Wolverhampton Wanderers’ influential midfield pairing Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves have both received high praise from BBC pundit Danny Murphy after the match against Brentford.
The two Portugal internationals proved to be the difference in ensuring Bruno Lage’s side came away from the Brentford Community Stadium with all three points.
Moutinho gave Wolves the lead shortly after half-time following a neat interchange with his compatriot Nelson Semedo, before caressing the ball into the far bottom corner with a sumptuous outside of the boot strike.
Ivan Toney who caused us all sorts of problems at Molineux, in the reverse fixture, drew the home side level with a volley from a free-kick.
But Neves ensured we went into the international break with three straight Premier League wins.
The former Porto man linked up with his senior midfielder, before firing the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, despite Jonas Loessl’s best efforts in keeping it out.
Similar to Sky Sports pundit Clinton Morrison, Lage’s midfield pair were given a glowing review by yet another pundit in Murphy.
Speaking on Match of the Day, Murphy said: “When you watch Neves and Moutinho play they’re both intelligent footballers who can see a pass, they compliment each other well and have both got great durability.”
The former Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and England international midfielder said that the Portuguese pair have only missed 12 Premier League games between them across three-and-a-half seasons, which he felt was “tremendous”.
Murphy felt that Ruben Neves “with his ability” should be expected to score more goals.
Speaking about Moutinho, the pundit said: “Moutinho, I mean 35-years-old now and he dictates games. I thought his goal at Manchester United was good, but this was better.
“It’s just got everything you want in a goal – skill, class and technique.”
Murphy felt Moutinho and Neves have had a “huge” influence on Wolves’ success under Bruno Lage through their ability to control possession.
He added: “They don’t get flustered, they have got good awareness and I like watching Wolves play now, they’ve started to commit more men forwards and they’ve started to score more goals in the last few weeks, which was there little nemesis.
“They’re having a good season.”
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