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Men's Football Santo looking to shake things up

Wolves 0-2 Watford
by Simon Williams 
at Molineux Stadium

NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO will be looking to shake things up for Wolverhampton Wanderers trip to Brighton next weekend.

The Wolves manager has named the same starting XI for their opening nine games of the season but suffered their first home defeat in 15 games following a 2-0 defeat to Watford on Saturday.

And after the game Nuno admitted it may be time to freshen things up for their trip to the Amex.

He said: “I think the week ahead will dictate the decisions that we have to make for the next game at Brighton.

“We didn’t play well so we cannot complain about the result. Today was a disappointing day for us.”

After an unentertaining opening period, Etienne Capoue opened the scoring for the Hornets on 20 minutes with a low drive through the legs of the Wolves captain Conor Coady and past a helpless Rui Patricio.

And less than a minute later Roberto Pereyra doubled his side’s lead with a delightful dinked effort over Patricio.

The home side upped the tempo in the latter stages of the game following the introduction of Ivan Cavaleiro and Adama Traore. But it wasn’t enough as the Black Country side slumped to their first defeat at Molineux since returning to the top flight.

For Watford, the result ended a five-game winless run for Javi Gracia’s side as they climbed above Wolves in the Premier League table.

“Today I’m very pleased for my players and the supporters. After the last defeat we had two tough weeks preparing for this game and today we have got a good reward,” said Gracia.

“For me, the key to the game was scoring the first [goal] and so quickly the second one. It was the key and in my opinion we deserved the reward.”


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