Jota and Neves celebrate
By Wolves February 26 2020
And so..... Wolves ambitions to excel in this year's Europa League continue when they face RCD Espanyol in the return leg of the final 16 knockout stage in Barcelona tomorrow evening. Wolves take a 4 - 0 lead into the game from the first leg courtesy of a fantastic display of a hatrick by Diogo Jota and another long distance smash from Ruben Neves.
Fans will be hoping Head Coach Nuno Espirito Santo and his team can attain Wolves' first ever win in Spain, to be sure of going through to the Quarter Finals of the competition. It is generally suspected that Espanyol will put out a better team than the one last week, and of course there is the suspicion that Nuno may rest a few of his players for the important upcoming PL match at Spurs on Sunday. We may perhaps see Daniel Podence make his first start and Max Kilman may feature in another game, possibly alongside Ruben Vinagre.
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Match Thread: RCD Espanyol vs Wolves
Posted by: Wolves (IP Logged)
Date: 26/02/2020 21:20
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020:03:15:14:06:23 by Ivybridge Wolf.
Good break between MGW Podence & Adama but final pass from MGW is poor.
Half time whistle goes. Wolves are very much holding their own despite an early setback when Espanyol took their goal well, but Adama struck back swiftly aided by DP.
Espanyol 1 Wolves 1
Half Time 1-1 (5-1 to Wolves).
We grew into the game with a bit of fluidity after the equalizer but there were a few shaky moments in defense that a better quality team might have punished more. Anyway we are in better shape than when we started today with the away goal.
Not our best performance but holding our own so far.
Would like to see Campana given an outing and perhaps rest Traore for Spurs match.
Podence looking as if he is settling into our formation and style of play quite nicely.
Three added minutes have been played - to my surprise- & the final whistle blows. Espanyol win by
3 - 2 on the night but Wolves move into the next round with an aggregate score of 6 - 3
Not a particularly memorable game against a generally poor team, but I'm sure Nuno will be unhappy with the goals conceded.
All eyes now on tomorrow's draw - Rangers, Basel, Bayer Leverkusen & Roma are also through so far
A lacklustre performance generally speaking. Was about to sing the praises of Neto and he then misses an open goal!!! Kilman impresses again and Podence has a full game under his belt with two assists. MGW failed to take his chance and I can see Nuno losing patience with him.
So much talk about keeping a clean sheet and our defence gets all dozy and will need to sharpen up before we play Spurs.
Still, some players rested so roll on Sunday.
We’re through but disappointing on the night. Neto nets his open goal and we win, simple as but we probably didn’t do enough to deserve that but a draw would have been fair. Complacency? Just off the pace? Not sure but in cup football the biggest question is if you’m in the hat and we am!
I said they weren’t a bad side in the first match, Angry, especially at the start! Very neat and tidy on many occasions, kept the ball well but no cutting edge. Clearly no where near good enough to progress and always there for the taking.
Is the draw tomorrow?
Well they're bl00dy awful Ivy , yes the draw is tomorrow . I'd like Inter milan as it's the foreign team I used to support as a kid but whether I'd be able to go due to the man made corona virus is another matter
Obviously the main thing is we are through. Should have won 3-2, Neto should have tried pulling his shirt over his head before taking his shot. What a miss! That being said though, he did ok overall once he came on.
Defence was a bit sloppy and MGW continues to frustrate. I actually thought that was Kilman's weakest match. Up to now he has always looked at home when he has played and a definite penalty.
Don't want to seem like I'm moaning too much. To reach the last 16 without playing our best is pretty good going.
I hope we don't get a British side in the next round, not that it would bother me who we get as we can beat anyone of them but we play those sort of sides every week and I would like the European "thing" to go on as long as possible.
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