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Star striker Leo Bonatini was not sat­is­fied with Wolves’ per­for­mance in Mon­day’s derby vic­tory at Birm­ing­ham City – and is de­mand­ing an im­prove­ment when Sun­der­land visit Mo­lineux this week­end.

The Cham­pi­onship lead­ers stayed four points clear when Bonatini’s early strike se­cured all three points at St An­drews, their 15th win of the league sea­son.

Sec­ond-bot­tom Sun­der­land, with just two vic­to­ries on the board, are next in the fir­ing line on Satur­day, with Wolves hav­ing the in­cen­tive of reach­ing 50 points if they can beat Chris Cole­man’s men.

Re­flect­ing on Mon­day’s match, Bonatini told the Ex­press and Star: “We knew it would be a tough game for us.

“We ex­pected for us to play more and bet­ter, but what the mis­ter (boss Nuno Espir­ito Santo) said to us we went a long time with­out play­ing and I think we felt a bit of that.

“But the most im­por­tant thing is we took three points.

“Now we need to think about the next game in front of our fans – we should try to play bet­ter and give them a vic­tory.

“We feel we have things to im­prove. We know that.

“The next game will be hard as well. We’re happy to be at home – the fans are help­ing us a lot.

“We need to know how to play all these games. We know we could play bet­ter, but the most im­por­tant thing is we got three points.

“We’ll try to im­prove this week to ar­rive in the next game and play bet­ter.”

The im­pres­sive Brazil­ian, on loan from Al-Hi­lal, has man­aged 12 goals this term to lead Wolves’ push for pro­mo­tion to the Premier League.

But he is tak­ing noth­ing for granted, de­spite the 10-point ad­van­tage to third­top Bris­tol City.

“We need to work hard be­cause it’s not done, we have a lot of games and a long sea­son to play with dif­fi­cult games,” added the 23-year-old.

“We need to think step by step, game by game. There are many points to play for.”

And he is rel­ish­ing life un­der Nuno, say­ing: “Nuno is a coach that leaves us free on the pitch to do what we want – to play foot­ball and be free.

“Ev­ery week he gives us in­for­ma­tion on who we play, what we’ll find on the pitch, what we need to do to try to beat them.

“We have a good staff that give us all the in­for­ma­tion.

“We just need to fol­low the in­struc­tions and the ad­vice.

“The most im­por­tant thing is we don’t need to put our­selves un­der pres­sure, we should en­joy what we like to do.

“I en­joy it with all the guys, not just (Diogo) Jota and (Ivan) Cavaleiro – all the team and those who aren’t in the team, they’re work­ing re­ally hard too.

“We feel com­fort­able with them. It’s a fam­ily.”

Brazil­ian striker Leo Bonatini cel­e­brates scor­ing for Wolves against Pre­ston back in Oc­to­ber.

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