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Nuno: Wolves must get used to playing when we’re tired

Proud Nuno Espirito Santo revealed Wolves must get used to playing when they’re tired as he admitted they were below par in the 1-1 draw against Burnley. It took a penalty from Raul Jimenez in the seventh minute of time added on to maintain Wolves’ unbeaten start to cancel out Ashley Barnes’s 13th-minute strike as Wolves maintained their unbeaten start with their third straight Premier League draw. Jimenez had earlier his the post while Morgan Gibbs-White and substitute Adama Traore fired wide. But Burnley hit the bar with a Ben Mee header which saw Ryan Bennett nudge the ball against…

Raul earns Wolves a point against Burnley – report

Wolves 1 (Jimenez pen 90+7) Burnley 1 (Barnes 13) Raul Jimenez salvaged Wolves a deserved draw against Burnley right at the death as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side continued their unbeaten start to the season. Jimenez coolly found the net with a penalty in the seventh minute of time added on after he had his heels clipped from behind by former Stoke left back Erik Pieters. Wolves had trailed from Ashley Barnes’s excellent 13th-minute drive in a lacklustre first-half performance. An improvement after the break saw Jimenez hit the post with a shot on the turn, and Morgan Gibbs-White and substitute…

Nuno: Chemistry between deadly Wolves duo Jimenez and Jota is amazing

Nuno Espirito Santo has championed the chemistry between Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota as the Wolves strike duo look to strike fear all over Europe. Despite only having a two-week break after a 336-day season last term, Jimenez has hit the ground running with five goals in as many Europa League ties already. Jota has netted three, including Wolves’ first goal in European competition for nearly 40 years with the opener against Belfast outfit Crusaders. Last season they terrorised the Premier League as Wolves finished seventh and reached the FA Cup semi-finals. Jimenez finished with 17 goals in all competitions…

Vallejo not ready for Prem and Europe – Wolves boss

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes Jesus Vallejo is not yet ready for the combined rigours of the Premier League and the Europa League. On-loan Real Madrid defender Vallejo has played the last two outings in Europe – the 4-0 home win over FC Pyunik and the 3-2 victory away to Torino, which came seven days apart. But he hasn’t been involved in the squads for the Premier League games against Leicester and Manchester United as Ryan Bennett has started. Nuno reckons the 22-year-old is currently better suited to playing once a week as he continues to build up his…

Nuno: Traore is a long-term project for Wolves but he is ‘amazing’

Nuno Espirito Santo admits Adama Traore is a long-term project for Wolves that requires patience – but says he is ‘amazing’. Traore has shown he is getting to grips with his new position of right wing back, catching the eye after replacing Matt Doherty at half-time in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United before playing the full game in the 3-2 win away to Torino in the Europa League, when he set up Diogo Jota’s goal. But the Molineux head coach acknowledges the £18m signing from Middlesbrough is not the finished article. “He is doing well. But Adama is a…

Wolves U23s win as Blackburn have two sent off – report

Blackburn Under-23s 1 (Chapman 58) Wolves Under-23s 2 (Shabani 51, Perry 90) Wolves Under-23s earned their first win of their Premier League 2 Division 1 campaign after a incident-packed second half away to Blackburn on Friday that saw the hosts reduced to nine men. Taylor Perry’s excellent curling effort won it for Rob Edwards’s side in the last minute after Meritan Shabani’s first goal for Wolves against a Blackburn side who had Matty Platt and Charley Doyle sent off at Leyland. Edwards made one change from the side which drew 0-0 with Everton last Sunday, with centre back Lewis Richards…

Bennett: Every Wolves player is playing for his place

Ryan Bennett has warned his Wolves team-mates every player should be concerned for their place because the club is looking to strengthen every position. The 29-year-old was replaced by on-loan Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo for the last two Europa League games – the 4-0 win against FC Pyunik and Thursday’s 3-2 victory away to Torino. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo made nine changes for the Pyunik tie with it coming four days before the 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United, then four changes for the trip to Italy. Nuno has retained his small squad but there is plenty…

Torino boss praises Wolves but says the Italians can still go through

Torino boss Walter Mazzarri admitted Wolves caused his side plenty of problems but believes the Italians can stun them at Molineux. Wolves won 3-2 in Turin in the Europa League play-off despite only having 37 per cent possession in the first leg as both sides chase a spot in the group stages. “Even though we had 12 shots on goal and 63 per cent possession, we didn’t make the most of it,” Mazzarri told Sky Sport Italia. “Wolves showed their greatest strength was the counter-attack, pace and powerful players who surge forward. They showed that against all the big English…

Nuno: Torino tie far from over for Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ task is far from complete despite edging their Europa League play-off against Torino which has left them favourites to reach the group stages. Wolves won 3-2 in Italy after leading 2-0 and 3-1 when a Bremer own goal and one from Diogo Jota put them ahead only for Lorenzo De Silvestri to halve their lead. Raul Jimenez responded with the goal of the night to give Wolves a two-goal cushion but Andrea Belotti’s late penalty gave the Italians renewed hope for the second leg at Molineux next Thursday. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo believes it…

Raul’s stunner as Wolves gain upper hand in Italy – report

Torino 2 (De Silvestri 61, Belotti 89) Wolves 3 (Saiss 43, Jota 59, Jimenez 72) Wolves treated their fans to one of their most memorable nights in Europe after beating Torino 3-2 away to move within 90 minutes of the Europa League group stages. Romain Saiss, Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez netted what could prove crucial away goals in the play-off first leg in Turin before the return at Molineux next Thursday, but a last-minute penalty kept the tie more than alive for the Italians. A superb free kick from Joao Moutinho was glanced into his own net by Brazilian…