Result: Rayan Ait-Nouri scores on debut as Wolves overcome Crystal Palace

    Nuno Espirito Santo’s team scored two times in the first half to beat Crystal Palace at Molineux.

    Rayan Ait-Nouri‘s debut goal assisted send Wolves joint top of the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

    The 19-year-old’s first senior strike and Daniel Podence‘s effort clinched a should have triumph at Molineux.

    Nuno Espirito Santo‘s side sit 3rd, level on points with Everton and Liverpool at the top, ahead of the weekend after their most total efficiency of the season.

    Palace had a penalty properly reversed by VAR and saw a Michy Batshuayi strike prohibited for offside however they were well beaten and Luka Milivojevic was dismissed late on.

    Wilfried Zaha struggled to make an effect as Palace missed their own opportunity to make a mark amongst the pacesetters.

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    5-goal Zaha, who has already scored one more than last season, slashed over inside the first 90 seconds however it was his only effort of an aggravating night prior to Wolves took control.

    They heated up as Leander Dendoncker‘s header dropped broad and Vicente Guaita turned Podence’s curling shot over.

    Palace, however, had the prospective to be explosive on the break and sent out Wolves a warning when Batshuayi fired in Zaha’s cross, only to be properly flagged offside.

    It was one the hosts observed right away and they moved rapidly to open the scoring after 18 minutes.

    Podence left down the right and when Cheik Kouyate snapped his cross to Ait-Nouri, who joined from Angers in the summer, the wing-back’s first- time drive discovered the bottom corner.

    Wolves debutant Rayan Ait-Nouri commemorates the opener (Michael Regan/PA)

    From then Wolves enjoyed their first-half supremacy with Ruben Neves determining the play and Nelson Semedo curling an effort inches broad.

    Dendoncker struck the bar from 30 yards prior to the hosts discovered a second after 27 minutes.

    Palace misused possession from a toss and when Raul Jimenez fed Pedro Neto his cross was ended up well at the far post by Podence.

    Daniel Podence doubled the lead (Andrew Boyers/PA)

    It would have reduced boss Nuno’s worries after he voiced his issues about Wolves’ absence of first-half bite. His side had formerly failed to score prior to the break in 58 games since going back to the leading flight in 2018.

    Palace, however, wanted victims and their tame efforts was worthy of little more.

    Even still, after Dendoncker quickly cleared a Scott Dann header, the Eagles believed they had a lifeline 7 minutes prior to the break.

    Van Aanholt drew Willy Boly into a lazy obstacle for a penalty however the visitors’ hopes were snuffed out when it was reversed by VAR, with Van Aanholt offside in the accumulation.

    Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic saw red late on (Andrew Boyers/PA)

    Palace’s luck failed to enhance after the break when Andros Townsend‘s deflected volley landed in Rui Patricio‘s arms.

    Zaha’s appeals for a penalty then went disregarded after Ait-Nouri appeared to clip his ankle in the area and Zaha’s inflammation was highlighted later on when he was reserved after encountering the defender.

    As Palace pushed for a way back they started to leave space and Dendoncker lashed Neto’s cross broad after a speedy break on the hour.

    Podence guided broad as Wolves gained back a degree of control and Palace’s night became worse with 4 minutes left when Milivojevic was dismissed for a take on on Joao Moutinho after referee Martin Atkinson’s video review.

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