Erling Haaland scores once more, Jack Grealish silences critics as Man Metropolis beat 10-man Wolves to go prime
Jack Grealish took simply 55 seconds to open the scoring as he latched on to a Kevin De Bruyne cross to poke house within the field, earlier than striker Erling Haaland netted his eleventh Premier League objective in seven video games.
Wolves have been lowered to 10 males on 33 minutes as Nathan Collins jumped for a free ball and caught Grealish along with his studs within the midriff, receiving a straight pink card. After the break, with midfielder Ruben Neves pushed again into the centre of Wolves’ defence, the sport was tighter however Metropolis strolled their method to all three factors after Phil Foden slotted house from one other De Bruyne cross.
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1. Haaland does it once more…
It was a kind of days the place Metropolis’s opponents will likely be blissful to maintain the rating beneath 10. Wolves have been 2-0 down and a person down after simply 33 minutes and at that time the house supporters inside Molineux have been fearing the worst. Grealish had already opened the scoring after simply 55 seconds earlier than Haaland bought his customary objective — selecting the ball up outdoors the field, working at Max Kilman and taking pictures low previous Jose Sa. It is now 14 objectives in 10 video games for Haaland, who has discovered the online in every of his final seven appearances.
The Norway worldwide additionally grew to become the primary participant in Premier League historical past to attain of their first 4 away video games and his goal-scoring streak reveals little signal of stopping. The 22-year-old will most likely really feel he might have had extra, particularly after Collins was despatched off for an ugly-looking problem on Grealish, however within the second half Pep Guardiola’s facet appeared content material with knocking the ball round and working down the clock.
Foden added a 3rd halfway via the second half however Wolves can be forgiven for feeling they did effectively to restrict the harm on a day that might have resulted in a cricket rating.
2. Grealish silences his critics with a objective
It was nearly as if Guardiola predicted the longer term at his weekly news conference on Friday. Requested about Grealish and the criticism the £100 million midfielder has acquired following his efficiency in opposition to Borussia Dortmund in midweek, the Metropolis supervisor informed him to not fear.
“It does not matter,” he stated. “In three extra days you may have one other probability to be blissful and do what you need to do.” And, what have you learnt, three days after lasting 58 minutes in opposition to Dortmund, Grealish was blissful once more — taking simply 55 seconds to attain his first objective of the season to place Metropolis 1-0 up.
There have been query marks within the build-up to the sport about whether or not Grealish would even begin in opposition to Wolves, having struggled for type up to now this season, however Guardiola selected to maintain him in on the expense of Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan and it proved the appropriate resolution.
Guardiola insisted on Friday that he does not choose Grealish — booed all through by the house followers due to his hyperlinks to Midlands rivals Aston Villa — as a result of he racks up large numbers of objectives and assists, however after the talk surrounding his place this week, he will likely be glad to get off the mark.
3. Wolves shoot themselves within the foot
Wolves kicked off the weekend having scored the fewest objectives within the Premier League up to now this season, but additionally the very best defensive report. Nevertheless, in case your skill to choose up factors relies on maintaining it tight on the again then it’s essential be sure to do not concede inside a minute and have certainly one of your centre-backs despatched off earlier than half-time. It was at all times going to be a troublesome afternoon in opposition to Man Metropolis and Haaland however Wolves, who have been higher early within the second half, did not assist themselves both.
Talking on Friday, Guardiola stated they have been “one of many hardest opponents,” however in the long run it was a snug day for the champions and Metropolis’s followers chanted “Erling Haaland, he is scored greater than you.” It is Haaland 11-3 Wolves up to now.
Bruno Lage did a superb job at Molineux final season he must get his crew scoring quickly if he is to keep away from being dragged into the Premier League’s sack race. New signing Diego Costa wasn’t a part of the squad in opposition to Metropolis, which suggests he is greater than just a little in need of match health, and Lage might want to get the 33-year-old on top of things shortly over the worldwide break.
Wolves: Sa 5, Jonny 5, Ait-Nouri 6, Collins 4, Kilman 5, Moutinho 6, Neves 6, Nunes 6, Neto 6, Guedes 6, Podence 5.
Subs: Traore 6, Hwang 6, Semedo 6, Campbell 6.
Man Metropolis: Ederson 6, Stones 6, Cancelo 7, Dias 7, Akanji 7, Rodri 7, De Bruyne 8, Silva 7, Grealish 8, Foden 7, Haaland 7.
Subs: Gundogan 6, Alvarez 6, Mahrez 6, Palmer 6, Gomez 6.
Greatest and worst performers
BEST: Jack Grealish: De Bruyne deserves an honourable point out for his two assists, however Grealish was underneath stress at Molineux after criticism this week and the 27-year-old delivered.
WORST: Nathan Collins: Wolves have been already up in opposition to it at 2-0 down however Collins’ resolution to spear Grealish at waist peak along with his studs was ridiculous. A deserved pink card adopted, and with it any probability of Wolves’ salvaging one thing from the sport.
Highlights and notable moments
It took simply 55 seconds to take the lead as Grealish ended his lengthy objective drought.
Jack Grealish will get his first Premier League objective in 125 days 👀
Look what it meant 😤 pic.twitter.com/e8dacLjJwb
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) September 17, 2022
One man who hasn’t been struggling in entrance of objective is Haaland. He confirmed he can run at defenders and rating along with his proper foot, to proceed his unimaginable scoring streak.
If Erling Haaland carries on scoring at this price, he’ll end the Premier League season with 57 objectives 🤯 pic.twitter.com/QU9yL1sEpa
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 17, 2022
After which as if Metropolis wanted issues any simpler, Wolves have been lowered to 10 males as Collins was despatched off for a excessive problem on Grealish that introduced again recollections of Nigel de Jong’s kung-fu kick on Xabi Alonso within the 2010 World Cup remaining between Netherlands and Spain.
Similar vibe. pic.twitter.com/kSvvLswdMh
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 17, 2022
A straight pink card to Nathan Collins for this foul on Jack Grealish. Wolves are right down to 10 males.
— NBC Sports activities Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 17, 2022
Foden’s objective made the sport secure and, a couple of minutes later, it was paused briefly on 70 minutes for a minute of applause to honour the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who died final week.
After the match: What the managers stated
Key stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Data)
– Grealish’s effort was the ninth Premier League objective ever scored by Man Metropolis within the first minute of a match.
– Kevin De Bruyne now has a minimum of one help in 5 of Metropolis’s seven Premier League matches this season. He has been directly involved in additional Premier League objectives at Molineux in 2022 than every other participant (together with Wolves’ gamers.)
– De Bruyne’s six assists this season are twice as many as every other participant within the Premier League. This was additionally his first multi-assist match since April in opposition to Watford.
– Erling Haaland is the primary participant in historical past to attain in his first 4 away video games within the Premier League. Haaland now has 14 objectives in 10 matches in all competitions (11 within the Premier League) and has solely didn’t hit the online in two matches this season for Metropolis.
– By way of Opta: Haaland has scored 100 objectives in his final 99 video games in all competitions since leaving FC Salzburg for Borussia Dortmund in January 2020.
– Haaland (7) is tied with Sergio Aguero, who did it in 2019, for probably the most consecutive video games with a objective for Man Metropolis since 1992-93.
– Metropolis at the moment are unbeaten of their final 22 away league matches with a report of 16-6-0 (W-D-L). Their final away loss within the league was their first match of final season in opposition to Tottenham.
– Metropolis put of their eleventh shutout win within the Premier League for the reason that begin of final season, breaking a tie with Chelsea for many by any crew in that span.
Wolves: Bruno Lage’s crew journey to east London to tackle West Ham United on Oct. 1, kicking off at 12:30 p.m. ET, after which face a troublesome journey to Chelsea. So issues will not be getting any simpler.
Man Metropolis: Amid the worldwide break, Man Metropolis could have time to arrange for the derby, with Manchester United visiting the blue half of the town on Oct. 2. The membership will play their subsequent three video games at house, with FC Copenhagen visiting within the Champions League earlier than dealing with Southampton on Oct. 8, so count on extra objectives for Haaland.