Nuno Espirito Santo wants his team to use their Europa League success to their advantage when returning to Premier League action against Everton on Sunday.
Wolves beat Torino, their sixth win from six Europa League matches, on Thursday night to secure a place in the group stages and continue the club’s impressive return to European football. The turnaround is once again swift however, with Nuno’s team back in action at Goodison Park on Sunday, and the head coach wants to take the positive feeling into what he knows will be a tough fixture.
On facing Everton
“We’re going to use it (Thursday’s win) in the best way that we can. We’ll try to compete the way we compete, we competed well, we have to do it again. We’re going to look at Everton now. They’re a good team.
“What we did was amazing (at Goodison Park last season), but now we have to go again. We are talking about a very good squad, a very good manager, it’s going to be a big, big test for us. Their home form shows how good they are and how well they do things.”
On reacting to set-backs
“We try to give the best answer in the moment. Against Torino we immediately reacted, it took back the advantage that we had, we managed well. Sometimes it takes longer, sometimes you cannot do it, it depends.
“We’ve done it in the final moment, the spirit is there. The idea is that we maintain this spirit, knowing that what the game gives you, you have to give an answer. As a group we go again.”
On the front two
“They played very well. It’s growing. They know each other better, they work for the team and the team recognises what they can give. It’s work and it has to improve, but I’m very happy. I try to use them when I think I should use them, what the game looks for.
“Everybody wants to play, having all the squad healthy is the best thing we have and the credit is for the way the boys work. They recover and everybody’s going to be OK.”
On Doherty’s fitness
“He’s not 100 per cent, he’s been struggling, but Matt is one case and we have to take care of him, use him when we decide we should us him, and when he’s ready to go he will go again.”