Jota’s just two hot to han­dle for War­bur­ton

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By STEVE SLOANE

DIOGO JOTA con­tin­ued his elec­tric form in front of goal to steer Wolves to a 2-1 win at the City Ground.

The on-loan Porto star net­ted ei­ther side of a spec­tac­u­lar strike from Muzzy Carayol to give him four goals in three matches.

The re­sult left Nuno Espir­ito Santo’s side in the top two in the Cham­pi­onship while Mark War­bur­ton’s frus­trated For­est slipped to a sec­ond straight home de­feat.

The sec­ond half be­gan in ex­plo­sive fash­ion with Wolves tak­ing the lead in­side two min­utes. Ivan Cavaleiro whipped in a lovely cross from the right and it curled across goal to the far post where Jota slid in to steer home a sim­ple, pre­cise fin­ish.

A quick break af­ter a poor set-piece rou­tine from For­est should have seen Wolves sub­sti­tute Ben Mar­shall add to their ad­van­tage but he fired right at Jor­dan Smith.

It was a For­est sub­sti­tute who was to have an im­pact, how­ever, as they con­jured up a spec­tac­u­lar equaliser.

Carayol col­lected the ball wide on the left and thrashed a swerv­ing ef­fort beyond John Ruddy’s reach and into the back of the net from 30 yards in the 75th minute.

Six min­utes later Leo Bona­tini’s surg­ing run ended with Matt Mills hack­ing him down on the edge of the box and ref­eree Ge­off El­tring­ham played a good ad­van­tage as Jota col­lected the loose ball be­fore rolling a sim­ple fin­ish into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Espir­ito Santo said: “We did a very good job to­day.

“We con­trolled the game and had good pos­ses­sion against a very good team.

“We were able to man­age the game and show good char­ac­ter but also fan­tas­tic or­gan­i­sa­tion – the shape and co-oper­a­tion be­tween the boys was ex­cel­lent.

“We were able to do what we needed to with our pos­ses­sion – get­ting goals, al­ways threat­en­ing and at the same time be­ing or­gan­ised.”

War­bur­ton said: “It was a great strike by Muzzy which sur­prised every­one.

“The crowd then re­ally got be­hind us and the game seemed to be turn­ing in our favour. Then we gave away pos­ses­sion in a sloppy man­ner.”

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