Nuno Espirito Santo was proud of the way his players reacted after Raul Jimenez’s devastating injury in the opening stages of their Premier League victory against Arsenal.
Jimenez took a heavy blow to the head after just five minutes of the clash at the Emirates and had to be stretchered off the pitch and taken to a London hospital to receive treatment. The head coach said the striker is now awake and responsive and will undergo further scans.
However, Wolves did not let the severity of the Mexican’s injury disrupt them, and Nuno was pleased with the heart and belief that his players showed to bounce back from the early set-back to claim the three points.
On Jimenez’s recovery
“He’s doing a scan now, but he’s conscious, he’s ok inside the gravity of the problem. By the reaction of his teammates, by everybody [he knew it was serious], you start hearing ‘code red’ and when it’s code red, it’s serious.
“It is serious, it was a bad moment for everybody and the game was badly affected; both teams, both players, players of Arsenal worrying about him, and we wish him everything to be ok.
“It had a big impact and you saw how serious it is by the reactions of the doctors of both teams who immediately ran to help. You see the panic in their eyes and you start thinking how he is.
“But he speaks, he’s aware, but he’s doing a scan and now we have to have a proper assessment, but he’s in good hands.”
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On the reaction of his players
“Amazing. I’m very proud today, very proud. I always am, but especially today because this team showed heart today, a will, a belief, the way they run, they work, and it was really good to see.
“It affected the players, but they were able to overcome that moment and we played good. When things aren’t going ok, the best way to focus is to forget about what happened, and today the team performed very well.
“Arsenal is a massive club with such a talented squad, so it’s huge for us, but momentum is not about this, we have to search for this. Football is a game of ups and downs and we cannot always trust that things will happen, we have to make them happen ourselves.”
On a positive first-half
“There were many things that were not ok, but that’s what we’re going to work on now, we’re going to analyse the game, we’re going to see things that we have to improve.
“There are so many things that we still have to improve for this team, but in the first-half we did a lot of things good, but in the second-half we were not able to sustain the ball as well.
“Even though we had chances to break on the counter-attack, but we defended the box well, we didn’t allow too many chances, but there was always the sense of danger because Arsenal had the ball, but I think we were filling all the pockets of spaces because the players worked so hard.
“There were moments where we were balanced, but we were too much low on the pitch, so it requires adjustments for the players, but this week, we’re going to work on that – that is our job.”
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On four at the back
“We have to improve, we want to become not so predictable, but we are never going to let go of what we have that’s so good; our foundation, our shape, our identity – that will never go away from us.
“But we can grow inside of the game, improving our game, having more players involved, and that requires other aspects of the game and we have to react better to the loss of the ball. At the end of the game we were not able to sustain the ball and control the match.
“There’s so many things that we have to work on and have to improve.”
On evolution of the team
“We want to grow, we want to improve, we want to have solutions. We did things very well during a lot of times, many, many times, and we can do it really well in another way, as long as we keep the same foundation.
“Our foundation today was reflective of how the players work, how they believe in themselves, how they respect each other, how they work as unit, but we have to keep on going.
“Today was just another game – a special one, because of what happened, and it means a lot to us, and we have to keep on going because I have a very tough challenge in the next one.”