 7 – Did no mistakes but maybe he could have been more active in the area with the crosses coming in at the end of the match.

Richard Stearman – 7 – Very active on the right back working on both halves of the pitch. Four tackles and did win them all. 69% in accurate passing could be better. But he helped making Eagles invisible in the first hour of the match.

Jody Craddock – 6 – Have played better matches. But he helped keeping the first clean sheet at home for a long, long time. Concentrated fully on the defence in this game and made 13 clearances and did win all the tackles he was engaged in. But too much passing back to Hahnemann.

Christophe Berra – 6 – Eleven clearances for him. And everything that’s said for Craddock goes for Berra as well.

Stephen Ward – 8 – Worked hardest of them all in defence as well as going forward. A better passer than the centre backs and even created an attempt at goal.

Kevin Foley – 8 – Are we happy to have him back?!! One of three 8:s in this match. He worked all over the pitch and seemed at times to fill a defensive position as well as being an offensive midfielder. Created two attempts on goal and saved one certain goal by standing at the post. Wolves should do that on set pieces more often. It’s a managerial issue, MM!

Karl Henry – 7 –  Is good in the play without the ball and cover large areas. Helped Stearman and Foley to stop Eagles for a long while and neutralised McDonald as well. A great passer with an 82% accuracy in this match. But I still think he could direct the play forwards instead of to the sides or back.

Nenad Milijas – 7 – Did an easy goal but was going forward and being at the right place is a good quality. Wasn’t very lucky with his shots and set pieces otherwise in this match. But made two attempts at assists and one goal.

Matt Jarvis – 9 – Worked back a lot all the way to the corner flag and the cooperation with Wardy was fantastic. I love that wing! 22 out of his 23 passes were accurate (96%) and two scoring attempts on target and that makes him Paddytheflea’s Man Of The Match.

Kevin Doyle – 8 – Created his goal out of nothing. Always a danger going forward and works like hell. Works back a lot but seem to – like his team mate Foley – know how to double himself and occupy two positions at the same time. Admirably!

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake – 6 – He does not take his chances when he gets them. He had three clearcut chances in this match and should have netted at least one of them to get a seven. He doesn’t have the work capacity of Doyle and is not quick enough to run up when needed as a forward after helping out at defending. Where is Andy Keogh?

Michael Mancienne – 7 – Came in after an hour for Milijas to strengthen the defence and hold up the ball. did a very first class job with both. He looks to do a better job as a midfielder than as a defender. But that is something that the supporters have suspected for one and a half season now. But better late than never, McCarthy!


(P.S. The stats origin from the Telegraph.D.S.)

Paddythflea’s Man Of The Match Matt Jarvis to the right after Milijas goal


~ by paddytheflea on December 20, 2009.

6 Responses to “Player Ratings: Wolves v Burnley”

  1. Think that SEB deserved more than a 6. He and Doyle caused no end of problems for the Burnley defense. Yes, he did miss a few chances but the only clear cut chance he had produced an excellent save. His hold up play and lay offs were much improved. I would leave him up front with Doyle (Keogh is out for 8 weeks anyway!). All in, this was a good performance and now we can look forward to Liverpool away on boxing day, never a easy place to get 3 points. I would expect a few changes, maybe not 10 but possibly 5 or 6.

  2. I’m not so sure that McCarthy will challenge and possibly offend owner Steve Morgan by putting out a weakened team against Liverpool, Sevlow.

    Maybe SEB is worth seven, but Keogh wouldn’t have got it if he had missed the chances SEB did. And Keogh is much better in the link up play and at creating chances for others. I agree that SEB has improved some, but how many chances will he be given?

    The future is looking bright, but it would be sensational if we get something out of the Liverpool game. Nearly as sensational as that we did get three points at White Hart Lane 😆

  3. I do agree with you re Keogh in instead of SEB but that is not an option now! I still think MM will rest a few players for the Liverpool match on 26th considering we have Man City at home on 28th. Will be interesting to see what he does ! I think he will rest Doyle, Henry, Craddock,Jarvis and SEB.
    Iwelumo , Mancienne, Halford/Castilio, Surman and Zubar to replace them, that is what I would do. Anyway I send you seasons greetings and best wishes for the new year and thanks for such an interesting site.

  4. Just to add – you maybe right about the Liverpool game, I forgot about Steve Morgan !


  5. Seriously I think that you are right about that he will rest a few. But not as many as ten. It may be a good time to try a 4-5-1 with a target player at the top. The Hoff can play for 60 and Lumo could come in the last half hour. A midfield that could add Halford on the right and Surman at the left with Foley, Mancienne and Castillo in the middle.

    The hard part is to replace Craddock. Could Zubar really do a good and safe job there? Maybe. But it’s not so smart to brake up a pair of centre-backs, so I don’t think he will rest Craddock. I’m not sure though if MM will rest the first tier players against Liverpool or against City. It will be interesting to discover what he will do, though!

    Seasons Greetings to you as well!


  6. Thought SEB was the second best player behind Doyle. Jarvis wasn’t worth a nine. he went a bit quiet but did OK. Keogh doesn’t hold the ball up like SEB, and we should not compare the two.

    Come on you WOLVES!

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