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November 2019

Wolves boss relieved to be back at Molineux and seeking home comforts

Nuno Espirito Santo wants Wolves to ‘play it again’ in a repeat of their last result against Slovan Bratislava. Wolves recovered from Andraz Sporar’s 11th-minute opener in Bratislava to win 2-1 after Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez struck in a five-minute spell after the break. That scoring pattern echoes the recoveries Wolves have made in the Premier League. Nuno’s side have retrieved deficits six times so far this season to rescue 1-1 draws, while 86 per cent of their goals have come in the second half. The Molineux head coach wants the same again at Molineux as in Slovakia, but…

Nuno: I want my Wolves players to be like Traore

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says his job is to make players versatile – and hailed Adama Traore as the example. Traore has flourished this season despite the challenge of switching positions between right wing back in a four and five-man midfield, right-sided forward and striker. Others have shown a similar flexibility, with Romain Saiss switching between centre back and central midfield, Conor Coady having played central midfield and right back before head coach Nuno converting him to a sweeper and Diogo Jota adapting to a strike role after playing on the left wing. Recently we have seen Leander Dendoncker…

Doc in boost to Wolves for Bratislava tie – but news not so good on MGW

Wolves have been boosted by the return of Matt Doherty for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Slovan Bratislava. The Ireland international came off with a recurrence of his knee problem in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal but has recovered to be ready for the Group K tie at Molineux. Defender Ryan Bennett is also expected to be available after his groin problem. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo said: “Matt is OK. He’s recovered well from a knock on his knee. He did struggle, but he’s recovered well and he’s OK.” But the news is less encouraging on midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White.…

Michael Kightly interview Part One: Winger wants to play with his Wolves mates again

Michael Kightly wants to roll back the years and play for Wolves again with his former team-mates – well, a golden oldies version anyway! As one of four debutants with Kevin Foley, Karl Henry and 52-year-old Matt Forman, the recently-retired 33-year-old was the youngest player on view for Wolves All Stars on Sunday. Their appearances attracted a crowd of around 500 as the winger made a scoring bow from the spot in a 7-2 win over JJX Logistics at Wednesfield FC in a game that raised over £2,500 for Breast Cancer Now. Kightly and his old pals were reunited on…

Doc hoping it’s a case of knee-sy does it for Wolves

Matt Doherty is hoping a recurrence of his knee problem doesn’t keep him out of contention for Wolves. The Ireland international was forced off in the 71st minute after suffering discomfort in the same joint that has caused him problems since sustaining the injury in pre-season. Doherty, Wolves’ longest serving player, was replaced by Ruben Vinagre in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Emirates, but is hoping to be available for Thursday’s Europa League encounter at home to Slovan Bratislava. “It was my right knee, I just fell on it and I just had that strong deflection,” said the 27-year-old. “The…

Boss Nuno urges Wolves to strike the first blow

Nuno Espirito Santo wants Wolves to start striking the first blow so they can dictate games more. Wolves retrieved a deficit to draw 1-1 for the sixth time in the Premier League this season with Saturday’s stalemate at Arsenal, while 86 per cent of their goals have come in the second half of games. Head coach Nuno is delighted with his team’s character in coming back to claim points so often, but he wants them to take the game to the opposition more from the start. “The way we fought back was good, it’s fantastic, but we must change the…

Jimenez looking to challenge top marksmen in the Premier League to fire Wolves

Mexican sensation Raul Jimenez wants to leave his Premier League rival marksmen trailing in his wake as he looks to fire Wolves on two fronts. The £32.6m club record signing took his tally to 11 goals this season and only two Premier League players – Manchester City pair Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero with 13 each – have netted more this season. Jimenez, who has scored four times in the Premier League and seven times in the Europa League, could have had more too after having two efforts chalked off by VAR in the 1-1 draw against Southampton. “I’m very…

Pulis reveals Wolves flier Traore still keeps in touch with him

Tony Pulis has revealed how Wolves flier Adama Traore still keeps in touch with him. Pulis sold Traore to Wolves for £18m in August 2018 when he was Middlesbrough manager. The former Albion boss was sacked at the Riverside at the end of last season after failing to guide Boro into the play-offs. But the 61-year-old has maintained a relationship with Traore, who was his standout player in his 71 games on Teesside from 2016, where he moved for £7m after a year at Villa. “When I went to Middlesbrough this kid wasn’t being played,” said Pulis, who is currently…

Neves confident Wolves will shake off draw tag and regain winning mentality

Ruben Neves insists Wolves will rediscover their winning mentality. Wolves’ 1-1 draw at Arsenal was their seventh stalemate in the Premier League this season, and their third such scoreline in their last four away games in the league after drawing at Crystal Palace and Newcastle sandwiching the 2-0 win at Manchester City. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have drawn more games than any other team in the top flight so far, with their tally of seven comfortably ahead of Arsenal and Watford with five each. Neves, who made his 100th appearance for the club at the Emirates, is confident they will…

Michael Kightly in scoring debut for Wolves All Stars as Dion Sanderson turns up to support

Wolves stars spanning four decades helped raise thousands of pounds at a charity game – and there was even an appearance from current player Dion Sanderson. Michael Kightly made a scoring debut as Karl Henry and Kevin Foley also made their bows for Wolves All Stars, who beat JJX Logistics 7-2 in a game watched by around 500 fans at Wednesfield FC on Sunday. The biggest winner was Legacy4Lucy, as £2,512.44 was raised for Breast Cancer Now to honour Lucy Guy, wife of All Stars chairman Jason Guy, who tragically died of the disease at the age of just 34.…