Date: 25th August 2018 at 2:26pm
Written by:
Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Manchester City

Molineux Stadium

FA Premier League

26/08/2018 12:30 pm

Attendance: 31322

Referee: Martin Atkinson of West Yorkshire

Wolverhampton Wanderers Manchester City
Boly (57') Laporte (69')
11 Rui Patrício 31 Ederson
5 Ryan Bennett 2 Kyle Walker
16 Conor Coady
4 Vincent Kompany
15 Willy Boly 14 Aymeric Laporte
2 Matt Doherty 22 Benjamin Mendy
8 Ruben Neves 25 Fernandinho
28 João Moutinho 8 Ilkay Gündogan Leroy Sané 77'
19 Castro Otto Ruben Vinagre 85' 20 Bernardo Silva Gabriel Jesus 62'
10 Hélder Costa Adama Traoré 72' 21 David Silva
18 Diogo Jota 7 Raheem Sterling Riyad Mahrez 85'
9 Raul Jiménez 10 Sergio Agüero


17 Morgan Gibbs-White 5 John Stones
21 John Ruddy 18 Fabian Delph
27 Roman Saïss 19 Leroy Sané
29 Ruben Vinagre 26 Riyad Mahrez
30 Kortney Hause 30 Nico Otamendi
33 Leo Bonatini 33 Gabriel Jesus
37 Adama Traoré 49 Aro Muric

Game Statistics

11 Goal attempts 19
2 On Target 6
5 Corners 9
13 Fouls 6
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
29 % 71

THAT’s ENTERTAINMENT: Premier League history serves to remind us that late summer is never an easy time to take on a newly promoted side, especially in their own back yard. And so it proved to be the case at a rowdy Molineux where Pep Guardiola’s Centurions were left to rue a combination of profligacy, an inspired Rui Patricio, shabby defending and worldwide renowned poor English refereeing.

The latter is these days increasingly accepted as part of the game in the top flight, so putting obvious handballs and penalties aside, City have only themselves to blame for not securing the three points here. We were way too open at the back for the opening goal having invited Nunio Espirito Santo’s well organised and well drilled team on to our back line once too often. Guardiola had suggested that City, the club who had the most players at the World Cup, are not yet fully fit. This would go some way to explaining away the odd drop in tempo from the champions, but it doesn’t account for coughing up possession or the lack of defensive situational awareness that allowed Wolves the opportunity to take the lead.

That said, the width of the crossbar or post denied The Blues on three occasions in what was a pulsating encounter with a point secured that could yet prove to be crucial as our title defence unfolds.