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Cardiff goal my most important for Wolves, says Neves

Ruben Neves has looked back at the importance of his free-kick goal against Cardiff City almost two years ago in a win which all-but secured Wolves’ promotion to the Premier League.

The midfielder is one of three special guests who will join Mikey Burrows and Chris Iwelumo on the first edition of Old Gold Club: Big Match Revisited on Monday evening.

Premiering on Wolves’ official YouTube channel at 8pm, the first episode of the new series, will see Neves – as well as Barry Douglas and John Ruddy – take a short trip down memory lane to 6th April 2018 and reminisce about that famous night in south Wales.

On the nervous encounter with Cardiff

“It was a hard game, a really hard game for us and a really hard pitch to play at. They were fighting with us for the first place of the league, but I believe, as we did for much of the time that season, our spirit was unbelievable.

“When we play like that, with that spirit, we can win in every stadium.”

On changing preparations for the Bluebirds

“There are always changes, game by game. It always depends on the opponent and how they play, as we need to adjust ourselves to play against team.

“Cardiff was not different. We prepared the game just for the way that Cardiff plays and we had a good week before that.

“Nuno can give us a lot of information about their team, and it was really good work from the staff in the week and then from us to take that to the pitch.”

On a tiring week leading up to the match

“The Championship is like that. You play all the time; you play weekend, you play in the middle of the week, so everything goes fast.

“It’s the league with the most game, but it’s a league that goes faster for us players because you’re always playing.

“You don’t even have time to train; it’s just recovery, prepare the game and play.”

On ordering his favourite goals

“For the club, my most important goal was the Cardiff one, because they were second at the time and that win gave us a really good distance from them. But the Derby County goal was a special one.

“I don’t have a top five list. It’s hard to say which goals are better than others, but the top one is definitely Derby County.

“If I was to put them in order, for me it would be: Derby County first, second is one I scored for Porto against Academica away, then the third one is Sheffield Wednesday away, fourth Sheffield United at home and the fifth is Man United from this season.

“I would put that over Espanyol because the Man United one was a hard movement to do and I needed to be really fast as my first touch was so bad, so I needed to give it another one, but fortunately I was fast enough to score.”

The first edition of the must-see 90-minute Old Gold Club: Big Match Revisited premieres at 8pm on Monday on Wolves’ YouTube channel, before being available in the archive at tv.wolves.co.uk.

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