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Monday 23rd
posted by Morning Star in Sport

Wolves 3-2 Preston. By Simon Williams at the Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ on-loan Brazilian striker Leo Bonatini believes that the Championship leaders’ squad is “like a family.”

The Black Country side went top of the Championship following their 2-0 victory over Aston Villa last weekend — the first time they had topped the table since being promoted as champions under Mick McCarthy in 2009.

And Bonatini, who was on the scoresheet against the Villans last time out, netted a brace in Wolves’ 3-2 home win over Preston North End on Saturday to keep his side two points ahead of second-placed Cardiff City.

“It was an important game for us. We knew it was going to be a tough game but the important thing for us was to pick up three points at home,” said Bonatini.

“But it’s not only the attacking players [who are important], it’s the guys who play behind us, the defenders and the guys who are not in the match-day squad. We are like a family.

“We can’t just play with 11 players but the other guys are working with us all week. We have to remember these guys because we need the others to help us in our training sessions.

“And we will need them for sure this season because it is a long season and there are a lot of difficult games.”

Next up for the high-flying Wolves is a trip to Premier League leaders Manchester City in the fourth round of the League Cup tomorrow night.

“It will be a tough game for us and for them but we will go [to Eastlands] and do our best,” said Bonatini.

“We don’t need to be scared. It’s just a game of football — 11 against 11. We know what we can do and we have done well until now but it will be a difficult game.”