Bully’s Blog

It is great to see Wolves back and winning games – and it is a real treat to watch Ruben Neves running the show.

Adama Traore and Pedro Neto have looked really sharp in these first couple of matches back, the wins against West Ham and Bournemouth, but Neves is holding the ship together at the minute.

He is sitting in the middle of the park with Joao Moutinho, dictating play. To be fair, I think he has even come out of the break better than how he went into it.

Neves looks like he has got an extra spring in his step. You could see it against Bournemouth – even chasing down the goalkeeper. Whether it’s down to himself or the coaching staff, I’m not sure, but hopefully it continues against Villa today.

A few of us maybe thought it would be a bit like pre-season upon the restart, but Wolves have hit the ground running. It just looks as though they have not had a break. That is one of the biggest compliments you can pay them.

Nuno has brought the lads back fresh. They were perhaps slightly jaded and frustrated in the first half but the performance has been really professional from top to bottom. Tactically of course, Nuno knows what he is doing.

The record against the teams down the bottom has improved drastically, and I reckon that’s down to Nuno and how he has mentally prepared the players.

He will be telling them that they are facing a top-four side, not a team at the bottom, and reminding them these are tough teams which we need to break down.

It is about doing the same thing week in, week out – and beating whoever comes in front of us. If Villa play four at the back again, I think we can have a real go against them.

Had you have told me a couple of years ago that we would have lost a game like this, I would have agreed with them. But now, we are beating those teams fighting relegation.

I really enjoyed visiting all the wolves fans on Fathers Day weekend, there was lots of smiles. Fingers crossed there will be more smiles after this afternoon. 

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