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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted with a clean sheet

Leo Bonatini’s eighth-minute goal was enough to secure all three points in the derby at St Andrew’s.

Wolves were not at their fluid best but Espirito Santo was quick to hail a “well deserved” clean sheet.

“A second goal would have changed everything,” he said. “It would have made us more comfortable and given us the opportunity to play better.

“We had chances so we must take credit for creating chances against a tough opponent.

“I was really happy with the first half. The way we managed and took control of the game from the first minute.

“We had good possession, we were threatening going forward and we defended very well.

“I think a clean sheet is a well deserved prize for the way we defended as a team. We didn’t concede many chances.”

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I think a clean sheet is a well deserved prize for the way we defended as a team

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo

The win restored Wolves’ four-point cushion to Cardiff City at the top of the Championship table and Espirito Santo was pleased to claim the local bragging rights.

“It was a good win,” he said. “This game was very important to us because of the fans. It meant a lot to them and I’m really happy for them.

“They are always, always with us and today was very important for them.

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Leo Bonatini scored the only goal of the game

“It was a tough three points. Everybody felt that we should have done better at the end of the game.

“This is good. It shows that the boys want to improve and keep going, keep growing.

“I’m very happy because we knew tonight was going to be tough. It was a tough game but I felt that we deserved the win.

“We played last Saturday and have stayed all week without competition, we knew the results from behind, we knew that we had to come here and show that we wanted to win the game and we did it.”

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