Wolves boss Nuno: Ruben Neves is pure talent

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published: | Last Updated:

Nuno Espirito Santo hailed the talent of Ruben Neves as his Wolves team moved to within one win of the Premier League.

Nuno Espirito Santo (AMA / Sam Bagnall)

Neves scored an absolutely stunning 35-yard volley to seal a 2-0 win for Wolves against Derby at Molineux.

It was one of the finest goals witnessed at the stadium in recent years and edged Nuno's team ever closer to promotion, which they can seal by beating local rivals Blues on Sunday.

"It's talent," Nuno said of Neves' goal. "We are fortunate to have these talents but what makes these opportunities are the rules and order of the team, the control, all these things that maybe people don't se allow us to enjoy and take advantage of these kind of moments.

"We still have a long way to go and Ruben knows he has a lot to improve."

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Wolves were in control throughout the game after Diogo Jota's early opener, his 16th of the season.

The Wolves head coach was pleased with how his team reacted after the drama at Cardiff on Friday.

"It was a good performance," he added. "The boys did well, balanced, organised, talent, possession, good goals, they did a very good job and I congratulate them.


"One of the things I mentioned we had to improve was our defensive organisation and today we did that.

"We didn't concede chances to a very good team.

"John Ruddy didn't do much and on Friday he was man of the match, so this says we are improving.

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"We've been suffering goals at home so we avoided that and I'm very pleased with the reaction of the players.

"The Championship is the most difficult competition there is."

Even with promotion in sight – and Wolves will go up if without playing again if Fulham don't beat Brentford on Saturday – Nuno refused to talk of getting there.

"Nothing changes," he said. "We have to prepare well for Sunday.

"It's a good team that's changed manager and we have to be very cautious, like we are regarding all our opponents.

"I'm repeating myself but it's true. We know how close (we are)."

Derby boss Gary Rowett said of Neves' strike: "It's the first time as an opposition manager I've almost applauded an opposition goal. For me he's a Champion League player."

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living


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