Goals from Daniel Podence and Jonny left Wolves‘ European hopes in their own hands with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Molineux.

Podence’s first goal in Wolves colours minutes before the interval set the hosts on their way, crafted by a Joao Moutinho lofted pass into Matt Doherty, who squared for the January signing to nod home unmarked from four yards.

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Palace’s chances were few and far between while Wolves tested Vicente Guaita after the break through Adama Traore, who fired straight at the goalkeeper when well-placed.

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Wolves: Patricio (7), Doherty (7), Dendoncker (7), Coady (7), Boly (6), Jonny (7), Podence (8), Neves (6), Moutinho (6), Traore (9), Jimenez (7)

Subs: Neto (6), Jota (6)

Palace: Guaita (7), Ward (6), Dann (6), Sakho (6), Mitchell (6), Townsend (6), McArthur (6), McCarthy (7), Schlupp (6), Zaha (7), Ayew (6)

Subs: Kouyate (6), Riedewald (6)

Man of the match: Adama Traore

But they did find a way through again when the Portuguese winger’s excellent run and cross was turned in by Jonny (68).

After a comfortable closing period, Wolves moved up to sixth position, guaranteeing themselves at least seventh – a position which will be enough for Europa League qualification if Arsenal do not win the FA Cup, while Palace were left lamenting a seventh straight defeat.

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