Jose Sa bailed Wolves out on Saturday against Southampton and deserves huge credit
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Jose Sa bailed Wolves out on Saturday against Southampton and deserves huge credit

Wolves took three huge points against Southampton and much of the talk has been about the match-winner Joao Gomes – but Jose Sa deserves major plaudits.

Julen Lopetegui’s side made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League, and showed great character at St. Mary’s Stadium.

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Wanderers went behind when Carlos Alcaraz scored for the hosts.

Wolves then lost Mario Lemina in controversial fashion, with referee Jarred Gillett giving him a second yellow card for surrounding him.

But Lopetegui made some positive changes at half-time to help Wolves get back into it.

Adama Traore and Diego Costa both had great impacts.

Traore forced an own goal from Jan Bednarek, and then Gomes hit the winner on his debut late on.

The likes of Traore, Costa, Gomes and Lopetegui have all come in for high praise in the aftermath of the game.

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But one man who also needs a fair share of the praise is Sa.

Just before the hour mark, with Southampton 1-0 up, he made an absolutely huge save from Kamaldeen Sulemana.

Max Kilman’s backpass was short, and it looked for sure as though the Ghanaian would put Southampton 2-0 up.

But Sa raced from his line and managed to get a hand on the ball, sparing Kilman’s blushes.

Had Sulemana scored there, it’s likely there would have been no way back for Wolves.

Jose Sa save helped Wolves to win the game against Southampton

This was a huge moment in the match.

It was a very uncharacteristic mistake from Kilman. But Sa showed superb focus and speed to thwart the danger.

About 15 minutes later, Traore would force the equaliser for Wolves.

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So it was a huge contribution from Sa, who has been questioned in recent weeks.

The 29-year-old has not been at the same level this season as he was last term.

But the £7 million star remains a brilliant shot-stopper and highly effective sweeper keeper. The save from Sulemana paved the way for Wolves to go and win the game, and he should get just as much credit as Gomes and the others.