Nuno Espirito Santo and his men will be left seething after they were dealt a last gasp blow in Saturday’s West Midlands derby. In what was a cagey affair throughout, both teams were reduced to ten men after Douglas Luiz and Joao Moutinho were both given their marching orders in the second half.
A stoppage time penalty netted by Anwar El Ghazi was enough to snatch the win at Molineux, leaving the home side’s players and fans extremely disappointed.
The Wanderers were below average in their performances as a team, but one man who did put in a good shift was Daniel Podence. The 25-year-old was unlucky not to create some magic for his side, but his display is one that Nuno will be impressed with.
While Fabio Silva struggled to fill the boots of the injured Raul Jimenez, Podence pulled the strings from the midfield. According to Sofascore, he completed 100% of his attempted dribbles, made two key passes and drew in four fouls, which only highlights how much Villa struggled to deal with his presence.
Not only was Podence sharp in getting forward, but he worked hard to help out the defence as well. The £60,000 per week midfield man contributed two interceptions, one tackle and one clearance, which put him on the same level as defender Fernando Marcal.
Wolves have another tough match coming their way as they look ahead to face Chelsea on Tuesday. Nuno must whip his men into shape if they don’t to risk a demolition on home soil just three days after their derby loss.
In other news, this Wolves ace badly let Nuno down against Aston Villa…