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December 2019

Cutrone in tears after Hammer-ing home Wolves’ supremacy – report

Wolves 2 (Dendoncker 23, Cutrone 86) West Ham United 0. Patrick Cutrone broke down in tears after scoring as Wolves extended their unbeaten run into double figures with a well-deserved 2-0 win over West Ham to go fifth in the Premier League. Goals from Leander Dendoncker and substitute Cutrone, who has only played 38 minutes’ football since the start of November, stretched the sequence without loss to 10 games in the Premier League, the club’s longest in the top flight since January 1972, and 13 including Europa League ties. Two goals barely did justice to Wolves’ superiority on a night…

Nuno ready to strengthen Wolves’ squad in January

Nuno Espirito Santo is confident of strengthening his Wolves squad in January. It’s understood Wolves had earmarked signing a centre back even before the broken ankle suffered by Willy Boly. But they are expected to step up their attempts over the coming month, ready to push the button when the transfer window opens. Jesus Vallejo has struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League and it remains to be seen whether his loan from Real Madrid will be cut short. But Wolves are not expected to revive their interest in 22-year-old Ruben Dias from Benfica because they do…

Hammers look to true Brit to rock Wolves

HUGH SOUTHON has been covering the fortunes of West Ham for several decades, and in more recent years for his hugely popular website, www.claretandhugh.info Here is his insight into what Wolves can expect from the Hammers at Molineux on Wednesday night. West Ham head for Molineux tonight on a high after the tale of the unexpected at Chelsea where they grabbed their first win in 17 years last Saturday. After a seven game run without a win it was a case of ‘only West Ham’ as Frank Lampard’s outfit were second best throughout. Boss Manuel Pellegrini finally switched goalkeepers bringing…

Wolves U21s no match for Class of ’92’s Salford City – report

Salford City 3 (Armstrong 43, 47, Towell 87) Wolves U21s 0 Wolves Under-21s were a distant second best as they crashed out of the Leasing.com Trophy to League Two new boys Salford City. Caretaker coach Mark Kennedy’s side had little chance to shine in the second round tie against the dominant hosts, whose supremacy was underlined with two goals from Luke Armstrong in four minutes either side of the break. Richie Towell sealed a comfortable victory for Graham Alexander’s side three minutes from time at the Peninsula Stadium. Wolves could have few complaints at the outcome. They failed to seriously…

Wolves boss Nuno demands meeting with the FA over ‘crazy’ scheduling

Nuno Espirito Santo has demanded a meeting with the FA to discuss the ‘crazy’ and ‘absurd’ scheduling that has left Wolves with two games in 45 hours after Christmas. The Molineux head coach is angry at how his team are left facing matches at home to champions Manchester City and away to runaway leaders Liverpool on December 27 and 29 respectively. Wolves host West Ham on Wednesday night in their 28th game of the season, six more matches than any other team in the Premier League because of their success in qualifying for the group stages then the knockout stages…

Moutinho deal is a statement of Wolves’ intent – Thelwell

Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell believe the contract extension of Joao Moutinho is a statement of the club’s intent. The 33-year-old midfielder recently signed a two-year deal to stay at the club until 2022. Moutinho, whose existing contract was due to expire next June, celebrated the deal by underlining his importance to the club with a superb goal and an assist in the 2-1 win at AFC Bournemouth. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has recently been linked with the vacant manager’s job at Arsenal after the sacking of Unai Emery. But it seems unlikely the Portuguese was ever likely to…

Eves: Wolves flier Traore can learn from Doc – and Sheffield United

Mel Eves believes Wolves flier Adama Traore needs to become more of a goal threat – and learn from Sheffield United in the process. Traore wasn’t as effective as he has been in recent games as United boss Chris Wilder revealed after the 1-1 they had a plan to try to nullify the electric winger. But former Wolves forward and League Cup winner Eves reckons Traore can develop further by getting into scoring positions more. “They can learn a little bit from Sheffield United in being brave enough to get that extra man in the box,” Eves told Radio BBC…

Sheffield United boss reveals plan to stop Wolves flier Adama Traore

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has revealed how to stop Wolves flier Adama Traore. Lightning quick Traore saw plenty of the ball but perhaps wasn’t as effective as he has been in recent games in the 1-1 draw against the Blades at Molineux on Sunday. Wilder admitted he had come up with a plan to stifle the electric Spaniard. “He’s such an awkward customer – he bounces off people because he’s got such unbelievable strength and power, so we tried to get bodies around him but not get too tight to him,” said Wilder. “I think the key is if…

Wolves scorer Doherty to spend time with Afobe after tragedy

Wolves goalscorer Matt Doherty is to spend time with his close friend Benik Afobe. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo revealed after the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United that the wing back, who equalised after 64 minutes to cancel out Lys Mousset’s 63-second opener, will see his former team-mate, whose daughter Amora has tragically died at the age of two. Amora suffered a severe infection then developed complications before passing away, leaving his former colleagues at Molineux distressed. Afobe had two spells at Wolves, initially joining in a £2m deal from Arsenal in January 2015 for a year before being sold…

Doc earns Wolves a point to blunt Blades on bitter-sweet day – report

Wolves 1 (Doherty 64) Sheffield United 1 (Mousset 2). Wolves salvaged a point to draw with Sheffield United in the battle for sixth place on a bitter-sweet day for Matt Doherty. The club’s longest-serving player equalised for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side then appeared to dedicate his 64th-minute goal to close friend and former team-mate Benik Afobe, whose daughter Amora tragically died at the age of two on Friday. French striker Lys Mousset scored his fifth goal in as many starts for Sheffield United after just 63 seconds as the visitors gave Wolves a fright at the start of both halves.…