Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leeds United - Carabao Cup Third Round
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Steve Davis hails 'special' Boubacar Traore goal but admits communication challenges

Wolves interim manager Steve Davis praised Boubacar Traore for his special goal against Leeds United last night.

Wanderers are into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after seeing off the Whites 1-0 at Molineux.

Steve Davis’ side exacted revenge, after Leeds beat Wolves on the opening day of the Premier League season.

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It wasn’t a game of high quality, and Wolves struggled to break down their weakened opposition.

But Wolves were also much changed from the weekend, and there were first starts of the season for Connor Ronan and Joe Hodge in midfield.

It was an aggressive start by Leeds, who forced Matija Sarkic into action after just two minutes with Jack Harrison’s deflected free-kick almost going in.

Diego Llorente also had a good chance with a header.

Wolves started to grow into the game, but it took until the 85th minute to break Leeds down, with substitutes Daniel Podence and Boubacar combining.

The Portuguese squared for the midfielder, who whipped his effort into the far corner with a first-time finish from the edge of the box.

Davis was delighted for Boubacar after the game. He said (via Wolves official): “I thought the second-half was very tight and there wasn’t a lot of football with the stoppages and changes, but I was delighted at that time of the game to get a goal that was special. It was a great strike.”

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Boubacar is really starting to settle at Molineux now.

Last night was his eighth Wolves appearance, and his influence is growing.

But one thing he must improve is his English, with Davis admitting communication with the 21-year-old has been challenging.

“It’s been a challenge trying to find ways of getting information to him and communicating with him”, he added. “But he’s starting to feel right and starting to get used to what we’re trying to do. Hopefully he can carry it on for the next manager.”

Boubacar Traore ever-improving for Wolves, as midfielder grabs first goal against Leeds

Boubacar’s signing sort of went under the radar a bit given how late he arrived.

He completed his move on deadline day, and the club had made several much more high-profile signings before him.

But he is really starting to improve now.

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It’s very encouraging to see, because Wolves’ midfield has been crying out for a bit of dynamism for a while now, and he brings that.

And last night, he showed he potentially has another string to his bow. He took his goal superbly well.

He just needs to try and bring his English up to speed now. Matija Sarkic – who is multi-lingual – also commented that Boubacar doesn’t yet have the best grasp of the language, and that he tries to help him out.