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Moutinho: Fighting spirit key to late Wolves goals

11 Feb 2019

After another stoppage-time goal, midfielder says team's character is at the heart of their ability to strike late on

Wolverhampton Wanderers scored yet another late goal to earn a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Monday, with Joao Moutinho saying that his side never know when they are beaten. 

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No team have scored more last-minute Premier League winners than Wolves' three this season while Monday's equaliser was their fifth goal in stoppage time; which also joint leads the top flight.

Willy Boly's equaliser was also the 14th they have scored in the final 15 minutes of a match this season, a league-high total together with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Moutinho believes this is down to their never-say-die character and ability to remain clear-headed when the going gets tough.

"Until the referee whistles to the final of the match we never give up," Moutinho said before the Newcastle fixture. "We try to score one more to win the game - that's what we do.

"We need to be calm, focused, do it well, because if you are stressed, or nervous, maybe it is not possible to do the things you need to do very well."

Newcastle, meanwhile, have now conceded 12 goals in the final 15 minutes this season, which is the fourth highest figure in the PL. Their total one behind West Ham United in third.

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