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Great for Wolves on Thursday night but even better news for Newcastle United?

1 year ago
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Wolves have been playing in Slovakia on Thursday night.

Already their ninth game in Europe this season, having kicked off their campaign as early as 25 July.

Wolves went into the game in third place in the four team group, up against group leaders Slovan Bratislava.

Of special interest to Newcastle fans was seeing just how strong a side Wolves would put out ahead of Sunday, especially with Thursday night’s game ending just some 64 hours ahead of Sunday’s kick-off at St James Park.

The good news is that Wolves are taking the Europa League very seriously this season and tonight, 10 of the 14 players used, also appeared in their 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend.

Amongst those who played the full 90 minutes on Thursday were key players Jimenez, Patricio, Boly, Coady, Doherty, Moutinho and Jimenez.

Even better for Newcastle, who need every extra bit of help at the moment, Wolves had a really tough match in Slovakia.

Going behind after only 11 minutes, the English club threw everything at the game as a defeat would have made them big favourites not to qualify out of the group.

They got their reward as well for taking the competition seriously, with Saiss equalising in the 58th minute.

Then only five minutes later, stat striker Jimenez scored a spot-kick away to put Wolves in the lead.

Showing how seriously they were taking the game, substitute Jota managed to get himself sent off in the 87th minute for two yellow cards within the space of 60 seconds as Wolves held on for the win.

With three games to go, two of them at home, Wolves are now in a great position to qualify. Braga are top on seven points, then Wolves on six and in third are Slovan Bratislava with four points.

Hopefully this victory has taken plenty out of Wolves and surely every incentive for Steve Bruce to ditch his overly negative tactics and send his team out to attack the opposition on Sunday.

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