Nuno: We deserved draw

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo thought justice was done when his side snatched a last-gasp equaliser to draw 1-1 with Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez's side looked set to clinch three much-needed points at Molineux on Monday until Willy Boly headed home Wolves' equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Isaac Hayden had given the Magpies lead but Boly's late equaliser means they are only one point above the relegation zone with 12 matches of the campaign remaining. Newcastle are 7/1 to be relegated this season.

After watching his team extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to six games, Nuno said: "The last minute showed the character of the team and belief of our fans here in Molineux, so I'm pleased for the late moment of joy. Once again, it's a last-minute goal that I think puts some justice in the game, honestly.

"We keep on going. The boys know until the final whistle is there everybody fights. We went until the end, a big effort from the boys and a point here in Molineux I think was good.

"In the last minute we started putting the ball in the box and got a moment we deserved. The last minute gave us the joy in the end, I think it was well-deserved, I think we didn't deserve to lose this game."

Wolves are 17/20 to beat Bristol City in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday and 8/1 to win the competition outright this season.

Wolves aim to keep winning

Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio does not think Monday's Premier League game against relegation-threatened Newcastle United will be easy.

Nuno Espirito Santo's squad are currently in Spain for a warm weather training camp but Portugal international Patricio is determined to maintain the winning habit when they return from Marbella.

Wolves have won their last three league matches against Leicester City, West Ham United and Everton – scoring 10 goals in the process – and reached the fifth round of the FA Cup by beating Shrewsbury Town in a replay earlier this week.

Patricio said of the Newcastle match: "It's going to be a difficult game, as all the games in the Premier League are. It will be a game against an excellent team, but let's do as we've been doing, to fight to win, to play our game and be focused.

"We're playing at home, in our stadium, in front of our fans and I'd like to thank our fans for their support, whether it's home or away.

"Our objective is always to try as hard as possible to reach a better position and, the higher up we can get in the league table, the better.

"I am growing as a player and that is also important, because I'm going to keep working as I want to grow and progress even more."

Wolves can be backed at 8/11 to beat Newcastle on Monday and at 1/1 to keep a clean sheet against Rafa Benitez's side.

Nuno makes improvement demand

Nuno Espirito Santo has warned his Wolves side they will have to improve after they scraped past Shrewsbury to reach the FA Cup fifth round.

The Premier League side needed two late goals in the initial tie to force a fourth-round replay against the League One strugglers at Molineux on Tuesday night.

And, while Matt Doherty handed Wolves a dream start after two minutes, the Shrews stormed back to take the lead thanks to James Bolton's header and Josh Laurent's strike, after goalkeeper John Ruddy's error.

However, Doherty levelled with his second of the night before the break and Ivan Cavaleiro spared Wolves' blushes with what proved to be the winning goal on 62 minutes.

Wolves will travel to in-form Championship promotion-chasers Bristol City in round five and Nuno has told his players that they have have to do a lot better at Ashton Gate to keep their cup hopes alive.

"I'm not happy with the performance but happy because we got to the fifth round," Nuno said. "This is the most important (thing) but we have to look at the game and see it was not one of the best performances.

"Everybody is aware of that. It's job done. Football has these things and you can't always control them, you have to react to them. There are a lot of things we have to work on on the training ground and get better at.

"We pick always a strong XI. The idea is always to have a good XI. Today some players did well but I expect more from them. We have to improve a lot of things. We have to work on the training ground."

Wolves are priced at 10/1 to win the FA Cup ths season.

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Neves injury worries Nuno

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is unsure how seriously Ruben Neves was injured during Saturday's impressive 3-1 victory at Everton.

The 21-year-old Portugal international had to be substituted in the opening minutes of the second half at Goodison Park.

Nuno said: "He had to go off. He was in pain and was not able to continue, so let's assess him now. It was a kick."

Wolves' triumph at Everton was their third top-flight win in a row and they can now turn their attention towards Tuesday's FA Cup fourth-round replay against League One side Shrewsbury Town.

Nuno said of his side's impressive progress this season: "It's the same people, the same players, trying to always find solutions and improve, and grow in our game.

"The team that played at Everton, 70 per cent of them were with us in the Championship and we don't forget where we came from.

"If you have the desire and the hunger, you are always able to fight. If not, you wish and expect things. We go by work."

Wolves are seventh in the Premier League table and 14/1 to clinch a top-six spot this term. They are 11/2 to beat Shrewsbury 3-0 in the FA Cup at Molinuex on Tuesday and 10/1 to win the competition outright this season.

Silva seeking Toffees solutions

Everton head coach Marco Silva accepts that now is the time for himself and his players to show a reaction, having lost five of their last seven Premier League games.

The Toffees were beaten 3-1 at home by Wolves on Saturday, with Silva well aware that recent performances have not been good enough and that an improvement is needed sooner rather than later.

He told the club's official website: "It is now our obligation to turn things to our favour to give something back, firstly to ourselves, but of course to our fans.

"Now is not the moment to find excuses. Now it is the moment to find solutions.

"Many things went wrong against Wolves. When you lose like that, playing at home and giving easy things to our opponent, it is a tough afternoon.

"Wolves were better than us, but when I can see how we lost the game – making it too easy – it is really tough for me and for us as a team."

Next up for the Merseysiders is a visit from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, with the Citizens having claimed a 3-1 win in this fixture at Goodison Park last season.

City also won the meeting of the two sides at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season by a 3-1 margin, with Gabriel Jesus having scored three times across those two matches.

Everton can be backed at 17/4 to secure a draw against the Citizens, with the Toffees 4/6 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season.

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Wolves complete record Jonny deal

Wolves have equalled their transfer record by signing Jonny Otto from Atletico Madrid after he impressed while on loan.

The 24-year-old made the switch from Celta Vigo to Atletico last summer but was immediately loaned out to Wolves on a season-long deal.

Jonny quickly established himself as Nuno Espirito Santo's first-choice right-back and has gone on to make 22 appearances in all competitions for the Molineux outfit.

The defender’s good form in the Premier League saw him earn his first cap for Spain in last October’s friendly win over Wales.

The Wolves fan chanted 'sign him up' when he was substituted in Tuesday's 3-0 win over West Ham and the club have now obliged by completing an £18million deal, a sum which matches the fee they splashed out to bring in Adama Traore last summer.

Jonny has penned a deal through until 2023 and is delighted to join the club permanently, despite never getting the opportunity to play for Atletico Madrid.

Jonny told the club website: "We have had conversations for a while but everything has been very fast.

"The clubs reached an agreement and asked me what I thought. Really from the first moment I said yes, because the truth is that I am very happy to be here.

"I really like this league and I really like Wolverhampton."

Jonny has been a key figure in Wolves' excellent season back in the Premier League and they are now 25/1 to finish in the top six after moving up to seventh with their win over West Ham.

Wolves are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton.

The away side are 11/5 to get the win, while the Toffees are 5/4 and the draw is 23/10.

Nuno sees room for improvement

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo thought his side were a little fortunate to beat Leicester City 4-3 in a thrilling encounter at Molineux.

Goals by Diogo Jota and Ryan Bennett had put the home side in control at the break but the Foxes hit back after the interval and made it 2-2 through Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes.

Jota restored Wolves' lead but Wes Morgan's header three minutes from time made it 3-3.

However, Jota completed his hat-trick and finally ended Leicester's hopes when he grabbed the winner in stoppage time.

Nuno said afterwards: "It was a very good game and a game that everybody enjoyed. Both teams were trying to win it.

"We started well, but once we went in front we should have managed the game better, especially at the beginning of the second half. It is something we have to look at, but we have to do better. But we knew Leicester were going to react and they did so brilliantly.

"But this is football, it's lovely to have finished this way and we were happy to get the win, but if we had not won, we would have been blaming ourselves, because we wouldn't have achieved what we wanted to achieve.

"It was very important because we've bounced back from two bad results in the Premier League. Now we have the FA Cup. But we have to improve."

Wolves are 14/1 to win the FA Cup this season.

Nuno hails superb Neves

Wolves face a trip to Shrewsbury Town or Stoke City in the fourth round of the FA Cup after knocking Liverpool out of the competition on Monday.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side beat the current Premier League leaders 2-1 at Molineux with Ruben Neves scoring the winning goal with a spectacular strike.

A delighted Santo said afterwards: "Ruben has the talent. He showed it before and it's something we encourage him to do. It was a good strike and we are happy for him, and especially our fans.

"I think we played well. I think we were very organised, very compact. After we recovered the ball we had possession, we tried to stretch the pitch, so it was a very good performance from the boys."

Meanwhile, Arsenal will entertain Manchester United in the fourth round and National League side Barnet, who stunned Sheffield United on Sunday, are at home to Brentford.

League One outfit Gillingham, who knocked out Cardiff City on Saturday, face a trip to Swansea City, while Manchester City entertain Burnley and there will be a London derby at Selhurst Park between Crystal Palace and Tottenham.

Holders Chelsea will take on Sheffield Wednesday or Luton Town at Stamford Bridge, while Accrington Stanley, who defeated Championship strugglers Ipswich Town in the third round, have been rewarded with another home tie against either Derby County or Southampton.

Wolves are 14/1 to win thew FA Cup this season, while Chelsea can be backed at 5/1, Arsenal at 12/1 and Manchester City at 5/2.

FA Cup fourth-round draw:
Swansea City v Gillingham
Wimbledon v West Ham
Shrewsbury or Stoke v Wolves
Millwall v Everton
Brighton v West Brom
Bristol City v Bolton
Accrington v Derby or Southampton
Doncaster v Oldham
Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday or Luton
Newcastle or Blackburn v Watford
Middlesbrough v Newport
Manchester City v Burnley
Barnet v Brentford
Portsmouth v QPR
Arsenal v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v Tottenham

Nuno wants Traore improvement

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is looking to see an improvement in record signing Adama Traore, starting in the FA Cup at home to Liverpool.

The two Premier League teams meet in the third round of the cup at Molineux on Monday night and Traore is likely to feature after a disappointing start to his time with Wolves.

Signed from Middlesbrough for £18m at the start of the season, Traore has scored one goal and is yet to provide an assist during his time with the club and overall, in his time in the Premier League with Aston Villa, Boro and now Wolves he has two assists to his name with just nine shots on target.

Nuno has played Traore in 18 Premier League games so far in what has generally been a good first season back in the top flight for Wolves.

However, they are looking to strengthen in the January transfer window with Tammy Abraham possibly joining from Chelsea on loan.

Nuno says he and his staff believe in Traore but want to see more from him.

He said: "Adama must improve, of course he has good things and given us good moments but he has to be consistent through all the performances. This is something we are really focused on because we truly believe in his qualities.

"I think he is focused, he is working hard and we are helping him to achieve what we want. He needs to improve on a lot of things, like all the players.

"He brings an element of speed, unpredictability, quality and at the same time he must improve in all the aspects of the game."

Wolves are 3/1 to win Monday's game with Liverpool 19/20. Wolves are 10/1 to win the game 1-0.

Liverpool lost their first league match of the season in midweek, at title rivals Manchester City.

Wolves, by contrast, have lost five of their last seven home games including a defeat to Liverpool in December.

Nuno has a fully fit squad available for the game including Diogo Jota, back in full training while Romain Saiss suffered a knee injury against Crystal Palace in midweek but is fit again.

Wolves are 1/4 to finish the season in the top half of the Premier League.

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Trent seeks cup glory

Trent Alexander-Arnold denies the FA Cup is an unwanted distraction this season, insisting it is a trophy Liverpool want to win.

The Reds begin this season's competition away to Wolves in the third round on Monday night.

The game comes just days after Liverpool suffered a blow in their title hopes, losing their unbeaten record this season at current champions Manchester City.

That leaves them four points ahead of City as they seek a first title in almost 30 years.

However, Alexander-Arnold says the players' focus is now on the cup and disagrees with those who say it is a distraction in a season where Liverpool have other priorities.

He told the Mirror ahead of the Wolves game: "We're going there to win. It's not a free hit against Wolves. It's a chance to win a trophy – and everyone at Liverpool wants to win things.

"We're not going there to get knocked out. We want to win. It becomes a habit.

"We haven't won a trophy for a few years. It's been too long, really, for a club like this."

The England international added that the defeat at rivals Manchester City had hurt, but it was now important that the team bounced back as quickly as possible.

"It's an important game anyway, but even more so after we've tasted defeat in the Premier League for the first time," he added.

Liverpool are 19/20 to win at Molineux with Wolves 3/1. Liverpool are 13/2 to win the game 1-0.

Liverpool, 5/6 to win the Premier League title at the end of the season, get back to league action next Saturday away to Brighton and have home games against Crystal Palace and Leicester before the end of January.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has already indicated his intention to give some squad members the chance of a rare game at Wolves with Simon Mignolet recalled in goal while Alberto Moreno is also set to feature.

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