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2019

Nuno: VAR is wrecking Wolves fans’ emotions at Molineux

Nuno Espirito Santo admits VAR is playing havoc with Wolves fans’ emotions. Raul Jimenez had two first-half efforts disallowed before cancelling out Danny Ings’s 53rd-minute opener from the spot eight minutes later for a 1-1 draw. “We celebrated, then the momentum was lost,” said head coach Nuno. “This is what is tough: We feel the stadium was really celebrating then it was really down. “It had a terrible impact on the mood of the players from the team that the goal is not allowed, then the other team celebrates a ‘non goal’ when the board goes up. “The problem is…

Wolves fans haven’t warmed to VAR and it’s easy to see why – analysis

Wolves 1 Southampton 1 Wolves fans haven’t warmed to VAR yet and you don’t need to be a brain surgeon to appreciate why. Saturday brought two more efforts chalked off after Leander Dendoncker’s harshest of all strikes at Leicester to be ruled out by the controversial new ruling system. OK, so replays showed VAR was correct to twice deny Raul Jimenez in the first half, first because he handballed Willy Boly’s outstanding through ball, then as Patrick Cutrone’s right leg was offside, though you could argue what advantage the Italian had at that instant. At least Nuno Espirito Santo’s side…

Wolves to face 21,000 full house in Bratislava for behind-closed-doors game

Wolves will now face a 21,000 full house at Slovan Bratislava – despite UEFA ordering the hosts to play the Europa League tie behind closed doors due to racist behaviour. The Slovakian side’s biggest crowd of the season will descend on the Group K game next Thursday after UEFA rules allowing under-14s free admission, with an adult per 10 children, at a time when paying supporters are banned from attending the match. By contrast, Wolves were offered just 200 tickets, priced at £55 each, for the game. They quickly sold out but the restrictions mean the club will be supported…

Unhappy Nuno hits out at ‘absurd, ridiculous, dangerous and impossible’ timing of Wolves games

Nuno Espirito Santo has blasted the timing of the re-scheduled festive games for TV against Manchester City and Liverpool as ‘absurd, ridiculous, dangerous and impossible’ after Wolves were left facing two games in 45 hours. Wolves host champions City on Friday December 27 at 7.45pm after the game was put back from Boxing Day for coverage on Amazon. Their trip to Anfield to face Premier League leaders Liverpool is on Sunday, December 29 at 4.30pm and is being screened on Sky. Head coach Nuno is furious Wolves have been left with 24 hours less to recover from the City game…

Hasenhüttl wary of Wolves’ threat on the break to Saints

Ralph Hasenhüttl has warned his Southampton team of Wolves’ counter-attacking threat. Wolves take on Saints at Molineux with the visitors seeking a major improvement after three straight defeats in the Premier League. By contrast, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have reeled off four straight wins in all competitions if you include the penalty shootout victory over Reading in the Carabao Cup. Wolves stunned the football world with their 2-0 win at the home of champions Manchester City last time out with Adama Traore’s double showcasing the danger of their counter-attacking game. Saints boss Hasenhüttl is wary of their threat on the…

Five of Wolves’ Premier League fixtures moved for TV coverage

Wolves have had five Premier League fixtures moved for TV coverage over the next three months. The most high profile switch sees the visit of champions Manchester City to Molineux moved to Friday, December 27 for screening by Amazon at 7.45pm, put back from Boxing Day. The first, which had been previously announced, sees the visit of neighbours Villa moved to Sunday, November 10, with a 2pm kick-off, for coverage by Sky Sports. The game had originally been scheduled for the Saturday. Next up is the home clash against West Ham, which has been put back 24 hours to Wednesday,…

Ex-Wolves winger Dave Thomas goes to print on his battle with blindness

Former Wolves winger Dave Thomas has spoken of how his life changed the day he received a letter from the DVLA informing him he was no longer allowed to drive. This was no self-inflicted punishment due to misdemeanours on the road; Thomas had become the first registered blind former England international. The year was 2008, 24 years after he had hung up his boots and at a time of his life when the then 58-year-old should have been looking to make the most of his retirement. A progressive loss of sight due to glaucoma led to a huge readjustment for…

Jordan Graham ends exile with loan move away from Wolves

Forgotten Wolves winger Jordan Graham has joined Bulgarian outfit Lokomotiv Plovdiv – 177 days after last playing. The 24-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has signed for the Division A (top flight) club on loan and could make his debut at home to CSKA Sofia on Sunday. The former Villa Academy graduate joins Wolves team-mate Sylvain Deslandes, 22, at Lokomotiv, who are the current Bulgarian Cup holders and third in the table. Graham hasn’t played since April 22 when he featured in the last of 19 games on loan at League One Oxford, 16…

Wolves man Doc told to be ready for ‘cup final’

Wolves wing back Matt Doherty has been told to be ready for a ‘cup final’ for the Republic of Ireland. The Irish, who lead Euro 2020 qualifying Group D, have a play-off at home to second-placed Denmark at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on November 18. It’s the final game in the group for the Irish, though Denmark have another match. Both teams are on 12 points and the top two go through to next year’s finals. Ireland could have qualified on Tuesday night but they failed to fire in the first half of a 2-0 defeat to Switzerland. Haris…

Traore is like a new signing for Wolves – Thommo

Andy Thompson believes Wolves flier Adama Traore is like a new signing. Traore has benefitted from extended coaching on the training ground with boss Nuno Espirito Santo and his team and has started to look a different player this season. The 23-year-old is harnessing his stunning pace to add an end product – as we saw with his two goals to beat Manchester City. Traore’s improvement has come despite him operating in three positions – right wing back or a four or five-man midfield, striker or right-sided forward of a front three. Thompson made a career out of being versatile…