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.
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.
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.