The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WHILE it’s far too early to call Wolves’ un­beaten start to the sea­son ‘pro­mo­tion form’, Nuno Espir­ito Santo’s team look the real deal on this ev­i­dence.

The 3-4-3 sys­tem Nuno has im­ple­mented has al­ready paid div­i­dends, with im­por­tant wins against Mid­dles­brough and Derby, and it is easy to see why. Rod­er­ick Mi­randa, cap­tain Conor Coady and Willy Boly were solid at the back, fully de­serv­ing their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive clean sheet, while record sign­ing Ruben Neves pulled the strings in the mid­dle.

It could – and ar­guably should – have been more com­fort­able too, with Leo Bona­tini wast­ing a rou­tine sec­ond-half chance.

Derby, for their part, had small spells in the game but whereas Wolves counter-at­tacked with pace and pur­pose, too many of the hosts’ moves broke down through slow link-up play.

Gary Rowett could not hide his dis­ap­point­ment at full-time, and the re­sult will hurt, but County might have to ac­cept they sim­ply came up against a much bet­ter team.

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