Wolves recorded their fourth straight win of 2022 yesterday, beating Brentford 2-1 in the Premier League.
Bruno Lage’s men march on. The club still sit eighth in the table, but are now just four points behind Manchester United in fourth.
It is a very encouraging purple patch, and one that has seen Wolves finally discover their goalscoring touch.
It was Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves who got the goals for the visitors.
Moutinho finished beautifully into the far corner after a one-two with Nelson Semedo to open the scoring.
Ivan Toney equalised for the Bees but then Neves – not to be outdone by his compatriot – curled in a cracking shot from the edge of the area to beat Jonas Lossl at his near post.
Neves was back in the starting XI after missing the 3-1 win over Southampton after testing positive for Covid-19.
He was a little bit sloppy at times in the first-half as he sought to find some momentum again after missing the previous match.
But he turned it on in the second-half, and thoroughly deserved to score his second goal of the season.
The star is just integral to Wolves, and he continues to go from strength to strength playing under Bruno Lage.
After the game, Neves commented on Conor Coady’s Instagram post, writing ‘My Captain’.
The 28-year-old then replied with a comment that very few Wolves fans will disagree with, writing ‘What a player’.
Wolves can dream of Europe again if Ruben Neves keeps shining
Another week, another influential performance from Neves.
He did take that first-half to rediscover his match sharpness. But his quality shone through in that second-half when Wolves need it to.
His strike for the goal was fantastic, and a real reminder of the threat he carries from the edge of the box.
Wolves are now just four points off the top four. As good a job as Lage is doing, finishing in the Champions League places might be a stretch this season.
But going for the Europa League again is seeming a more realistic goal now. If the top players at the club like Neves can deliver consistently, fans can certainly dream.