The dust has finally settled on what was a manic game of football involving Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

The team looked all set to crash to a fifth defeat of the campaign.

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Adama Traore (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

My Revenge On Ben Foster

Aston Villa were two goals to the good with 10 minutes plus injury-time to go at Villa Park.

Danny Ings and John McGinn had struck for the hosts and Wolves were probably playing poorly enough for some fans to want to leave the ground early.

But thank goodness the majority did not do that, as Wolves managed the unthinkable.

Winning 3-2 with such little time left in the game was hugely impressive, if not surprising.

Bruno Lage deserves credit for his substitutions. They came late, but ultimately his decisions were vindicated.

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Ruben Neves (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

The man who got the winner, Ruben Neves, was again one of the standout performers for Wolves.

 

He was always willing when Wolves had the ball, and completed 48/57 (84%) of his passes (via Sofascore). He also had the second-most touches out of all players involved in the game (71, only Tyrone Mings had more with 73).

Not only was Neves typically good on the ball, but he also made four clearances (only Mings, Max Kilman and Romain Saiss made more) and won 5/9 of his duels, four of those coming in the air.

He’s had better displays this season, but Neves showed his importance once again.

Another good day at the office

Wolves were poor and disjointed for the most part on Saturday, but Neves can lay claim to a good showing.

It is just the latest in a string of good displays from the 24-year-old this season.

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Ruben Neves (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

There is no doubting he has been one of the best performers, and it was nice to see him getting on the scoresheet for the first time this season.

It is clear how important a player he is for Wolves, and the club retaining him for 2021/22 is already proving to be a significant thing 10 games (all competitions) in.

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