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February 2020

Ton-up Coady says he’s living the dream at Wolves after hitting milestone

Conor Coady admits he is living the dream at Wolves after his ton-up milestone. Captain Coady, 26, made his 100th consecutive league appearance in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Norwich – and he has played every minute of those games. The Scouser is just 27 games short of matching the 46-year-old club record set by goalkeeper Phil Parkes in September 1973. “I heard about it before the game and it’s amazing. The pride I have in this club and walking out every game for this club is really immense,” said the sweeper. “It’s something I live for; I love playing for…

Vinagre could be ready for a Euro recall for Wolves

Ruben Vinagre could be set for a Europa League return for Wolves in Barcelona on Thursday night – as Nuno Espirito Santo praised his powers of recovery. The 20-year-old left wing back made his comeback from a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Norwich when he replaced Jonny Castro Otto in the 80th minute. It was Vinagre’s first appearance for nearly six weeks after last playing in the FA Cup defeat away to Manchester United. But with concerns over Jonny after he went down clutching his thigh in the latter stages of the Canaries game, Nuno could now pitch…

Wolves boss Nuno reveals secret of players’ incredible stamina

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed the secret of his side’s incredible staying power – no days off! Nuno’s side played their 44th game of the season on Sunday when they swept away relegation-bound Norwich 3-0 at Molineux. All those powers of recovery and reserves of stamina will need to be evident again as they face two huge tests more this week. They travel to Barcelona to play Espanyol in their Europa League round of 32 second leg on Thursday before returning for a first trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. Nuno is confident his players’ professionalism…

Nuno reveals delight at Jota as goal-den streak continues for Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo revealed his delight with Diogo Jota after the in-form forward continued his goal-den streak by ripping Norwich apart. Jota made it five goals in four days with a double against the Canaries in Wolves’ 3-0 win after his hat-trick in the 4-0 rout of Espanyol on Thursday night. The 23-year-old assisted in the other goal as his shot hit the post before Raul Jimenez converted for his 21st goal of the season in all competitions. Nuno insists Jota hasn’t been doing anything different but hopes his impressive run continues as Wolves prepare to face the return against…

Jota at the double as Wolves in cruise control against Norwich – report

Wolves 3 (Jota 19, 30, Jimenez 50) Norwich 0. Diogo Jota continued his scoring streak as Wolves strolled to their most comfortable Premier League win of the season against hapless Norwich. Jota’s double took his tally to five goals in four days after his hat-trick in the 4-0 victory over Espanyol in the Europa League, while he set up Raul Jimenez for his 21st of the season in all competitions. Wolves actually emerged from a sticky start where they could have conceded to score from their first attack in the 19th minute. They also kept their fourth consecutive clean sheet…

Nuno tempts Wolves fans to dare to dream of Euro glory after Espanyol win

Nuno Espirito Santo has tempted Wolves fans to dare to dream of European glory after the 4-0 thrashing of Espanyol. Diogo Jota’s second successive Europa League hat-trick and a stunning Ruben Neves volley gave Wolves a thumping victory to leave them with one foot in the round of 16 before they travel to Barcelona for the second leg next week. Wolves reached the inaugural final of the competition in 1971-72 in its guise of the Uefa Cup. BBC Midlands Today journalist Dan Pallett told Nuno that he had interviewed fans outside Molineux afterwards who said they thought the team could…

Wolves put one foot in last 16 as Jota treble and Neves ‘worldy’ seal win

Wolves 4 Espanyol 0. Diogo Jota’s second successive Europa League hat-trick and a majestic goal from Ruben Neves saw Wolves take a giant leap towards the last 16 of the Europa League after this thumping victory over Espanyol. Next week’s return leg in Barcelona against La Liga’s bottom side now looks a formality for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who equalled their biggest victory of the season in the competition. Jota ended his eight-match drought how he started it – with a Europa League treble – as he took his tally to 12 goals this season after repeating his heroics against…

Nuno: Wolves fans will create fantastic atmosphere; ‘It’s amazing the way they push us’ – Coady

Nuno Espirito Santo is expecting Wolves fans to create another special atmosphere as European football returns to Molineux tonight. The head coach is always appreciative of the support a Molineux in full voice gives to the team and he believes the visit of Espanyol in the Europa League group of 32 – the first continental knockout tie at the ground since October 1980 – will be another memorable occasion. Molineux is set for a virtual full house tonight of around 31,400, with around 1,350 Espanyol fans, and Nuno and captain Conor Coady believes Wolves supporters deserve a lot of credit…

Wolves captain Coady: We want to make our own Euro history

Conor Coady says he knows all about Wolves’ history in Europe – but wants the current team to make their own. Wolves host Espanyol tonight in the Europa League round of 32. The first-leg tie is the first European knockout the club has hosted since October 1980 when they went out of the UEFA Cup to PSV Eindhoven. The Molineux side were seen as trailblazers in European football in the 1950s when Stan Cullis’s side beat many of the continent’s best as a forerunner to the European Cup. Then just over a decade later, Bill McGarry’s side went all the…

Wolves boss Nuno backs Wenger’s call for ‘daylight’ rule change to offside

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has backed Arsene Wenger’s call for a change in the offside law by introducing a ‘daylight’ rule. Nuno’s side have been denied four goals in the Premier League this season by VAR, second only to Sheffield United’s five. The latest – for Pedro Neto’s right heel before Willy Boly headed home in the 0-0 draw against Leicester City on Friday night – proved hugely controversial. VAR will be used for the first time at Molineux for a European game in the Europa League round of 32 game against Espanyol on Thursday night. Former Arsenal manager…