Wolves Boss On His Sides Late Heroics against Fulham
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates with teammates after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage on April 09, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers left it late to clinch the win against Fulham in a 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage.

Adama Traore's 92nd-minute winner was the first and last goal of the game, meaning Wolves left London with three vital Premier League points. 

Willian Jose was also denied his first goal in gold and black after a controversial VAR decision.

The win puts Wolves into 12th position in the Premier League.

"I'm very pleased. Adama is Unique"

Traore scored his first Premier League goal since December 2019, ending a run of 16 months without a goal. 

The Spaniard had also registered his first assist of the season in the Monday night defeat against West Ham.

His goal contributions over the last week, meant that he has now registered more goals and assists in the first week of April, than the entire duration of the current season. 

The 25-year-old latched onto Fabio Silva's ball in behind and drove into the box, before smashing the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle.

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Nuno Espirito Santo was unable to hide his excitement after the game.

The Wolves manager said: “It was a very good goal. Adama’s speed and finish gave us a win I think we worked very hard for.

I saw the ball inside, knowing it was the last moment of the game, it’s always good to be on this side, it happened before with us on the other side, and it’s tough, but when we are happy, we have to celebrate – it means a lot for us."

Traore started the game on the left-hand side, before making the crucial switch to a striker, and it was as a striker, that the no.37 scored the winner.

Despite Traore's recent spike in form, Nuno still understands that his match-winner must continue to improve. 

It’s difficult for him to find spaces because the opponents, their immediate reaction is to foul him, to disturb him, but it was a good finish, so let’s hope he continues, not only finishing but assisting, he must improve on a lot of aspects of his game,” said Nuno. 

  • "It's fine margins [with] VAR"

Willian Jose was denied his first Wolves goal after a controversial VAR decision. 

Daniel Podence received the ball on the edge of the box, before floating a delightful ball onto the head Willian Jose, who directed his header powerfully past, Fulham Keeper, Alphonse Areola

The goal rounded off a really well-worked team goal.

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However, the goal was ruled out after Podence's left arm was narrowly viewed to be in an offside position. Despite the replays shown, it is still hard to see how Podence was offside.

As frustrating as the decision was for Nuno, he was quick to ensure his team continued to focus on the game plan.

Nuno said, “Disappointed because it was the last moment of the half and a beautiful move, something that we wanted to put on the pitch.

"We did it, but it’s fine margins VAR. I hope that football can find a solution for what’s happening because when the stadiums are full again, it’s going to be hard to explain."

  • "Impossible for him to Continue"

Pedro Neto was substituted in the 32nd minute in Friday's encounter at Craven Cottage.

Neto was running to meet Podence's forward header, however pulled up before dropping to the floor to receive treatment.

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The 21-year-old limped off the field and was replaced by Joao Moutinho.

It was an injury to Neto's left knee, which he has been nursing ever since returning from his national duties with Portugal.

Nuno said: "It was impossible for him to continue, he’s been struggling with this problem for some time, many players that we have a lot of problems, let’s hope this long week allows us to recover the players and go again."

Neto has been one of Wolves' most influential players this season, and currently has the most goal contributions of any gold and black player this season, with five goals and six assists.

Losing Neto for any period of time will be a huge blow, but Nuno has been no stranger to injuries of key players this season. 

"Let’s see how he is. It’s been tough moments, we were not able to settle down the team, always having players with knocks, but let's see how he is and let’s try to recover him,” said Nuno.