Debut goal for Ait-Nouri as Wolves overcome 10-man Crystal Palace

Rayan Ait-Nouri scored on his first appearance for Wolves to help them on their way to a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Ait-Nouri was handed his Wolves debut, replacing Romain Saiss – who dropped to the bench – in the hosts’ only change from their 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt returned at left-back for his first start of the season after injury while Jordan Ayew was back in the squad following his recovery from coronavirus.

Ait-Nouri opened the scoring after 18 minutes when his first-time drive found the bottom corner.

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It came shortly after Palace’s Michy Batshuayi had a goal correctly disallowed for offside.

Daniel Podence made it 2-0 to Wolves when he converted Pedro Neto’s cross from close range after 27 minutes.

VAR haunts Palace

Palace thought they had a penalty seven minutes before the break after Patrick Van Aanholt was felled by Willy Boly, but it was oveturned by VAR with Van Aanholt offside in the build-up.

Palace improved after the break but failed to break Wolves down and Dendoncker almost added a third for the hosts when he volleyed Neto’s cross wide.

A bad evening for Palace got worse in the closing stages when Luka Milivojevic was sent off after a VAR review on his challenge on Wolves substitute Joao Moutinho.

The result lifts Wolves into third place in the Premier League table, as they extend their unbeaten run to four games – only conceding one goal in that time. They have moved alongside Everton and Liverpool on 13 points at the top.

Palace, meanwhile, have only won one of their last five games, but remain in the top half for now.


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