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2019

Mick: I got it wrong over Doc positional switch

Mick McCarthy admitted his experiment in playing Wolves’ Matt Doherty as a right winger in Ireland’s 1-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Gibraltar didn’t work. Doherty played as an orthodox right-winger, having spent this season impressing as a right-wing back, while captain Seamus Coleman played right-back in the 1-0 win. The pair linked up neatly during the first-half, but Doherty made way for Robbie Brady just 11 minutes into the second-half. “No. It didn’t particularly work well, that,” said the Ireland manager and former Wolves boss when asked about his decision to play the 27-year-old in a more advanced role.…

Wolves stars Jimenez and Gibbs-White on target – international round-up

Raul Jimenez transferred his ‘goalden’ Wolves form to the international stage as he was on target for Mexico. The 27-year-old striker put Mexico ahead from the spot in the 52nd minute as they beat Chile 3-1 in a friendly in front of more than 41,000 at the Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California to give new manager Tata Martino a winning start. Hector Moreno headed home a corner in the 64th minute and Hirving Lozano chipped a shot over the Chilean goalkeeper’s head less than a minute later to put the contest out of Chile’s reach, before Nicolas Castillo’s 69th minute…

No way back for Wolves U23s after early goals at Newcastle – report

Wolves Under-23s suffered their second successive defeat as they went down 2-0 away to Newcastle United Under-23s in Premier League 2. Rob Edwards’s side, who are top of the table, got off to the worst possible start as they conceded both goals inside the first seven minutes at Blue Flames Ground, Northumberland FA. Tyrique Bartlett netted after 40 seconds before defender Cameron John’s own goal doubled Newcastle’s advantage. United are now third in the table, three points behind Wolves, who lost 2-1 away to Derby in the Premier League 2 Cup last time out. Edwards’s side will look to bounce…

Wolves players on duty for Portugal – report

By Portuguese football expert Alex Goncalves In what was a disappointing result for the national team, few players did themselves true justice for Portugal in their 0-0 draw with Ukraine. While Portugal dominated the possession and looked to break through a stubborn Ukrainian backline, the movement and final ball always seemed off and Ukraine deserved their draw. The obvious standout performers from a Portuguese perspective were Pepe and Ruben Dias at the back; while Ukraine had few chances overall, the centre-back pairing were crucial in limiting their goalscoring opportunities and looked solid throughout the game when required. William Carvalho was,…

Wolves trio start for Portugal alongside Ronaldo

All three of Wolves’ Portugal internationals started as the European champions were held to a frustrating goalless draw in their opening Euro 2020 Group B qualifier against Ukraine. Goalkeeper Rui Patricio played the full game and Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho featured for 62 minutes and 87 minutes respectively in Lisbon. Wolves’ other player in the squad, Diogo Jota, will have to wait a while longer for his first full cap after being an unused substitute. The big plus for Portugal was the return of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo after he missed the past six internationals following Portugal’s exit from the…

Nuno says he is happy at Wolves amid Chelsea link

Nuno Espirito Santo insists he and Wolves are on a journey together after reports linked him with the manager’s job at Chelsea. The Portuguese head coach is currently with his family in his homeland before returning after the weekend, but reports have placed him on a two-man shortlist with Derby manager Frank Lampard to replace Maurizuo Sarri at Stamford Bridge. Sarri, 60, is under pressure to ensure Chelsea finish in the top four to qualify for the Champions League and they are currently sixth, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. The Italian’s position was undermined by goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to…

Edwards urges Wolves U23s to return to winning ways

Wolves Under-23s coach Rob Edwards has urged his side to return to winning ways as they seek to cement their place at the top of Premier League 2 with today’s trip to Newcastle (12 noon ko). Wolves went top following a 3-1 win against promotion rivals Southampton at Molineux a week last Monday, only to suffer defeat to Derby in the Premier League Cup last weekend. Edwards and his squad head to Blue Flames Ground (Northumberland FA), Newcastle knowing they face a tough task to maintain their position. Newcastle are one of the form teams after seven wins in their…

Dendoncker ‘sent out message to Belgian football’ – Martinez

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez believes Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker played ‘like a regular’ in his side’s opening Euro 2020 qualifying campaign 3-1 win over Russia. Martinez was full of enthusiasm for Dendoncker’s display, declaring he ‘sent out a clear message for Belgian football’. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was again the stand-out performer at King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels after the captain scored twice in their opening Group I qualifier. But while showing appreciation for Hazard, Martinez also reckons the performances of Dendoncker, who won his seventh cap, and Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans – who scored the other – offered plenty of encouragement…

How Wolves can be all-white in the Cup – here’s the proof

Wolves will be hoping it will be all white on the night at Wembley – and they have some history to prove it. The Molineux side will wear their traditional change kit for the semi-final against Watford on April 7 after losing the toss of a coin at the FA’s headquarters. Wolves have never worn anything but gold and black at the national stadium – but they have won in the FA Cup wearing white on at least five occasions, and there is television footage to prove it. Back in January 1971, they beat Norwich 5-1 at the third round…

How Wolves fans can find out their loyalty points, and sit together

Wolves fans have been asking www.wolvesbitecom how can find out their loyalty points so they know when to their tickets for the FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley. We have had this prompt response from Dave Wood, the club’s supporter liaison officer: “Supporters can view their loyalty points by logging in to their Wolves Account at www.wolves.co.uk and then heading to the ticketing site. “The loyalty points total will then be displayed in the top left hand corner of the ticketing site. “Alternatively, supporters can call the ticket office on 0371 222 1877 calls will be charged at a…