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10/11/2022 | 08:45am
Wolves sealed their spot within the Carabao Cup fourth spherical as they earned a 1-0 win over fellow Premier League facet Leeds United at Molineux.
Steve Davis named a much-changed crew for the go to of Jesse Marsch’s males and regardless of big quantities of strain from the guests, which included seven pictures on course, Boubacar Traore’s late aim proved sufficient for the Previous Gold to progress.
The Mali worldwide, who joined Wolves on mortgage from Metz throughout the summer time, has been a daily of late and did his probabilities of one other begin towards Arsenal on the weekend no hurt, as he got here off the bench at Molineux to smash in an excellent aim.
Nonetheless, whereas he proved to be the match-winner, there was arguably one other higher performer in Wolves’ defence, with Rayan Ait-Nouri staking his declare to return to the facet, having been dropped in favour of teen Hugo Bueno in latest fixtures.
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As per SofaScore, the Frenchman would earn an excellent 8.1/10 for his efficiency, which was solely bettered by Matija Sarkic within the Wolves aim.
In the course of the 90 minutes, the 21-year-old full-back would contribute a exceptional 11 tackles, three interceptions and two clearances, with no different participant coming near his variety of tackles.
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For context, the left-back has averaged 1.8 tackles, 0.3 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per recreation within the Premier League up to now this season, which emphasises simply how spectacular he was on Wednesday evening.
Ait-Nouri utterly dominated Leeds’ right-winger Jack Harrison, because the Englishman earned a stunning 6/10 ranking for his show, finishing simply two out of 11 tried dribbles and dropping 14/23 floor duels, whereas Wolves’ younger defender would win 14/23.
It was an actual battle between the 2 gamers however Wolves’ younger defender clearly got here out on high, and that was important in Wolves incomes a morale-boosting win and clear sheet at Molineux.
He additionally contributed from an attacking perspective, notching three key passes, one shot on course and 4 profitable lengthy balls, which once more is much better than his seasonal common of 0.6 key passes, 0.7 pictures and 0.6 lengthy balls per recreation within the high flight.
Bruno Lage dubbed Ait-Nouri “incredible” throughout his time on the membership and he definitely lived as much as that reward on Wednesday evening, with a return to the Premier League beginning XI absolutely on the playing cards after such a dominant show.