Wolverhampton Wanderers climbed to eighth from 15th in the Premier League table with a resolute 2-1 victory over local rivals Aston Villa at Molineux on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez were enough to secure all three points for Nuno Santo’s side.
In truth, Trezeguet’s strike in injury time was merely a flattering consolation for the visitors, who looked ever so weak in the absence of first-team regulars Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels, and captain Jack Grealish.
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Wolves saw 12 of their 17 shots at goal come from inside the penalty area while Dean Smith’s men could only muster up five from 13 attempts, per SofaScore.
Much of the home support singled out Joao Moutinho for his performance in the gold shirt. The 33-year-old did provide the assist for Neves’ long-range opener.
One supporter called him an ‘absolute machine’ in midfield and that he pocketed John McGinn all game while ‘fabulous,’ ‘magician,’ and ‘world-class’ were just three other words used to describe the Portuguese playmaker.
Another fan claimed Moutinho was a joy to watch as he’s a ‘general’ in midfield with one more believing he’s the best player Wolves have ever had at the club.
Here’s the best of the reaction:
Unbelievable some of the rubbish that's been making appearances for the so called big 6, while for the last two seasons we've been watching Moutinho week in week out! The guys a magician #wwfc
— Liam Flecknor (@LiamFleck) November 11, 2019
Just watched back the first half. Never forget how good & how many tackles the magic man Moutinho makes #wwfc
— Simmo (@simbawolf7) November 10, 2019
What a superb performance today by João Moutinho. Excellent reading of the game, arriving in the right places at the right time. Fabulous player.#wwfc
— Stuart Scott (@m3topaz) November 10, 2019
— 🐺🍋 (@AlfieOConnor6) November 10, 2019
— Darren Mills (@darrenamills) November 10, 2019
Every player was an 11/10 today but Joao Moutinho has played to a degree that I never thought possible for a Wolves player.
Him, Jiménez and Patricio all arguably world-class in their positions. #wwfc
— JP (@Joe_Parker26) November 10, 2019
I think it's a toss-up between João Moutinho and Ruben Neves for the best wolves player I've ever seen #WWFC
— Will Bowen (@WillBowen3) November 10, 2019
— Amit Patel ૐ (@Pateliii) November 10, 2019
— Jon Charles Pick (@JonCharles_) November 10, 2019
It’s a hard choice, because he’s been world class nearly every week, but was that Moutinho’s best performance in a Wolves shirt? Him and Neves looked like they were in a training session at times out there. Frighteningly good
— Robert Kostur (@Robbo_WWFC) November 10, 2019
— Nigel Bolton (@nigelbolton) November 10, 2019
Fantastic intent from the start, Moutinho is an absolute general and a joy to watch, I’ve not seen him have a bad game.
Dendoncker performing with such versatility at that age is so unique.
Adama….no words required with performances like that!
Cracking 3 points! #wwfc
— Alastair Holding (@AliHolding) November 10, 2019