Nuno Espirito Santo was a proud manager on Thursday night as Wolves secured their place in the Europa League knockout stages.
It was achieved in a roller coaster of a draw with Braga, in front of 6,000 travelling supporters, who face a continued European adventure in 2020. Raul Jimenez, Matt Doherty and Adama Traore were all on target in Portugal and, although Nuno was unhappy with mistakes after the break, he was delighted that it was job done in terms of qualification.
On securing qualification
“I’m extremely proud. 6,000 fans here is amazing. It requires a lot of effort from them, flights and travel, on a night like this, that’s what makes us proud.
“The journey we started together, since the Championship. If we can achieve more, we will try. It’s the same group of players that started, that are trying to grow, our fans are always with us supporting and that’s what makes me happy.”
On the game
“The first-half was good. We started bad, we conceded a goal that can happen, but the reaction was very good. We pressed well, we stayed organised and achieved good combinations, so naturally we were finishing goals, the way the team reacted in play was good.
“Second-half not so good, not so well organised, allowing passes to Braga that unbalances and conceded in situations that we must improve. That’s the assessment that I have, but I’m extremely happy because 6,000 fans of Wolves came here and supported us, it was amazing, so thank you and we keep on going.”
On finding Europa League balance
“The season has been long and it was another demanding match. We started very early in the season, however the balance so far has been good. The team is improving, the players are responding.
“However, we need to keep this momentum because in a couple of days we have a key game against Sheffield United and we want to develop and improve. We don’t have limits, we always keep going and we’re going to the next one.”