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Wolves dominate Villa in deserved win in front of record crowd

Wolves 2 (Neves 41, Jimenez 84) Villa 1 (Trezeguet 90+2) Goals from Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez clinched a hugely deserved first Molineux win for Wolves over Aston Villa in the Premier League and saw them climb to eighth in the table. Midfielder Neves atoned for his penalty miss in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League with a trademark superb effort from the edge of the D four minutes before the break. Deadly Jimenez finally capped Wolves’ dominance when he swept home his 13th goal of the season six minutes from time, before Trezeguet’s angled shot…

Jordan Graham starts for Wolves U23s today

Jordan Graham makes a rare start for Wolves today as he has been named in the Under-23s side to face Birmingham City Under-23s in the Premier League Cup at Compton. The 24-year-old winger came off the bench as a late substitute in the Under-21s’ 1-0 defeat at Blackpool in the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday night after the collapse of his loan to Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Plovdiv through clearance from FIFA. Graham’s last start for Wolves was in a 1-0 win over Yeovil in the League Cup on August 8, 2017, the last of 17 appearances for the club he joined…

Nuno: Wolves have found their Euro legs – so watch out Villa

Nuno Espirito Santo believes Wolves have found their European legs – and it has made them better prepared to face Villa on Sunday. The Molineux head coach was impressed by the structure his players showed in containing Slovan Bratislava in the 1-0 win on Thursday night. Nuno believes his side showed an improved economy of movement, leaving the players fresher for the visit of Dean Smith’s side for the West Midlands derby. “I was impressed by a lot of things,” said Nuno. “On Thursday we managed the game better, so the distances that the players covered (were less) and the…

Villa boss Smith hoping Wolves’ tough schedule catches up with them – video

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is hoping Wolves’ hectic schedule catches up with them on Sunday. Wolves return to Premier League action after their 1-0 win over Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League on Thursday by hosting Villa in a West Midlands derby. For Nuno Espirito Santo’s side it will be their 24th game of the season while Villa have played 14. Smith wants Wolves to feel the fatigue. “People will look from the outside and say ‘is it all going to catch up with them?’ with the amount of games they’re playing. We’re hopeful that it does on Sunday,”…

Nuno reveals who will take Wolves’ next penalty after Neves’s ‘bad’ miss

Nuno Espirito Santo says Raul Jimenez will take Wolves’ next penalty – as he criticised Ruben Neves’s miss in the 1-0 win over Slovan Bratislava. Jimenez struck in the second minute of time added on to spare the blushes of Neves, whose 51st minute attempt was saved by goalkeeper Dominik Greif after Vasil Bozhikov trod on Pedro Neto’s right heel. Head coach Nuno revealed Wolves have a rotation policy for penalties, and on Thursday night, it was Neves’s turn, even though Jimenez had scored the previous thre times from the spot, against Burnley, Southampton and in the first game against…

Good Greif as Raul finally breaks Slovan’s resistance for Wolves win – report

Wolves 1 (Jimenez 90+2) Slovan Bratislava 0. Raul Jimenez finally ensured Wolves found a way past inspired Slovan Bratislava goalkeeper Dominic Greif and put his side within a point of reaching the group stages. Jimenez’s 12th goal of the season came in the second minute of time added on after Greif had saved Ruben Neves’s 51st minute penalty and also denied Joao Moutinho, Jimenez, Matt Doherty and Neves from open play. The Mexico international’s eighth goal in Europe this term came in the second minute of 12 added on after Bratislava defender Kenan Bazric was stretchered off with concussion in…

Nuno seeking more consistency from Wolves midfielder Neves

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has hinted he is looking for more consistency from Ruben Neves. The Portugal international made the most of a more advanced role in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Arsenal after swapping with Joao Moutinho and enjoyed arguably his best game of the season, which was also his 100th appearance for the club. Neves had four shots on goal, forcing a save from goalkeeper Bernd Leno while two more efforts flew just over the bar and one was blocked. Nuno believes Neves can operate further forward but wants to see him string together a run of higher…

Wolves boss relieved to be back at Molineux and seeking home comforts

Nuno Espirito Santo wants Wolves to ‘play it again’ in a repeat of their last result against Slovan Bratislava. Wolves recovered from Andraz Sporar’s 11th-minute opener in Bratislava to win 2-1 after Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez struck in a five-minute spell after the break. That scoring pattern echoes the recoveries Wolves have made in the Premier League. Nuno’s side have retrieved deficits six times so far this season to rescue 1-1 draws, while 86 per cent of their goals have come in the second half. The Molineux head coach wants the same again at Molineux as in Slovakia, but…

Nuno: I want my Wolves players to be like Traore

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says his job is to make players versatile – and hailed Adama Traore as the example. Traore has flourished this season despite the challenge of switching positions between right wing back in a four and five-man midfield, right-sided forward and striker. Others have shown a similar flexibility, with Romain Saiss switching between centre back and central midfield, Conor Coady having played central midfield and right back before head coach Nuno converting him to a sweeper and Diogo Jota adapting to a strike role after playing on the left wing. Recently we have seen Leander Dendoncker…

Doc in boost to Wolves for Bratislava tie – but news not so good on MGW

Wolves have been boosted by the return of Matt Doherty for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Slovan Bratislava. The Ireland international came off with a recurrence of his knee problem in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal but has recovered to be ready for the Group K tie at Molineux. Defender Ryan Bennett is also expected to be available after his groin problem. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo said: “Matt is OK. He’s recovered well from a knock on his knee. He did struggle, but he’s recovered well and he’s OK.” But the news is less encouraging on midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White.…