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January 13, 2020

Wolves ‘keeper Ruddy idolised United great Peter Schmeichel as a kid

Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy is relishing going to Manchester United after idolising legendary number one Peter Schmeichel as a kid. Ruddy grew up with the Great Dane and Ryan Giggs firm favourites, but is able to say he has beaten Sir Alex Ferguson’s United before, 1-0 in November 2012 when he was at Norwich. Now he is aiming to do the same again, in Wednesday’s FA Cup third round replay at Old Trafford. “You always look forward to going to places like Old Trafford. I make no secret I enjoyed watching United as a kid,” said the 33-year-old. “Peter Schmeichel…

Wolves flier Traore is a ‘beast’, the fastest player in the world – Willems

Wolves ‘beast’ Adama Traore has been branded the fastest player in the world – and more difficult to mark than Cristiano Ronaldo. Traore came face to face with Newcastle left back Jetro Willems in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Molineux. The 25-year-old Dutch international, on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt, has faced five-times Balon D’Or winner Ronaldo, but admits Traore gave him the most difficult game he has had. “I have played against some very good players in my career, but no-one quite as fast as Traore,” said Willems. “He is unbelievable, definitely a beast. Not only is he incredibly fast, he…

Wasteful Wolves U23s drop to second bottom after defeat to Blackburn

Wolves U23s 0 Blackburn Rovers U23s 1 (Lyons 27) Wolves Under-23s fell to second bottom of Premier League 2 Division 1 after a 1-0 defeat to Blackburn made it consecutive losses. A Brad Lyons goal midway through the first half proved to be the difference between the sides at St Georges Park, despite Wolves boasting 68 per cent possession. The hosts made a bright start at the home of the England national teams, with the fixture switched there due to the pitch conditions at AFC Telford United’s New Bucks Head. Wolves had the chance to take the lead in the…

Neves: Wolves must find a way to break down ‘defensive’ teams

Ruben Neves admits Wolves must ‘find solutions’ to beat ‘defensive’ teams such as Newcastle. Wolves dominated the injury-hit Magpies, forcing two fine saves from Martin Dubravka through Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto, while Matt Doherty had an effort cleared off the line by Matty Longstaff. Newcastle, who were without nine players going into the game, failed to force a chance after Miguel Almiron gave them a seventh-minute lead, which was quickly cancelled out by Leander Dendoncker. The Geordies lost Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle to hamstring injuries by the 28th minute, while striker Joelinton played with a groin problem through…