West Brom battle out vital Black Country derby win at Wolves

The result comes as Sam Allardyce’s first win as Baggies boss and brings them to within touching distance of moving out of the drop zone.

And it was the under pressure visitors who were the brighter side in the opening stages with Wolves gifting them an opener on eight minutes.

Willy Boly collided with Callum Robinson inside the box and star man Matheus Pereira calmly tucked home from the spot.

But that goal only served wake Wolves up as Adama Traore tested David Button and Portuguese international Pedro Neto lashed wide.

And with the traffic heading in one direction Wolves netted a quick-fire double to take the lead before the break.

Fabio Silva turned home his first Molineux goal before Boly made up for his penalty gaffe as he reacted quickest to smash home from a corner.

But despite ended the first period strongly the game was flipped on its head once again within minutes of the restart.

Centre back Semi Ajayi bulleted a header past Rui Patricio and Robinson tumbled inside the box once again and Pereira fired home.

The tie did rock back in Wolves’ favour in the closing minutes and Nelson Semedo missed perfect chance to nick a point.

Full Time on a cracker of an afternoon at Molineux it’s Wolves 2 West Brom 3

Aston Villa snatch 1-0 Premier League win at Wolves

In a game of very few clear-cut chances at either end it was Anwar El Ghazi’s 94th minute penalty that clinched three points for Villa.

Both set of players looked rusty in the opening exchanges at Molineux with Daniel Podence and Leander Dendoncker testing Emiliano Martinez.

Wolves did look to be edging at after the break as teenage striker Fabio Silva was presented with a perfect chance to put them in front.

The Portuguese international slipped past two Villa challenges inside the box but his snapshot fired back off the post.

Nuno Santo’s side pushed hard for a breakthrough in closing, but Martinez showed his class once again as the Uruguayan denied Roman Saiss and Nelson Semedo.

And with Wolves unable to find a way past Martinez in the closing stages Villa ducked in to take advantage in a chaotic last five minutes.

Douglas Luiz was shown a second yellow card for Villa before Mike Dean controversially pointed to the spot as Semedo tangled with John McGinn inside the box.

El Ghazi kept his cool to slot past Rui Patricio as Wolves’ protests spilled after the final whistle with Joao Moutinho joining Luiz for an early bath.

Full Time at Molineux it’s Wolves 0 Aston Villa 1

Premier League Preview: Wolves v Aston Villa

Nuno Santo’s side have been inconsistent in recent weeks with just one win from their last four games in the Premier League.

A win at Arsenal two weeks ago was followed with defeat at Liverpool last time out but the Portuguese boss is only expected to make limited changes to his starting XI.

With Raul Jimenez the only long-term absentee for Santo he could name an unchanged side from the defeat at Anfield.

But if Wolves’ form is a cause for concern for Santo, Dean Smith has even deeper worries with just one win from five for the Villa.

Smith is expected to be a bit more liberal with his changes than Santo with eight players sidelined for the visitors.

Ross Barkley and Keinan Davis are back in training but Smith will not risk them this weekend with a busy run of games coming up.

Matty Cash should shake off a minor knock in time to play and Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi should also return to freshen up the attack.

Kick Off is 12.30pm tomorrow at Molineux

Premier League Preview: Wolves v Aston Villa

Nuno Santo’s side have been inconsistent in recent weeks with just one win from their last four games in the Premier League.

A win at Arsenal two weeks ago was followed with defeat at Liverpool last time out but the Portuguese boss is only expected to make limited changes to his starting XI.

With Raul Jimenez the only long-term absentee for Santo he could name an unchanged side from the defeat at Anfield.

But if Wolves’ form is a cause for concern for Santo, Dean Smith has even deeper worries with just one win from five for the Villa.

Smith is expected to be a bit more liberal with his changes than Santo with eight players sidelined for the visitors.

Ross Barkley and Keinan Davis are back in training but Smith will not risk them this weekend with a busy run of games coming up.

Matty Cash should shake off a minor knock in time to play and Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi should also return to freshen up the attack.

Kick Off is 12.30pm tomorrow at Molineux

Wolves pick up vital 2-1 Premier League win at Arsenal

Mikel Areta’s team have won just once in Premier League action since October and goals from Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence condemned them to another home defeat.

Both teams struggled for fluidity in the opening stages as Neto converted the first genuine chance on the night.

Leander Dendoncker powered Adama Traore’s cross against the Gunners crossbar and Neto reacted quickest to the rebound to slot home the opener.

But despite the setback, Arsenal did react quickly as Gabriel emphatically nodded home Willian’s corner.

However, the game seesawed back into Wolves’ favour as Podence edged them back in front before the break.

Again it was the Arsenal defence that shot themselves in the foot as Bernd Leno could only parry Neto’s drive and the sharp Podence pounced on the rebound.

Arsenal did look to haul themselves back into after the break, but their sporadic threat only yielded a wasted effort from Reiss Nelson as Nuno Santo’s Wolves stayed on course for all three points.

Full Time at the Emirates Stadium it’s Arsenal 1 Wolves 2

Nuno Santo aiming for new Wolves signings

Santo was speaking after Wolves’ 3-1 Premier League defeat to Manchester City last night, and the Portuguese coach admitted he needs to strengthen.

Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota have already left the club, with Fabio Silva and Fernando Marcal coming in.

Barcelona full back Nelson Semedo is reportedly on the verge of a £40m switch, with other targets already identified in what should be a busy few weeks ahead at Molineux.

Nuno Santo to sign new long term Wolves contract

The Portuguese coach has been in talks with the club over the summer, with his current deal at the club set to expire in 2021.

Both sides are keen to secure his continuation in the West Midlands, with Santo central Wolves’ rise in the last two years.

Santo led the club to a top-flight return in 2018, after less than 12 months in charge, not content with being an also ran in the Premier League, Wolves qualified for Europe in their first season back in the big time.

They followed that up with another Europa League finish in 2020, but, Arsenal’s FA Cup success has denied them a spot in Europe this season.

But despite being edged out of the Europa League for the coming campaign, Santo’s position at the club remains vital to their continued progress.

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Skipper Jack O’Connell should be fit to start, but David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset and Sander Berge are all doubtful.

Summer signing Aaron Ramsdale comes straight into the side as first choice keeper, with fellow new faces Jaydon Bogle and Ethan Ampadu also in line for their debuts.

Wolves’ attempts to turn the club into little Portugal have continued this summer with Nuno Santo bringing in Vitinha and club record signing Fabio Silva.

Santo is expected to resist the urge to throw 19-year old Silva straight into the team, but Vitinha could replace the injured Adama Traore.

Jonny Castro is out until the new year with a knee problem, with Santo set to bring in veteran defender Fernando Marcal to face the Blades.

Kick off is 6pm sharp tomorrow night at Bramall Lane.