Nuno Espirito Santo had no complaints about the application and effort of his players against Brighton & Hove Albion but insists the final ball must be better.
Wolves enjoyed 68 percent of the possession at Molineux and starved their visitors of a single shot on target, but couldn’t find the finishing touches at the other end. Diogo Jota twice struck the woodwork, either side of half-time, and Nuno has called for better finishing, despite being pleased with his players’ efforts.
On trying to break Brighton down
“It was a tough game, I think we had a lot of moments, we had a good game, good combinations, a lot of intensity. It’s not easy to break a team that is so, so well organised in the box, not allowing any spaces.
“We tried with wide areas, with combinations, and we had many chances. The intensity was there, the balance was there, it’s not easy to finish an action and get the ball again, and we didn’t allow anything to Brighton.
“I’m proud of the boys, proud of the fans, today. We hit the ball two times on the wood, many, many chances, but it was not our day and let’s be prepared for the next one.”
On keeping the intensity
“Our fans were pushing the boys, who were trying but it’s not easy to finish an action when we recover the ball high up the pitch, always very high, so it requires a lot of effort. The boys tried everything, so nothing to say about that, just the case that today that the ball didn’t go inside the net
“All the game, the intensity is there and the organisation, we didn’t concede anything to Brighton, anything at all. The tempo was fine, sometimes it requires patience, it’s not a case of doing things in a rush, it’s trying to make the right decisions as the game goes by.
“I would be really concerned if we didn’t produce enough chances and that was not the case, I’m happy with the way we moved the ball and the chances that we created. What I will say is that we should do better with the final touch and this is something.”
On Brighton’s approach
“All the managers have their own ideas. I’m very respectful and I admire Chris because he did what he thinks was best and came away with the main objective, it was not to concede, but we respect, it is up to us to find solutions and break teams that sit so deep and so organised.
“Each manager has their own ideas and Chris is one that I really admire, but it’s up to us to improve, it’s up to us to find solutions, but this is the growing process that I speak about."