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Neves’ sublime goal puts Wolves within touching distance of securing promotion

Wolverhampton Wanderers need just five points to secure promotion to the Premier League after beating second place Cardiff City.

Ruben Neves fired a 68th minute free kick into the top left corner causing not just the fans but Nuno Espirito Santo and his technical team to go mad on the sidelines.

Incredibly in injury time, Cardiff had two penalties missed. John Ruddy saved the first one taken by Gary Madine. Junior Hoilett was the taker the second time around and he smashed it against the crossbar.

The missed penalties during injury time…

On the day Neil Warnock wins Championship Manager of the Month award, he did this after the game had finished…

The result means an unbeaten run of 13 league games for the Bluebirds come to an end. Wolves now sit nine points clear of Cardiff and fourteen points ahead of third place Fulham who sit in the first playoff spot.

Wolves captain Conor Coady told Sky Sports:

“It’s incredible but this what this division is about. It’s the same very season that’s why it’s so good.

“Two teams fighting to win the game.

“I couldn’t believe it. The lad said I pushed him and he’s gone down. John Ruddy is a top keeper and he’s done it for us tonight.

“It’s a huge step towards the Premier League. Cardiff have had a great season and have a great manager but we came here to win. We could have scored more.”

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo told Sky Sports:

“Football is always innovating and it’s a fantastic game. That’s why we love it so much. It can give and take.

“I think we deserve it. if you look at the game, we had chances not to suffer in the end but that’s why people voted for John Ruddy in the team of the season and he gave us victory.

“I was not even thinking about the first penalty (when second was awarded) but I think we should control the emotions better which is my job.”

[On his post-match celebrations] “I am thinking about it. It happened at Middlesbrough. I have to say I’m sorry but when I was talking to the assistant, he said in Britain you do that. I love this country and football.

“Last year I was coaching in Champions League and now in the Championship. I am enjoying it. I’m sorry to Tony Pulis and Neil Warnock but it’s difficult in those circumstances not to celebrate.

“I will go to his office now and explain to him.”


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