Doherty double helps Wolves get back to winning ways against Reading

Wolves boss Nuno hailed his team as they bounced back to winning ways in style with a convincing win over Jaap Stam’s Reading.

It was the perfect response from the Championship leaders following Saturday’s 4-1 disappointing defeat to Aston Villa.

Two goals from Matt Doherty and one from Benik Afobe saw Wolves brush past a struggling Reading.

Doherty headed in the opening goal just before half-time with Afobe doubling the lead with a well placed finish after 58 minutes.

Doherty then sealed the win with 20 minutes left with his second goal of the game. Wolverhampton now sit three points above Cardiff in second and 10 points above Villa in third.


Manager Nuno Espirito Santo described the game as, ” a good game of football, a good performance and a good result.”

Following the defeat to Villa, Wolves would have been looking for a good performance with Nuno adding, “I think our fans enjoyed the game and we were in control of the game, we controlled the situation, defended well and organised the situation.”

Nuno made four key changes to the side that faced off against Aston Villa on Saturday, including Benik Afobe in place of Leo Bonatini.

Bonatini had seemed tired in the game against Aston Villa and failed to make an impact on the day. Having started the season extremely well, goals have dried up for the Brazilian striker. Having not scored a goal since the middle of December fans had been calling for Afobe to start and Nuno was rewarded for his decision to bring in the on-loan striker.

Wolves will be concerned about the injury winger Diogo Jota picked up in the first half against Reading.

Jota was replaced by Ivan Cavaleiro after picking up a nasty ankle injury.

Nuno commented on the injury by saying, “We are worried! We know Diogo, when he cannot go on the pitch it is because he is in pain.”

“Let’s see what he has. But the squad is there.”

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