Wolverhampton Wanderers drew 1-1 with rivals West Bromwich Albion in yesterday’s second Black Country Derby of the season.
It wasn’t the win Nuno Espirito Santo was hoping for after such a dreadful display against Burnley, and there was a sense of frustration at the end of the game given the number of chances Wolves had.
But at least it wasn’t a defeat, and the result makes West Brom’s bid to stay in the Premier League very unlikely now – and the performance was actually fairly encouraging.
It was back to a back four at the Hawthorns, as it was back in January.
Fabio Silva opened the scoring, rounding off a fantastic move down the right.
He got quite lucky, but it is no less than he deserves for his hard work when coming off the bench in recent weeks.
Sadly there was to be more poor defending from Wolves in the second-half, with Mbaye Diagne scoring with a header after finding space in the box.
Wolves pushed for a winner in the heavy rain, but it wasn’t to be, but Nuno will have been encouraged by the amount of chances created.
A lot of the younger players really stood out for Wolves, with Vitinha probably the most impressive.
The 21-year-old lined up in midfield with Leander Dendoncker and Ruben Neves and overshadowed his two more experienced colleagues.
He was instrumental in the goal, flicking the ball through for Nelson Semedo to pass to Silva.
He has been painfully underused, but his confident performance at the Hawthorns might just boost his starting prospects from here and increase the likelihood of him completing an £18 million permanent move (Birmingham Mail).
Here’s what some people said about him on social media:
Turns out Vitinha is one of our best players. #wwfc
— Jason (@JasonJ1987) May 3, 2021
Disappointing to concede a soft goal the way we did but given the side we’d got out that’s not a bad performance.
OO, Ait Nouri and Fabio all come of age tonight . Vitinha best player on the pitch.
As Fosun have repeatedly said, it’s all about the youth .#wwfc
— Neil Tully (@neiltully1971) May 3, 2021
Disappointed that we didn’t get all 3 points, but I’ll take that. Better team, Vitinha was superb and Sandwell town are all but down.
Happy Bank Holiday folks.🐺#wwfc
— Lee Bradley (@leeb1977) May 3, 2021
Despite not winning the game, I’d say that’s a better performance than when we beat Fulham and Sheff Utd (obviously Burnley too). As we all know, Vitinha MOTM #WWFC
— Pete Jackson (@pete_wwfc) May 3, 2021
Showed some fight at least. Ait -Nouri impressive again (remember his age) Vitinha is a baller it’s clear to see, but unless we buy an athletic powerful CM he won’t get a look in! #wwfc
— Simmo (@simbawolf7) May 3, 2021
Vitinha was our best player out there today. Absolutely class
Still should have won that from the 1st minute. Spineless #WWFC
— Dan wolf🐺 (@goldandblack17) May 3, 2021
Laughable that Vitinha hasn’t been given a look in all season. Best player on that pitch by far #wwfc
— Nige.S (@NigeWolves) May 3, 2021
Vitinha looks like some player by the way #wwfc
— Mike Gee (@groomtings) May 3, 2021