Wolverhampton Wanderers managed to hold off a nightmare scoreline against Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, especially after going down to ten men just before half-time.
Raul Jimenez could’ve opened the floodgates for a thrashing by getting sent off in the last moments of the first half after obstructing play whilst Manchester City attempted to take a free kick as a result of a foul the Mexican had committed only moments earlier, for which the striker was shown a yellow card. The 30-year-old went on to see his second yellow in a matter of seconds after refusing to allow the free kick to take place.
Rio Ferdinand spoke after the game on BT Sport about Jimenez’s reaction that caused the avoidable red card, saying: “It was schoolboy errors and he was playing to the crowd but there must have been a tinge of embarrassment at what he’d done. It was silly, 44 seconds from the yellow card to the red card. Stupid.”
In terms of more positive contributions from Bruno Lage’s side, Conor Coady might have been the man to produce a sensational goal-line clearance to deny Ilkay Gundogan, but another man who made an outstanding defensive contribution today was Jose Sa.
As per SofaScore, the goalkeeper made eight saves, with six of those coming from inside the box, and won 100% of his duels throughout the game, resulting in him earning the highest rating of 8.3 for Wolves, which was fully deserved.
The Athletic journalist Tim Spiers took to Twitter to express his amazement at one of the many saves that the 28-year-old made at the Etihad, commenting: “Jesus looks set to score but Sa is in with another big boy save at the near post.”
Manchester City had 24 shots, with 10 on target, giving Sa a busy shift in goal for Wolves this afternoon. After his performance which saw him concede just one goal, as well as having more touches and completing twice as many passes than Adama Traore throughout the game with only ten men on the pitch for Wolves, it’s safe to say that Sa was an absolute credit to his team today.
Based on this display, City boss Pep Guardiola will be having nightmares about having to face the Portuguese ‘keeper when the champions go to Molineux later in the season.