Nuno proud of improving Wolves

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo was proud of his side after they made it two consecutive wins in the Premier League, but was still left wanting more.

The visitors needed a last-gasp Matt Doherty strike to secure a 2-1 win at Newcastle united on Sunday, with the men from Molineux able to back up a 2-1 midweek home victory over Chelsea with another three-point return.

However, while being content with the way his players had stuck to their task against a Magpies side reduced to ten men early in the second half, the Portuguese remains focused on finding improvements which will help in the coming months.

He told reporters: "We must be proud because one thing we didn't abandon was that we stayed with the game. We stayed with our attacks, we stayed compact, we stayed organised like a team.

"We win, but the win cannot disguise things we must improve. No matter who we play, we always must maintain our standards, but we are improving, we are managing (games) better and we stayed with our tasks.

"Back-to-back wins is very difficult to achieve in such a hard competition like the Premier League, but we did it.

"After something so good like we achieved on Wednesday you can get distracted, but we didn't, so I'm very proud."

Wolves will hope to make it three league wins in a row next Saturday when they play host to Bournemouth, with the visitors having lost five of their last six games.

The hosts are 1/1 to win the game at Molineux, with a draw priced at 23/10, while Wolves can be backed at 4/9 to secure a finish in the top half of the Premier League table come the end of the season.

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Wolves urged to stay positive

Nuno Espirito Santo is determined not to get too carried away by Wolves' impressive 2-1 victory against Chelsea at Molineux.

Wolves hit back from going a goal behind to defeat the 2016/17 Premier League champions on Wednesday and Nuno is keen to maintain the momentum when his side visit Newcastle United, 7/2 to be relegated this season, on Sunday.

The victory against Chelsea ended a run of six games without a victory for Wolves, who are 17/10 to win at St James' Park and 13/2 to triumph 1-0.

Nuno said: "We won a very difficult game, but we didn't solve all our problems. We made mistakes against Chelsea even though we won. We have the same approach, positives and negatives, and we try to find solutions and prepare for Newcastle.

"The way we conceded the goal, we were organised and suddenly there's a deflection and you're behind against a big team.

"The reaction was very good and this is the building of a team that wants to compete against any opponent. We still have a very long way to go, but the way we reacted was very good."

Nuno has a full squad to choose from for the trip to the north-east apart from the injured Jonny.

Wolves can be backed at 9/1 to beat Rafa Benitez's team from behind.

Nuno: Still a long way to go

Nuno Espirito Santo refused to get carried away after seeing his Wolves side end a six-game winless run by claiming a 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Molineux.

Second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota completed a superb turnaround for the hosts, who had fallen behind 18 minutes in when Ruben Loftus-Cheek netted for the visitors.

And, despite being full of praise for the way his team battled back to secure a famous win, Nuno was still looking for more from his players.

He told reporters: "This doesn't mean all the problems are solved.

"It was a very good performance. In the first half, the organisation and staying in the game was important.

"In the second half, we showed desire to go in front – it was fantastic work from the boys. The only way to play these teams is you have to run more than them and, when you have your chances, take them. We have to maintain these standards.

"We got the result, but we have a long way to go."

Next up for Wolves is a Sunday trip to Tyneside to take on a Newcastle United outfit who have only lost one of their last six games, having earned a 1-1 draw at Everton on Wednesday evening.

Wolves are 8/5 to defeat the Magpies and are 11/1 to do so by a 2-1 scoreline, with the men from Molineux available at 4/7 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table come the end of the season.

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Silva focused on the present

Head coach Marco Silva has urged his Everton players not to look too far ahead, with the Toffees currently in sixth place in the Premier League standings.

Having suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 derby loss at Liverpool on Sunday, the Blues are back in action on Wednesday evening when they welcome Newcastle United to Goodison Park.

And Silva is keen to maintain a short-term focus and not get swept away by talk of a possible top-six finish, especially with Everton having finished in eighth place last season, some 14 points adrift of sixth-placed Arsenal.

The Portuguese told reporters: "For us, it's not important to talk about the top six. Our goal is to do better than last season.

"We achieve things step by step. Here we think game by game and we are taking it from the last match."

Everton are 8/15 to defeat Newcastle and are 6/1 to secure a 2-0 victory, with Richarlison priced at 5/4 to score at any time against the Magpies.

Meanwhile, Silva also played down rumours that his club are already on the lookout for a new striker, with his squad short of genuine goalscoring power.

He added: "In January, it is not the moment to talk about it now. We are doing our work, developing our squad now.

"When the market opens we are able to answer what we can do in that moment. At this moment, it is not the most important thing for me.

"About a striker, if any team can have a 20-goal striker they are not easy to find. We have to work with the players we have in our squad, give them the conditions to score more goals."

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Felipe form pleasing Pellegrini

West Ham attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson is starting to find his feet in the Premier League according to Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The big-money summer recruit from Lazio struggled in the early weeks of the campaign, but has burst into life in recent weeks, scoring four goals in his last four Premier League appearances.

And Pellegrini is pleased to see the Brazil international starting to show what he is capable of, with the Irons preparing for a Tuesday evening visit from Cardiff City.

He told reporters: "I think that Felipe is improving his performances. He knows the Premier League better now, knows what he can and cannot do.

"He played a very good game against Newcastle, but we are just in the first part of the season, so we cannot decide who is the best player.

"He must be aware that he is improving in every game and that is very important for us."

Meanwhile, Pellegrini also confirmed that Aaron Cresswell is a major doubt for the clash with the Bluebirds at the London Stadium, with the left-back having been forced off early on in the second half of the 3-0 weekend win at Newcastle United.

The Chilean added: "From the last team we have Cresswell who has a hamstring injury, which is why he couldn't continue the game.

"We will see him tomorrow and make a late decision, but it could be difficult."

West Ham and Cardiff last met in during the 2013/14 season, when the Londoners won both league clashes 2-0, as well as claiming a 3-2 success in the League Cup.

The Irons are 4/6 to win the game on Tuesday evening and are 7/1 to claim a 1-0 victory, with the hosts 11/8 to keep a clean sheet.

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Howe hoping to down Town

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe wants to see a big reaction from his players when they play host to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening.

The Cherries have lost their last four Premier League games, though has now been too disheartened by the performances – with three of those defeats coming at the hands of Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.

The 2-1 loss at Newcastle United, however, did bother Howe, who is desperate to see his team get back on track against the Terriers.

He told reporters: "I think, collectively, the spirit is still very good and this game will be massive for us. We need to show that our confidence hasn't dipped in any way.

"Four defeats (in a row) doesn't sit well with us. Throughout the season you're always going to have those moments unfortunately. That's just the reality of the division.

"The Newcastle game was a big frustration because we didn't get the performance or the result, but I think in the other three we have been relatively happy with a lot of what's happened.

"We just haven't quite been clinical enough or defended well enough in key moments, but a lot of positives to take from those games."

Bournemouth are set to be without Dan Gosling as he is struggling with a knee problem, but fellow midfielder Jefferson Lerma is back in contention after serving a one-match suspension.

Last season the Cherries won this fixture 4-0 and they are 3/4 to claim all three points again on Tuesday, with a 2-0 home victory available at 15/2.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth can be backed at 4/6 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table come the end of the season.

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Pellegrini calls for more of the same

Manuel Pellegrini was as pleased that his side kept a clean sheet as he was with the quality of the goals West Ham scored in the 3-0 win at Newcastle United.

The Chilean thought his Hammers team had played so well on Tyneside that they could have scored four or five more goals.

Javier Hernandez grabbed a brace, and should have scored at least two more goals, while the outstanding Felipe Anderson netted a super late third goal as Pellegrini's team eased to victory at St James' Park.

But the veteran West Ham manager was particularly pleased that his side kept only their second clean sheet in the Premier League this season.

Pellegrini said: "We are very satisfied because I think the team played a very good game. We scored three good goals and created at least four or five more chances to score. And we kept a clean sheet, which is not very normal for us this season, so we're pleased. It was the complete game."

West Ham host Cardiff City on Tuesday, with Pellegrini adding: "I think that the worst mistake we can make is that a fixture is available to win easily for us.

"I think that we need to play the next game the same way and knowing that we need to work hard to recover without the ball and, in attack, we need to play the same way."

The Hammers are 13/20 to beat Cardiff and 15/2 to secure a 2-0 victory against Neil Warnock's outfit.

Benitez keeping Newcastle grounded

Rafael Benitez says Newcastle have done "nothing" this season as he looks to guard against complacency after three successive wins.

The Toon failed to win any of their first 10 Premier League matches but have exploded into life recently by taking maximum points from their last three matches.

Wins over Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley have lifted the north-east outfit to 13th in the table and they are now 12/1 to finish the campaign in the top half of the standings.

Next up is the visit of West Ham United to St James' Park on Saturday with the two sides now level on points after Newcastle's recent good run.

The Magpies have a good recent record against the Hammers, winning four of the last five encounters, but Benitez is refusing to get carried away after just three wins, claiming there is still a long way to go.

He said: "It is always important to win. But when you win games in a row it is even better.

"We need to keep going and I told the players that we have done nothing yet. It is a very long league and you need to keep winning games.

"I said last year 40 points [we need], this year maybe 36 but it is still a long race."

Newcastle will again be without Paul Dummett for Saturday's game due to a muscle problem but skipper Jamaal Lascelles and forward Yoshinori Muto could make their returns.

Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic has been passed fit for West Ham after a hip issue, while Andy Carroll could feature against his old club after being passed fit.

The Hammers are 2/1 to pick up all three points, while Newcastle are 31/20 to make it four wins in a row. The draw is 23/10.

Arnautovic fit to face Magpies

West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic has overcome hip and knee problems and is fit to feature against Newcastle United at St James' Park on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Austria international, who has scored five Premier League goals already this season, limped on late on in the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City last weekend, but Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini says his player has trained well throughout the week.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "Marko worked the whole week without any problems. He has one day more to recover for the game, but he's okay, he is fit to play."

Meanwhile, Pellegrini also confirmed that both Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere could feature, with the England international duo having both undergone ankle surgery over the summer.

The Chilean added: "Andy is one step further forward than Jack because he played 45 minutes in the game against Brentford and was on the bench last week.

"Both worked without problems this week, so may be in the squad on Saturday."

Pellegrini concluded that he does not see the clash with the Magpies as any more important than any other match, with the hosts resurgent after winning three consecutive Premier League games.

"For me, the pressure is always exactly the same," Pellegrini added. "I never divide the games into game you can win or lose. I never think we can lose, we always try to win.

"It's important to have a strong mind. Our mentality is to understand that there are no weaker teams and we must try to play our best."

The Irons, who have lost on their last three visits to Tyneside, are 11/5 to earn a draw on Saturday, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 11/2.

Meanwhile, West Ham are 16/1 to be relegated come the end of the season, with Newcastle available at 5/1.

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Benitez retains title ambitions

Rafa Benitez says he is still ambitious to win silverware but hopes to do so while still in charge of Newcastle United.

With the ownership of the club still unstable, the United boss told La Gazetta dello Sport that he wants to manage at the highest level and has not ruled out a move away from St James' Park when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Talks over his future are due to take place after the January transfer window but, despite speculation linking him to China and Serie A, Benitez is keen to be the man to bring trophies back to Tyneside.

He said: "I still want to fight to win titles, raise trophies and to compete at the highest level.

"I have a young staff and we work together to find the mix that helps players get the most out of themselves.

"The fans are passionate if you always try to win. The methods are not very interesting for them [because it's all about the winning]."

Benitez won the Champions League while in charge of Liverpool in 2005 and has also won two La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup with Valencia.

After a winless start to the season which saw them bottom of the Premier League table, Newcastle entered the international break in good heart after successive victories which pulled them clear of the bottom three.

They are now on nine points for the season, just a point above the drop zone and travel to Burnley on Monday night, the Clarets on the same number of points.

United are 7/4 to make it three in a row with victory at Turf Moor with Burnley 39/20 and the draw 21/10.

Salomon Rondon, who scored both goals in Newcastle's win over Bournemouth two weeks ago, is 13/2 to score the first goal on Monday night.

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