English Premier League

Wolves 1-3 Crystal Palace

Wolves 1-3 Crystal Palace. Michael Olise scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season as Crystal Palace beat Wolves 3-1 at Molineux.

After scoring twice in the 4-0 win over Manchester United on Monday, Olise opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a beautiful curling effort on the edge of the box.

Oliver Glasner’s side made it 2-0 when Jean-Philippe Mateta scored his 13th league goal of the campaign after tapping in from Nathaniel Clyne’s strike off the post following a cheeky chipped through ball by Olise.

Matheus Cunha responded for Wolves in the 66th minute before Eberechi Eze rounded Dan Bentley to secure the three points.

Defender Matt Doherty headed Wolves’ best chance of the first half against the crossbar as Palace went into the break two goals ahead.

But O’Neil’s side hit back in the 66th minute after Cunha powered home his 12th league goal of the season beyond Dean Henderson.

Minutes later Wolves were almost level, but Clyne’s tremendous last-ditch defending kept his side in the lead.

Palace ended the match with 10 as substitute Naouirou Ahamada was shown a second yellow deep in the second half.

Palace, who have won five of their last six, have now climbed above Wolves and into 12th place in the Premier League.

Having put injury issues suffered earlier in the season behind him, Olise is in brilliant form having scored three times in his last two outings.

The Frenchman’s double against Manchester United on Monday night was lauded and rightfully so, but whether he could carry on his form was questioned. It need not have been.

Olise was gifted with an opportunity to open the scoring early in the first half but he dragged a powerful left-footed hit wide of the far post.

But when presented with his next chance at goal, the 22-year-old made no mistake as he wrapped his foot around the ball to curl a great strike beyond Bentley and into the far corner.

Olise now has 10 goals in 18 league games, with five assists alongside those strikes. A brilliant return for a youngster in a team currently 12th in the league.

The Palace number seven makes it look effortless and is showing signs of developing into a world-class player.

Wolves may be grateful they have just one game left this season, with their poor run of form continuing.

O’Neil’s side have now won once in their last nine league matches and have just one clean sheet to their name in their past 11 games.

With their status in the Premier League secured some time ago and European football out of the equation, Wolves seem to be coasting through to the season’s end.

But the performance of the players in these games could prove pivotal for their future, and O’Neil may well have summer plans cemented by this point and targets identified.

Palace have just leapfrogged Wolves into 12th in the table but on the pitch the sides could not look further apart.

source – BBC

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