Coventry City 1-2 Wolves: Ruben Neves shines as Wolves continue preparations.
COVENTRY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Fabio Silva of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the Pre-Season friendly match between Coventry City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ricoh Arena on August 01, 2021 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

After a much improved performance against Stoke City yesterday, Wolves travelled to Coventry City for their fifth pre-season fixture where they continued to improve with a 2-1 win.

Manager Bruno Lage named a slightly rotated side with some fringe players getting another chance to show what they can do, and also enabling him to continue the evaluation of his squad.

Fabio Silva got his first goal of the year as he opened the scoring for the visitors in front of the travelling fans before Ruben Neves doubled the lead. Coventry had a glimpse of hope after Martyn Waghorn scored his penalty but they just couldn't find another way through.

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Wolves started the game brightly in a 3-4-3 formation looking to use their width and pace to break down Coventry City. The full backs were allowed to push up the pitch and offer an overlap option to the wingers, whilst captain Ruben Neves controlled the tempo of the game.

Wolves took the lead through Fabio Silva after just five minutes. Neves picked up a loose ball from a corner and put it back into the danger area brilliantly whilst Silva lost his man giving him an open net to tap the ball into, much to the delight of the travelling Wolves fans. 

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Viktor Gyökeres was Coventry's danger man in the opening 20 minutes as he created numerous half chances by spinning in behind the Wolves back line. Despite this however, the defenders were able to recover on multiple occasions and deny any shooting opportunities. 

Just before the half hour mark, Coventry had their best chance. It fell to the man they would want it to fall to as Gyökeres was picked out by Callum O'Hare in space on the Wolves penalty spot, but blazed his shot over the bar.

Adama Traore sprung into life with five minutes to go until half time as he powerfully found his way past six Coventry defenders before sliding the ball through to Gibbs-White on the edge of the box. The Englishman composed himself but fired wide and over the bar from a really good shooting position. 

After a fairly even first half where chances were regular for both sides, Wolves started the second in a much more composed way. They controlled the ball for the first five minutes, slowing the tempo of the game down completely. 

Neves, who picked up an assist for Silva's opener, doubled Wolves' lead just before the hour mark as his strike from the edge of the box rifled into the back of the net. A brilliant strike from a man that had controlled the first hour of the game.

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Only a few minutes after Wolves' second, Coventry won themselves a penalty after Ki-Jana Hoever brought down his man after he got himself in trouble on the ball. Waghorn stepped up sent John Ruddy the wrong way and got the visitors one back.

Coventry continued to threaten as they came forward, searching for holes in the tiring Wolves back three. O'Hare found himself on the end of a golden chance as Julien Dacosta broke down the right wing, before putting a perfect cross into the box. O'Hare was the man on the end of it but he couldn't direct his shot from six yards goalwards.

Wolves controlled the game well for the final 20 minutes as they didn't allow Coventry much time on the ball. The visitors were able to see the game out and come away with a very promising 2-1 win. 

Bruno Lage's final pre-season game is at the Molineux on 7th August against Celta Vigo, just one week before the Premier League season gets underway away at Leicester City.

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