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Wolves soaring after Ait-Nouri's debut goal

Wolves 2 Crystal Palace 0

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Wolves' Rayan Ait-Nouri (left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal. Photo: PA

Wolves' Rayan Ait-Nouri (left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal. Photo: PA

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Wolves' Rayan Ait-Nouri (left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal. Photo: PA

Rayan Ait-Nouri's debut goal helped send Wolves joint top of the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The 19-year-old's first senior strike and Daniel Podence's effort clinched a deserved victory at Molineux. Nuno Espirito Santo's side sit third, level on points with Everton and Liverpool at the summit, after their most complete performance of the season.

Palace had a penalty correctly overturned by VAR and saw a Michy Batshuayi strike disallowed for offside but they were well beaten and Luka Milivojevic was dismissed late on.

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Referee Martin Atkinson shows a red card to Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic (not in picture) after checking the pitch-side monitor. Photo: PA

Referee Martin Atkinson shows a red card to Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic (not in picture) after checking the pitch-side monitor. Photo: PA

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Referee Martin Atkinson shows a red card to Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic (not in picture) after checking the pitch-side monitor. Photo: PA

 

Five-goal Wilfried Zaha slashed over inside the first 90 seconds but it was his only effort of a frustrating night before Wolves took control. They warmed up as Leander Dendoncker's header dropped wide and Vicente Guaita turned Podence's shot over.

Palace, though, had the potential to be explosive on the break and sent Wolves a warning when Batshuayi fired in Zaha's cross, only to be correctly flagged offside.

It was one the hosts heeded immediately and they moved quickly to open the scoring after 18 minutes.

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Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita watches a shot from Wolves' Adama Traore go wide. Photo: PA

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita watches a shot from Wolves' Adama Traore go wide. Photo: PA

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Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita watches a shot from Wolves' Adama Traore go wide. Photo: PA

 

Podence escaped down the right and when Cheik Kouyate flicked his cross to Ait-Nouri, who joined from Angers in the summer, the wing-back's first-time drive found the bottom corner.

Then Dendoncker struck the bar from 30 yards before the hosts found a second after 27 minutes when Raul Jimenez fed Pedro Neto his cross was finished well at the far post by Podence. The Eagles thought they had a lifeline seven minutes before the break when Van Aanholt lured Willy Boly into a lazy challenge but a penalty call was overturned by VAR, with Van Aanholt offside in the build-up.

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Wolves' Nelson Semedo rises to meet the ball ahead of Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. Photo: PA

Wolves' Nelson Semedo rises to meet the ball ahead of Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. Photo: PA

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Wolves' Nelson Semedo rises to meet the ball ahead of Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. Photo: PA

 

Palace's luck failed to improve after the break with Zaha's appeals for a penalty ignored after Ait-Nouri appeared to clip his anklewhile with four minutes left Milivojevic was dismissed for a tackle on Joao Moutinho.

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