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Aymeric Laporte scores, Benjamin Mendy struggles in Man City's draw with Wolves

Manchester City struck the woodwork three times and conceded a handball goal as Wolves held out for a point.

Manchester City controlled the ball without really being in control of the game. They fell behind to a goal that shouldn't have stood and had enough chances to have gone in front, hitting both the post and crossbar early on. The visitors were dangerous, but sloppy, while Wolves were organised, yet open -- which City couldn't exploit. Both sides will feel like they should have won it, both could have lost it and a point was probably the fair result. There were more foul throws than goals.


City will feel like their luck was out, but they didn't stop battling. The opening goal was both a handball and offside and great opportunities struck the post and crossbar from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, via Rui Patricio's right hand. Despite that, City continued to dig in and press, deservedly getting their leveller.


City were sloppy, very much so at times. They allowed Wolves opportunities to break by giving the ball away in midfield and, but for poor finishing or last-ditch defending, the visitors could have been in more trouble than they were. City had the best chances, too, but they couldn't finish them off.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- Guardiola mixed up his starting lineup and made his changes fairly early on, but he really struggled to get some flow into his side's performance.

Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Ederson, 7 -- There was nothing the goalkeeper could have done about the strike that beat him and he was alert on a couple of occasions to keep Wolves at bay, especially with a late one-on-one.

DF Kyle Walker, 6 -- A couple of sloppy passes inside gifted the ball back to Wolves in dangerous positions, which marred his performance. He was up and down the flank in support of the attack, but he wasn't able to use his pace to get in behind.

DF Vincent Kompany, 5 -- In his decade at City, the captain has put in some classic performances. This wasn't one of them. He gifted a golden chance to Wolves in the first half, which was only passed up by Raul Jimenez drifting offside before he finished. He regrouped at half-time, but will be disappointed with his showing.

DF Aymeric Laporte, 7 -- The defender scored a crucial header to grab his side a point at Molineux. It was a well-timed run onto a great delivery. Defensively, though, there will be one or two questions about his partnership with Kompany.

DF Benjamin Mendy, 5 -- It was difficult to put a finger on what was wrong with Mendy's display. He whipped in a few excellent crosses, one of which should have resulted in a goal for Gabriel Jesus, but he was constantly in trouble in defence -- capping it off with one of the worst foul throws ever.

Benjamin Mendy has started the season brightly but was off the pace vs. Wolves.
After an impressive start to the season, Benjamin Mendy took a major step back against Wolves.

MF Fernandinho, 6 -- Guardiola revealed the midfielder was struggling to recover from the game with Huddersfield and it showed a little in his display at Wolves. His performance was a bit more laboured than normal.

MF Ilkay Gundogan, 6 -- It wasn't a spectacular display from the German. His opportunities to shoot were met with tame efforts straight at the goalkeeper, but he did put the ball on a plate for Laporte to equalise with a peach of a cross.

MF Bernardo Silva, 6 -- A fine start to the season wasn't continued by the Portugal international. After two games of pulling the strings, he just couldn't find the space to operate before he was substituted.

MF David Silva, 6 -- As with his namesake, the touches just couldn't pull Wolves players out of position and he wasn't as threatening as normal. He thought he should have had a penalty, but that was about the highlight of his showing.

MF Raheem Sterling, 7 -- The winger twice got in behind early on, but his pull-backs twice couldn't find a teammate in the box. That was before a stupendous half-volley needed an equally good save to touch it onto the bar.

FW Sergio Aguero, 6 -- Crowded out, the striker barely got an opportunity to shoot. When he did, he found the foot of the post and was unlucky not to have buried the effort into the bottom corner. His best other effort was a stoppage-time free kick, this time off the top of the bar.


FW Gabriel Jesus, 6 -- Replacing Bernardo Silva almost immediately after Wolves took the lead, the striker should have won the game late on with a header -- but it was straight at Patricio.

MF Leroy Sane, N/R -- You won't see someone look more rusty at the beginning of the season as Leroy Sane did against Wolves, after he replaced Gundogan with 13 minutes left.

MF Riyad Mahrez, N/R -- On for Sterling with five minutes to play, his biggest contribution was tripping himself up trying to step round his man into the box. However, to be fair to him, he didn't have time to try too much.


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