Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted that the efforts of his players were rewarded with a moment of joy in Besiktas.
Wolves battled hard in tough surroundings in Istanbul and Willy Boly’s dramatic late winner meant they returned home with a deserved three points. While admitting there are areas for his team to improve, Nuno was pleased with the efforts and attitude of his players at Vodafone Park.
On the emotions late on
“It was good. In the end we were happy. I think the boys worked very hard. Through all the game we were competitive, believing until the end and we got this moment of Boly that gave us a good victory in a tough, tough stadium. Besiktas are a good team, they pushed us, but we were organised, so I’m happy for the boys.”
On another clean sheet
“It’s about the way we defend. We are more consistent, more organised, we defended better our points of pressure. It’s not about individuals, it’s about working as a line, reducing the space. The team defends as a unit, tries to attack as a unit, sometimes we don’t attack as a unit, but everything starts with the defensive organisation.”
On improving in the future
“We need more moments of talent, we must be more accurate. We worked hard, we were competitive, we were organised and didn’t concede too many chances to Besiktas. We created and didn’t finish the actions until the goal.
“We have a lot of things to improve. OK, we won, but the performance must be better. It’s about how we do our things, how we play, how we grow, all these things. How the players did, why some of them didn’t perform so well, we must find the why, this is my obsession.”
On the quick turnaround
“They are already recovering because Sunday we play. It was two minutes of celebration only. We are already preparing for the next one. We have a long season, Thursday, Sunday, it doesn’t stop.
“We travel back and the players that started the game won’t do anything on Friday, just active recovering with the coaches. Those that didn’t have minutes are going to train. Saturday we’ll try to prepare for the game on Sunday.”