The Portuguese wonderkid scored one and set another up as new boss Nuno Espirito Santo bags another victory
NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO may not have been deemed good enough for Porto — but he looks the Molineux master.
Santo was brutally sacked by the Portuguese side at the end of last season.
But after joining Wolves he wasted no time landing superkid Ruben Neves in a club-record £15million deal — an he looks the real deal.
The midfielder, 20, set up another huge win with a 25-yard stunner, while fellow new-boy Diogo Jota was also on the scoresheet as Wolves made it three league wins from three.
Santo is clearly reawakening this slumbering giant — and might just be the manager who returns them to English football’s top table.
Nouha Dicko’s late goal then condemned Hull to their first defeat under new boss Leonid Slutsky.
These two teams have not wasted any time in shrugging off last season’s respective disappointments.
But Wolves, who brushed aside promotion rivals Derby at Pride Park four days ago, were missing Helder Costa, Dave Edwards, Ben Marshall and Phil Ofosu-Ayeh through injury.
Yet their starting line-up was still frighteningly strong as they went into this clash looking to make it victories from their first three league games of the season for the first time in 19 years.
The Tigers, meanwhile, were protecting a good record against their visitors, which had seen them win four of their previous five meetings in their own backyard.
Considering City’s bright opening to the campaign, the crowd was disappointingly low on numbers.
Polish winger Kamil Grosicki gave the home faithful something to shout about after only two minutes when he finished off a thrilling run with a dangerous low ball across the six-yard box.
But Abel Hernandez and strike partner Fraizer Campbell both failed to make contact as they slid in, leaving Barry Douglas free to hack clear at the far post.
And, just three minutes later, the Hull fans were stunned into silence as Neves spectacularly fired Wolves in front.
Portuguese midfielder Neves beat keeper Allan McGregor all ends up with a bullet of a strike — his first in English football.
Then Neves turned creator with a superbly-flighted 17th-minute corner which caused panic among the home defenders.
Leo Bonatini just failed to get a connection inside the six-yard box, then centre-back Roderick Miranda incredibly headed over at the far post when it looked easier to plant the ball in the back of the net.
The Tigers were not good at dealing with going behind last term, but there is clearly more resilience about them this time around.
And they battled back well to claim an equaliser on 27 minutes.
Wolves failed to deal with a lovely cross from Grosicki and skipper Michael Dawson rose to power a header into the roof of the net.
But, three minutes before the break, Santo’s troops regained the lead through Jota. Bright Enobakhare ended a surge down the right flank with a low cross to Jota at the far post.
And the 20-year-old Portuguese winger, on loan from Atletico Madrid for the season, showed no mercy as he drilled home with McGregor hopelessly beaten.
Wolves might have increased their advantage in the 62nd minute when, from Douglas corner, Bonatini arrowed a header straight into the arms of a grateful McGregor.
The Tigers fought furiously for a leveller and were desperately out of luck when Campbell rattled the woodwork with a 71st-minute effort.
But sub Dicko wrapped up the points for Santo’s men with a last-gasp strike.
Sub David Meyler scored with a penalty for Hull in the ninth minute of stoppage time after ref Jeremy Simpson had spotted a push in the box — but it was too little too late for Slutsky’s boys.
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