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.

Lack of reaction worries Sarri

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri voiced his concern that his players were over-confident during their 2-1 reverse at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Having taken the lead 18 minutes in at Molineux thanks to a Ruben Loftus-Cheek strike, the Blues conceded twice during the second half to suffer only their second defeat in the Premier League this season.

And Sarri felt that his side had paid the price for taking their foot of the pedal against a Wolves outfit who had gone six games without a win.

"Of course, after this match we lost confidence, but maybe it is better because sometimes my players show me they have too much confidence," the Italian told reporters.

"It is more important to talk about our attitude after the first goal. We were not the same team as before, we were another team.

"Maybe it was important for the result, but not for me. I have to understand why the team was suddenly another team, because we were in control of the match.

"I am very worried but not for the result, for the fact that we did not react to the first goal of the opponent. We didn't react at all, so I am really very worried for this, not the result."

The Blues are back in Premier League action at teatime on Saturday, when they play host to reigning champions and current table-toppers Manchester City, who won both meetings of the two sides last season 1-0.

A 1-0 win for the Citizens on Saturday is priced at 10/1, with a 1-0 victory for the hosts 16/1, while Chelsea are 4/9 to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

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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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Sarri certain of Loftus-Cheek stay

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has yet again dismissed suggestions that England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek could leave the club on loan in January.

The 22-year-old has yet to start a Premier League game for the Blues so far this season, but has still managed to score twice in four appearances as a substitute.

However, with Loftus-Cheek having become a regular starter in the Europa League, Sarri is adamant that he does not want to see the former Crystal Palace loanee exit Stamford Bridge in the New Year.

He told reporters ahead of a Wednesday evening trip to Molineux to take on Wolves: "He has played in the Europa League and League Cup, some in the Premier League, but not starting.

"At the moment he is very important for us. He had some problems to understand what I wanted, but he is improving and in the last two matches I have been very happy with him.

"I want him to stay with me, to stay with us. I think there is no chance (of him leaving)."

Meanwhile, Sarri also confirmed that both Mateo Kovacic (ankle) and Marcos Alonso (back) have recovered well from knocks picked up in the 2-0 weekend derby win over Fulham and both players are set to be available for the midweek action.

Wolves and Chelsea last met in an FA Cup tie in February 2017, when goals from Pedro and Diego Costa gave the Londoners a 2-0 victory in the Black Country.

The Blues are 4/5 to secure another win on Wednesday, with Chelsea 7/1 to claim a 1-0 success and 6/4 to keep a clean sheet.

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Warnock: Our season starts now

Neil Warnock hopes that his Cardiff City players can build on Friday's 2-1 victory against Wolves and go on to avoid relegation this term.

The Bluebirds came from behind to defeat last season's top team in the Championship and secure their third top-flight win of the campaign following their previous triumphs against Fulham and Brighton.

Matt Doherty had given Wolves the lead but Warnock's team scored twice after the break through Aron Gunnarsson and Junior Hoilett to emerge victorious and leave them at 4/7 to be relegated this season.

Wolves are 33/1 to go down, Huddersfield 8/11 and Fulham 5/6.

"I'm really proud of them," Warnock said afterwards. "We're fighting against the odds, but we've got a great set of lads and we deserved that victory over the 90 minutes.

"At half-time I said to the lads that, two years ago on a Friday night, our season started when we beat Bristol City on the television. This match had to be the same – our season can start and that's how it felt – we didn't let anybody down and we deserved it.

"We've improved our squad and we've got to improve again in January. All my career I've tried to prove people wrong but this will still be the most difficult task because we've got to do a lot more."

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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January crucial to Bluebirds hopes

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock accepts that steering his side to safety in the Premier League this season could hinge on his recruitment success in January.

The Bluebirds have won two of their last five top-flight games to give themselves hopes of being able to move away from the wrong end of the table, with their next assignment a visit from an out-of-form Wolves side on Friday evening.

And Warnock is hoping to keep City ticking over in the coming weeks, before setting his sights on bringing in a number of new faces when the transfer window re-opens.

He told Sky Sports: "Last year was the biggest achievement in the circumstances. If you sort of multiply that by ten, then staying up would be in around about that.

"It is doable. You can always look back and wish I'd done this and that and I did feel in the summer we needed a few more players.

"While we are favourites to go down, if we can hang in there until January and bring a few players in, we'll have a fighting chance."

"We've got to bring in three or four players to give us the next step up to compete with the teams we're playing against."

Warnock has been forced to field Callum Paterson in an attacking role due to a limited number of options and the former Hearts man has responded in fine style by scoring three times in his last five games.

Paterson can be backed at 3/1 to score at any time on Friday evening, with Cardiff 11/4 to win the game and 4/1 to do so by a one-goal margin.

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Mooy double boosts Terriers

Aaron Mooy scored twice for Huddersfield who moved clear of the bottom three with a win away at Wolves.

They won 2-0 with goals in each half by the Australian international, both good efforts from outside the area.

It was the visitors who took the lead after just five minutes, only their seventh goal of the season but arguably their best so far.

Philip Billing moved the ball into the Wolves half and found Erik Durm who did well to cut the ball back for Mooy to hit the ball first time and into the net from the edge of the area.

It was an excellent goal that rocked the home side who took time to get into a rhythm.

It was the visitors who went closest to increasing their lead before half-time with Steve Mounie's header being kept out by Matt Doherty just before the break.

Wolves had failed to impress, lucky to reach the interval just a goal down and they tried to make an immediate impact with a double substitution, Morgan Gibbs-White and Adama Traore on in place of Joao Moutinho and Ivan Cavaleiro.

Despite rarely looking threatening they did almost equalise about 10 minutes into the second half, Traore finding Ruben Neves but his effort was cleared off the line by Billing, goal-line technology ruling the ball had fractionally failed to go over the line.

Billing turned from defence into attack just minutes later when he could have extended the Terriers lead but his shot went past the post.

Wolves were creating a little more, looking threatening on occasions but it was the visitors who increased their lead after 73 minutes.

The Terriers were awarded a free kick outside the area and Mooy scored his and Town's second, bending a low kick round the wall and into the net, Rui Patricio getting a hand to the ball but failing to prevent it going in.

David Wagner's team are up to 14th in the table, Southampton replacing them in the bottom three.

The Terriers are next in action on Saturday when they host Brighton. They are 6/4 for another win while the Seagulls are 21/10 with the draw 19/10.

Town are 6/1 to win the game 1-0.

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