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Nuno: Extra midfielder vital for ‘growth’ of Wolves team

Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted the tactical tweak that has transformed Wolves’ season was vital to the ‘growth of the team’. Since the Molineux head coach switched from a 3-4-3 formation to 3-5-2, Wolves have won 11, drew five and lost four in all competitions, starting with the 2-1 home victory over Chelsea on December 5, after one point out of 18 before it. After their success earlier in the season, teams appeared to have done their homework on Wolves by stopping them playing through the midfield as much. Huddersfield and Watford both won 2-0 at Molineux after stifling the…

Goodman: Cup goal earned me new set of wheels

Don Goodman will never forget the day he fired Wolves into the FA Cup semi-finals – not least because the feat won him a set of new wheels! The 52-year-old former striker scored the only goal in 1998 as Mark McGhee’s Championship side overcame the odds to beat a star-studded Leeds who would finish fifth in the Premier League. Goodman is hoping Wolves can repeat his memorable feat on Saturday night when they face Manchester United at a sold-out Molineux at the same stage of the competition. Fans still speak to him about that day at Elland Road more than…

Cup hero Don: Wolves’ big-game mentality can topple United

Don Goodman believes Wolves’ big-game mentality is the key to causing an FA Cup upset and toppling Manchester United. Goodman was the last player to fire Wolves into the semi-finals when his famous goal in 1998 saw them beat Leeds 1-0 at Elland Road. The former striker, now 52 and a Sky Sports summariser on the Championship, admits they face a resurgent United under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But he acknowledges his old club are well suited to facing the top teams, having taken four points off Chelsea, won away at Tottenham, drawn at United and Arsenal and at…

Edwards: Ennis should have had a hat-trick

Wolves Under-23s coach Rob Edwards has declared Niall Ennis a ‘big-game player’ but admits he should have had a hat-trick against Southampton. The 19-year-old striker bagged a brace in the 3-1 win which sent Wolves back to the top of Premier League 2, a point above Monday’s opponents. But he missed the chance of completing a hat-trick when he fired against the bar from Ryan Giles’s cross in time added on as Wolves broke at speed following a Saints corner. “He scored two goals but it should have been three at the end,” said Edwards. “It won’t let him forget…

Wolves star Jimenez in demand

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has been called up by Mexico for their friendlies against Chile and Paraguay. The 14-goal top scorer has been selected in Gerardo Martino’s 29-man squad for the two friendlies, which take place in California later this month. Mexico host Chile in the Soccu Stadium in San Diego on Friday, March 22 (8.15pm, 3.15am UK time) and entertain Paraguay at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara four days later (8pm, 3am UK time). Jimenez will be back for Wolves’ return to Premier League action at Burnley on Saturday, March 30 (3pm). The 27-year-old has featured for his country…

Sellars appointed Head of Wolves Academy

Wolves have announced Scott Sellars is to be the club’s new head of academy. The 53-year-old, who is currently head of player development at Molineux, takes on the new post immediately after Gareth Prosser’s decision at the end of 2018 to step down as academy manager. Sellars, who joined the club from Manchester City’s academy just under five years ago, began at Wolves as under-23s head coach before taking on his current role in the summer. Several players from Wolves’ academy have graduated to the first team squad this season, as Sellars helped bridge the gap between development and senior…

EXCLUSIVE: Wolves favourite Willie Carr recovering after kidney transplant

For many men it’s a pair of socks or slippers for their birthdays when they reach a certain age. Not Willie Carr. He received a new kidney! The former Wolves midfielder – famed for his ‘donkey kick’ free kick routine – underwent a transplant at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital on his 69th birthday. He spent two weeks there after an anonymous donor match was found. Carr had been waiting for a donor for a year and had been on dialysis for about five months for eight hours a night attached to a machine at his bedside. He was told he…

Don in £80m warning to Wolves on Raul Jimenez

Don Goodman has urged Wolves to snap up Raul Jimenez as soon as possible – or risk having to splash out up to £80m to replace him. The Mexican forward took his tally to 14 goals this season in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday, joining Steven Fletcher as Wolves’ record scorer in a Premier League season with 12, with eight games still to go. Jimenez, 27, has been hugely impressive in his season-long loan from Benfica and is thought to be available for £35m in the summer when his temporary stay expires. That figure would almost double Wolves’…

Neville: Wolves ‘lacked ambition’ to beat Chelsea

Phil Neville believes Wolves should have gone for more goals at Chelsea – because he reckons they’re good enough to rattle the top six. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge after Raul Jimenez’s 56th-minute opener was cancelled out by Eden Hazard in the second minute of time added on. Wolves had just two attempts, one on target, while Chelsea had 22 efforts, of which six were at goal. Neville, the former Manchester United utility man and now England womens’ coach, reckons Wolves should have gambled by taking the game to Chelsea more.…

Shearer defends Wolves and slates Sarri

Alan Shearer has again defended Wolves, this time savaging Chelsea boss Mauricio Sarri’s criticism of Nuno Espirito Santo’ side for ‘not wanting to play’. Wolves drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge thanks to Raul Jimenez’s goal which was their only on-target effort and one of only two attempts for the visitors all match. In contrast Chelsea had 76 per cent possession and 22 efforts, of which six were on target, including Eden Hazard’s last-gasp equaliser. Sarri said: “We had to play against a team that didn’t want to play. They stayed in the last 35 metres of the pitch. “They defended…