An exciting game for the travelling fans as they have hopes that their team can secure a place for the next round in the FA Cup.
This definitely was not one of Wolverhampton Wanderer’s best performances as of late, not so long after defeating Premier League leaders, Liverpool FC in the previous round of the FA Cup and a well-earned win at home against Leicester City: leading to their manager’s ejection from the pitch.
Wolves headed out for the fourth round against Shrewsbury Town which saw a great result for them, however not very convincing from the away team ahead of the coming replay that was earned late in the game by Matt Doherty; heading one in past the Shrew’s keeper, Steve Arnold.
Shrewsbury Town were leading by a very confident 2-0 coming from Greg Docherty and Luke Waterfall, but things turned for the worst once Raul Jimenez was tactically substituted on by his manager Nuno Espírito.
Here’s how we rated the Wolves players.
John Ruddy 5
A savable strike from Docherty passed Ruddy’s goal however it can be described to have been well struck. Other than that there were some occasions where Ruddy’s handling didn’t look so convincing.
Ryan Bennett 6
The Wolves defence as a whole wasn’t at it’s best today with Bennett producing one of his worst, for a lack of better words, performances this season, however, this not being a normal occurrence.
Conor Coady 6
The captain looked to try to pull his team through a poor afternoon, cleaning up well in the first half but unfortunately being let down by his midfield in the second for the Shrew’s second goal from Waterfall.
Romain Saiss 3
Not at all convincing from the 28-year-old still yet to justify Nuno picking him in a very important game, sloppy passes and being easily beaten, an unfortunate tendency.
Matt Doherty 9
Exceptional performance from the Irishman, on any other day he would have assists as well as that all-important 93rd-minute goal to ensure that Nuno’s men get a second chance to prove themselves in the FA Cup.
Ruben Neves 4
Definitely not what you expect from a man who has played so great for his team this season. The Portuguese midfielder simply couldn’t pick his passes that we are all so used to seeing, similar to the pre-season defeat in their last visit to the Montgomery Waters Meadow.
Leander Dendoncker 4
Struggling against Shrewsbury wasn’t foreseen by Nuno as he expected the same performances that he has seen recently in the Premier League from his young Belgian. His passing led to nothing of significance on both ends.
Ryan Giles 6
Not the best of games to make your debut on, well it could have been if Wolves were playing at their best, but they, unfortunately, were not. Giles couldn’t make the same effects as he has done when playing for the U23’s this season however he managed to set in a wonderful cross to Raul Jimenez who should’ve have scored moments after his introduction.
Morgan Gibbs-White 5
Started well however his shine faded rather quickly as an error on his part led to Shrewsbury’s opening goal.
Adama Traore 5
The pacey winger didn’t play well at all until his all-important cross to Jimenez leading to one of the goals that allowed Wolves a second chance in the FA Cup.
Helder Costa 4
The Portuguese winger was unable to make an impact this afternoon. Late in the second half he was requested to play at LWB but was less help to the team as well as missing a simple header at 1-0.
(Substitute) Raul Jimenez 7
As mentioned earlier, he missed a vital goal with his first touch from a cross from Giles however ensured that he made up for it by scoring to reignite the travelling fans hopes of the FA Cup with a goal at the 75th minute.
(Substitute) Ivan Cavaleiro
Peaking interest from Championship leaders Leeds United, Cavaleiro made a positive impact when coming on; having his corner in the build-up leading to Jimenez’s goal.