Wolverhampton Wanderers lost 2-1 to Derby County on Saturday afternoon.
Wolverhampton Wanders continued their pre-season preparations on Saturday afternoon with a short trip to Derby County, and they came away with a 2-1 defeat.
Nuno's men have been making headlines since their promotion to the Premier League, and they are busy gearing up for their first game back in the top flight against Everton.
Wolves pitted themselves against Frank Lampard's Derby on Saturday, and actually fell behind as David Nugent put the Rams in front at Pride Park on the stroke of half time.
Wolves hit back after the break as Diogo Jota equalised, but Chelsea loanee Mason Mount handed Derby the win shortly after, scoring the winner for his new side.
Nuno won't be too disheartened with a narrow defeat in pre-season, and the game also gave him a chance to see new signing Joao Moutinho in action for Wolves for the very first time.
Portuguese international Moutinho completed a stunning move to Molineux last week, as Wolves swooped to snap him up from Ligue 1 side Monaco thanks to the influence of Jorge Mendes once again.
Moutinho has been seen as a major coup for Wolves and a remarkable sign of ambition, and he started in midfield against Derby before being taken off at half time, gradually easing him into Premier League football.
During and after the game, Wolves fans took to Twitter to offer their reaction, with something of a split view; some felt that Moutinho was nervous, tidy but quiet, going about his job without too much of a fuss and didn't set the world alight, but others saw real quality from the midfielder, especially on corners - and the general consensus is that the best is yet to come from Moutinho in a Wolves shirt.
Moutinho was skipping past players along with Jonny— Sam Whitehouse (@SamuelW2003) July 28, 2018
What was everyone’s thoughts on Moutinho today? I thought he showed glimpses of class but had a quiet game. Have the ball away a couple of times early in the game but looked like he could cope with the physicality. #wwfc— Peter Barker (@wolfstain3) July 28, 2018
Solid. Didn’t set the world alight, but that’s not really his role. Think he will settle by Sept/Oct— Phil Bradley (@wolvesbradders) July 28, 2018
Neves needs to get his arm around that new Moutinho kid, settles his debut nerves...— Sam (@Sam___J) July 28, 2018
Derby did well and knew by pushing their wing backs up high and added a high press it would stop us for parts of the game. Second half we looked better seemed to go up a gear. Jonny and Moutinho looked good for saying it’s their first outings with us. I’d look to add a CB and ST— Carl Hurmson (@CHurmson) July 29, 2018
Moutinho looked like he thought he’d get more time on the ball, but playing against a high pressing champ side, he was punished once or twice. Still looked very good to me. Very composed. Excellent set pieces as well. Barry who?— Wolves Transfers (@WWFC_Transfers) July 29, 2018
Good workout today against tough Derby side, not going to delve too much into negatives, positives... moutinho showing some decent touches, Jonny looks a player, does seem like he'd suit right side better. Jiminez movement 2nd half made three look better, Gibbs white #wwfc— Danny Powers (@Danny_Powers) July 28, 2018
Not convinced with Saiss right centre half. Jonny is very one footed but is decent and Moutinho looks a tidy player. Could do with about 3-4 more signings #wwfc— Ry (@ryharding_) July 28, 2018
Moutinho corners >— Jonny (@01wwfc) July 28, 2018