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Wolves 2-0 Derby County

April 11, 2018
Ruben Neves
All six of Ruben Neves’ goals for Wolves this season have been from outside the box

Ruben Neves scored the goal of a lifetime as Wolves comfortably beat Derby County to move within two points of promotion to the Premier League.

Fellow Portuguese star Diogo Jota also scored as the Championship leaders damaged Derby’s hopes of securing a play-off place.

Jota’s neat early lob set Wolves on the way to a 15th home win of the season.

Neves then hammered a stunning 30-yard volley into the top corner shortly after the break to seal the win.

Wolves will now secure a return to the Premier League if they beat local rivals Birmingham City on Sunday.

But it could happen even sooner if second-placed Fulham fail to beat Brentford at home on Saturday.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will deservedly claim the Championship title if they pick up another four points from their remaining four fixtures.

Derby remain in fifth place on 68 points, within reach of a clutch of chasing clubs, but still with a game in hand – last month’s controversial postponement against Cardiff City.

Wolves began the night still needing a further five points to win back the Premier League place they lost in 2012. And, at a near-capacity Molineux, there never appeared much doubt that they would claim them.

It took just six minutes for them to take the lead when defender Willy Boly’s angled 40-yard lofted pass foxed the Rams defence sufficiently to leave Jota unmarked inside the penalty area 12 yards from goal.

And, with his back to goal, and only Carson for company, he impudently flicked the ball in the air before gently lifting a right-foot lob past the stranded keeper.

It could have been more by half-time. Instead, it took another six minutes at the start of the second half to truly light up a cold, wet night in the Black Country.

Taking delivery from a Derby half clearance 30 yards out, Neves flicked the ball up, took careful aim and drilled his dipping right-foot volley just under Scott Carson’s bar.

‘This is the spirit that we want’

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo: “I think all the players are developing and getting better from what they were before.

“I think Neves still has a lot to improve. Not only Neves, all the squad. This is the spirit that we want. Day by day they have to work hard to improve.

“I think today was a good performance. The boys did well, they were well balanced and well organised.

“They did a very good job. We did not concede chances to a very good team. I am very pleased with the approach of the players.

“The game on Sunday means a lot to our fans and it means a lot to us. We have to be cautious. I am boring saying this bit – this is the truth.”

Derby boss Gary Rowett: “We found Wolves were a class above us. I don’t like saying that because we have got some very good players in our team.

“Their second goal was sensational. I have said it before but for me Neves is the best player I have seen in the Championship. He is too good for the Championship. He is a Champions League player.

“At one point I thought should I applaud that [the goal]. It would have felt wrong but that is how good it was.”

Neves’ volley in pictures

Neves volley
Ruben Neves flicks the ball up and strikes…
Neves volley
The ball flies towards goal from at least 30 yards…
Scott Carson
Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson has no chance…
Wolves celebrate
His Wolves team-mates are stunned by what they just saw

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5BennettBooked at 61mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 8Neves
  • 27Saiss
  • 3Douglas
  • 7Cavaleiro
    Substituted forGibbs-Whiteat 82′minutes
  • 18Jota
    Substituted forBonatiniat 74′minutes
  • 19Afobe
    Substituted forCostaat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4N’Diaye
  • 6Batth
  • 17Costa
  • 24Gibbs-White
  • 30Hause
  • 31Norris
  • 33Bonatini

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 14Wisdom
  • 16Pearce
  • 33Davies
  • 12Baird
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 36Ledley
    Substituted forPalmerat 73′minutes
  • 19Weimann
  • 23Vydra
    Substituted forHansonat 85′minutes
  • 10Lawrence
  • 28Nugent
    Substituted forJeromeat 82′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Forsyth
  • 6Keogh
  • 7Palmer
  • 21Roos
  • 26Hanson
  • 32Jerome
  • 45Thomas
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
28,503

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Posted at

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Posted at90’+5′

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Derby County 0.

Posted at90’+3′

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at90’+3′

Foul by Jamie Hanson (Derby County).

Posted at86′

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Posted at85′

Substitution, Derby County. Jamie Hanson replaces Matej Vydra.

Posted at85′

Delay in match Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Posted at85′

Delay in match Andre Wisdom (Derby County) because of an injury.

Posted at83′

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at83′

Foul by Curtis Davies (Derby County).

Substitution

Posted at82′

Substitution, Derby County. Cameron Jerome replaces David Nugent.

Substitution

Posted at82′

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Posted at81′

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Posted at80′

Delay in match Tom Lawrence (Derby County) because of an injury.

Posted at78′

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at78′

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

Substitution

Posted at74′

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Léo Bonatini replaces Diogo Jota.

Substitution

Posted at73′

Substitution, Derby County. Kasey Palmer replaces Joe Ledley.

Posted at72′

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Joe Ledley.

Posted at67′

Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Posted at67′

Joe Ledley (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Posted at66′

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Benik Afobe.

Posted at66′

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at66′

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

Posted at64′

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Romain Saiss.

Posted at63′

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Posted at63′

Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Posted at63′

Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Posted at61′

Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Posted at61′

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Posted at61′

Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at60′

Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Posted at59′

Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Posted at58′

Foul by Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Posted at58′

Andreas Weimann (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at56′

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Posted at56′

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at54′

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Posted at52′

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Posted at52′

Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.


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