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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…

Wolves boss Nuno wants some magic in the transfer market to light up Molineux

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits he wants to bring some magic to Molineux to break down stubborn defences like Newcastle. Nuno’s side laboured to a 1-1 draw against the injury-hit Magpies on Saturday when Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto were denied by two fine saves by Martin Dubravka and Matt Doherty’s shot was cleared off the line. Wolves have gone four games without a win in all competitions and are without attacker Diogo Jota, who will undergo a further scan on his leg injury next week. The Portugal international definitely misses Wednesday’s FA Cup third round replay away to…

Bruce: Joelinton played ‘lame’ to prevent Newcastle going to 10 men against Wolves

Steve Bruce admitted Newcastle striker Joelinton played ‘lame’ to save the possibility of his team going down to 10 men in their 1-1 draw against Wolves at Molineux. Newcastle lost centre back Paul Dummett and striker Dwight Gayle to injury in the first 28 minutes, and although Joelinton suffered a groin injury, the £40m club record signing stayed on to prevent the Magpies having no further substitutes to use. He was eventually replaced by Andy Carroll with 11 minutes left. “We lost Dwight and Jo is basically lame, but he carried on,” said manager Bruce. “He should have come off…

Wolves boss Nuno praises Newcastle keeper but critical of finishing

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo praised Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka after his two saves helped earned the injury-hit Magpies a 1-1 draw – but was critical of his side’s finishing. Migul Almiron’s seventh-minute opener was cancelled out by Leander Dendoncker’s volley seven minutes later as Wolves’ winless run stretched to four games in all competitions against a team without nine players to injury who then lost another players during the first half – Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle. Wolves went on to dominate and Dubravka denied Raul Jimenez and Pedro Neto from point-blank range in either half, while Matt Doherty’s…

Dominant Wolves fail to do enough to find a winner against Newcastle

Wolves 1 Newcastle 1. Wolves failed to do enough to break down a spirited Newcastle side as the home side’s winless run stretched to four games at rainswept Molineux. Miguel Almiron gave Steve Bruce’s side a seventh-minute lead to punish sloppy defending. Leander Dendoncker’s fourth goal of the season in all competitions equalised on 14, but despite a dominant last hour in which they controlled the game, Wolves didn’t do enough against limited opposition. Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and Matty Longstaff made goalline stops to deny Raul Jimenez and Matt Doherty a winner. But the overall feeling from the home…

Morgan Gibbs-White can come ‘strong’ for Wolves again – Nuno

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes Morgan Gibbs-White can have a ‘strong’ second half to the season after regaining fitness. The 19-year-old midfielder has missed the last 17 games with a painful back injury that has left the youngster sometimes taking one step forward and two back. Thankfully, the discomfort has now eased and he is back in contention for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Newcastle after last playing on October 24 away to Slovan Bratislava. “It’s been a while but he’s well. He’s not 100 per cent, but he’s well enough to be a part of the squad,” said…

Wolves will ‘never give up’ warns Nuno to Newcastle after late shows

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has told Saturday’s opponents Newcastle to be ready for another late show – though he would avoid it if possible! Late goals by Nuno’s side have seen them take five points from the Geordies in their last three meetings. Jonny snatched a point in a 1-1 draw in October, Willy Boly equalised at the death at Molineux last season and Matt Doherty grabbed a 90th-minute winner at St James’ Park in December 2018. It’s a habit they have under never-say-die Nuno. Wolves have scored more goals after 75 minutes than any other team in the…