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September 2019

Coady: Wolves were always confident winless run would end

Conor Coady says Wolves remained cool about waiting for that elusive first Premier League win of the season. Saturday’s 2-0 victory over basement side Watford was the first three points for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this term after they had taken four from 18. But captain Coady, who made his 80th successive league appearance at the weekend on his recall to the side after missing the Carabao Cup penalty shootout win against Reading, insists they didn’t fret about losing the winning habit. “There’s been no tension and no panic,” said the skipper. “We’ve not been happy at all – you’re…

Peter Knowles at 74 – a tale that endures as a triumph

Peter Knowles, who quit Wolves and football for a life as a Jehovah’s Witness, turns 74 today. JOHN LALLEY trawls the memory bank to recall the man behind the headlines. The life of Peter Knowles is not a single story with a simple pattern; it’s a paradox, unusual to say the least, contradictory in parts and still splitting opinion to this day. For the best part of 50 years, Wolves fans of my generation have speculated endlessly about his decision to leave the game and about the unfulfilled potential of Peter Knowles as a football player. Peter’s departure from the…

Nuno expects big things from Wolves starlet Neto

Nuno Espirito Santo has high hopes for Wolves’ £16.5m star Pedro Neto. The 19-year-old attacker made his full Premier League debut in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Watford and caught the eye as he set up Matt Doherty for the first goal. Neto has set a high bar for himself after claiming he wants to be the best player in the world in a recent interview. Head coach Nuno is pleased with Neto’s contribution but warned the potential needs to be realised. “He’s good, but he’s 19. All the talent he has must be well organised and well used in the…

Wolves in command to conjure first league win – report

Wolves 2 (Doherty 18, Janmaat own goal 61) Watford 0 Wolves returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a well-deserved 2-0 victory over basement side Watford. Matt Doherty netted his first league strike of the season in the first half to finish off a neat move involving full Premier League debutant Pedro Neto. An own goal from Darryl Janmaat just after the hour mark earned Wolves their first three points since May and moved them up to 13th. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side didn’t have it all their own way and goalkeeper Rui Patricio had to be alert to…

Nuno praise for Wolves pack as he recognises importance of ‘being a wolf’

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has spoken of the bond of ‘being a wolf’ which he believes will spark an improvement in their Premier League results. Second-from-bottom Wolves are at home to Watford, who are bottom, today in a meeting of the only teams without a win in the Premier League this season. A Portuguese flag with the slogan ‘Nuno had a dream’ flies defiantly from a flagpole in the front garden of a house opposite Wolves’ Compton training base, on Compton Road West. This will be the 15th game of an already hectic schedule for Wolves, who in…

Wolves prospect Shabani out for the season

Wolves prospect Meritan Shabani will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his cruciate ligament. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo announced the grim update on the 20-year-old attacking midfielder at Friday’s press conference. Shabani was only on the pitch for 14 minutes of his debut in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third round tie against Reading after replacing Morgan Gibbs-White in the 74th minute. He faces surgery in the next few weeks once the swelling has gone down after collapsing in agony while running with no one near him and had to be stretchered off in agony. “Shabani has a serious…

Bennett flying in training for Wolves – boss Nuno

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists Ryan Bennett is flying in training as he strives to win his Premier League place back. Bennett returned to play sweeper in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Reading and scored in the penalty shootout as Wolves won 4-2 after the game ended 1-1. Former Norwich defender Bennett has been dropped from the squad for the last two League games, the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace and the 5-2 defeat at home to Chelsea, even though he returned for the 1-0 home loss to Braga in the Europa League when he was at fault for…

Coady chasing another Wolves record as holder Parkes thinks otherwise

Conor Coady might have missed out on one Wolves record for now – but he still has eyes on another. Coady’s absence from the Wolves team against Reading in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night meant he missed the chance to continue edging towards Phil Parkes’s club record of consecutive appearances, which stands at 171 in all competitions from September 1970 to September 1973. Wolves captain Coady, who was an unused substitute against the Royals, played in 78 consecutive games in league and cup until he was handed a well-earned reat by head coach Nuno Espirito Santo for the third…

Nuno admits ‘bad’ injuries temper Wolves win as two stretchered off

Nuno Espirito Santo admitted the injuries which saw debutants Bruno Jordao and Meritan Shabani stretchered off on their Wolves debuts in the 4-2 penalty shootout victory against Reading tarnished the return to winning ways. Jordao suffered an ankle injury after a challenge with Charlie Adam and Shabani’s leg appeared to buckle and be unable to straighten, despite him not being involved in a challenge. “Shabani looks like a long one, he is now being analysed by the doctor, then we will know what happened but it looks bad. We don’t know yet,” said head coach Nuno. “Jordao’s is a different…

Wolves’ return to winning ways comes at a price in Reading shootout

Wolves 1 (Jordao 28) Reading 1 (Boye 90+9) (FT, Wolves win 4-2 on penalties) Wolves finally returned to winning ways – albeit on a penalty shootout – as they reached the fourth round of the Carabao Cup and a trip to Villa by beating Reading in a shootout. But there was a potentially heavy price to pay as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had two debutants – goalscorer Bruno Jordao and Meritan Shabani – stretchered off as they ended a four-match spell without a win. Jordao was forced off injured in the 41st minute while Shabani’s mystery but worrying exit on…