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March 24, 2019

Mick: I got it wrong over Doc positional switch

Mick McCarthy admitted his experiment in playing Wolves’ Matt Doherty as a right winger in Ireland’s 1-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Gibraltar didn’t work. Doherty played as an orthodox right-winger, having spent this season impressing as a right-wing back, while captain Seamus Coleman played right-back in the 1-0 win. The pair linked up neatly during the first-half, but Doherty made way for Robbie Brady just 11 minutes into the second-half. “No. It didn’t particularly work well, that,” said the Ireland manager and former Wolves boss when asked about his decision to play the 27-year-old in a more advanced role.…

Wolves stars Jimenez and Gibbs-White on target – international round-up

Raul Jimenez transferred his ‘goalden’ Wolves form to the international stage as he was on target for Mexico. The 27-year-old striker put Mexico ahead from the spot in the 52nd minute as they beat Chile 3-1 in a friendly in front of more than 41,000 at the Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California to give new manager Tata Martino a winning start. Hector Moreno headed home a corner in the 64th minute and Hirving Lozano chipped a shot over the Chilean goalkeeper’s head less than a minute later to put the contest out of Chile’s reach, before Nicolas Castillo’s 69th minute…

No way back for Wolves U23s after early goals at Newcastle – report

Wolves Under-23s suffered their second successive defeat as they went down 2-0 away to Newcastle United Under-23s in Premier League 2. Rob Edwards’s side, who are top of the table, got off to the worst possible start as they conceded both goals inside the first seven minutes at Blue Flames Ground, Northumberland FA. Tyrique Bartlett netted after 40 seconds before defender Cameron John’s own goal doubled Newcastle’s advantage. United are now third in the table, three points behind Wolves, who lost 2-1 away to Derby in the Premier League 2 Cup last time out. Edwards’s side will look to bounce…

Wolves players on duty for Portugal – report

By Portuguese football expert Alex Goncalves In what was a disappointing result for the national team, few players did themselves true justice for Portugal in their 0-0 draw with Ukraine. While Portugal dominated the possession and looked to break through a stubborn Ukrainian backline, the movement and final ball always seemed off and Ukraine deserved their draw. The obvious standout performers from a Portuguese perspective were Pepe and Ruben Dias at the back; while Ukraine had few chances overall, the centre-back pairing were crucial in limiting their goalscoring opportunities and looked solid throughout the game when required. William Carvalho was,…