Nuno Espirito Santo was proud of his players after they showed guts and determination to come from behind and earn a point against Manchester United.
Trailing at the break after the visitors had been the better side, Wolves fought back brilliantly in the second-half and deservedly drew level through a Ruben Neves stunner. Rui Patricio’s penalty save and Adama Traore’s substitute impact also played vital roles in earning a point, as a noisy Molineux enjoyed its first special Premier League night of the season.
On a passionate display
“I am proud of all the performance because this is what matters in this moment of the competition.
“It was a game of emotion, this is what Molineux enjoys and we have to thank them (the fans) so much because the atmosphere when we get control of the game and create chances, they really push us, amazing.
“Let’s do what we do, play with the energy we should play with, embrace the challenge and fight for the game. The boys fought for every single ball, it was so good, I’m very proud of them.”
On a game of two halves
“They have such good players, quality of possession is very difficult, they were pressing very high and didn’t allow us to go out.
“They didn’t create us many problems, but the first time they did they were clinical. It was a fantastic goal. We had many problems and then I think the moment we started playing a bit more in the space we controlled the game.
“It was a very good game of football. The second-half, the boys were fantastic. They were dynamic, had good tempo, intensity, pressure, everything was very good.
“The game changed, the pressure was us, the recovery, the chances but we were playing against such a good team, so you have to keep in shape and stay organised.”
On Neves’ strike
“I was hoping, not expecting, because he’s fantastic. He has this technique of kicking the ball, he’s done it sometimes before, but he has to do it over and over against because this is what counts.”
On Traore’s impact
“He helped the team. Matt (Doherty) was struggling in the first-half and he helped the team, it’s about the squad, trying to manage the options you have.
“Sometimes they react better than you expect, sometimes not so good, but keep believing in the player, give chances, we trust him and he has to give it back but he did a fantastic job.”
On the VAR decision
“I didn’t want to lose that moment. I don’t know how they’re going to solve it, I gave my opinion to it, but it’s the emotion.
“You celebrate a goal and it’s such a beautiful moment, so when you are stood in silence waiting for it, don’t take that away from the people, because it’s the most important moment in football.”