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Nuno and John Ruddy laud Adama Traore after Palace performance

Adama Traore is off the mark for the season after scoring Wolves’ winner against Crystal Palace on Friday night.

The Wanderers are into the fourth round of the FA Cup after dumping out Roy Hodgson’s side at Molineux after a 1-0 win.

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Nuno named as strong a side as he could for the tie, signalling that the manager intends to take the competition extremely seriously this year.

It was a good performance against the Eagles, who hardly threatened John Ruddy in the Wolves goal.

Wolves looked dangerous in their four-at-the-back system, with the right flank looking particularly strong.

Traore and Nelson Semedo’s partnership was perhaps at its most exciting since the Portuguese star came to the club, and Traore took his goal superbly well, cutting inside and unleashing a fierce left-footed effort.

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Traore has struggled for consistency this season, but his ability is not in any doubt in the eyes of the manager, who said: “A special goal from a special player. I’m very happy for him because I think this goal will boost his confidence.”

There was also a word from Ruddy, who added: “His aim, as is everyone’s, is to get better. If he can add goals and more assist, then the world is at his feet because he’s a phenomenal talent, he’s a phenomenal athlete and fantastic guy.”

Traore must kick on

We all know how brilliant he is when on song.

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But Traore must now kick on after a sub-par start to the season, and hopefully his brilliant goal will see him kick on.

Realistically, he is Wolves most dangerous player and really should be scoring and assisting far more often than he has been.