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2019

Wolves now have an issue to sort against strugglers – Jenas

Jermaine Jenas believes Nuno Espirito Santo has a headache to solve for next season over Wolves’ results against the struggling teams. Wolves have taken more points against the top six teams – 13 – than the bottom six (11) after Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Brighton. Diogo Jota hit the woodwork twice – two of 22 Wolves attempts on goal of which five were on target, from 68 per cent possession. But the result continued a sequence of struggle against the lower-placed teams. Wolves have lost twice to relegated Huddersfield, drew at relegated Fulham, collected one point from Brighton, and had…

Brighton keeper not bothered by ‘boring’ chants from Wolves fans

Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan is happy for Wolves fans to chant ‘boring’ if it means his side stay up. Frustrated Wolves supporters chanted ‘boring, boring, boring’ at the final whistle and ‘how do watch this every week?’ as Brighton parked the bus for a 0-0 draw at Molineux. Wolves dominated the game, with 68 per cent possession, while Diogo Jota hit the woodwork twice and Ryan denied Raul Jimenez, Leander Dendoncker and Ruben Neves. In addition, Matt Doherty, Ryan Bennett, Jimenez, Joao Moutinho, Neves and Willy Boly (twice) had efforts off target. Ryan said: “I don’t care to be honest.…

Wolves star Jota will put near misses behind him – Coady

Wolves forward Diogo Jota has been backed to find his shooting boots after his near misses let Brighton off the hook. The 22-year-old hit the woodwork twice against the Seagulls. First he struck the bar in the first half with a volley from Ruben Neves’s deflected shot, then he headed against the post after the break as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side turned the screw against the Seagulls. They were rare misses for the hardworking Portuguese, who has scored eight goals this season and had netted in each of the three previous home games in all competitions. Captain Conor Coady is…

Wolves ‘getting closer to beating strugglers’ – Coady

Conor Coady believes Wolves are getting closer to finding the formula to beat the Premier League’s strugglers. Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Brighton meant Wolves have taken more points against the top six teams – 13 – than the bottom six (11). Wolves battered the Seagulls, hitting the woodwork twice through Diogo Jota while having 22 attempts on goal, of which five were on target, from 68 per cent possession. But the result continued a frustrating pattern where they have struggled to break down the lower-placed teams. Wolves have lost twice to relegated Huddersfield, drew at relegated Fulham, collected one point…

Bennett admits Wolves need to be more creative

Ryan Bennett admits Wolves must become more creative to break defensive-minded teams down after the one-sided 0-0 draw against Brighton. Wolves had 68 per cent possession against the Seagulls – it was 80 per cent after the first half an hour – hit the woodwork twice through Diogo Jota and had 22 efforts, of which five were on target, while Brighton mustered nothing on target from their five attempts. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have now taken more points from the top six (13) than from the bottom six (11). “We have found that a few times this season, and normally,…

Rae reacts to ‘no fouls by Wolves’ stat

It is an astonishing fact that seems impossible in a game that still prides itself on some physical contact. And it seems one element of Wolves’ ‘numbers’ from yesterday’s 0-0 draw against Brighton has got the statistics compilers scratching their heads too. Amazingly, Wolves did not commit a single foul in the 90-odd minutes against the Seagulls. Talk about sticking to the old schoolboy adage of ‘stay on your feet’! Brighton committed only eight fouls and had one player booked – midfielder Dale Stephens, for a late challenge on Diogo Jota after 32 minutes. But the unusual stat ‘earned’ by…

Wolves looking for ‘top four’ goalkeeper claims coach

Wolves are looking to develop goalkeepers good enough to help the club qualify for the Champions League. Portugal’s No 1 Rui Patricio, the club’s current first choice, is acknowledged as one of the top 10 keepers in the world and the 32-year-old cost around £15m from Sporting Lisbon last summer. England capped John Ruddy, 31, has been the regular between the sticks in the cups this season after being the regular as the club swept to the Championship title last term. In the last decade and a half Wolves were blessed to produce three goalkeepers themselves that distinguished themselves between…

Nuno demands improvements to Wolves’ deliveries

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ final ball must improve as he reflected on two points dropped after the 0-0 draw against Brighton. Wolves dominated the game with 68 per cent of the possession at Molineux and Diogo Jota hit the woodwork twice. Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan was man of the match after denying Raul Jimenez, Ruben Neves and substitute Leander Dendoncker, while Matt Doherty, Joao Moutinho, Jimenez and Willy Boly (twice) were off target with efforts. In contrast, Brighton failed to force a single save from Rui Patricio, with their only half chances when substitute Beram Kayal thundered a long-range…

Wolves fail to break down Brighton in frustrating stalemate – report

Wolves 0 Brighton 0 Frustrated Wolves returned refreshed after their trip to Marbella but couldn’t break down relegation-threatened Brighton in the most one-sided game at Molineux. Diogo Jota hit the woodwork twice as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side dominated throughout and spent virtually all of the match camped inside Brighton’s half, but they were unable to penetrate a massed defence. There was no mistaking the sense of frustration at the end and Wolves fans chanted ‘boring, boring, boring’ and ‘How do you watch this every week?’ in response to Brighton’s negative tactics. Raul Jimenez, Ruben Neves and substitute Leander Dendoncker all…

Four Wolves players in BBC pundits’ vote for PFA Player of Year

Recognition of Wolves’ fine season has been reflected in the voting of BBC pundits for their PFA player of the year, with four of the 23 players shortlisted coming from Molineux. Twenty-one pundits have selected their six outstanding performers of 2018-19. Former Wolves captain Paul Ince picked Willy Boly in his top six, Stephen Warnock included Raul Jimenez, Danny Murphy went for Joao Moutinho and former England women’s international Sue Smith opted for Ruben Neves. Outside of Manchester City and Liverpool, who had six and four players respectively in the voting, Wolves had the most nominated with four, ahead of…