Wolves are into the fourth round of the FA Cup, after beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Molineux on Friday night.

Nuno Espirito Santo named a very strong side against the Eagles, which sends out the message that he fancies a cup run this season.

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It is potentially going to be a tricky season in the Premier League given the loss of Raul Jimenez and squad being so young now.

So there appears to be a greater focus on the FA Cup and against Palace, Nuno opted to name arguably the strongest XI available to him right now.

It was Adama Traore who stole the headlines; his first goal of the season was superbly taken by cutting in from the right and unleashing an unstoppable left-footed drive.

Wolves’ right side of Traore and Nelson Semedo looked particularly strong which is very encouraging, but some supporters have pointed to the return of Leander Dendoncker as key to its improvement.

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The Belgian had been missing for the last four games but was back in the starting XI, and his influence, and the help he gave to Semedo, was key.

Whenever he hasn’t started in 2020/21, Wolves have failed to win every time, so to have him back in the picture is a big boost.

On social media, some Wolves fans felt Dendoncker had a really strong outing against Roy Hodgson’s side and certainly feel he is a major miss when he doesn’t play:

 

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