Ruben Neves: Wolves must improve in front of goal

Ruben Neves says Wolves must improve in front of goal quickly as their lack of a cutting edge is ‘making the difference at the moment’.

Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 (AMA)
Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 (AMA)

The Portuguese midfielder was on the scoresheet against Everton on Tuesday night, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side struggled to create anything in the second half as they lost 2-1.

Wolves – with Raul Jimenez continuing his recovery from surgery for a fractured skull – have netted just 19 times in 18 Premier League matches this campaign.

And ahead of Saturday’s must-win Black Country Derby against Albion, Neves is looking for more creativity and ruthlessness in the final third.

“That’s my job. I always try to do my best and fortunately, I scored a goal,” he said. “But it doesn’t matter as we didn’t get any points from the game.

“I’m really disappointed as I think we did enough to get out with a result, at least a draw, but they scored with the only chance they had in the second half.

“Let’s improve and try to score more goals as I think that’s what is making the difference at the moment.”

Neves was Wolves’ top performer against the Toffees and saw a free-kick shave the woodwork towards the end.

Ultimately, though, it was a tale of coming up short at both ends of the pitch.

“It’s hard, you know. It’s football. I think we did enough to win the game, or least for a draw,” said Neves. “But like I said, this is football and you need to be focused – for every single second.”

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