Wolverhampton Wanderers fell short in their bid to topple Premier League leaders Manchester City last night.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side lost 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium after giving themselves brief hope when Conor Coady scored his first ever Premier League goal.

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But City cranked up the pressure and ended up scoring three goals in the final 15 minutes for a convincing win.

City’s victory was their 21st in a row and it’s clear they are a special team.

It was an easy night’s work for them and realistically it would have been seven or eight had it not been for Rui Patricio.

The 33-year-old was in tremendous form and if there was one person who did not deserve to be on the end of a 4-1 defeat, it was him.

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The £100,000-a-week former Sporting CP star (Spotrac) made seven saves on the night, with six of those coming from inside the penalty area (via Sofascore).

Clearly, Patricio is now back to his best following some questionable performances here and there earlier in the season.

Fans made sure to laud the stopper for his contributions, and he has taken to Instagram today to put out a message of defiance following the team’s latest setback.

He said: “Yesterday wasn’t an easy match, we’ll keep focus on the following game! Let’s go Lads!”

There were plenty of replies of support from fans, but there was also a nice response from Pedro Neto.

The 20-year-old, who was probably forced into his quietest display of the season last night, was clearly just as impressed as everyone else, commenting ‘Máquina’, which is Portuguese for ‘ Machine’.

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