Michael Brown admits he has been left blown away by Wolves as they push for a top-five finish despite the number of games they have played this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League midfielder believes “first-class” preparation means that Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have been able to remain competitive on all fronts.

Wolves pushed themselves up to fifth in the Premier League on Saturday with a 1-0 win against Aston Villa.

The Midlands outfit are also still involved in the Europa League, having played one leg of their round of 16 tie against Olympiacos.

Brown admits Wolves’ performances and results have been remarkable considering how little Nuno tends to swap his side.

Brown told Football Insider: “This Wolves side just keep getting results, it’s a wonderful achievement with the amount of games they’ve played so far.

“I might be wrong but it’s got to be around 45 or something like that, it’s brilliant from a squad that don’t really change that much.

“The planning and the application with regards to limiting those injuries is first-class. What they can do different to someone else, they can say, and they’re a top-six side: ‘Go on, you can have the ball, we’ll sit here, that’s fine and then as the game develops we’ll then come and use counter-attacking.’ 

“They’re really good without the ball and are comfortable not having the ball.” 

Saturday’s derby clash against Villa was actually Wolves’ 51st game of the season, having taken part in the Europa League qualifying stage back in July and August last year.

No player has featured in every one of the club’s matches, but Joao Moutinho, Conor Coady and Leander Dendoncker all have 49 games under their belts so far.

In other Wolves news, Brown has suggested that the club are facing a battle to keep a fan favourite at Molineux after a big development.

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