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Bruno Lage hails Jose Sa after penalty save against Fulham

Wolves manager Bruno Lage hailed Jose Sa, after the goalkeeper saved his first penalty for Wolves against Fulham yesterday.

The 29-year-old came in clutch for Wanderers at Molineux, denying Aleksandar Mitrovic from 12 yards.

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The Serbia international had converted a spot-kick the weekend before against Liverpool, and would have fancied his chances against Sa.

The former Olympiacos star had never saved a penalty for Wolves prior.

But Sa dived low to his right and blocked Mitrovic’s strike, with Ruben Neves then clearing the danger as Molineux erupted.

It was a big moment, and one that ultimately helped Wolves take a point from the contest.

After the game, Lage was full of praise for his number one.

He said: “Jose is doing a fantastic job. Last week, he was unhappy with the first goal and now he saved one penalty for the team. We have a lot of trust in Jose and that’s the most important thing.”

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Sa himself added: “Every game we study our opponent and it’s what I did. I have to study and I’m happy I saved the penalty and helped the team win one point, and we are happy for this.”

Unfortunately Wolves were unable to find a winner after Sa’s save.

The game was frustrating, with Wolves having some good opportunities. Ultimately though, there was a lack of a cutting edge in the final third once again.

Huge credit to Jose Sa after penalty save against Fulham

Sa really came through for Wolves yesterday, and Ait-Nouri will be especially relieved since it was he that gave away the penalty.

The £29,000-a-week star deserves credit for bouncing back after a sub-par showing last weekend against Leeds United.

Ultimately he has helped Wolves to take a point from the game. It should have been three, but it also could so easily have been none at all.

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Sa saving his first penalty for Wolves is great psychologically.

He had come close a couple of times previously. But the save against Mitrovic could now really boost his confidence for future penalty scenarios.