Wolves player ratings vs Bournemouth as Sasa Kalajdzic strikes winner and Pedro Neto shines

Wolves’ outstanding Premier League success continued with a 2-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth, thanks to a late winner from Sasa Kalajdzic.

After the Wanderers had fallen down, the striker came off the bench to snatch a critical three points in Gary O’Neil’s return to the Vitality Stadium.

Dominic Solanke put the Cherries ahead, only for Matheus Cunha to equalize minutes later. The winner came after Neto’s back-pass was intercepted and Kalajdzic calmly tapped home.

Bournemouth entered the game knowing they had failed to overcome Wolves at home in the Premier League. But it was Andoni Iraola’s men who made the better start, with David Brooks testing Sa in the first five minutes.

 

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Wolves wasted no time in demonstrating their offensive capabilities through Pedro Neto, a Portuguese player who exhibited remarkable skills to outmaneuver three opponents before sending a left-footed shot crashing against the crossbar.

Bournemouth took the lead in the 17th minute thanks to Dominic Solanke’s fourth Premier League goal of the season. Wolves swiftly equalized within a minute of the second half starting, courtesy of a powerful strike by Matheus Cunha.

Another electrifying run by Neto posed problems for Bournemouth, and the winger’s cross into the box was emphatically put away by the Brazilian from inside the penalty area.

The game swung further in Wolves’ favor when Lewis Cook received a red card for violent conduct against Hwang Hee-chan. The midfielder used his head in a clash on the halfway line.

Just when it seemed that Bournemouth might salvage a draw, Sasa Kalajdzic produced another remarkable goal in the 88th minute, elevating Wolves to 13th place in the Premier League.

Player Ratings:

Jose Sa: Maintained organization in the defense during a challenging first half and had little to do in the second half as Wolves dominated. Handled the late aerial threats effectively. Rating: 6

Matt Doherty: Leveraged his experience in these types of games for Wolves. While not as attack-minded as in the past, he delivered several dangerous crosses from the right. Rating: 6

Matt Dawson: Defended against a number of dangerous balls in the penalty area when Wolves were under pressure. Recovered from a late challenge and played a pivotal role in keeping Bournemouth at bay in injury time. Rating: 6

Max Kilman: The Wolves’ captain had a relatively quiet game against Bournemouth. In the second half, he often filled in as a right-back to cover for Doherty as Wolves sought a winner. Rating: 5

Toti Gomes: Enjoyed a comfortable afternoon due to Wolves’ dominance in the second half. Strong in challenges against Solanke and successful in duels when called upon. Rating: 6

Pedro Neto: Unfortunate not to increase his market value early in the game when he struck the crossbar. Looked menacing whenever he ran at Bournemouth’s defense and provided the assist for Cunha’s equalizer. Rating: 7

Joao Gomes: Struggled to control the midfield without Lemina alongside him. Escaped a yellow card in the first half and was substituted for Tommy Doyle. Rating: 5

Boubacar Kamara: Found it challenging to contend with Bournemouth’s physicality in midfield and received a reprimand from Jose Sa after the opening goal. Improved as the game progressed and disrupted Bournemouth’s counter-attacks. Rating: 5

Rayan Ait-Nouri: Played in various positions on the left and exploited opportunities to take on the Bournemouth defense. However, his final passes often fell short. Rating: 6

Matheus Cunha: Frustrated in Wolves’ attack during the first half but emerged as the hero to equalize. Scored his goal effectively and could have added another late in the game. Rating: 6

Hwang Hee-chan: Forced a reaction from Lewis Cook, leading to Bournemouth going down to 10 men, and provided a moment of brilliance to create Kalajdzic’s winning goal. Rating: 7

SUBS:

Tommy Doyle (for Joao Gomes, 45′): Played an excellent pass to Neto to initiate the counter-attack for Cunha’s goal. Showed good timing and could make a case for starting against Newcastle. Rating: 6

Pablo Sarabia (for Toti Gomes, 75’): Quiet in possession but effectively frustrated the home side after the winning goal. Rating: 5

Sasa Kalajdzic (for Matheus Cunha, 81’): The match-winner. Came off the bench and energetically pursued every ball played to him. Executed his goal with finesse, evident from the smile on his face. Rating: 7

Not used: Bentley, Bueno, Silva, Jonny, Hodge, Fraser.

GOALS:

Bournemouth: Dominic Solanke (17′)

Wolves: Matheus Cunha (47′), Sasa Kalajdzic (88’)

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