Wolverhampton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest - Premier League


Ruben Neves proved leadership qualities for Wolves yesterday

Wolves recorded a much-needed victory in the Premier League over Nottingham Forest yesterday.

Steve Davis and James Collins were back in the dugout after an unsuccessful week of trying to appoint a new manager.

It was simply must-win for Wanderers.

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And thankfully, they were able to get the job done this week, courtesy of Ruben Neves from the penalty spot.

Forest had a golden opportunity to equalise with a penalty of their own.

But Jose Sa – playing with a fractured wrist – denied Brennan Johnson.

That was the difference between the two teams. It was by no means a great performance from Wolves.

But it was simply about getting three points against a struggling opponent.

This morning, Neves and Sa are rightly coming in for a lot of plaudits from Wolves fans.

Neves was excellent in midfield, and showed fantastic composure from the spot, considering there appears to be some psychology at play at the moment for Wolves in terms of scoring goals. Neves’ goal was just the fourth in 11 league games this season.

He really did lead the team superbly well. And he did that before a ball was even kicked.

Prior to kick-off, Forest posted a tweet that read ‘Playtime’, featuring a picture of one of their players and three wolf pups.

Following the 1-0 result, Wolves hit back with a picture of a tree stump with an axe in it, along with the caption ‘Playtime’s over’.

The exchange went viral, with Forest being forced to delete their original post.

And it has since been reported that Neves actually posted that tweet from Forest into the Wolves players’ group chat.

Ruben Neves showed himself to a brilliant captain and leader yesterday for Wolves

It was very good leadership from Neves to put that tweet from Forest into the group chat before the game.

He wanted his teammates to take motivation from it, and it did work.

While it was not a stellar performance by any means, Wolves were much the better team yesterday. They dominated the ball and created more chances.

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It was clever of the Portuguese to light a fire beneath his teammates in that way.

Conor Coady was always going to be a hard act to follow as Wolves captain.

But Neves is showing in these early weeks of the season that he is a fantastic successor to the England international