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Garth Crooks waxes lyrical about Joao Moutinho after stellar display against Brentford

BBC pundit Garth Crook has raved about Joao Moutinho, who starred for Wolves in the 2-1 win over Brentford on Saturday.

Wanderers completed a perfect January by claiming victory against the Bees.

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Wolves exacted revenge on their opponents, who won the reverse fixture at Molineux back in September.

Joao Moutinho opened the scoring, before Ivan Toney equalised for the hosts.

But Ruben Neves restored Wolves’ lead with a great finish from the edge of the box.

It was a brilliant win for Wolves, who showed grit and good character to get back in front after being pegged back.

Moutinho was particularly brilliant for Wolves. Not only did he score a fine goal, he was absolutely tireless in middle of the park, and at times really got under the skin of the Brentford players.

The veteran is in a really good moment right now, and it’s great to see after his struggles last season.

He has not been short of compliments since Saturday’s game. And Crooks included him in his latest Team of the Week.

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He said of the 35-year-old: “This was a tremendous display by Wolves away at Brentford bearing in mind the interruptions they had to endure. Undeterred, the visitors played some wonderful football and most of it led by Joao Moutinho.

“The Portugal international has been a key figure in some impressive results by Wolves of late. However his performance against the Bees was greatly helped by Ruben Neves.

“When these two had the ball Brentford didn’t stand a chance.”

Joao Moutinho flying again is wonderful to see

For one reason or another, Moutinho really struggled for form last term.

Some felt it was the beginning of a decline for him. Others even suggested he should have been moved on in the summer.

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Thankfully, Moutinho has rediscovered his mojo under Lage.

He has a spring in his step again. And his great form is arguably contributing to Neves playing at an even higher level.

Who knows how long he will be able to keep this high level up. But it is just good to see him being so influential again.