They did it the hard way, but Wolves picked up all three points against Norwich on Saturday.
The Canaries actually went 1-0 up through Todd Cantwell after Jonny Castro’s error, and they went into the break still trailing. Clearly Nuno Espirito Santo gave his players some rousing words at half-time, as they managed to turn it around after the break. First Romain Saiss puled things level, before Raul Jimenez got the job done nine minutes from time.
They got away with it a little, and they can have 87-time Portugal international Rui Patricio to thank for the triumph. The Canaries had seven shots on target overall, but netted just one, and the 31-year-old was instrumental in that.
Don’t think we appreciate just how good patricio is. Another top display #wwfc
— Hoops (@RyHoops83) December 21, 2019
Patricio has been brilliant in goal today. Kept Wolves in the game.👏🐺 #WWFC #NORWOL
— Kevin Astley (@kevtheman10) December 21, 2019
Patricio has been worth every single penny of that £15 million today
— Simon (@sigarner_86) December 21, 2019
It was a top display from the former Sporting Lisbon man, as his 7.85 WhoScored rating indicates. Had it not been for his saves, his teammates may not have even had the chance to turn it around in the first place.
For many, such was his showing, he was their clear Man of the Match.
Very good comeback in the second half and we took our chances when it mattered. It was undeserved due to how poor and sloppy we were for the majority of the game and the chances Norwich had first half. Then again we should have won last week, that’s football 🤷🏼♂️ Patrício MOTM too!
— Adam (@Adam_Virgo) December 21, 2019
Balanced out last week’s result. Good comeback. Patricio MOTM for keeping us in the game. Neto looked good when he came on
— Mattie Bagnall (@MattieJBagnall) December 21, 2019
Rui man of the match easily?
— TurboTaco (@Turbo_Taco) December 21, 2019
Whilst he certainly put in a brilliant performance, it goes to show just how poor his side were – they had just four shots on target, for example. It is the mark of a good team that can win when they are not at their best, and that is what Nuno can take from this match.
Some fans think he is very much one of the best in his position in the whole league.
Patricio is the third best keeper in the prem, fact. pic.twitter.com/Jrdn1vGcwL
— Typical Traoré (@TypicalTraore) December 21, 2019
I’m not joking, Rui Patricio has just dropped the best goalkeeping performance of the season.
He simply HAS to be in the conversation for top four keepers in the league.
Without him we would’ve lost this game about 7-2.
— joey (@fatalmango) December 21, 2019
Alisson seems to be by far and away the best goalkeeper in the division, as this year’s Ballon d’Or rankings show. However, there are a number of other impressive shot-stoppers behind him such as Ederson, David de Gea, Hugo Lloris and Kepa Arrizabalaga. It would certainly be a hard list to compile.
His performance was fantastic on Saturday, but his boss will be hoping his side don’t have to rely on him too often in the future.
Elsewhere, this man could be the ideal successor for Adama Traore.