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October 2019

Moutinho targets a trophy with Wolves as contract talks continue

Joao Moutinho insists he wants to maintain his record of winning a trophy at every club by doing so at Wolves. The 33-year-old is in talks over a new contract at Molineux with his current two-year deal due to expire next summer. His interview for the Uefa Europa League Show, screened by Wolves TV, gives the clearest indication yet that he wants to extend his stay in gold black. Moutinho has become a hero to thousands of Wolves fans, with many saying he is the best player they have seen in a Wolves shirt. “Thankfully I have won a trophy…

Wolves’ 200 VIP places go to their fans in Slovan – and club will give 1,500 seats for return

Wolves have offered their full VIP allocation of 200 to their supporters for their Europa League tie away to Slovan Bratislava on Thursday night – and will offer the Slovakian club 1,500 places at Molineux. The Group K match will to take place behind closed doors after Uefa banned supporters from attending because of racist chants at a Europa League game against PAOK on August 22. But a Uefa ruling allows under-14s to watch the game for free and 21,000 places have been taken up from youngsters from all over Slovakia. Wolves were not permitted an away allocation, so instead…

Raul targeting more goals for Wolves after ending scoreless streak

Raul Jimenez has set his sights on more goals for Wolves after ending his mini drought in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton. The Mexico international made it third time lucky to end a six-game barren spell when he tucked away the equalising penalty against the Saints after having two efforts ruled out by VAR in the first half. Jimenez looked sharp after finally getting some much-needed rest during the international break. The 28-year-old was delighted to score his ninth of the season and get back on track in front of goal as Wolves prepare for four successive away games, starting…

Wolves U23s edged out in seven-goal thriller against Liverpool

Wolves Under-23s played a full part in a seven-goal thriller away to Liverpool only to go down 4-3. In-form striker Benny Ashley-Seal continued his hot streak by grabbing a brace to make it eight goals in his last five outings and Boubacar Hanne netted late on as Wolves clawed their way back from 4-1 down at Liverpool Academy in Kirkby. Mark Kennedy’s side – against one of his former clubs as a player – couldn’t find another goal to claim a point and dropped to ninth in the Premier League 2 Division 1 table. Wolves goalkeeper Andreas Sondergaard had to…

Wolves captain Coady insists it’s good to talk over VAR communication

Conor Coady insists it’s good to talk to improve communication over VAR after Wolves had two efforts disallowed in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton. The Wolves captain spoke to referee Peter Bankes about the second incident, when the new ruling system disallowed Raul Jimenez’s strike because Patrick Cutrone’s right leg was offside, but the official didn’t ‘want to speak to us’. Also, there is currently no method of communicating why a ‘goal’ has been disallowed to the crowd, only the decision (goal or no goal) displayed on the stadium screens. Asked if better communication was needed with the fans, the…

Nuno: VAR is wrecking Wolves fans’ emotions at Molineux

Nuno Espirito Santo admits VAR is playing havoc with Wolves fans’ emotions. Raul Jimenez had two first-half efforts disallowed before cancelling out Danny Ings’s 53rd-minute opener from the spot eight minutes later for a 1-1 draw. “We celebrated, then the momentum was lost,” said head coach Nuno. “This is what is tough: We feel the stadium was really celebrating then it was really down. “It had a terrible impact on the mood of the players from the team that the goal is not allowed, then the other team celebrates a ‘non goal’ when the board goes up. “The problem is…

Wolves fans haven’t warmed to VAR and it’s easy to see why – analysis

Wolves 1 Southampton 1 Wolves fans haven’t warmed to VAR yet and you don’t need to be a brain surgeon to appreciate why. Saturday brought two more efforts chalked off after Leander Dendoncker’s harshest of all strikes at Leicester to be ruled out by the controversial new ruling system. OK, so replays showed VAR was correct to twice deny Raul Jimenez in the first half, first because he handballed Willy Boly’s outstanding through ball, then as Patrick Cutrone’s right leg was offside, though you could argue what advantage the Italian had at that instant. At least Nuno Espirito Santo’s side…

Wolves to face 21,000 full house in Bratislava for behind-closed-doors game

Wolves will now face a 21,000 full house at Slovan Bratislava – despite UEFA ordering the hosts to play the Europa League tie behind closed doors due to racist behaviour. The Slovakian side’s biggest crowd of the season will descend on the Group K game next Thursday after UEFA rules allowing under-14s free admission, with an adult per 10 children, at a time when paying supporters are banned from attending the match. By contrast, Wolves were offered just 200 tickets, priced at £55 each, for the game. They quickly sold out but the restrictions mean the club will be supported…

Unhappy Nuno hits out at ‘absurd, ridiculous, dangerous and impossible’ timing of Wolves games

Nuno Espirito Santo has blasted the timing of the re-scheduled festive games for TV against Manchester City and Liverpool as ‘absurd, ridiculous, dangerous and impossible’ after Wolves were left facing two games in 45 hours. Wolves host champions City on Friday December 27 at 7.45pm after the game was put back from Boxing Day for coverage on Amazon. Their trip to Anfield to face Premier League leaders Liverpool is on Sunday, December 29 at 4.30pm and is being screened on Sky. Head coach Nuno is furious Wolves have been left with 24 hours less to recover from the City game…

Hasenhüttl wary of Wolves’ threat on the break to Saints

Ralph Hasenhüttl has warned his Southampton team of Wolves’ counter-attacking threat. Wolves take on Saints at Molineux with the visitors seeking a major improvement after three straight defeats in the Premier League. By contrast, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have reeled off four straight wins in all competitions if you include the penalty shootout victory over Reading in the Carabao Cup. Wolves stunned the football world with their 2-0 win at the home of champions Manchester City last time out with Adama Traore’s double showcasing the danger of their counter-attacking game. Saints boss Hasenhüttl is wary of their threat on the…