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Matheus Nunes nearly cost Wolves massively today

Wolverhampton Wanderers claimed just their second Premier League victory of the season with a nerve-shredding 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

The two teams found themselves in the relegation zone before the match started, although it is Wolves – under the interim management of Steve Davis and James Collins – who have claimed all three points and moved up to 17th position overnight.

The first half saw the Old Gold dominate proceedings, creating a few chances as they looked to score just their fourth league goal of the campaign, with Max Kilman coming closest with a header which hit the post.

Wolves finally found a breakthrough thanks to a Ruben Neves penalty following a VAR check, with Forest defender Harry Toffolo handling the ball. The goal was the first time that the Molineux side have scored in the second half of the league this season.

Fellow Portuguese midfielder Matheus Nunes gave away a penalty but Jose Sa saved from Brennan Johnson and Wolves held out through ten minutes of injury time to seal all three points.

The 24-year-old didn’t have the greatest of matches all round, with his mistake in the penalty box nearly costing the home side a crucial win.

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He received a SofaScore rating of just 6.1, the lowest out of the Wolves starting XI, and had just 30 touches during his 91 minutes on the pitch, three fewer than goalkeeper Sa. Still, it was a far sight better than Diego Costa, who had just 12 touches (fewest of any starter) as he struggles to get going back in the Premier League.

Nunes should be excelling in these sorts of matches, with his club-record fee of £38m indicating he has the talent to take control of tight games and make things happen, but today wasn’t his best day at the office.

The 24-year-old lost possession a staggering 15 times and his 54% pass success rate was way below his league average this season of 81%, with Wolves supporters surely hoping that this was just a rare below-par performance from him.

Nunes did make one key pass against Forest but lacked any sort of confidence in one-on-one encounters, winning only one duel from seven contested, while also conceding three fouls.

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This performance shows that he is lacking the required maturity to display his incredible talent every week, but this should come with experience.

The important thing was that Wolves secured the win, which at least will allow them to build some momentum ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

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