The Joe Edwards debrief – Wolves 3 Norwich 0

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

It was a breeze for Wolves as they put three past rock-bottom Norwich at Molineux.

Romain Saiss, right, put in another top display in defence as Wolves cruised to a 3-0 victory (AMA)

Eighth in the Premier League, while also having one foot in the last 16 of the Europa League, Nuno Espirito Santo's lot are in a healthy state.

Dangerous Diogo

The star man for Wolves was Diogo Jota, who picked up where he left off last Thursday against Espanyol in the Europa.

After grabbing a hat-trick against the Spanish side, the Portuguese came up with another couple of goals against the Canaries.

And he was ruthless, with the brace coming from just four shots in total, while he also hit the post before Raul Jimenez made sure of the win with Wolves' third.

What a player Jota is when he is at full confidence.

As well as his goals, he completed 81 per cent of his passes and made a couple of tackles.

He showed a constant willingness to run at the Norwich defence, tying them in knots on several occasions.


When Jota is in the mood he was against the basement boys, he is just as devastating as fellow Wolves forward Adama Traore.

While not quite possessing the same pace as the former Barcelona man, his exceptional dribbling always creates problems for the opposition – and his instinctive shooting leaves goalkeepers with no chance.

Diogo Jota scores a goal to make it 1-0 (AMA)

It has been a season where Jimenez and Traore have been in the spotlight for a series of stunning performances, and now Jota has stepped up to the plate.


Hopefully, his hot streak continues as Wolves look to finish as high as possible in the league, and go as far as possible in the Europa.

On five goals – 14 in all competitions – in the league, the 23-year-old should end the campaign in double figures.

Solid Saiss

Another clean sheet for Wolves – their fourth in succession in all competitions.

Willy Boly's return has played a massive part in that as well, but a vast amount of credit must also go to Romain Saiss.

Boly, since his return, has been deployed on the right of the back three, because Saiss has made the spot on the left his own.

The Moroccan, while he has done a sound job in midfield over the years, is enjoying his best spell in gold and black thus far.

He just looks such a natural in defence – and he is still making his presence felt going forward.

Saiss set up Wolves' second, squaring the ball across goal and leaving Jota with a simple tap-in.

His 84 per cent pass success rate was only bettered by skipper Conor Coady (85), too.

He is efficient, yet combative and immensely talented.

Saiss, who has all you could want from a defender, may well be in contention for Wolves' player of the season if he keeps this up.

Nice and easy

Leander Dendoncker, Matt Doherty, Ruben Neves, Boly and Jimenez all had strong outings against Norwich – who, it must be said, looked every bit a bottom-of-the-table side – too.

It was a thoroughly satisfying victory, and the straightforward nature of it was refreshing.

So many games in the league have been tight this term, as you would expect, so being sure of the victory by the hour – especially following back-to-back 0-0 draws – made for a nice change.

It was a straightforward win for Wolves (AMA)

Some will argue Wolves relaxed a little towards the end and instead of taking Jota and Jimenez off, they should have gone for the jugular in a bid to significantly boost their goal difference.

But, ultimately, three goals and a clean sheet – after four goals and a clean sheet against Espanyol – represents a great day at the office.

Up next

So, now Wolves are preparing for Thursday's Europa last-32 second-leg at the RCDE Stadium.

And you do wonder what team Nuno will field in Barcelona.

With Tottenham on Sunday to think about, there seems no reason to risk Jimenez, while one of Jota or Traore will probably be given some sort of rest too.

Daniel Podence – signed for £17million in January – will surely make his first Wolves start as they look to see things through in a professional manner, and then find out their last-16 opponents on Friday.

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.


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