Ruben Neves: Wolves' attitude pulling us through

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Wolves' 'attitude and character' dragged them through their dramatic week of late drama, star man Ruben Neves believes, as they edge closer to promotion.

Portuguese international Ruben Neves

Nuno Espirito Santo's team beat Middlesbrough with nine men, grabbed a late equaliser against Hull and survived two injury time penalties at Cardiff in a crazy seven days.

The seven points they earned mean they will clinch promotion to the Premier League in the coming days if they beat Derby and Blues at Molineux, regardless of Fulham's results.

And Neves, whose fifth goal of the season earned the win Cardiff, said: "It's (because of) our attitude and character.

"We work all the game to win and we deserved the luck we had.

"I've never played in a game that finished like that! It was incredible.

"We understand the (promotion) excitement but like Nuno said we have five games to go and we think game by game.

"We go into Derby with the same attitude – focused to win."

All five of Portuguese international Neves' goals have been scored from outside the box.


He said good old fashioned hard work was behind his wondergoals.

"We work all week with these kind of things," the 21-year-old said.

"It's normal when you work a lot – it's easier to (score a goal like that)."

Neves looks likely to be selected in European champions Portugal's squad for this summer's World Cup in Russia.


He believes his experience in England will stand him in good stead for the rest of his career.

"Without doubt (it will help me), it's a fantastic league with fantastic football in England. That's helped me a lot with my game and I hope I can improve.

"It's a really good league and I just enjoy it. I try to improve myself and my game, this is my goal."

Neves also dedicated Friday's win to Wolves' fans, with some 3,000 travelling to Cardiff.

The final three home games of the season are all set to be sell-outs, while all 4,800 tickets for the trip to Bolton on April 21 have already been snapped up.

"We have incredible fans, sometimes when we play away we think we are at home," Neves said.

"They are incredible and Friday's win was for them."

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living


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