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Summary

  1. Neves scores incredible volley from 30 yards
  2. Jota with neat finish over keeper to give Wolves lead
  3. Wolves need two more points for promotion
  4. Wolves would seal promotion by beating rivals Birmingham on Sunday
  5. Derby still not assured of play-off place
  6. League One result: Oldham 1-1 Walsall

Live Reporting

By Jay Freeman

All times stated are UK

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Wolves on the brink

FT: Wolves 2-0 Derby

Words don't really do it justice. That Ruben Neves wondergoal has sent Wolves into dreamland.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side dominated all 90 minutes against Derby, and they have got their just rewards. Wolves are two points away from the Premier League.

You can read Ged Scott's report by clicking here but I, meanwhile, will be enjoying a nice cup of Ovaltine as I gaze upon that Neves goal all night long.

Thank you for joining us.

Ruben Neves celebration
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'He's a little magician'

FT: Wolves 2-0 Derby

Wolves captain Conor Coady told Sky Sports:

"He does it every day in training, it's ridiculous. He talks about the team but he's the incredible one.

"He's a pleasure to have, he really is. He's a little magician.

"We were fantastic, moved the ball well and controlled the game. It was about dictating the game.

"We want to keep on winning that's what we've done all season. It's about winning games. We're looking forward to Sunday [against Birmingham City] and it's about driving on."

'It was a good goal'

FT: Wolves 2-0 Derby

Wolves goalscorer Ruben Neves told Sky Sports:

"I took risks but I'm happy for the team. It's not about my goal, it's about all our work.

"It's not done we have four games to go and we need to do well to achieve our goals.

"It was a good goal."

FULL-TIME

Wolves 2-0 Derby

And that's it, the full-time whistle blows.

Wolves are two points away from a return to the Premier League. What a performance that was.

Ruben Neves celebration
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Wolves 2-0 Derby

Wolves, if anything, are holding back here. They could easily press an attack and score again if they want.

Instead, they're passing it about like they're Brazil as Molineux sings loudly.

Wolves 2-0 Derby

Both sides currently deeply engaged in a game of 'who can string the most passes without having a shot?'

Four minutes added on.

Wolves 2-0 Derby

RUBEN NEVES-WATCH

Back on the pitch, looking okay.

Wolves 2-0 Derby

Matej Vydra is replaced by Jamie Hanson for Derby County.

Elsewhere, Ruben Neves is down for Wolves after looking like he received some sort of blow to the head.

Worry not Wolves fans, he's on his feet and he can walk to the touchline.

Wolves 2-0 Derby

Derby captain Curtis Davies concedes a free-kick and Barry Douglas launches it into the box but Wolves' forwards can't quite get a head onto it and it's scooped up by visiting keeper Scott Carson.

SUBSTITUTION

Wolves 2-0 Derby

As Tom Lawrence limps from the pitch, both sides make a substitution.

Ivan Cavaleiro is replaced by youngster Morgan Gibbs-White for the hosts while the Rams remove David Nugent in place of Cameron Jerome.

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Gary Rowett
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Derby are getting so easily beaten off the ball it's silly. It's getting worse for Gary Rowett's side as Matej Vydra and Tom Lawrence are both in a fair bit of discomfort and they don't look like they will be able to continue.

Wolves 2-0 Derby

This is just so easy for Wolves, who are passing the ball about with relative ease in front of an attendance of 28,503.

Nuno's men cannot afford to get complacent, however, they will want to see this game out.

Wolves 2-0 Derby

Just under 15 minutes remain. What to Derby have in their locker? They've had just one shot on target tonight.

Time is running out if they are to get something out of this match.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Wolves 2-0 Derby

Ruben Neves passes to Willy Boly who falls over on what must be a slick pitch at Molineux considering how misty it is.

In the mean time, Derby bring off Joe Ledley and bring on Kasey Palmer.

Wolves take their opportunity to take goalscorer Diogo Jota off and bring on Leo Bonatini.

Neves' special goal

Wolves 2-0 Derby

For those of you just joining us, Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves did this about 20 minutes ago...

Ruben Neves
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Ruben Neves
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Neves celebration
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Stunning.

Wolves 2-0 Derby

Molineux is pretty muted right now. Wolves are passing the ball around well and Matt Doherty finds Diogo Jota with a lovely long-range delivery.

However, the Wolves top scorer just can't quite beat two pressing Derby defenders to get a shot on goal.

SUBSTITUTION

Wolves 2-0 Derby

Wolves bring off Benik Afobe and on comes Helder Costa.

Nuno Espirito Santo not backing off his attack as we enter the final 25 minutes of normal time?

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Andrew Neill: Without wanting to sound disrespectful to Wolves how did they get Neves? Surely a Premier League or La Liga team would have loved to sign him? He's such a talent!

He'll get his chance in the Premier League in August Andrew, don't worry!

Neves volley
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Wolves 2-0 Derby

Tom Huddlestone, who had a loan spell at Wolves during the Glenn Hoddle years of 2004 to 2006, has a long-range free-kick well blocked by the hosts.

But the Rams win a corner as Wolves struggle to clear their lines. Romain Saiss, who's looking a darnsight better than he did earlier after taking that knock, helps Wolves get it away.

Wolves 2-0 Derby

Ruben Neves will make all the headlines tonight but Diogo Jota is having a fine game for Wolves.

He gets inside the box, turns his man and fires across the face of goal and nearly trebles the hosts' lead.

Neves has scored six goals this season - all of which have been from outside the area. Decent player is Ruben.

Ruben Neves
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'Not seen a better goal in 30 years'

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Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Molineux

I've been covering football matches for almost 30 years now . . . And I've not seen a better goal than that from Ruben Neves!

Instant control of a Derby clearance, followed by an unbelievable right foot volley of imperious quality from fully 30 yards which dipped just under the helpless Scott Carson's bar.

It even had hardened hacks in the press box applauding . . . And Molineux is still murmuring with content!

Wolves 2-0 Derby

Every time Ruben Neves gets the ball "SHOOT" echoes around Molineux. Even when he's behind the halfway line.

Wolves 2-0 Derby

Molineux's not calmed down after that beast of a strike from Ruben Neves. Derby look in shock but they're pressing on.

They win a free-kick that floats into the Wolves box, but the hosts do well to clear it away.

GOAL: Wolves 2-0 Derby

Ruben Neves

Wow. You will not see a better goal than that. Ever.

Ruben Neves flicks the ball up 30 yards from goal and sends a dipping volley into the top corner.

Scott Carson had no chance. Forget world class. This was a goal from another universe.

Ruben Neves goal
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Wolves 1-0 Derby

Wolves, who are a man down with Romain Saiss receiving treatment, break on the counter and leg it towards the Derby County box, but the host side just can't position themselves to find a shot on goal.

Anticipation is in the air among the Wolves fans.

Wolves 1-0 Derby

Wolves have a man down and it's Romain Saiss, who looks like he's in a fair bit of pain.

As he's being treated, Derby win a corner which is easily cleared by the home side.

Wolves 1-0 Derby

Wolves v Derby
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This is sure to be an interesting opening 10 minutes or so to this second half.

Wolves will want to put the game to bed with an early goal while Derby will fancy netting early on to claw something out of this one.

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Wolves get the second half under way at a misty Molineux.

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The players re-emerge from the tunnel at Molineux, again to Insomnia by Faithless.

Someone get the glowsticks, there's a rave in Wolverhampton.

Nuno flag
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Wolves could seal promotion against Blues

HT: Wolves 1-0 Derby

As we have a half-time break, a reminder that as it stands, Wolves need two points to mathematically seal promotion back to the top flight after a six-year absence.

Their next game? Against Birmingham City on Sunday and at Molineux.

There's still another 45 minutes left to go tonight, though!

Oldham equalise in League One

Oldham 1-1 Walsall

Huge goal for Oldham!

Duckens Nazon - who is on loan from Wolves - beats a couple of men and slams the ball into the bottom corner.

The half-time whistle has just blown there.

HALF-TIME

Wolves 1-0 Derby

Diogo Jota celebration
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Wolves are a tiny bit closer to a Premier League return and that's just about as dominant as a first half as you can get.

Diogo Jota's tremendous goal, set up by Willy Boly's pinpoint lofted pass, puts them on top at the break.

Diogo Jota chip
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Wolves 1-0 Derby

Alex Pearce loses the ball in comedy fashion as he looks to retrieve a loose high ball and ends up kicking it almost into his own face.

Then, to add insult to injury, Diogo Jota turns to win the ball back with a lovely piece of skill.

Wolves 1-0 Derby

Derby win a free-kick just outside the box but Tom Lawrence, who's scored in the Rams' last two games, fires it straight into the wall and Wolves regain possession.

Cheers from the home crowd follow. If it stays like this, they are just two points away from a return to the Premier League.

Walsall take lead at Oldham

Oldham 0-1 Walsall

In the evening's other EFL match, Walsall have just gone ahead at Oldham through Jack Fitzwater.

A win for the Saddlers could all but secure their League One safety.

Oldham would remain deep in the relegation mire with defeat.

Wolves 1-0 Derby

Another Wolves free-kick flies into the box and this time Benik Afobe meets it with a header that across goal and narrowly out wide.

'Wolves even closer to Premier League'

Wolves 1-0 Derby

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Molineux

With the start of a new cricket season just two days away, it's a reminder of just pleasant it can often be watching football matches on warm mid-April evenings.

Regrettably, tonight at Molineux is not one of them. Its's cold, wet, dank and misty, especially so after the pre-match fireworks.

But that is not stopping the buoyant South Bank in their torrent of songs, especially after the impudent sixth-minute finish from Diogo Jota which has edged Wolves even closer to a return to the Premier League. Hopefully, it will put a smile on Nuno's face later!

Wolves 1-0 Derby

His face may not say it, but this man will be feeling pretty content right about now.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have absolutely bossed this first half.

Nuno Espirito Santo
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Wolves 1-0 Derby

And Ruben Neves fires a tremendous free-kick with a lot of force. Derby keeper Scott Carson just about tips it over the bar.

Wolves 1-0 Derby

The action is at the other end now and Diogo Jota is cynically brought down by Andreas Weimann.

Wolves have a free-kick and this is Ruben Neves territory..