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September 2019

Nuno: First half display is the benchmark for Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo has told Wolves their first-half display is the benchmark after they earned a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace. Wolves earned a well-deserved point at Selhurst Park as Diogo Jota cancelled out Leander Dendoncker’s 47th-minute own goal at the death for a 1-1 draw. The Portuguese’s strike in the fifth minute of time added on ensured Wolves ended their run of three straight defeats after Joel Ward’s 47th-minute deflected shot seemed to have sentenced them to a fourth straight loss. Head coach Nuno is convinced the performance in the first 45 minutes, when they created numerous chances, is…

Jota fires Wolves and it feels like a winner – report

Crystal Palace 1 (Ward 47) Wolves 1 (Jota 90+5) Wolves fans will be hoping their Premier League season is up and running after they rescued a point at the death at Crystal Palace. Coming as late as it did, Diogo Jota’s equaliser in the fifth minute of time added on not only ended a run of three straight defeats for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, but felt like a winner, especially as they had been reduced to 10 men for the last 17 minutes after Romain Saiss saw red. Wolves’ reply was late, but it was certainly deserved, after the visitors…

Jota assures fans Wolves will turn it around and are having their season’s dip now

Diogo Jota believes Wolves are having their season’s dip now and they will turn their season around quickly. Wolves go into Sunday’s Premier League clash at Crystal Palace on the back of three straight defeats in all competitions. It’s the club’s worst sequence of results since they suffered five losses in six from mid-October to the end of November. That run prompted a tweak in formation from head coach Nuno Espirito Santo from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2, which saw Jota moved from the wing to a central attacking position alongside Raul Jimenez. Jota is pretty calm about the current run though…

Palace have a problem with home form as they strive for next level – fan view

By Stuart Austen Crystal Palace have a problem. Having, dare I say, established themselves in the Premier League since their last promotion in 2013, the south Londoners find themselves at something of a crossroads. Now in a record seventh season in the top flight, they are in danger of becoming a victim of their own success. For many fans, mere survival each season is becoming less special. For those of us Seventies kids, who were brought up on the sparsely populated terraces of the early 1980s, seven successive seasons among the elite represents some kind of hedonism. However, like many…

Perry leaves it late as Wolves U23s earn a point against Arsenal – report

Wolves U23s 2 Arsenal U23s 2 Wolves Under-23s’ improvement continued as Taylor Perry rescued a point with a last-gasp equaliser against Arsenal in Premier League 2 Division 1 at AFC Telford. Folarin Balogun twice gave the Gunners the lead in a visitors’ side featuring senior players Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney, but Wolves hit back through Bruno Jordao and Perry late on to earn a point to follow their fine 2-1 win at Manchester City on Saturday. Wolves however had to recover from the worst possible start, as Balogun broke the deadlock after just 40 seconds. The hosts soon began…

Back to the future is Nuno’s call to arms for Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo has urged Wolves to go back to the future as he tries to arrest their slump. The Molineux head coach wants his players, who are crestfallen after three defeats, to remember what got them from mid-table in the Championship to seventh place in the Premier League and into the Europa League group stages in little over two years as he tries to restore them to winning ways at Crystal Palace on Sunday. “They (players) cannot have any doubts – the way we worked and the way we played is what got us here,” stressed Nuno. “This is…

Nuno insists he will not ‘abandon’ any Wolves player in search for improvement

  Nuno Espirito Santo insists he will not abandon any Wolves player as he vowed to help his struggling stars return to winning ways. Wolves go to Crystal Palace on Sunday after three successive defeats in all competitions including a first setback in the Europa League after Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Braga. The performance against the Portuguese side was an improvement on Saturday’s 5-2 reverse at home to Chelsea and Wolves did more than enough to earn something from the game, but it was still below par. Individual errors have begun to punctuate Wolves’ performances. Conor Coady was blamed for…

Boss hails ‘historic, unforgettable win for Braga and for Portuguese football’ against Wolves

Braga boss Ricardo Sa Pinto hailed an unforgettable historic night for his team and for Portuguese football after their 1-0 win at Wolves. Sa Pinto believes the victory, which consigned Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to a third straight loss and first setback in the Europa League after six straight wins, was hugely significant for his club and country. Ricardo Horta scored the only goal in the 71st minute after a mistake by Ryan Bennett let in Galeno to cross and find him unmarked for his fifth goal in four ties after plenty of Wolves pressure and missed chances. “We need…

Nuno insists Wolves must raise their game after Braga setback

Nuno Espirito Santo admits Wolves must raise their standards after they kicked off their Europa League group stages with a 1-0 home defeat to Braga. The loss was Wolves’ first in Europe this season after six straight wins but it was their third successive defeat after back-to-back reverses in the Premier League, and the second in six days at Molineux where they had previously been unbeaten in 15 games since January 2. Wolves created enough chances to have won, with Patrick Cutrone missing two good openings while Leander Dendoncker was denied by goalkeeper Matheus. Ricardo Horta scored the only goal…

Wasteful Wolves pay the price for missed chances against Braga – report

Wolves 0 Braga 1 Wolves’ woes continued but this time on the European stage as they went down by the only goal scored by Ruben Neves’s best mate Ricardo Horta. Horta pounced in clinical fashion in the 71st minute to punish Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, after a pass from Ryan Bennett was intercepted by Galeno who crossed for the finish. Wolves were the better side but failed to turn their dominance into converted chances. Patrick Cutrone missed two and Leander Dendoncker forced a fine save from Matheus, while Raul Jimenez glanced wide at the death. But there was to be…