2021-22 Season - January - May 2022


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Premier League Season 2021-22  January - May 2022 August-December 2021 here

38 Sunday May 22  Liverpool v WW 4pm ko

38 SUN 22 MAY 2022PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 3    Mané (24'), Salah (84'), Robertson (89') Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Neto (3')

HT 1-1 Assists Thiago Alcántara (24'), Matip (84'), Firmino (89') 3 - 1 Jiménez (3')

Report: By Gary Rose  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/61453543 BBC Sport at Anfield

Hilites: https://www.skysports.com/premier-league-highlights/video/36504/12619200/liverpool-miss-out-on-title-despite-victory BBC Sport at Anfield

Raul assisted Pedro Neto to shake Anfield in the third minute - see hilites

Liverpool's hopes of winning a quadruple wre ended on the final day of the Premier League season as a tense victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers proved too little to deny Manchester City the title. The Reds needed to win and hope Manchester City failed to do so, and the unlikely looked to be happening when Pep Guardiola's side found themselves 2-0 down at home to Aston Villa midway through the second half. That gave hope to Liverpool, who had been dealt an early blow when Pedro Neto drove in from Raul Jimenez's square ball inside the third minute, Sadio Mane slotting in an equaliser 21 minutes later.  One of Wolves better performance and must better than the last two months, but probably the end of an era for some special players.            

 


37 Sunday May 15 WW v Norwich City 2pm D1-1

35 SUN 15 MAY 2022PREMIER LEAGUE Wolverhampton Wanderers   1 Aït-Nouri (55) Norwich City 1 Aït-Nouri (55)

Aït-Nouri (55)

Assists Aarons (37) Norwich City

Venue: Molineux Stadium ko 14:00


Report By Harry De Cosemo

BBC Sport https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/61368178

Lowlites https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/12613940/wolves-1-1-norwich-city-premier-league-highlights

Wolves had lost six of their last nine home games

Wolves' hopes of European qualification were extinguished as already-relegated Norwich City held them to a frustrating draw at Molineux.  Rayan Ait-Nouri rescued a point after an improved second-half performance by the home side, but it is now just one win from their last seven games.  Because of West Ham's point against Manchester City in London, Wolves can no longer reach the Europa Conference League for next season. Teemu Pukki gave the Canaries an early lead, but they weren't able to hold on for a final away victory of the season.

Wolves 1-1 Norwich City: Too easy to score against us - Bruno Lage            

 

36 Saturday May 7 Chelski v WW

36 Chelsea 2 Lukaku (56' pen, 58') Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Machado Trincão (79'), Coady (90'+7)

HT 0-0                                                                                         Assists Tomás Oliveira (Chiquinho) (79', 90'+7)


BBC report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/61281253 by Alex Bysouth

Hilites: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/12607765/chelsea-2-2-wolves-premier-league-highlights


Wolves captain Conor Coady headed a dramatic 97th-minute equaliser to deny Chelsea victory on the day the sale of the club was agreed.  With Todd Boehly - the man leading the consortium's purchase - watching on at Stamford Bridge, Romelu Lukaku looked to have secured victory for the Blues with two goals in three second-half minutes.  But Wolves substitute Francisco Trincao pulled one back with a spectacular effort 11 minutes from time and England defender Coady headed in to level seven minutes into added time. The Blues' future is now seemingly resolved and despite their late collapse the point edges them closer to a Champions League spot - they remain third with three games to play, six points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, who visit Liverpool later.            

 


35 Saturday April 30 WW v Brighton & Hove Albion 

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 3 Mac Allister (42' pen), Trossard (70'), Bissouma (86')

Assists Welbeck (70') Pens Missed Mac Allister (33')

HT 0-1 Venue: Molineux Stadium

REPORT BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/61198623 By Luke Reddy

Lowlites: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/teams/wolverhampton-wanderers/12602861/wolves-0-3-brighton-premier-league-highlights


Wolves manager Bruno Lage says he wants players with the "right personality" at the club after seeing the "worst performance" of his tenure in their defeat to an impressive Brighton. The Portuguese manager, nearing the end of his first season with the club, saw his side register their only shot on target in the 85th minute of a sluggish display on home soil.  Brighton's Alexis Mac Allister missed a penalty before finding the net nine minutes later with a second spot-kick, and excellent finishes from Leandro Trossard and Yves Bissouma after the break formed part of a superb display.  "I need to understand who wants to go to war and continue to put the club at a different level because it's not enough for anyone to relax," said Lage after Wolves' heaviest loss of the season. I need to smell it if the guys want to continue to put the club at a different level. We're in eighth position and we try to do better. To improve we need to have a plan and we need to convince the right players with the right personality to increase the level of the team.  "We didn't come to play. We came to watch Brighton play. It was the worst performance since the first day."

Graham Potter's Brighton showed pockets of their vibrant style throughout to create a flow of chances and they have now compiled a gritty run of form, losing just once in six outings - against Manchester City - and picking up 11 points in the process

            

 

 

34 Sunday April 24  Burnley v WW 2pm Awful L1-0

33 Burnley 1 Vydra (62') Wolves 0

HT 0-0

Assist Weghorst (62')

Report https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/61131377 By Jonathan Jurejko BBC Sport

Lolites: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/teams/burnley/12598135/burnley-1-0-wolves-premier-league-highlights

Burnley moving out of the Premier League relegation zone at the expense of Everton will offer their players "another big lift" in the fight for survival, says interim Clarets manager Mike Jackson.

Wolves leave Lage frustrated again - Wolves cannot score goals - Lage With Wolves remaining in the hunt for European qualification, boss Bruno Lage warned his side they could not afford to "miss more chances" going into the match at Turf Moor. Even without the likes of Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence, the visitors looked the more confident and creative in a tight first half. Intricate play in the Burnley third saw left wing-back Jonny force a flying save from Clarets keeper Pope, while a low cross by Fabio Silva was hacked clear by Connor Roberts with Raul Jimenez lurking. After the break, England international Pope once again illustrated his importance to Burnley with another acrobatic stop to deny Nelson Semedo. Other than that, it was a lifeless performance from Wolves in the second half as they failed to take advantage of West Ham's defeat by Chelsea.           

 

33 Weds May 11 WW v Manchester City 8:15pm Sky to be changed (ManC in FACSF) L1-5

33 WED 11 MAY 2022PREMIER LEAGUE

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Dendoncker (11') Assit Pedro Neto  Manchester City 5 De Bruyne (7', 16', 24', 60'), Sterling (84') Assists Bernardo Silva (7'), Sterling (24'

HT 1-3Report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/61055884 By Chris Bevan BBC

Lowlites: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/12610952/wolves-1-5-manchester-city-premier-league-highlights

The fireworks were City's not ours, apart from the Donk's goal and Chiquino.

De Bruyne has scored 19 goals in all competitions for Manchester City this campaign - his best ever goalscoring season for the club since he joined in 2015 Kevin de Bruyne's stunning four-goal haul helped Manchester City thump Wolves and restored their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola's side now need only four points from their final two fixtures to ensure they will finish above Liverpool and win their fourth title in five seasons. De Bruyne has played a central role in all of those previous triumphs but this was an individual display that must rank among the finest of his stellar collection in a City shirt            

 

32 Friday April 8  Newcastle United v WW 8pm Sky L1-0

32 FRI 08 APR 2022PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle United 1 Wood (72' pen) Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

HT 0-0 Venue: St. James' Park


report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60950088  by Luke Reddy

lowlites https://www.skysports.com/football/newcastle-vs-wolves/report/446604


Jose Sa fouled Chris Wood in the key moment of the match

Newcastle took a huge step towards Premier League survival as Chris Wood's penalty proved enough to beat a blunt Wolves side at St James' Park. The January signing slammed home the second-half winner at the Gallowgate End after being fouled by Wolves keeper Jose Sa at the end of a flowing team move.  VAR checked if Sa had made adequate contact, after an earlier review had denied Wood in the first half, when he saw a goal chalked off because team-mate Bruno Guimaraes was narrowly offside in the build-up.           

 

31 Saturday April 2  WW v  Aston Villa W2-1

SAT 02 APR 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Castro Otto (7'), Young (36' og) Aston Villa 1 Watkins (86' pen)

HT 2-0

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60883952 by Michael Emons BBC

Hilites: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/12580700/wolves-beat-rivals-aston-villa-to-go-seventh-in-premier-league

Interview:  https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=c75e43be-715a-427d-9691-e291e47ba02f&entryId=0_7a8th5u1

Jonny has now scored in Wolves' last two games after also scoring against Leeds on 18 March

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard warned his players they are playing for their futures after they lost at Wolves - a result that boosted the hosts' hopes of playing in Europe next season.  Wolves had looked in control when Spain defender Jonny struck a crisp half-volley after only seven minutes before Villa defender Ashley Young inadvertently headed into his own net to make it 2-0.   A controversial 86th-minute penalty from England striker Ollie Watkins, after he was fouled by goalkeeper Jose Sa, gave Villa hope of leaving Molineux with a draw.   They had a chance to grab an unlikely point, but Matty Cash's 95th-minute volley was saved by Sa.


International break 21st - 30th March

30 Friday March 18 WW v Leeds United  8pm Sky L2-3 No Friend is the ref
30 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Castro Otto (26'), Machado Trincão (45'+11), Jiménez (Dismissed at53') Leeds United 3 Harrison (63'), Rodrigo (66'), Ayling (90'+1)

HT 2-0

report https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60702578

lowlites https://www.skysports.com/football/wolverhampton-wanderers-vs-leeds-united/446587


Luke Ayling scored an injury-time winner as Leeds came back from two goals down to beat 10-man Wolves in a pulsating encounter at Molineux and move seven points clear of the relegation zone.    A bizarre, bruising and breathless Premier League contest was turned on its head by Raul Jimenez's red card eight minutes into the second half. At that point, Wolves were cruising, ahead in the game thanks to Jonny's first goal since July 2020 and a superb effort from Francisco Trincao in the 11th minute of first-half stoppage time - and facing a side forced into three injury-related first-half subs.  Saiss’ wild clearance had let Leeds in - he was probably still suffering concussion from an unpunished elbow but ref Friend, yet again, was no friend to Wolves.

            

 

29 Saturday March 12  Everton  v WW W0-1 Coady

Everton 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Coady (49') Assist Neves (49')

Kenny (Dismissed at78')

HT 0-0

Full report https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60635691 Ellie Thomason

Hilites: https://www.skysports.com/premier-league-highlights/video/36504/12565364/everton-0-1-wolves-premier-league-highlights

Everton slipped further into danger with a fourth successive Premier League defeat as Wolves earned a hard-fought win at Goodison Park. Conor Coady scored the decisive goal as other results on Sunday left Frank Lampard's side above the bottom three only on goal difference, though they have games in hand on the teams around them.  After a scrappy first half, Wolves responded quickly and captain Coady headed past Jordan Pickford from Ruben Neves' delivery in the 49th minute.  Everton rarely threatened after going behind and their afternoon went from bad to worse as Jonjoe Kenny was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in three minutes, forcing the hosts to play the final 13 minutes with 10 men.

Victory for Wolves takes them above Tottenham into seventh while Everton remain 17th, though wins for Watford and Leeds only increased their growing relegation fears.


19 WW v Watford (from Dec 26) 19:30
W4-0

19 Wolves  4 Jiménez 13'(Assist Hwang Hee-Chan), Hernández (18'og), Podence (21') Neves (85') Watford 0


BBC Report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59403638

Highlights: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/12562803/wolves-4-0-watford-premier-league-highlights

Interview https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=c75e43be-715a-427d-9691-e291e47ba02f&entryId=0_nvuajczs

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez scored his seventh goal of the season and first in five matches as Wolves scored three times in the opening 21 minutes as they recorded their biggest top flight win since 2011 to keep Watford in the relegation zone.  Roy Hodgson's Watford side knew a victory would take them level on points with fourth-bottom Everton.  But there was never a chance of that happening after a catastrophic start as Raul Jimenez turned home a 13th-minute opener from Hwang Hee-chan's short pass before a Cucho Hernandez own goal and a first-time Daniel Podence effort.  Ruben Neves rounded off the scoring with a magnificent chip five minutes from time as Wolves equalled their biggest Premier League win28 Saturday March 5 WW v Crystal Palace 

28 Saturday March 5 WW v Crystal Palace L0-2 
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Crystal Palace 2 FT Mateta (19'), Zaha (34' pen)

HT 0-2

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60531471  By Tom Mallows

Interview https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=c75e43be-715a-427d-9691-e291e47ba02f&entryId=0_01m30fnw

Lolites:  https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/teams/wolverhampton-wanderers/12558465/wolves-0-2-crystal-palace-premier-league-highlights

Wolves' European hopes suffered a further blow as they slipped to a third successive Premier League defeat against an impressive Crystal Palace at Molineux.  A dominant start by the visitors was rewarded when Jean-Philippe Mateta opened the scoring from close range after fine build-up play by Conor Gallagher and Wilfried Zaha.  Zaha then found the net himself from the penalty spot to double Palace's lead before half-time after Jeffrey Schlupp was tripped by Max Kilman

           

 

27 Sunday February 27 West Ham United  v WW 2pm Sky L1-0
No bubbles for Bruno's 5 changes

27  SUN 27 FEB 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham United 1 Soucek (59')  Wolves 0

                                                                         assist Antonio (59') Venue: London Stadium

HT 0-0

Report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60450299 from Steve Sutcliffe

Hilites https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/12553468/west-ham-beat-wolves-to-close-in-on-premier-league-top-four

Tomas Soucek is just the second West Ham player to score a Premier League goal on his birthday, after Ricardo Vaz Te  West Ham claimed a valuable Premier League victory over Wolves to reignite their pursuit of a top-four finish.  Tomas Soucek celebrated his 27th birthday by scoring the only goal of the game for the Hammers, with the Czech Republic international poking home from Michail Antonio's pass.s            


24 Thursday February 24  Arsenal v WW  BT 7:45ko Amazon rescheduled from December L2-1

20 THU 24 FEB 2022PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2 Pépé (82'), Malheiro de Sá (90'+5og) Wolverhampton WanderersHwang Hee-Chan (10')

HT 0-1

Venue: Emirates Stadium -Martin Atkinson gets key decisions wrong again

Report https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59736889

Hilites https://www.skysports.com/football/arsenal-vs-wolves/report/446478

BBC reported: An own goal from Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa helped Arsenal complete a dramatic late turnaround in their pursuit of a top-four Premier League place.  For long periods Hwang Hee-chan's early effort had looked like being decisive for the visitors.Wolves had a 3 in 1 chance for Conor Coady but ref Atkinson was fooled by an Arsenal dive.  He also missed sevral corners.    However, Arsenal substitute Nicolas Pepe levelled from Eddie Nketiah's pass towards the end of a dominant second period in which the hosts had continually pressed for an equaliser. And as the clock ran down Alexandre Lacazette's effort was inadvertently touched into his own goal by Sa to spark wild celebrations inside the Emirates stadium. The result sees Arsenal move up to fifth in the table, just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester United, with two games in hand, while Wolves who were hoping to further their own Champions League ambitions sit in seventh


26 Sunday February 20 WW v Leicester City   Sky 4:30pm W2-1

SUN 20 FEB 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Matchday 26 WW 2 Foxes 1


Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Neves (9'), Podence (66') Leicester City 1 Lookman (41')

                           Assists Jiménez (9'), Dendoncker (66')             Assist  Albrighton (41')

HT 1-1

Venue: Molineux Stadium

BBC report https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60364588 by Simon Stone

Hilites https://www.skysports.com/premier-league-highlights/video/36504/12547524/wolves-2-1-leicester-premier-league-highlights

Bruno: https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=c75e43be-715a-427d-9691-e291e47ba02f&entryId=0_23u747wz

Daniel Podence has scored five goals in 22 appearances for Wolves in all competitions this season

Wolves maintained their push for a European place as excellent goals from Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence proved enough to beat Leicester in a thrilling Midlands derby at Molineux in terrible conditions.  Pic: John Bray

            

 

25 Sunday February 13 Tottenham Hotspur v WW  2pm W0-2

SUN 13 FEB 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE 14:00

25 Tottenham Hotspur 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Jiménez (6'), Dendoncker (18')

HT 0-2


LW home games P6 W5 L1 pts 15 GD +4

report & Bruno: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60276484

hilites:  https://www.skysports.com/football/tottenham-vs-wolves/report/446536

Luke Cundle outstanding debut

Raul Jimenez says Wolverhampton Wanderers are "dreaming big" after beating Tottenham Hotspur to move above them in the table and inflict a third successive Premier League defeat on Antonio Conte's side.

Tottenham gifted the visitors two goals in the opening 20 minutes thanks to a mixture of calamitous defending and poor goalkeeping by Hugo Lloris in north London. Jimenez capitalised on a weak Lloris punch to volley in the opener before Spurs gave away possession to allow Leander Dendoncker to double Wolves' lead. Bruno Lage's side were good value for their win and they managed the game well after taking the lead while also testing Lloris on a number of further occasions            

 


24 Thursday February 10  WW v Arsenal BT 7:45ko L0-1


24 Wolves 0 Arsenal 1 Gabriel (25'), Martinelli (Dismissed at69') Assists Lacazette (25') (by kicking Jose Sa)


report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60239159

Interview: https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=c75e43be-715a-427d-9691-e291e47ba02f&entryId=0_27xdp08k

highlights https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60239159  and https://www.skysports.com/football/wolves-vs-arsenal/report/446523

Weak refereeing allowed Arsenal to get away with so much Gabriel scored the only goal and Gabriel Martinelli was given an unusual red card as Arsenal beat Wolves for their first win of 2022.  Defender Gabriel bundled home Alexandre Lacazette's flick-on to score the only first-half goal Wolves have conceded in the Premier League since October.  Gunners forward Martinelli was sent off in the second half for two bookings shown at the same time for infringements seconds apart - stopping a throw-in and a foul on Chiquinho.            

 

FAC4 Saturday February 5  WW v Norwich L0-1

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Norwich City 1 McLean (45'+1) Assist Gilmour (45'+1)

HT 0-1

Conor Coady's 300th Wolves appearance https://www.wolves.co.uk/news/first-team/20220207-coady-300-the-most-important-wolves-player-of-the-last-30-years/

report BBC Sport   By Shamoon Hafez https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60266419

Interview https://www.wolves.co.uk/news/first-team/20220205-lage-the-players-did-everything/

Hilites: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60266419 and here https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=51a18f5f-ab82-41f9-9079-c4e3684b64d3


Meanwhile the Wolves Women go back top the top of the FA WNL  https://twitter.com/WolvesWomen/status/1490355700001914887


Kenny McLean scored a first-half winner as Norwich beat fellow Premier League side Wolves in the FA Cup fourth round. Scotland midfielder McLean flicked in a header into the far corner from compatriot Billy Gilmour's cross. Norwich striker Adam Idah was twice denied by John Ruddy, while Wolves were desperately poor in the first half.  Although Daniel Podence struck a post and Ruben Neves connected with a volley in an improved second-half showing, Bruno Lages' side could not equalise.  Striker Raul Jimenez, who scored the winning goal against Panama in World Cup qualifying on Thursday, was introduced in the 64th minute but dragged a shot wide in stoppage time.  Dean Smith has galvanised Norwich since taking over in November, leading them out of the Premier League relegation zone and now taking them into the fifth round of the FA Cup for only the second time in 10 seasons.  Up until McLean's 45th-minute goal, it was a drab contest with few chances. The home side failed to muster a single shot on target before half-time, but they applied pressure in the second half with Podence going closest and Nelson Semedo having a low drive gathered by Michael McGovern.  Norwich could have added a second late on when substitute Kieran Dowell's low drive was superbly pushed away by former Norwich keeper Ruddy.    


    International break 24th January - 2nd February


23 Saturday January 22 Brentford v WW W1-2

23 Brentford 1 Toney (71') Wolves 2 João Moutinho (48'), Neves (78')

Mbeumo (71') Assists Nélson Semedo (48'), João Moutinho (78')

HT 0-0

Report:  BBC By Matthew Howarth https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60005893

Report WW: https://www.wolves.co.uk/news/first-team/20220122-report-brentford-1-2-wolves/

Highlights Sky https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/12522922/wolves-triumph-after-drone-delay

The Drone: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/competitions/premier-league/12522674/drone-halts-play-at-brentford

pic SkySports:

Interview Bruno https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=c75e43be-715a-427d-9691-e291e47ba02f&entryId=0_ifz7kcth


The players were taken off the field in the first half after a drone was spotted above the Brentford Community Stadium  Ruben Neves' second-half strike earned Wolves all three points at Brentford, in a game that was halted for more than 25 minutes in the first half because of a clash of heads and a drone hovering above the ground.  Referee Peter Bankes took both teams off the pitch just after the half-hour mark when the device was spotted above the Brentford Community Stadium. That came after a six-minute break in play as a result of a nasty collision involving Brentford team-mates Mathias Jensen and Rico Henry.  Both sets of players looked bemused as Bankes ordered them off the field, while supporters looked just as confused before an announcement over the Tannoy confirmed the reason for the second delay. The teams re-emerged more than 15 minutes later but needed to warm up again because of the lengthy stoppage. When play did eventually resume, 19 minutes were added on at the end of the first half.  

"It was a strange first half," Wolves manager Bruno Lage said afterwards. "They tried to understand what happened, tried to find the man who controlled the drone.  We came inside and talked a little bit about the game. Sometimes we don't have that time during the game to chat."

Lage's opposite number Thomas Frank said: "It was a crazy game - we 100% didn't deserve to lose at all.  We started fantastic until the break with the drone and the two concussion things. We were aggressive, good on the break, but after that Wolves were better."  More at  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60005893

            

 

22 Saturday January 15 WW 3 Saints 1

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Jiménez (37' pen), Coady (59'), Traoré (90'+1minutes) Southampton 1 Ward-Prowse (84')

Assists Aït-Nouri (90'+1minutes)

HT 1-0Conor Coady goal celebration by Wayne Devaney Berlin Wolves

Pic: Wayne Devaney - Conor’s goal celebration

Report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59918929 Full article by Mantej Mann BBC Sport

Interview: Bruno https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=c75e43be-715a-427d-9691-e291e47ba02f&entryId=0_hs45rhyc

Toti Gomes on debut https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=c75e43be-715a-427d-9691-e291e47ba02f&entryId=0_ou5hx30q

Conor's first Molineux goal https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=c75e43be-715a-427d-9691-e291e47ba02f&entryId=0_smsuaocj

Highlights: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/12516923/wolves-3-1-southampton-premier-league-highlights


Adama Traore sealed victory with his first goal in 22 appearances for Wolves this season. Wolves captain Conor Coady has said Adama Traore is a unique player in world football after the Spaniard scored his first goal of the season to earn Wolves' third win in four Premier League games. James Ward-Prowse's stunning free-kick had set up a late Southampton challenge at Molineux, before Traore ended his 22-game drought to make sure of the points with a calm finish in added time.  "I'm over the moon for him," Coady, who scored his side's second goal, told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I was more happy for him than I was for me. He is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. He worked so hard for it and I hope he can build on it. He plays like he does every single week, I don't think there is any footballer like him in the world.  His power, aggression, the way he runs, and how quick he is, it is a pleasure to have him here. We hope he stays with us as long as possible because when he is like today he is unplayable."

The home side took the lead when Raul Jimenez scored his first goal since November from Wolves' first penalty of the season, after Rayan Ait-Nouri was brought down by Jan Bednarek.  Coady headed in from close range for his second goal of the season after Fraser Forster's positional error.  Victory for Wolves has moved them back into eighth in the table, while Saints are seven points behind in 12th place.              

 

FAC3 Sunday January 9 2pm ko Wolves 3 Sheffield Utd 0

Report     

FAC3 (January 2022 Wolves 3 Podence (14', 80'), Nélson Semedo (72' Blades 0

Assists Fábio Silva (14'), Aït-Nouri (72'), Jiménez (80')

HT 1-0

Beeb report  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59911632

WW report: https://www.wolves.co.uk/news/first-team/20220109-report-wolves-3-0-sheff-united/

Interview: https://www.wolves.co.uk/news/first-team/20220109-lage-on-respecting-the-fa-cup-blunting-the-blades-and-silvas-display/

Highlights tbc


FA Cup: Daniel Podence double helps Wolves see off in-form Sheffield United  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59911632

Wolverhampton Wanderers booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round with an emphatic win against Championship side Sheffield United at Molineux. Daniel Podence's first-half strike put Wolves in control of the tie. Nelson Semedo added a second with 18 minutes remaining, rounding off an impressive team move by the hosts.  Podence added a third late on, firing into an empty net after substitute Raul Jimenez had robbed Blades goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.

Wolves took the lead after 14 minutes when Fabio Silva robbed Jack Robinson and fed Podence, who kept his head and found the bottom corner.   Billy Sharp thought he had equalised five minutes before half time, but his goal was ruled out for a high boot.  Semedo made it 2-0 on 72 minutes, completing a swift counter attack by meeting Rayan Ait-Nouri's cross after he was played in down the left by Podence. The Portuguese winger then had the last word when substitute Jimenez pounced on a Foderingham error, leaving him to fire into an empty net.            


21  Monday January 3  Manchester United 0 Wolves 1 5:30pm

21 Manchester United 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 João Moutinho (82') Assist Traore or Phil Jones

HT 0-0

 

Report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59798468

Interview: Bruno - https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=c75e43be-715a-427d-9691-e291e47ba02f&entryId=0_870qs9cs

Moutinho: https://tv.wolves.co.uk/player?feedId=81e4f698-9dbf-4e6f-b6a1-18963bf6539b&sectionId=c75e43be-715a-427d-9691-e291e47ba02f&entryId=0_gorgj273

Highlights: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/12508531/moutinhos-late-winner-for-wolves-stuns-man-utd


Joao Moutinho struck the only goal eight minutes from time to give Wolves a deserved victory at Old Trafford and end Ralf Rangnick's unbeaten start as interim Manchester United manager.  It also needed a Jose Sa save in the fifth minute of stoppage time to earn Wolves their first Old Trafford win since 1980.  Sa turned away a curling free-kick from substitute Bruno Fernandes, who had earlier fired against the bar when he should have done better.

The visitors controlled the opening half hour and were back on top by the time Moutinho struck, although the goal was unfortunate for central defender Phil Jones, who was one of United's better performers on his senior return after a near two-year absence because of injuries. His clearing header fell to the 35-year-old midfielder on the edge of the area and although Moutinho had not scored since February 2021, he kept his nerve to drive a shot through a packed penalty area and into the bottom corner. The Wolves fans celebrated noisily at the final whistle but it was a crushing blow for Rangnick, with his side remaining seventh in the Premier League, a staggering 22 points behind leaders Manchester City - although they have played two games fewer. Wolves, meanwhile, are now three points and one place behind Manchester United in eighth.


Wonderful WolvesSaiss hits the barIt had been more than two weeks since Wolves last played, the home draw with Chelsea on 19 December, and it was 6 November since they had last been involved in a game that contained more than one goal.  As the opening period inched towards its conclusion, and Jones stretched to intercept a Nelson Semedo pass intended for Ruben Neves, who was in a shooting position, Wolves boss Bruno Lage offered an animated shrug of the shoulders.  Evidently, Lage believed his team should have had something tangible to show for an opening period in which they had an incredible 15 shots, the most by a visiting team at Old Trafford in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League game since records started being kept in the 2004-05 season.  David de Gea was forced into a string of saves, denying Semedo and Daniel Podence twice. Arguably the pick was a fingertip effort to touch over a volley from Neves, who had controlled a headed Jones clearance on the edge of the penalty area.  Wolves were forced onto the defensive more often after half-time but even though they weathered the storm, it seemed they would have to settle for a point when Romain Saiss clipped the bar with a free-kick in his final game before heading off on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Morocco.  Moutinho had other ideas. And while Wolves' run of games involving no more than a single goal now extends to eight, few in the visitors' camp were worried about that.Jose Sa saves 2 points in 96th minuteUnderwhelming United

The return of Phil Jones, who last played for Manchester United in a 6-0 defeat of Tranmere in the FA Cup on 26 January, 2020, was one of the few positives for the hosts  It is becoming evident the issues that arose during the final weeks of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign will not disappear through a change of manager.  Ronaldo was a muted force and the United fans did not think Mason Greenwood deserved to be  sub  Fernandes given the boos that accompanied his exit.  United were overrun in midfield during those opening stages and, as so often under Solskjaer, were left hoping for a moment of inspiration that did not come.  As it turned out, any fears about Jones playing instead of the injured Harry Maguire had long since been dispelled by the time Wolves scored. If anything, the defender was a galvanising presence.  It was a first United defeat since Solskjaer's final game in charge, at Watford, on 20 November. For Rangnick, there is no quick fix to the mess United find themselves in.


Jose Sa saved a 96th minute free kick from Fernandes with Mike Dean blowing for full time immediately it was cleared

Player of the match = Rúben Neves with an average of 8.70


Man Utd

Formation 4-2-2-2

1 de Gea 29 Wan-Bissaka sub Elanga at 84' 4 Jones 19 Varane 23 Shaw booked 57' 39 McTominay booked 49' 31 Matic booked 74' 11 Greenwood sub Bruno Fernandes at 60' 25  Sancho sub Rashford at 76' 21 Cavani 7 Cristiano Ronaldo Substitutes 10 Rashford 14 Lingard 17 Fred 18 Bruno Fernandes 20 Dalot 26 Henderson 27 Telles 34 van de Beek 36 Elanga

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

1 Malheiro de Sá booked 90'  23 Kilman 16 Coady 27 Saïss 22 Nélson Semedo 8 Neves  28 João Moutinho  5 Marçal 11 Machado Trincão sub Traoréat 66' 9 Jiménez sub Fábio Silvaat 81' 10  Podence sub Dendonckerat 88'  Substitutes 2 Hoever 3 Aït-Nouri 6 Cavaco Jordão 17 Fábio Silva 21 Ruddy 32 Dendoncker 37 Traoré 39 Cundle 64 Bueno

Referee:Mike Dean Attendance:73,045


              Man Utd Wolves

Possession 51%   49%

Shots            9      19

Shots onTgt  2       6

Corners        3       8

Fouls            9       8

Bookings      3       1

Saves           5       2


Match ends, Manchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+7' Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

90'+6' Attempt saved. Bruno Fernandes (MU) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. 90'+5' Phil Jones (MU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 90'+5' Foul by Fábio Silva (WW). 90'+5' Corner, (MU) Conceded by Romain Saïss. 90'+4' Booking José Sá (WW) is shown the yellow card. 90'+3' Foul by Edinson Cavani (MU). 90'+3' José Sá (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 90'+3' Corner, (MU) Conceded by Marçal. 89' Foul by Raphaël Varane (MU). 89'

Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 88' Sub, (WW) Leander Dendoncker replaces Daniel Podence. 87' Foul by Luke Shaw (MU). 87' Fábio Silva (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 85' Bruno Fernandes (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 85' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 84' Sub, (MU) Anthony Elanga replaces Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 82' Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

81' Sub, (WW) Fábio Silva replaces Raúl Jiménez. 80' Raphaël Varane (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half.   80' Foul by Raúl Jiménez (WW). 76' Sub, (MU) Marcus Rashford replaces Jadon Sancho. 75' Romain Saïss (WW) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick. 74' Booking Nemanja Matic (MU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 74' Foul by Nemanja Matic (MU). 74' Adama Traoré (WW) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 70' Corner, (MU) Conceded by Maximilian Kilman. 70' Attempt blocked. Scott McTominay (MU) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo. 69'  Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (MU) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes following a fast break. 68' Offside, (MU) Bruno Fernandes tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside. Ronaldo offside67' Phil Jones (MU) wins a free kick on the right wing. 67' Foul by João Moutinho (WW). 67'  Bruno Fernandes (MU) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Nemanja Matic with a cross. 67' Foul by Romain Saïss (WW). 67' Bruno Fernandes (MU) wins a free kick in the  attacking half. 66' Sub, (WW) Adama Traoré replaces Trincão. 65' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Podence with a cross following a corner. 64' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Luke Shaw. 61' Offside, (WW) Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 60' Sub, (MU) Bruno Fernandes replaces Mason Greenwood. 59' Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (WW) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Trincão with a cross. 58' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Luke Shaw. 58' Attempt blocked. Nélson Semedo (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 57' Booking Luke Shaw (MU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 56'  Foul by Luke Shaw (MU). 56'  Trincão (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 52' Edinson Cavani (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 52' Foul by Trincão (WW). 51' Attempt missed. Mason Greenwood (MU) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. 49' Booking Scott McTominay (MU) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 48' Daniel Podence (WW) wins a free kick on the right wing. 48' Foul by Scott McTominay (MU).

Second Half

Second Half begins Manchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Half Time

              Man Utd Wolves

Possession 47%   53%

Shots            4      15

Shots onTgt  1       4

Corners        0       6

Fouls            9       8

Saves           4       1

First Half ends, Manchester United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

45'+2' Offside, (WW) João Moutinho tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 45'+2' Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho. 45'+1' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Edinson Cavani. 45'+1' Attempt blocked. Conor Coady (WW) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross. 45' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Phil Jones. 42' Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (MU) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Shaw. 41' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 39' Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (WW) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Trincão with a cross following a set piece situation. 38' Marçal (WW) wins a free kick on the left wing. 38' Foul by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (MU). 35' Offside, (WW) Marçal tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside. 35' Attempt blocked. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Trincão. 33' Foul by Scott McTominay (MU). 33' Trincão (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 27' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 26' Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (MU) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott McTominay. 26' Foul by Marçal (WW). 26' Mason Greenwood (MU) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 25' Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (WW) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in  the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez. 20' Attempt blocked. Jadon Sancho (MU) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wan-Bissaka with a cross. 18' Attempt saved. Nélson Semedo (WW) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Podence. 17' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nélson Semedo. 15' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 14' Offside, (MU) Mason Greenwood tries a through ball, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka is caught offside. 13' Attempt missed. Marçal (WW) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a  corner. 12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by David de Gea. 12' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. 12' Corner, (WW) Conceded by David de Gea. 12' Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (WW) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.  11'  Foul by Nélson Semedo (WW).  11' Jadon Sancho (MU) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Attempt missed. Marçal (WW) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 8' João Moutinho (WW) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 8' Foul by Mason Greenwood (MU). 7' Attempt blocked. Jadon Sancho (MU) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mason Greenwood. 6' Corner, (WW) Conceded by Raphaël Varane.  2' Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (WW) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Trincão.

Kick Off First Half begins. Posted at 17:31 3 Jan Lineups are announced and players are warming up.


TEAM NEWS

Manchester United welcome back midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who missed the win against Burnley through suspension. Interim manager Ralf Rangnick is optimistic Victor Lindelof will be available after a Covid absence. Midfielder Paul Pogba remains out with a thigh issue.  

Wolves' game at Arsenal on Tuesday was postponed because of Covid but head coach Bruno Lage said on Friday there had been no further positive tests.  Hwang Hee-chan, Yerson Mosquera, Pedro Neto and Jonny remain long-term absentees.

LAWRO'S PREDICTION


Wolves don't score many so I'm backing Manchester United here, but it is going to be very interesting to see what kind of performance we see from Ralf Rangnick's side.

United were awful against Newcastle and, although they were much better against Burnley, their inconsistency is one of the things Rangnick has to tackle if they are going to make it into the top four.

Prediction: 1-0


MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Wolves are winless in 10 league games away to Manchester United since beating them at Old Trafford in February 1980 (D3, L7). They have scored a total of three goals during this run.  United could register a fourth successive top-flight win against Wolves for the first time since a sequence of five victories between 1964 and 1968.  

Manchester United  have won their opening league game in five of the past six calendar years, with the exception a 2-0 loss at Arsenal in 2020. The Reds have won 65.5% of their Premier League matches in January, the best record of any team in the competition's history. They are unbeaten in five league and cup games under Ralf Rangnick, taking 10 points from a possible 12 in the league. United have lost just one of their past 17 league fixtures on a Monday, with that defeat coming against Tottenham in August 2018.

Wolverhampton Wanderers  have not won their first game of the calendar year in any of their seven previous Premier League campaigns (D2, L5). Their most recent such victory as a top-flight side came in 1981 against Middlesbrough.  Their total of 13 top-flight goals is the club's lowest figure at the turn of the year since the 1981-82 season. They have won just four of their 16 Premier League matches played on Mondays (D4, L8) - their lowest win ratio on a day of the week on which they have played more than once. Adama Traore and Trincao have both attempted 21 shots without scoring in the Premier League this season, the joint-highest figure in the division prior to the latest round of matches.            

 

Match

Day

Date

KO

Sky

HOME

Score

Score

AWAY

Pts

Cum

Posn

GD

report

Aug-Dec 2021



Jan-May 2022



21

Mon

3 January 2022

17:30

Sky

Man Utd

0

1

Wolves

3

28

8

0

MU

FAC3

Sun

  9 January

14:00


Wolves

3

0

Sheffield Utd


FAC3

22

Sat

15 January

15:00


Wolves

3

1

Saints

3

31

8

2

Saints

23

Sat

22 January

15:00


Brentford

1

2

Wolves

3

34

8

+3

Bees



Internationals





FAC4

Sat

05 February 2022

15:00


Wolves

0

1

Norwich





FAC4

24

Thur

10 February

19:45

BT

Wolves

0

1

Arsenal

0

34

8

2

Gooners

25

Sun

14 February

15:00


Spurs

0

2

Wolves

3

37

7

+4

Spurs

26

Sun

20 February

16:30

Sky

Wolves

2

1

Leicester

3

40

7

5

Foxes

20

Thur

24 Ferbruary

19:45

Am

Arsenal

2

1

Wolves

0

40

7

+4

Gooners

27

Sun

27 February

14:00

Sky

West  Ham

1

0

Wolves

0

40

8

+3

Hammers

28

Sat

 5 March

15:00


Wolves

0

2

Palace

0

40

8

+1

Palace

19

Thu

 10 March

19:30


Wolves

4

0

Watford

3

43

8

5

Hornets

29

Sun

13 March

14:00


Everton

0

1

Wolves

3

46

7

+6

Toffees

30

Fri

18 March

20:00

Sky

Wolves

2

3

Leeds Utd

0

46

8

5

Leeds



Internationals












31

Sat

 2 April

15:00


Wolves

2

1

Aston Villa

3

49

8

6

Villa

32

Fri

 8 April

20:00

Sky

Newcastle

1

0

Wolves

0

49

8

5

Magpies

33

Wed

11 May

20:15

Sky

Wolves

1

5

Man City

0

50

8

-3

ManC

34

Sun

24 April

14:00


Burnley

1

0

Wolves

0

49

8

4

Clarets

35

Sat

30 April

15:00


Wolves

0

3

Brighton & HA

0

49

8

1

BHA

36

Sat

07 May

15:00


Chelski

2

2

Wolves

1

50

8

1

Chelski

33

Wed

11 May

20:15

Sky

Wolves

1

5

Man City

0

50

8

-3

ManC

37

Sun

15 May

14:00


Wolves

1

1

Norwich City

1

51

8

-3

NU

38

Sun

22 May 2022

16:00


Liverpool

3

1

Wolves

0

51

10

-5

Liverpool

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