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Ryan Bennett was Wolves’ unsung hero in excellent victory over Chelsea

Ryan Bennett was Wolves’ unsung hero in excellent victory over Chelsea

Wolves supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side return to winning ways in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men went into their meeting with high-flying Chelsea having failed to win any of their preceding six league games, in which time they managed to pick up just one point. And things didn’t look good for the West Midlands outfit when Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave the Blues the lead, only for goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota to seal a 2-1 success for Santo’s side, a result which moved them up to 12th place in the Premier League table.

As such, there have been many jubilant Wolves fans up and down the country in recent times, with the whole team likely to be coming in for much praise for their efforts in finally ending their testing recent run of form.

Yet no one epitomised the home side’s brilliance quite like defender Ryan Bennett, who is valued at £4.5 million by Transfermarkt.

The 28-year-old has been something of a lynchpin under Santo this season in starting all but one of their previous 14 Premier League matches this term, albeit he was dropped to the bench against Cardiff City last time out.

However, he returned to the team to great effect on Wednesday night by turning in yet another commanding display, especially defensively to help the hosts repel the attacking quality Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea have in abundance.

Former England Under-21 international Bennett won a team high five aerials over the course of the 90 minutes to help negate that particular threat from the Blues (as per WhoScored), while he also completed two of the three tackles he attempted to thwart the visitors on the floor as well, which is particularly impressive given he came up against Eden Hazard down that flank.

Add in two interceptions, two blocks, and a team high four clearances, and the 28-year-old was invariably in the right place at the right time to snuff out any danger – his reading and anticipation of the game was first-class.

So while the likes of Jimenez and Jota came up with the goods at the other end, much of Wolves’ success against the Blues came from their excellent defensive endeavours, with Bennett very much at the heart of what good they did.

And in what was an overall excellent effort from Santo’s men on Wednesday night, 28-year-old Bennett was the man who epitomised everything brilliant about their performance.

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