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Wolves blog: Nuno’s men are marching on

By Tom Tracey | Wolves opinion & debate | Published:

Even when Everton equalised on Saturday - against the run of play - you still felt confident Wolves would get all three points.

Nuno Espirito Santo the head coach / manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates at full time. (AMA/Sam Bagnall)

This seems a crazy thing to say away at a long-standing mid-to-upper table Premier League club, but Wolves have stepped it up a gear in recent weeks and currently look one of the most threatening teams in the division.

Both the performance and tactics were absolutely solid, and Wolves now have a remarkable ten goals in three top flight games.

Considering how we started the season, and that Nuno was previously well known for low scoring victories at former clubs, this is astonishing.

Leicester aside, it’s not as if the handbrake has been released at the back as well as up front - even the defence looks solid.

Leander Dendoncker’s match-sealing goal makes him the 14th goalscorer this season - Conor Coady is the only regular not to have scored yet, in a regular theme from last season.

Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota terrorised Everton - what a partnership they have formed.

There was a time when Joao Moutinho’s set pieces were fairly poor, and never beat the first man, but his accuracy has improved, and the assists are now racking up.

When Barry Douglas was sold, we feared we’d lose this side of our game, but between Ruben Neves and Moutinho (plus Morgan Gibbs-White takes a handy corner), we look solid.

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Having a squad of just 16 outfield players is relatively unheard of, but all of them bring something to the table and will only serve to bring unity and consistency.

Everton’s only impressive moment was Andre Gomes’ classy goal - would he fancy swapping his shirt for Old Gold in the summer and joining his Portuguese compatriots?

When the now-infamous cat ran on the pitch, the lack of urgency to remove it was bizarre - it seems like everyone associated with Everton had given up bothering.

Seeing Nuno sing his own song again after the game is incredible and just shows how strong the bond between team and fans is.

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On a side note, the likes of Danny Batth, Joe Mason and Dom Iorfa leaving is a sign of the progress we’ve made over recent seasons, albeit a sad one - the Kenny Jackett era has been pushed further into history, but it played a part in what we are currently witnessing.

Wolves now have an extremely favourable run of games in the league - on paper - and it could feasibly see them getting over the 50-point mark by the end of the month.

But it’s never that easy with Wolves, is it?

Tom Tracey

By Tom Tracey

Wolves blogger

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