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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.…

Michael Kightly interview Part One: Winger wants to play with his Wolves mates again

Michael Kightly wants to roll back the years and play for Wolves again with his former team-mates – well, a golden oldies version anyway! As one of four debutants with Kevin Foley, Karl Henry and 52-year-old Matt Forman, the recently-retired 33-year-old was the youngest player on view for Wolves All Stars on Sunday. Their appearances attracted a crowd of around 500 as the winger made a scoring bow from the spot in a 7-2 win over JJX Logistics at Wednesfield FC in a game that raised over £2,500 for Breast Cancer Now. Kightly and his old pals were reunited on…

Doc hoping it’s a case of knee-sy does it for Wolves

Matt Doherty is hoping a recurrence of his knee problem doesn’t keep him out of contention for Wolves. The Ireland international was forced off in the 71st minute after suffering discomfort in the same joint that has caused him problems since sustaining the injury in pre-season. Doherty, Wolves’ longest serving player, was replaced by Ruben Vinagre in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Emirates, but is hoping to be available for Thursday’s Europa League encounter at home to Slovan Bratislava. “It was my right knee, I just fell on it and I just had that strong deflection,” said the 27-year-old. “The…

Boss Nuno urges Wolves to strike the first blow

Nuno Espirito Santo wants Wolves to start striking the first blow so they can dictate games more. Wolves retrieved a deficit to draw 1-1 for the sixth time in the Premier League this season with Saturday’s stalemate at Arsenal, while 86 per cent of their goals have come in the second half of games. Head coach Nuno is delighted with his team’s character in coming back to claim points so often, but he wants them to take the game to the opposition more from the start. “The way we fought back was good, it’s fantastic, but we must change the…

Jimenez looking to challenge top marksmen in the Premier League to fire Wolves

Mexican sensation Raul Jimenez wants to leave his Premier League rival marksmen trailing in his wake as he looks to fire Wolves on two fronts. The £32.6m club record signing took his tally to 11 goals this season and only two Premier League players – Manchester City pair Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero with 13 each – have netted more this season. Jimenez, who has scored four times in the Premier League and seven times in the Europa League, could have had more too after having two efforts chalked off by VAR in the 1-1 draw against Southampton. “I’m very…