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‘Upset’ Wolves boss Nuno wants change to VAR and return of daylight rule

‘Upset’ Nuno Espirito Santo insists something needs to change with VAR after Wolves missed out on a goal in their 0-0 draw against Leicester – and he advocated a return to the ‘daylight’ rule. Willy Boly’s 44th-minute header was disallowed after Pedro Neto’s foot was offside in the build-up. Neto took a short corner, received a pass from Diogo Jota and crossed as he ran away from goal. Matt Doherty then headed the ball back to Boly to nod home. “Something has to be done,” said head coach Nuno. “When you have something and someone takes it away, you don’t…

Wolves’ Jordan Graham can be best deal – but Gills’ loan almost gazumped

Wolves winger Jordan Graham has been told he can be the best deadline signing in League One after Gillingham saw off higher level competition for his signature. The 24-year-old has signed for Steve Evans’s outfit for the rest of the season and could make his Gills debut in their next game on Saturday, February 8 when they visit Burton Albion. They are currently 12th, six points and six places off the play-offs after a 10-match unbeaten run in the league stretching back to November 23, but Coventry, who occupy the final play-off spot, have played two games in hand. Graham…

Wolves boss Nuno confirms Jesus Vallejo exit as defender leaves

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed defender Jesus Vallejo will return to Real Madrid this month. Vallejo is on a season-long loan at Molineux but has barely featured and all parties are looking at ending the arrangement early. “Jesus Vallejo is going, because he wants to play,” said head coach Nuno. “He’s a young, talented player that we brought here with high expectations, but it didn’t work out. “So it’s time for him to go and find a club where he can play and keep on progressing because the talent is there. “Now we look ‘why?’ but we don’t…

Wolves hand on proud record – but who can match Jimmy Mullen’s amazing contribution?

Wolves handed a proud record on that has lasted for more than 64 years after Leicester’s amazing 9-0 win at Southampton – but it exposed a giant contribution from Molineux legend Jimmy Mullen. Up until Friday night, no team had overtaken the milestone that Stan Cullis’s side achieved on September 3, 1955 when they beat Cardiff City 9-1 to register the joint biggest away win in top flight history. Wolves were already in excellent scoring form prior to their record achievements in south Wales. At Ninian Park, Wolves equalled Sunderland’s victory against Newcastle at St James’s Park from 1908 after…

Wolves fans haven’t warmed to VAR and it’s easy to see why – analysis

Wolves 1 Southampton 1 Wolves fans haven’t warmed to VAR yet and you don’t need to be a brain surgeon to appreciate why. Saturday brought two more efforts chalked off after Leander Dendoncker’s harshest of all strikes at Leicester to be ruled out by the controversial new ruling system. OK, so replays showed VAR was correct to twice deny Raul Jimenez in the first half, first because he handballed Willy Boly’s outstanding through ball, then as Patrick Cutrone’s right leg was offside, though you could argue what advantage the Italian had at that instant. At least Nuno Espirito Santo’s side…

Nuno expects big things from Wolves starlet Neto

Nuno Espirito Santo has high hopes for Wolves’ £16.5m star Pedro Neto. The 19-year-old attacker made his full Premier League debut in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Watford and caught the eye as he set up Matt Doherty for the first goal. Neto has set a high bar for himself after claiming he wants to be the best player in the world in a recent interview. Head coach Nuno is pleased with Neto’s contribution but warned the potential needs to be realised. “He’s good, but he’s 19. All the talent he has must be well organised and well used in the…

Nuno praise for Wolves pack as he recognises importance of ‘being a wolf’

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has spoken of the bond of ‘being a wolf’ which he believes will spark an improvement in their Premier League results. Second-from-bottom Wolves are at home to Watford, who are bottom, today in a meeting of the only teams without a win in the Premier League this season. A Portuguese flag with the slogan ‘Nuno had a dream’ flies defiantly from a flagpole in the front garden of a house opposite Wolves’ Compton training base, on Compton Road West. This will be the 15th game of an already hectic schedule for Wolves, who in…

Bennett flying in training for Wolves – boss Nuno

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists Ryan Bennett is flying in training as he strives to win his Premier League place back. Bennett returned to play sweeper in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Reading and scored in the penalty shootout as Wolves won 4-2 after the game ended 1-1. Former Norwich defender Bennett has been dropped from the squad for the last two League games, the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace and the 5-2 defeat at home to Chelsea, even though he returned for the 1-0 home loss to Braga in the Europa League when he was at fault for…

Jota fires Wolves and it feels like a winner – report

Crystal Palace 1 (Ward 47) Wolves 1 (Jota 90+5) Wolves fans will be hoping their Premier League season is up and running after they rescued a point at the death at Crystal Palace. Coming as late as it did, Diogo Jota’s equaliser in the fifth minute of time added on not only ended a run of three straight defeats for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, but felt like a winner, especially as they had been reduced to 10 men for the last 17 minutes after Romain Saiss saw red. Wolves’ reply was late, but it was certainly deserved, after the visitors…

Wasteful Wolves pay the price for missed chances against Braga – report

Wolves 0 Braga 1 Wolves’ woes continued but this time on the European stage as they went down by the only goal scored by Ruben Neves’s best mate Ricardo Horta. Horta pounced in clinical fashion in the 71st minute to punish Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, after a pass from Ryan Bennett was intercepted by Galeno who crossed for the finish. Wolves were the better side but failed to turn their dominance into converted chances. Patrick Cutrone missed two and Leander Dendoncker forced a fine save from Matheus, while Raul Jimenez glanced wide at the death. But there was to be…