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Wolves Fans' Verdict v Besiktas: Delightful Diogo Jota

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Our Wolves fans share their thoughts on the 4-0 Europa League win against Besiktas at Molineux.

Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 (AMA)

Clive Smith

Reaction to the result

Another pinch yourself moment. We just won 4-0 in Europe while resting half a dozen players! Come on, this is our beloved Wolves we're talking about. Love it. Have you ever looked forward to games so much? Living the dream.

Man of the match

Seems like all our metaphorical group hugs for Diogo have finally paid off. Pure quality, that header in particular. MOTM. Credit too for Nuno, a timely substitution.

Something to improve

Our passing was a bit sloppy in the first half.

Adam Virgo

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Reaction to the result

Brilliant result and the second half performance was fantastic. First half was pretty drab but the introduction of Jota in the second 45 changed everything. Neto did very well for the opening goal with a nice spin to create space for the cross and then Oskar Buur produced attacking quality for Jota’s hat trick goal. Dendoncker could have had a few tonight, was unlucky with his long-range strike but he deserved his goal. Once we got the first the floodgates opened, a bit of a shame we didn’t top the group but roll on the draw Monday, will be fun to see who we get.

Man of the match

Has to be Jota because he changed the game when he came on. Massively in form from the Brighton game and his finishing was on point once again. When he’s confident he’s just on another level and he’s unplayable, got in the perfect positions and although his goals weren’t down to individual brilliance, he showed he can be in the right place when called upon. Must say Oskar Buur, Dendoncker, Neto offered a lot in the second half too.

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Something to improve

Based on the second half performance there isn’t much we can do better, especially as it was a much-changed side. It would have been nice to start quicker and offer more going forward in the first half but you can’t complain about a 4-0 win at home against Besiktas, albeit both making numerous changes.

Rob Cartwright

Reaction to the result

The first half was tiresome with Wolves completely in charge, but plodding along without the urgency required to stretch the Besiktas defence.

Wolves started the second half showing more intent, but it took the introduction of Jota after 56 minutes to spring the game into life, and what an impact he made.

We enjoyed a highly entertaining second half.

Man of the match

It has to be Jota. He scored with a header after one minute, with his first touch.

11 minutes later, he completed his hat-trick - the quickest in the history of the Europa League.

It crossed my mind that Nuno would take him back off and save him for Sunday!

During this 12 minute spell, there was also time for Dendoncker to score a very much deserved goal. Cutrone went close too and his performance also deserved a goal.

If Jota carries this sharpness into league games, he will have a huge impact with his goals turning the draws into victories.

Something to improve

A mixed team of experience together with second string/youth so not really much to learn.

I thought Oscar Burr was on his way out, but his performance shows he has the ability and should given more time to break into the first team picture.

Otasowie looks to have great potential too. I can see why he has reportedly attracted the attention of top clubs across Europe. He’s only 18, so sign him up long term.

Well done to Nuno for getting his team selection spot on, to get the job done.

Russ Evers (Hatherton Wolves)

Reaction to the result

As one sided as a European tie could get for us I think although Ruddy when called upon did his job well. Despite the changes, we were just far too good for the Turks although we had to wait for Diogo to score the goals that made the scoreline respectable.

Man of the match

Who played well? Everyone in gold , especially the full backs and then you have Diogo (who some people were clambering for to be dropped two weeks ago)

Something to improve

To improve ? Not a lot ! Six years ago we were planning trips to Crawley, Stevenage, Carlisle and playing teams like Margate in pre-season games. Now we are faced with a list including Ajax, Inter Milan, Benfica and Celtic. What a time to be a Wolves fan

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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