Crystal Palace 0 Wolves 1: Doherty extends unbeaten run to six

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Matt Doherty's second-half goal secured Wolves a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace and extended their unbeaten Premier League run to six matches.

Nuno Espirito Santo named an unchanged team for the eighth league game in a row and that familiarity shone through, as they appeared at ease even when under pressure and were deserved winners.

Although Palace were on top in the first half, they were utterly devoid of craft in attack and Wolves went close twice on the break.

Nuno's men made the most of their superior creativity up front and deservedly went ahead in the 56th minute through Doherty and Palace – who have not scored in their four home league games this season – suffered a second successive loss.

Wolves struggled to get out of their penalty area in the opening 30 minutes, but Palace could not break through their visitors despite dominating.

Palace were also caught by two Diogo Jota-inspired counter-attacks, but escaped both times. Raul Jimenez shot just wide of the bottom-left corner on the first occasion, before then being thwarted by Wayne Hennessey in a one-on-one situation.

The hosts eventually tested Rui Patricio just before half-time, the goalkeeper palming Luka Milivojevic's 25-yard free-kick away from his top-right corner.

Wolves were able to get forward more after the break and they took the lead when Doherty played a one-two with Jimenez and squeezed an effort inside Hennessey's near post.

Palace piled the pressure on towards the end, with a Max Meyer volley forcing a save from Patricio, before Jeffrey Schlupp saw two close-range efforts crucially blocked.

Ivan Cavaleiro hit the crossbar and got booked for going head-to-head with Patrick van Aanholt after his introduction, but the match's outcome was unchanged as Wolves held on.

 

What it means: Nuno's consistency paying dividends

There is every chance that there are players on the fringes of the Wolves team who are getting frustrated, given their coach has started the same XI in every league game this season. But there can be no doubt that the tactician is getting things right and his players are producing the goods on the pitch.

Enterprising Doherty catches the eye

Although the likes of Jota and Jimenez produced some good moments in attack, Doherty was the top performer. Not only did he make himself a threat in the final third with some smart passes and a goal, but he tracked back to good effect and helped nullify the threat from Palace's left flank.

Zaha flatters to deceive

Palace's star man looked bright and lively early on, but his end product was lacking from the outset. He huffed and puffed, but Wolves marshalled him excellently and his impact was minimal.

What's next?

Palace face a trip to Everton next Sunday, while Wolves host Javi Gracia's Watford the day before.