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Wolves star Raul speechless at fans’ reaction to first season in England

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez admits he has been left speechless at the ‘amazing’ support he has received from the stands in his first season at Molineux. The 17-goal top scorer, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Sunday, will become the £32m club record signing on July 1 and has already become a new idol to follow famous Wolves number nines such as Roy Swinbourne, Jimmy Murray, Derek Dougan, John Richards, Andy Gray and Steve Bull. Fans sing their ‘Si Senor’ song in his honour and hundreds have worn Mexican wrestling masks, sombreros and Mexican flags to games. “I have no…

Canaries and Blades won’t cut it like Wolves – Gray

Mickey Gray can’t see Norwich and Sheffield United repeating Wolves’ season and becoming the surprise packet of the Premier League next season. The Canaries clinched the Championship title with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Sunday to end their campaign on 94 points, with the Blades finishing on 89, five points and 10 points fewer respectively than when Wolves won it last year. Former Wolves utility player Gray believes his old club’s success in finishing seventh – and becoming the highest finishing promoted team since Ipswich were fifth in 2000-01 – will not be followed up by the two…

Wolves in seventh heaven after clinching highest finish since 1980

Wolves have clinched seventh place in the Premier League in their first season back in the top flight. Their position was confirmed by Leicester City’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City tonight, which means the Foxes cannot now catch them with one game of the season left. That game was settled by a 30-yard screamer from City captain Vincent Kompany in the 70th minute, and means City regained the lead at the top of the Premier League by a point above Liverpool. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side head to Anfield on Sunday for their curtain call certain of the club’s highest finish…

Wolves matchwinner Leo focusing on Europe

Leander Dendoncker is targeting European football with Wolves after admitting scoring helped repay fans for his Wembley mistake. The Belgium international scored the only goal to defeat Fulham on Saturday, volleying home Matt Doherty’s cross for his maiden strike at Molineux. Now the 24-year-old midfielder is hoping his second goal for the club can elevate them to the Europa League as they look to remain in seventh place after helping to erase the memory of conceding the penalty on Watford’s Troy Deeney in the FA Cup semi-final. “Personally, I was happy to score,” said Dendoncker. “I felt bad after the…

Wolves’ home form down to loudest fans in the Prem – Coady

Captain Conor Coady hailed Molineux as the noisiest ground in the Premier League as the reason behind Wolves’ ‘home sweet home’. Saturday’s 1-0 win against Fulham made it 11 home games unbeaten in all competitions since January 7, with nine wins, including memorable victories against Liverpool, Manchester United twice and Arsenal. After the game at the weekend, the players and their families went on a lap of appreciation to say thank you to the supporters who have helped make this such a memorable season, the first since 1949-50 where Wolves have attracted 30,000-plus to every home League game. “We got…

Doc: Wolves must better seventh heaven next time

Matt Doherty insists Wolves must be looking to match then better this season’s achievements next campaign. Wolves have already secured their highest place since 1979-80 when they were sixth and they will confirm their current position of seventh if Leicester fail to beat Manchester City tomorrow night. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have also amassed the most points in a season (57) by a promoted side since Ipswich in 2000-01. Doherty believes they have surpassed last season’s achievement when they won the Championship, but he is already looking to better what they have done this term. “Yes I think so, because…

Wolves canter against the Cottagers – report

Wolves 1 Fulham 0 Leander Dendoncker kept Wolves’ European dream alive with the only goal as they signed off at Molineux with a far more comfortable win than the scoreline suggests The Belgium international volleyed home from close range in the 75th minute to settle a one-sided contest against the relegated Cottagers, who suffered their 25th defeat of the season. Wolves finished their home campaign unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competitions since January, including nine wins. Wolves now need favours from Manchester City to return to Europe for the first time in 39 years. They need City…

Sin Cara hoping to inspire Wolves to victory – with video

Sin Cara is hoping his presence at Molineux can inspire Wolves to victory against Fulham. The Mexican WWE wrestler arrived – complete with mask covered with Wolves motifs – at the club’s Compton training ground yesterday to be welcomed by his friend, striker Raul Jimenez and rest of the first-team squad after training. “It’s fantastic to be here and fantastic to meet Raul again,” he said. “He’s got me to meet all of the players and it’s great to be able to talk to my friend because it’s been a while since we’ve been able to speak since he’s been…

‘I never saw a £20 note running on the pitch’ – Nuno on Wolves’ spending

Nuno Espirito Santo believes Wolves have recruited wisely as they prepare to take on bigger-spending Fulham. Last May Wolves and Fulham were promoted from the Championship yet nine months on, the Molineux men are seventh in the Premier League while Fulham have been relegated. Wolves spent around £70m in the summer while the Cottagers splashed out £100m, proof that money is no guarantee of success. The West London club are already resigned to Championship football and on their third manager of the season. “Let’s not compare – it’s nothing to do with money,” said Nuno. “I never saw a £20…

Dr honour is for Wolves family – Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo says he is ‘proud and very honoured’ to be awarded a honorary doctorate of sport but insists it’s for the Wolves family. The Molineux head coach is set to receive the honour on the pitch from the University of Wolverhampton before tomorrow’s game against Fulham in recognition of his contribution to the city. “I’m very proud and very honoured. Since we arrived, I have always been very well received by everybody, by the people of the city,” he said. “I’m only one person that will receive this prize but this award goes beyond myself. It’s for all…