Date: 15th August 2019 at 10:20pm
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With Wolverhampton Wanderers already having a commanding 4-0 lead over FC Pyunik following the first leg of the third qualifying round tie, earlier tonight we welcomed them to the Molineux for the return leg.

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo selected a much changed side for the tie, with John Ruddy appearing between the sticks and we saw a good few youngsters on display, along with full debuts for Jesus Vallejo, Pedro Neto and Patrick Cutrone.

After a goalless first half, we did take the lead through Neto (54) and his effort was quickly built on by fellow highly rated youngsters Morgan Gibbs-White (58) and Ruben Vinagre (64) to give us a very comfortable 7-0 aggregate scoreline inside of the final 30 minutes of the affair. We did round it to 8-0 late on as Diogo Jota added a fourth to match the first leg scoreline, but it was pretty academic really, although credit to the opposition, they certainly showed spirit across both legs.

I guess the biggest surprise from the game was the fact the visitors had more of the ball, even though we otherwise dominated, but a decent runout and through to the next round we go.

Torino next and our Premier League clash against Burnley has been bounced to Sunday, August 25 (4.30pm).

Speaking to the BBC following the result, Santo was gracious in victory and told the press.

“It wasn’t easy. Pyunik started the game very well again. I’ve spoken to their coach and wish them all the best for the future. I thought all my players did a very good job, not just the new players. The second-half display was very good. It was a good game. I think we started the game normally because some players take more time. As the game went by we started performing better and the second half was very, very good. I am pleased with all the team, all the players did a very good job.”

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One Reply to “Wolves Make European History As We Set Up Torino Tie With Another Emphatic Victory”

  • The team started a little uneasily with the new boys having to find their feet and Vallejo looked nervous at first which probably accounts for the booking he got and I believe Cutrone was too eager because he wanted a goal but they will both settle down with more playing time.
    As for the game in general, the first half was about containing Pyunik, letting them run around and tire and the second half was then typical Wolves.
    Moutinho going off and Dendoncker coming on helped to increase the pace of the game and the 3 goals in a short time afterwards killed the game off but there was still a surprise to come, a ‘dinked’ ball from Jimenez and that goal from Jota!
    I hope someone told Jota not to try ‘normal’ shots at goal in future and keep to scoring spectacular ones as he has far more success that way! – Only joking!
    Great performance all round with the new boys doing very well.
    I had 3 MOM’s, Saiss who doesn’t get the praise he deserves. – His workrate and passing are always excellent. Vinagre, for his energy and enthusiasm and Cutrone who worked his socks off for no reward but for him it will come and when it does, one team is really going to suffer!

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