Conor Coady has joked he and his Wolves teammates had been giving Max Kilman stick for not scoring – before the defender finally bagged against Everton.

The central defender has enjoyed a tremendous campaign so far.

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Max Kilman (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

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He has played every single minute since Bruno Lage replaced Nuno Espirito Santo.

The left-footed Englishman is flourishing on the right of a three-man defence.

He’s been dominating in the air, winning challenges, playing out from the back and carrying the ball forwards, and fans have been hugely impressed with his progress.

The one thing that had perhaps been missing from his game, was a goal.

Kilman has had a few chances to score this season, but he finally broke his duck against the Toffees on Monday with a superb header from a Rayan Ait-Nouri cross.

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Coady and Kilman (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

And captain Coady has told how the players had all been giving him stick for having gone so long without scoring.

He said: “Big Max has worked hard for it. We’ve given him stick for not scoring enough headers because he’s big enough to be scoring a lot more than what he does, but it was a fantastic header; into the ground and it was superb.

 

“We work on set-pieces all the time, so I’m absolutely over the moon for him. I couldn’t be any happier for him because he’s been fantastic since the minute he came into the first-team, and the way he’s been playing since the start of the season, he’s been incredible.

“He’s a brilliant lad, he works ever so hard and although his goal was fantastic, his all-round game has been superb.”

Hopefully more to come from aerial threat Kilman

Kilman was delighted to grab his first goal for Wolves.

And hopefully it will be the first of quite a few more for the club.

Given he is 6ft 4in, he is an immediate threat from set-pieces.

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Max Kilman (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

He has a brilliant leap, as he often shows for defensive headers, and has the potential to be scoring a few a season at least.

It would be nice to see a new source of goals here and there in the starting XI, with Raul Jimenez and Hwang Hee-chan seemingly set to provide the bulk of them this season.

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