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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Nuno seeks maximum performance

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has told his Wolves players that they need to cut out the mistakes which have proved costly in recent Premier League outings.

Having secured a return to the top-flight by storming to the Championship title last season, the men from Molineux made a flying start to life back amongst the elite of English football.

However, having earned 15 points from their opening eight games, Wolves have lost four of their last five, including a dismal 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town last time out.

And Nuno accepts that his side need to do much better, starting with their trip to Cardiff City on Friday evening.

He told reporters: "Credit to Huddersfield, but clearly it was a very bad performance from us, individually and collectively as a team. There were too many mistakes.

"We are not in a good moment. It is very poor, five games and just one draw. There were a couple of good performances, some bad, and we go and see where we can improve.

"We don't distinguish opponents. There is no such thing as playing against the Premier League champions and saying it is okay to play bad and lose.

"There is no such thing as different approaches to games. The idea is always to compete at the maximum level and try to win."

Wolves can be backed at 6/5 to take all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday evening, with the draw available at 23/10, while the Midlanders are 50/1 to be relegated come the end of the season.

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Nundo seeks maximum performance

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has told his Wolves players that they need to cut out the mistakes which have proved costly in recent Premier League outings.

Having secured a return to the top-flight by storming to the Championship title last season, the men from Molineux made a flying start to life back amongst the elite of English football.

However, having earned 15 points from their opening eight games, Wolves have lost four of their last five, including a dismal 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town last time out.

And Nuno accepts that his side need to do much better, starting with their trip to Cardiff City on Friday evening.

He told reporters: "Credit to Huddersfield, but clearly it was a very bad performance from us, individually and collectively as a team. There were too many mistakes.

"We are not in a good moment. It is very poor, five games and just one draw. There were a couple of good performances, some bad, and we go and see where we can improve.

"We don't distinguish opponents. There is no such thing as playing against the Premier League champions and saying it is okay to play bad and lose.

"There is no such thing as different approaches to games. The idea is always to compete at the maximum level and try to win."

Wolves can be backed at 6/5 to take all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday evening, with the draw available at 23/10, while the Midlanders are 50/1 to be relegated come the end of the season.

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Wagner issues Terriers warning

David Wagner has warned his Huddersfield Town players that they will have to perform at their best if they are to gain anything from their trip to Molineux to face Wolves.

The Terriers head into the game in 19th place in the Premier League standings, having won just one of their 12 games played so far this season.

Meanwhile, Wolves have made a positive impression since gaining promotion back to the top-flight, although they have hit the skids in recent weeks, having secured one point from their last four games.

However, despite that blip, Town head coach Wagner is well aware of the class which their hosts possess under his counterpart, Nuno Espirito Santo.

He told reporters: "We are aware that Wolverhampton are anything but a normal promotion team and everybody has seen how strong they are.

"They are a very good side, but we will go and try our best. We will try to win and, if we are to get the result, we have to perform well.

"To get anything out of this game we have to perform on our highest level.

"This is why it's most important to focus on our performance, knowing our performance has to be on the highest level against Wolves."

The two sides last met in the Championship in the 2016/17 season, with Town claiming a 1-0 victory at Molineux thanks to a goal from former Wolves midfielder Rajiv van La Parra.

Huddersfield are available at 10/3 to earn a draw on Sunday, with Wolves 4/1 to win the game 1-0 and 8/11 to keep a clean sheet.

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Wolves suffer Jonny setback

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo looks set to be without the services of Spain international defender Jonny until after the festive period.

The 24-year-old former Celta Vigo star injured knee ligaments during his country's international friendly victory against Bosnia on Sunday and looks set to be sidelined for six weeks.

Jonny has been an ever-present for Wolves in the Premier League this season but picked up the injury in the second half of Spain's 1-0 win in Las Palmas and reportedly left the stadium on crutches.

"The player underwent an initial exploration in the dressing room and felt pain compatible with an injury to the collateral medial ligament, which, although pending confirmation, could be a grade two or three injury," said a medical report published on the Spanish football federation's website.

"He will undergo an X-ray to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other injuries, and his club will be informed of all developments."

Meanwhile, Ryan Bennett believes Wolves would be even higher in the Premier League table if they had been able to take more of the chances they have created in the first 12 games of the campaign.

Wolves are 11th in the table and 1/3 to finish in the top half this season.

Central defender Bennett said: "With the games that we've had, the chances that we've had, we could have more points.

"But the most important thing is that we're playing well, we're having a right go, the lads are working as hard as we can and if we can continue that we're going to be doing very well come the end of the season."

Wolves can be backed at 4/9 win their next top-flight game against Huddersfield Town at Molineux on Sunday.

Jota back to boost Wolves

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is relieved that Diogo Jota has recovered from injury and is available to feature in Sunday's match at Arsenal.

The 21-year-old Portuguese playmaker has made 10 appearances for Wolves this term but missed last weekend's 3-2 defeat to Tottenham at Molineux.

Wolves are 17/4 to end their three-match losing run by beating the Gunners on Sunday and 16/1 to win 1-0.

Nuno said of Jota: "He's better. On Friday he started training with the team. He's totally 100 per cent in the squad so he's an option."

Meanwhile, Wolves are reportedly interested in signing Bordeaux striker Francois Kamano.

The Premier League side watched the forward play for the French club in Thursday's Europa League draw with Zenit St Petersburg.

Kamano scored a penalty for Bordeaux in the first half only for Anton Zabolotnyi to make the final scoreline 1-1 with his second-half strike for the Russian visitors.

Guinea international Kamano, who has scored 10 goals for Bordeaux this season, including seven in Ligue 1, is also interesting Atletico Madrid and Newcastle United.

Wolves started the Premier League season brightly before their recent losing run but have only managed to score 11 goals in their first 11 top-flight matches of the campaign. They can be backed at 8/15 to finish in the top half of the table this term.

Nuno desperate to bounce back

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has demanded a big reaction from his players when they play Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Wolves' good start to the season came to a screeching halt last weekend when they lost 2-0 to Watford at Molineux but they are 27/20 to bounce back by beating the Seagulls.

Santo has named an unchanged starting line-up for the first nine matches of the campaign, but has hinted that he may make several changes for the visit to the Amex Stadium.

"It was not a good game [against Watford]. Of course, no excuses. We didn't play good, and it is finished," he said.

"[I expect a] good reaction, as ever. Every time after a bad result and a bad performance, we have to bounce back first of all then worry about our tasks, the game plan.

"I think we have to perform better than we did last season. I think that's the right mentality to have. We have to improve.

"We expect a tough game, Brighton are doing very well and at home they are very strong."

Wolves, 1/4 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season, are 6/4 to keep a clean sheet against Chris Hughton's team.

No excuses from despondent Santo

Nuno Espirito Santo admitted his Wolves side deserved to suffer a 2-0 loss to Watford at Molinuex on Saturday.

The result brought Wolves' six-match unbeaten run to an end as they were unable to hit back after the Hornets scored twice in 58 seconds before the break.

It was quite a response by Watford as they had lost 4-0 to Bournemouth at Vicarage Road in their last match a fortnight ago.

The result leaves Wolves at 1/4 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season, while Watford can be backed at 8/11.

A dejected Santo said: "We must bounce back. We have to analyse really carefully what we did and this week we must work harder.

"We didn't stick to our rules and tasks. As a team they were more compact, we made mistakes and allowed them to recover the ball and create situations.

"It's a bad result but the first half was a bad performance, they were better than that and achieved their goals. We didn't move it, didn't break, there was no mobility.

"We have to move on, really knowing that when we prepare things, we must do it. We must believe in every action but we were not ourselves."