Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Crystal Palace to reach the FA Cup fourth round with “a special goal from a special player”, says boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Adama Traore’s scorching left-foot drive was decisive for the hosts against a much-changed Palace side.
Prior to his strike from the edge of the box the Spain winger had not scored for Wolves since 27 February 2020.
“I am very happy because I think this goal will boost his confidence,” Nuno said.
On an evening when the finishing was otherwise lacking in quality, the Wolves manager appeared to turn and say “wow” to his bench following Traore’s sparkling effort.
The 24-year-old cut in from the right and lashed a powerful shot past Palace keeper Jack Butland.
“He has been really trying in training sessions and that is why I am so happy. It was a special goal from a special player,” Nuno added.
“We have to have patience with everybody. It has been a hard season for everybody, all the teams, players and managers. You can see how the situation affects everybody.
“Adama is a versatile player, who can play in a couple of positions and one thing we are sure about is that every time he is on the pitch he always has an impact.”
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