Ratings of Wolves players like Raul Jimenez, Conor Coady and Adama Traore below Southampton

Adama Traore ended a week of speculation about his future at Wolverhampton Wanderers by scoring the crucial third goal in a 3-1 win over Southampton.

Spain international Traore started the match against Molino on the bench before winning three points in favor of Wolverhampton in stoppage time.

Raul Jimenez (penalty kick) and Conor Cody had put Wolverhampton in control before James Ward-Prowse’s long-range free kick produced a nervous climax.

But Traore – who has been closely linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur this week – kept his composure to score an impressive win for Wolves.

Southampton started fast and threatened the Wolves goal with a series of early corner kicks, but they failed to test Jose Sa in the first 20 minutes.


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When Romain Peraud finally hit Saints’ goal, Sa fell well to flip his shot around the post for another corner.

Wolves gradually played their way into the competition, though referee Michael Salisbury did little to help Bruno Lage’s men with a list of questionable decisions.

Salisbury even chose not to award Wolverhampton a penalty after Jan Bednarek netted Ryan Ait Nouri’s penalty kick in the 33rd minute. Fortunately, this was one of those rare occasions when the VAR came to the rescue of Wolverhampton.

Four minutes after the accident, Jimenez scored a penalty kick to maintain his 100 per cent penalty shootout record in the Premier League (7/7) and give Wolves the lead.

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The Saints pressed for a quick equalizer, but Sa amazingly prevented Muhammed Salisu after the defender met an attractive cross from the right.

Ait Nouri was causing a lot of problems for the visitors on the left and could have doubled Wolverhampton’s lead in stoppage time in the first half. But the Frenchman was only able to find the side netting after he was released by Jimenez.

The hosts had to fend off some of the Saints’ pressure early in the second half, before following a pattern similar to the first.

The Saints were warned of the Wolves’ set-piece prowess when Coady transformed Joao Moutinho’s delivery, with the ingenious assist of rookie Toti Gomes.

Wolves saw this goal canceled for offside, but shortly before the clock ticked at Molino-Couady he scored a legitimate goal.

Ait Nouri took a free kick from the left flank this time and Max Kellmann shot a header on the post, which he turned as a valley on the rebound.

A VAR check briefly threatened to ruin the wolves’ celebrations, but the correct verdict was reached and he was greeted with ecstasy inside Molino.

The Saints kept pressing for their way back into the game and found one with an impressive free kick from Ward-Prowse.

The Southampton captain fired the net from 35 yards to make a frantic finish.

Both teams missed chances in the last moments, and nothing is worse than Traore’s suspended 10-yard effort after Fabio Silva’s effort was saved by Fraser-Forster.

But the Spaniard was not denied that and sealed the three points with his first goal of the season in injury time – a brilliant run and finish under the advancing Forster.

There are now only six points separating eighth-placed Wolverhampton from last-placed West Ham in the Champions League.

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Jose Sa 8

Where can you start with Jose Sa? If he is not a Cruyff striker, he saves world balls. If he doesn’t, he’s probably picking a teammate at 50 yards with a great pass.

Sa managed to save twice from Perrod and Salisu in the first half in important times.

Any goalkeeper would be upset if he was hit from 35 yards, but Ward Prause’s free kick was fantastic.

Max Kellman 8

England’s ‘Max Kellman’ hammered around Molino in the second half, and it certainly won’t be long before Gareth Southgate gets an up-close look at Wolverhampton’s centre-back.

Kellman seemed very confident and confident, and once again, he covered Cody and Totti well on the single occasions where they were stopped.

Conor Cody 8

Cody organized Totti during his debut and found the net twice – one that held up after a VAR check.

The England international kept Saints Dangerman Broja cool on another great outing.



Conor Cody of Wolverhampton Wanderers scores the second goal

Totti Gomez 8

For a debutante in the Premier League for the relatively inexperienced youngsters from the outside, this was fantastic. Toti produced the kind of no-nonsense display that wolves needed to perfectly answer a Lage SOS call.

Given that Totti is a natural replacement for Sais, it would not be surprising to see him retain the shirt next weekend at Brentford.

Nelson Semedo 8

Semedo is playing with tremendous consistency at the moment and he is well-deservedly starting to gain some recognition.

Someone ran again to frustrate Armstrong late in the game and demonstrated the blazing speed and desire of the Portuguese full-back.

Joao Moutinho 8

Another great offering from the veteran playmaker of Wolves, whose renaissance continues under Lage. Moutinho used the ball very well and dominated the match in the absence of his midfield partner, Neves.



Joao Moutinho of Wolverhampton Wanderers (right) and James Ward Bruce of Southampton vie for the ball

Leander Dendoncker 7

Dendoncker was solid in midfield alongside Moutinho and worked tirelessly to prevent Saints finding space behind Wolverhampton’s midfield.

However, he needs to ignore the shouts of “shoot” from the wolf fans!

Rayan Ait-Nouri 8.5

Left-back Ait Nouri made his place, regardless of Markal’s fitness issues.

His defense has improved immeasurably this season and has been Wolverhampton’s most dangerous striker of all time.

Francisco Trincao 6.5

Trinkau was the quietest attacking player against the three Wolves, but he showed moments of quality. He needs to show more consistency to hold his place.



Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Francisco Trincao is challenged by Ibrahima Diallo and Roman Pero of Southampton.

Raul Jimenez 8

He quietly converted the penalty kick to open the scoring and led the line superbly. He was warmly welcomed by supporters for a tireless performance.

Daniel Bodens 7.5.1

The young wizard continues to entertain, and while he is not at his best today, there are still moments of pure class.

Much of Wolverhampton’s play is going through him at the moment, and he has shown his willingness to fight for the cause with several arrows returning to aid in the defence.

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Adama Traore (About Trinkau, 78) 7

He missed Jaleesa, but scored his first goal of the season in a racy cameo.



Adama Traore scored the third goal for Wolves at home against Southampton

Fabio Silva (for Jimenez, 80) 7

Additional energy and momentum are in the closing stages again.

Luke Condell (Lebodens, 90)

A short start in the Premier League for the teenager.

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