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Diego Costa's influence is starting to come through for Wolves

Wolves ground out a massive win over Nottingham Forest yesterday.

The team are back to winning ways, with Ruben Neves scoring a penalty at Molineux for a 1-0 victory.

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The performance was OK, but that was never the most important thing yesterday, especially with no head coach prowling the touchline.

It was crucial to get three points, and that’s what Wolves did.

Hopefully, a new man will be in place next week and a new chapter can begin.

While Wolves are without a manager, it is important for the senior players to be stepping up and showing leadership and responsibility.

Neves did that yesterday with his performance, and also by showing his teammates the tweet Forest put out before the game.

Another Wolves player that has been coming in for praise is Diego Costa, who was making his second start for Wanderers.

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It was actually a relatively quiet afternoon for the 34-year-old.

The service to him was pretty poor though, with Costa’s frustrations very evident at the one point in the first-half when Adama Traore blasted his cross to the back post, rather than to the striker who had run to the near post.

But Costa was up for the fight, and that is exactly what Wolves need in their team right now.

He scrapped with Steve Cook, and also wound up Dean Henderson. His antics were lapped up by the crowd, who chanted his name.

Diego Costa’s influence is growing for Wolves, everyone must follow his example

Admittedly he hasn’t really looked like scoring for Wolves so far.

But that doesn’t mean that Costa hasn’t been an influential addition.

He really got the crowd going on Saturday, and the other players will hopefully have noticed that and will now be looking to follow his example.

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The striker’s competitive streak is really impressive. He still has that fire within, even if physically he isn’t quite the same player as a few years ago.

Wolves have arguably been a bit of a soft touch over the past couple of years. But the arrival of Costa can change that.