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April 8, 2019

Edwards admits it will be tough for Wolves to win league now

Rob Edwards admitted it’s going to be ‘very tough’ for Wolves Under-23s to win Premier League 2 Division Two after losing 1-0 away to Villa. Wolves suffered their third straight defeat – all on the road – to stay in second place, two points behind leaders Southampton with two games left. Edwards’s side are above Newcastle on Reading on goal difference, while Villa are fifth, a point behind. Wolves, watched by midfielder Ruben Neves, chairman Jeff Shi, managing director Laurie Dalrymple and sporting director Kevin Thelwell and a host of former players, were beaten by Cameron Archer’s 53rd-minute goal at…

Villa U23s 1 Wolves U23s 0 – match report

Villa Under-23s 1 Wolves Under-23s 0 Wolves Under-23s were prevented from regaining top spot in Premier League 2 after a dominant second-half display from Villa at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium. Striker Cameron Archer grabbed the only goal after 53 minutes, beating goalkeeper Andreas Sondegaard after a smart dummy left him in the clear to consign Rob Edwards’s side to a third straight defeat, all on the road. It really was a game of two halves, played in driving rain; Wolves bossed the first period and created numerous chances to have led only for the half to end goalless, but they were…

Wolves star Raul hits back in mask row

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez this afternoon issued a defiant response to his Watford critics who slammed him for wearing a mask celebrating his goal. The £32m club record signing was branded a ‘loser’ by Hornets captain Troy Deeney while Watford legend Luther Blissett called him ‘disrespectful’ and a ‘cartoon character’ after he donned the WWE mask worn by Mexican-American wrestler Sin Cara to celebrate putting Wolves 2-0 ahead in yesterday’s FA Cup semi-final. But Jimenez today rounded on his detractors by posting a picture of himself on the pitch in the mask accompanied by the tweet “Time to raise our…

Tactics could have cost Wolves a final place – Stearman

Richard Stearman admitted Wolves’ tactics late on against Watford ‘didn’t quite work’ as they were left rueing a place in the FA Cup final. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo replaced Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota with Ryan Bennett and Ivan Cavaleiro just minutes before Watford equalised at 2-2 at the death to force extra-time, leaving them potentially lighter creatively. Then in extra-time he introduced Adama Traore for Joao Moutinho to gamble and go to 3-4-3, only for Gerard Deulofeu to score his second goal and the winner for Watford within a minute of that switch. Wolves had already started to…

Stearman urges Wolves: Don’t allow Cup blow to define season

Richard Stearman has urged Wolves not to allow their FA Cup disappointment define their season – and grab a European spot instead. The former Wolves defender, now at Sheffield United and hoping to join his old club in the Premier League next season, was a summariser for radio at Wembley as his old team-mates went down 3-2 after extra-time to Watford. Wolves are eighth in the Premier League behind Leicester on goal difference and they can claim a place in the Europa League if they finish seventh and Manchester City beat Watford in the Cup final. “There are still things…

Now Blissett wades in on Raul mask row

Raul Jimenez has again come under fire for donning a mask after scoring in the FA Cup semi-final, this time from Watford legend Luther Blissett. The Mexico international was criticised afterwards by Watford captain Troy Deeney, who called Jimenez a ‘loser’ for wearing the mask. Jimenez said he would put on the headgear from WWE Mexican-American wrestler Sin Cara if he scored. The 27-year-old striker obliged after netting his 16th goal of the season, which put Wolves 2-0 yesterday only for Gerard Deulofeu’s double and Deeney’s penalty to send Nuno Espirito Santo’s side home heartbroken. Speaking to talkSPORT , Blissett…