Wolves move closer to promotion as Diego Jota, Ruben Neves strike vs. Derby

From ESPN - April 11, 2018

Wolverhampton Wanderers took another step closer to promotion after goals from Diego Jota and Ruben Neves earned the runaway Championship leaders a 2-0 win against Derby at Molineux.

Wolves can now secure a return to the Premier League on Saturday after an absence of six years.

They will be promoted if second-place Fulham do not beat Brentford. A Fulham win would leave Wolves needing a victory against Birmingham City in front of their own fans on Sunday to reach the top-flight with three games to spare.

The victory over Derby has given them a massive 11-point lead in the table.

Jota scored his 16th goal of the season in the sixth minute before Neves let fly from 35 yards in the 51st minute.

While the victory has left Wolves in sight of the top flight, playoff-chasing Derby are looking anxiously over their shoulders.

They currently sit in fifth place with a two-point cushion over seventh-place Middlesbrough, but crucially have a game in hand to play against promotion rivals Cardiff City.

Derby threatened after only two minutes when Andreas Weimann lifted his shot over the bar from Chris Baird's corner.

But Wolves soon took control as Derby were caught completely flat-footed when Wolves central defender Wily Boly lofted the ball over the defence from the halfway line.

His pass was latched onto by Jota, who controlled the ball before lifting it beyond stranded Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson.


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