Many Wolverhampton Wanderers fans were delighted with the performance of midfielder Ruben Neves following their side’s 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Friday night.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side advanced to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup for the first time in two seasons after coming out on top in what was an incredibly cagey affair in the West Midlands.
Adama Traore got the only goal of the game 10 minutes before half-time, but it was Neves who received all of the plaudits for his dominance in the middle of the park.
Per Sofascore, the Portugal international managed to complete 15 long balls, won nine duels, made six tackles and accumulated a pass success rate of 89%.
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With this in mind, supporters gushed over Neves’ showing under the lights, with some even comparing him to iconic football figure Andrea Pirlo.
Fans shower Neves with praise
“Form is temporary. Class is permanent. Love this guy”
“Neves really has just gone under the radar as being this long pass specialist to now reappearing as a warrior. Old school midfielder who also now loves to do the dirty work. Absolute class”
“Thought Neves was excellent tonight, Dendonker frees him up to play his natural game so much more. Thought Semedo was good too, starting to really settle I think.”
“Ruben neves has been performing so well of late glad to see him living up to his potential again after a slight drop off in form”
“Neves outstanding today”
“Not a coincidence that we get our first win since we lost the donck and neves played like pirlo btw”
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