Gaffer Rues Late Loss

Head Coach's thoughts after frustrating defeat

Walter Zenga has called for Wolves to be better in the closing stages of games after tonight’s disappointing defeat at Wigan.

Wolves recovered from a slow start and an early goal from Adam Le Fondre to control the first half and equalise through Prince Oniangue.

But after a tense second half, it was the hosts who claimed the points with an 89th minute winner from Will Grigg.

“There was one ball into our box in the second half and we have lost the game,” said the disappointed Head Coach.

“Our keeper had kicked the ball and then it came back and they scored and I had never had the impression that we were going to lose.

“But we were surprised by one ball forward in the last minutes.

“We have to accept the result but also think that it is the second time now we have lost points at the end of games.

“We played good football and it is not easy to come here and have the game in our hands like we did but we have ended up with no points.

“I didn’t like the start of the game and we lost a goal but then we took control and created chances.

“We just have to be stronger in the box and more dangerous to finish off those chances better.

“I was pleased with how (Helder) Costa played the game.

“This Championship is very tightly balanced between all the clubs.

“We have lost many points to teams below us in the table.

“We have lost three points in the games against Burton and here late on – and with those three points think where we could be.

“We don’t want this to affect the team but we have to think about what happens in the last minutes of the game.”

Zenga had to select from a squad shorn of two of his frontmen, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Joe Mason.

He hopes both have a chance of being in contention for Saturday’s visit of Norwich City (5.30pm).

“We lost Bodvarsson to a small muscle injury from the last game and also without Mason for a small injury,” Zenga confirmed.

“We have to take care about those issues.

“If we take a risk to play them this evening the risk was high to lose them for a long time.

“With all these games we cannot take risks in this way and we have to think about the next game.

“I agreed with the medical staff and it is better to lose them for one game than for two months.”

Zenga had been hoping for the chance to introduce more attacking players in the second half in the hope of chasing a winner, having changed things around following some lively impacts from his front three.

“I made changes because the three players at the top had done a lot of work and sprinted a lot,” he explained.

“Cavaleiro and Teixeira had done a great job and I kept Helder on the pitch because I didn’t want to give the team the idea we wanted to defend.

“I wanted us to keep on attacking and if I had another striker on the bench I would have put him on as well.

“We must continue to play in this way and in the long term we will have satisfaction from it.

“When you win games you enjoy it and have satisfaction but when you lose you have to come and explain it.

“Now we have to think about the game on Saturday.”

We just have to be stronger in the box and more dangerous to finish off those chances better.
Walter Zenga