Wolves ran out 2-1 winners against Aston Villa yesterday after a fantastic performance at Molineux.
Bruno Lage’s side bounced back from the frustrating 3-2 defeat to Leeds United with a fine attacking display.
The result has lifted Wanderers back up to seventh in the table, and there is still faint hope of sealing European football come the end of the season.
Jonny Castro Otto got the ball rolling yesterday, firing in a powerful shot after Fabio Silva’s initial effort was blocked.
Ashley Young then scored an own goal after a wicked cross from Fernando Marcal.
Ollie Watkins scored late on for the visitors from the penalty spot to set up a tense finish.
But Wolves held out for a deserved three points.
There were so many superb individual displays yesterday.
But perhaps none more impressive than Joao Moutinho, who just ran the show in central midfield.
The 35-year-old completed 51/58 (88%) of his passes, and had 72 touches – only Marcal had more for Wolves (Sofascore).
Moutinho also made three tackles and was typically tenacious in the engine room.
Truly, it was a performance that really defied logic.
Moutinho has just come back off international duty with Portugal having played, near enough, two full games.
This, after not missing a single minute for Wolves in March.
So the fact he started yesterday’s derby match, and ran the show in the manner that he did, was unbelievable. And he also did it without Ruben Neves next to him, although Leander Dendoncker was excellent yesterday.
To be playing so often so well at his age is truly remarkable.
Moutinho is an incredible professional and Wolves need him to extend
Moutinho was simply a joy to watch yesterday. He is a joy to watch most times he steps out onto the field.
It genuinely is baffling how he is able to show such consistency at the age of 35.
He has clearly looked after himself incredibly well throughout his career. Given he has now clocked up 767 club appearances and 144 international caps clearly suggests he’s hardly ever been injured.
His durability and professionalism are out of this world, and Wolves have simply got to have him for another season.
His contract expires this summer, but hopefully he’ll want to stick around for at least one more campaign.