Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Crystal Palace: Nuno's side ease to back to winning ways against 10-men Palace.

Wolverhampton Wanderers climbed to joint-top of the Premier League after a 2- victory over Crystal Palace.

Their best start to a season since 1979 continued as goals from Rayan Ait-Nouri and Daniel Podence earned them their second win at Molineux of the season.

Michy Batshuayi had his goal ruled out for offside at 0-0, before VAR chalked-off a penalty after Patrick van Aanholt was fouled by Willy Boly.

Palace's misery pilled on in the second half when Luka Milivojevic was sent-off for a poor challenge on Joao Moutinho.

Story of the match

After letting slip two points on Sunday against Newcastle United, Nuno Espirito Santo's side began the contest in blistering fashion, with Leander Dendoncker coming close twice in the opening stages.

Podence, who was caused the visiting back four problems all game, nearly opened the scoring, only for Vincente Guaita to tip the ball over his bar.

For the third game in a row, Batshuayi had a goal ruled out offside after being too fast for van Aanholt. 

Moments later, Wolves scored their first first-half goal since the opening weekend victory over Sheffield United through Ait-Nouri.

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The teenager, who was making his debut for the Wanderers, struck the ball on the bounce from Podence's cross and across Guaita.

Ait-Nouri's goal meant he is the seventh player to score on their Premier League debut for the club and the youngest Frenchman to score on his Premier League debut (19 years and 146 days).

Dendoncker came close to doubling the Wanderers lead on 26 minutes when his first-time effort crashes off the crossbar.

Unfortunately for Roy Hodgson and his side, Wolves did double their lead through Podence. The Portuguese international slotted the ball home from Pedro Neto's cross following a spell of brilliant team play from the host.

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The goal means Podence has now scored twice in the Premier League for Wolves, both times against the Eagles at Molineux.

Palace almost replied immediately when Scott Dann's back-post header was blocked on the line from Dendoncker after Wilfried Zaha did well to earn his side a corner on the right-hand side.

With just under 10 minutes until half-time, Palace were handed a lifeline when Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot following Boly's challenge on van Aanholt.

However, the video assistant referee overturned the original decision and rescue Wolves.

The visitors began the second-half better and Andros Townsend's volley almost caught Rui Patricio out, but the Portugal number one was able to gather the ball.

Takeaways

Rayan Ait-Nouri should be Wolves' starting left-back

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At just 19-years-old, Ait-Nouri impressed on his debut for his new side. A summer arrival from Angers, he ventured forward often, kept Townsend quiet and opened the scoring with a crisp half-volley.

Following often relying on the right wing-back at the club, Ait-Nouri's arrival and delightful performance now open's a new outlet of attack for Santo's side.

With Palace forced to open up more in the second-half, Ait-Nouri spent the majority of the final 45 minutes pinned back. However, if his first-half is anything to go by, Wolves fans' have every reason to be excited.

Ruben Neves could be returning to his best

In Sunday's draw with Newcastle, Neves was sloppy and often gave the ball away, despite his nature of finding the perfect pass.

Fast-forward five days and the former-FC Porto midfielder was back to his normal self. Partnered with Dendoncker int the middle of the park, Neves put in the perfect performance.

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Both Milivojevic and Jairo Riedewald were kept quiet all game, both struggling to find space in between the lines and both unable to prevent Neves from switching the ball.

Like the majority of the Wolves team, their second-half performance didn't have much to brag about, but his first-half display will encourage everyone at the club.

Stand-out player

Leander Dendoncker

The Belgium international's performances as of late have been really standing out. After originally being signed as a centre-back, his ability to play in centre-midfield has aided Wolves to the team they are now.

He must be doing something right to keep Moutinho out of the squad. Against Palace, he had a number of opportunities to grab a goal, only to miss the target.

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Wolves' dominance throughout the game was often through the middle of the pitch, largely courtesy of Neves and Dendoncker. 

Another performance like this next week against Leicester City, facing Youri Tielemans and Nempalys Mendy, will certainly help the black and gold's case of gaining a further three points.

 

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