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January 11, 2020

Bruce: Joelinton played ‘lame’ to prevent Newcastle going to 10 men against Wolves

Steve Bruce admitted Newcastle striker Joelinton played ‘lame’ to save the possibility of his team going down to 10 men in their 1-1 draw against Wolves at Molineux. Newcastle lost centre back Paul Dummett and striker Dwight Gayle to injury in the first 28 minutes, and although Joelinton suffered a groin injury, the £40m club record signing stayed on to prevent the Magpies having no further substitutes to use. He was eventually replaced by Andy Carroll with 11 minutes left. “We lost Dwight and Jo is basically lame, but he carried on,” said manager Bruce. “He should have come off…

Wolves boss Nuno praises Newcastle keeper but critical of finishing

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo praised Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka after his two saves helped earned the injury-hit Magpies a 1-1 draw – but was critical of his side’s finishing. Migul Almiron’s seventh-minute opener was cancelled out by Leander Dendoncker’s volley seven minutes later as Wolves’ winless run stretched to four games in all competitions against a team without nine players to injury who then lost another players during the first half – Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle. Wolves went on to dominate and Dubravka denied Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto from point-blank range in either half, while Matt Doherty’s…

Dominant Wolves fail to do enough to find a winner against Newcastle

Wolves 1 Newcastle 1. Wolves failed to do enough to break down a spirited Newcastle side as the home side’s winless run stretched to four games at rainswept Molineux. Miguel Almiron gave Steve Bruce’s side a seventh-minute lead to punish sloppy defending. Leander Dendoncker’s fourth goal of the season in all competitions equalised on 14, but despite a dominant last hour in which they controlled the game, Wolves didn’t do enough against limited opposition. Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and Matty Longstaff made goalline stops to deny Raul Jimenez and Matt Doherty a winner. But the overall feeling from the home…

Morgan Gibbs-White can come ‘strong’ for Wolves again – Nuno

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes Morgan Gibbs-White can have a ‘strong’ second half to the season after regaining fitness. The 19-year-old midfielder has missed the last 17 games with a painful back injury that has left the youngster sometimes taking one step forward and two back. Thankfully, the discomfort has now eased and he is back in contention for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Newcastle after last playing on October 24 away to Slovan Bratislava. “It’s been a while but he’s well. He’s not 100 per cent, but he’s well enough to be a part of the squad,” said…

Wolves will ‘never give up’ warns Nuno to Newcastle after late shows

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has told Saturday’s opponents Newcastle to be ready for another late show – though he would avoid it if possible! Late goals by Nuno’s side have seen them take five points from the Geordies in their last three meetings. Jonny snatched a point in a 1-1 draw in October, Willy Boly equalised at the death at Molineux last season and Matt Doherty grabbed a 90th-minute winner at St James’ Park in December 2018. It’s a habit they have under never-say-die Nuno. Wolves have scored more goals after 75 minutes than any other team in the…

Nuno: Wolves must get signings right after Cutrone and Vallejo disappointments

Nuno Espirito Santo has warned Wolves need to make the right signings this transfer window. The Wolves head coach has expressed his disappointment at two major summer signings, Patrick Cutrone and Jesus Vallejo, not working out. Striker Cutrone, 22, has returned to Italy to join Fiorentina on an 18-month loan with a view to a £15.3m permanent move, while centre back Vallejo, also 22, is set to see out the rest of his season-long loan elsewhere after failing to convince following his temporary move from Real Madrid. Neither player got the amount of game time they or Wolves were expecting…