Wolves expect big things … and after Diogo Jota’s double against Norwich, manager Nuno Espirito Santo can also start thinking big
- Diogo Jota van Wolven is emerging as one of the most deadly strikers in the country
- The signs are only positive for wolf manager Nuno Espirito Santo and his men
- Nuno has never complained about the armature that confronts its side
He was on the field for only 63 minutes, but at the time, Diogo Jota again showed why he came up as one of the country’s deadliest strikers, while Wolves gained momentum and Norwich more misery.
For manager Nuno Espirito Santo and his men, the signs are only positive. For Norwich manager Daniel Farke and his players, the championship beckons.
Jota did not do well with their prospects for Premier League survival. Last Thursday, he destroyed Espanyol in the Europa League with a hat trick in a 4-0 win that would have to secure a place for Wolves in the last 16 of that competition.
Diogo Jota showed why he is emerging as one of the most deadly strikers in the country
He scored two more on Sunday and played an important role in the third as Norwich was left at the foot of the table at 18 points and six points drifting from the 19th Premier League team. Their only consolation from a miserable afternoon was that Watford, in the 19th, lost in Old Trafford.
No ground was lost in the relegation air combat, but that was as good as it got. This was a cameo of the Norwich season. Farke easily encourages offensive football to watch, but again, they had nothing to do with it. It is points that count, not compliments.
And Nuno’s Wolven side is not exactly negative. Hard to be with Jota, Ruben Neves and Jonny in the line-up and Adama Traore to call from the couch. They are now two points in fifth place, which could be good enough for Champions League football.
With Jota in the ranks the expectations grow. He is the man of the moment. At 23 the best is yet to come. And for £ 12 million, the Mexican looks like the final bargains after coming from Atletico Madrid to Molineux.
For wolf manager Nuno Espirito Santo and his men, the signs are only positive at the moment
He has had his meager spells, but as Nuno said: “He has never lost his faith. And of course I was happy with his goals.
“We know that the performance of a player can go up and down. It is the right decisions, the right solutions that we are trying to find to sustain its performance. “
Jota scored the first one in the 19th minute from just inside the penalty area with a pass that came with thanks to Matt Doherty’s midriff.
At half an hour Romain Saiss returned a cross in the six meter box and there was Jota.
A man who can score from 20 meters will not miss a garden. And in the 50th minute, Jota’s work was completed. His sharp shot defeated Tim Krul in the Norwich goal, but not upright.
Raul Jimenez delivered Wolves’ third place after Jota’s double to seal the win against Norwich
When the ball bounced back, there was Raul Jimenez with a simple chance. Game is over.
“Norwich started well, but I thought we managed the game well after that,” Nuno said, explaining that he was just as happy with the fourth free sheet in a row by his team.
“Everything starts there,” he said. “They didn’t have many opportunities.”
The Wolves manager has never complained about the fixtures in his league, in a season that started for them last July with the Europa League qualifying rounds. Yesterday was game no. 44. Last season, Wolves played a total of 46.
How are his players doing? “The way they recover, the way they respect themselves.”
The Wolves manager has never complained about the armatures in his arm
The manager and his staff at Wolves do not take days off. “It is our job and we accept the challenge.”
Farke had no problem with the attitude of his players. And he remains positive about the coming obstacles. “The story of our season? I am far away from closing the book this season, “he said with a touch of rebellion.
“But we lacked physicality today. This was an opportunity for us today, a great opportunity. But you have to feel that this is a great opportunity. But sometimes we were a little soft and a little scared. “