Nuno plays down Jota injury in Wolves win

3 February 2018

Nuno Espirito Santo played down fears Wolves striker Diogo Jota may have been badly hurt during a Championship defeat of Sheffield United.

Jota was among the scorers as Wolves restored their 11-point lead at the top of the table, Ruben Neves and Ivan Cavaleiro also on target in a fine team performance.

But the striker, who will complete a permanent move to Wolves at the end of the season, was injured in a challenge from Simon Moore, which earned the goalkeeper a red card.

Nuno confirmed, however, Jota`s injury is not thought to be serious as his side`s march towards promotion to the Premier League continued, saying the forward was a little bit dizzy but OK.

The Wolves boss added: The goalkeeper goes out - and remember, I was a goalkeeper - and sometimes you run out of time and you can`t stop.

He`s a big guy and he`s jumping in the air and he can`t stop. There`s no intention to harm Diogo at all.

It was a very good performance from the boys, in all aspects of the game - defensively, offensively, with and without the ball. We knew it would be a tough challenge against a team that beat us in the reverse fixture, but we prepared well and were well organised and played some good football.

The early goal changes everything. It was a fantastic goal, and the second one was really good as well. Our fans are happy today because they`ve seen really good football and really good goals from a team that fights and works hard. We always try to improve and I`m really happy with that.

Earlier in the day, Derby County beat Brentford 3-0 while Aston Villa were 3-2 victors at home to Burton Albion as the chasing pack tried to narrow the gap to Wolves.

Cardiff City won 4-1 at 10-man Leeds United to maintain their own promotion challenge, with Fulham 2-0 winners at home to Nottingham Forest, while at the bottom Sunderland`s woes continued with a 2-0 home defeat to Ipswich Town.

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