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Garth Crook hails Wolves star Jose Sa for performance in Everton win

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has hailed Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa for his performance against Everton on Boxing Day.

Julen Lopetegui recorded his first Premier League win against the Toffees.

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It was by no means a great performance from Wanderers.

But the player showed great character and resilience to come from behind on Merseyside.

Lopetegui proved to be the difference, with his second-half substitutions really paying off for the visitors.

Yerry Mina and Daniel Podence had both scored in the first-half, and Wolves could probably have been satisfied with a draw.

But they hit Everton on the counter in the last minute, with Rayan Ait-Nouri took in at the far post.

It was a huge win for Wolves, and one that could now really kickstart their season.

And it was a big showing from Sa, who hasn’t really been at the races all too often this season.

But he showed up against Everton with two massive saves.

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He first denied Anthony Gordon, and then Amadou Onana, and his efforts have led to BBC pundit Crooks picking him in his Team of the Week.

He said (BBC Sport): “If Wolves ever needed a star performance from their goalkeeper, then it was when they went to Everton on Monday.

“Two saves from Jose Sa were vital – the first from Anthony Gordon kept the visitors in the game while the second from Amadou Onana changed it entirely.

“Wolves have been sitting at the foot of the Premier League table and leaking goals for far too long but what was impressive about this victory against Everton was their overall team performance. I haven’t seen anything quite like this from Wolves for some time.”

Jose Sa back on song for Wolves against Everton, his form will be absolutely crucial

Lopetegui has been coming in for a lot of credit since the 2-1 win over Everton.

Ait-Nouri has also gotten many plaudits, as have the other substitutes Adama Traore, Matheus Nunes, and Toti Gomes.

But Sa’s contributions were huge, and helped Wolves walk away with three points rather than zero.

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Sa’s form has been a bit patchy this season. He has saved a couple of penalties, but his general level hasn’t quite been as a high as last season.

But the £7 million star remains an excellent goalkeeper, and him playing well will be absolutely paramount for Wanderers in the second half of the season.