Nuno Espirito Santo was pleased with the impact of his young players despite Wolves falling to defeat against Burnley in their latest Premier League visit to Turf Moor.
USA international Owen Otasowie made his Premier League debut against the Clarets, while Fabio Silva became the club’s youngest ever scorer in the competition when he netted a late penalty. But the head coach knows his young stars still have plenty of aspects in their game to improve on.
On a first Premier League start for Otasowie
“Owen did well. He’s a good player. He’s strong, he’s physical and he’s very young, but he’s growing, he’s improving a lot of aspects of his game that he still has to learn, but he’s got a lot of talent.
“He had a tough game today, but he handled himself well, and he’s going to be back in the future.”
On a goal helping Silva’s confidence
“Not just Fabio, but all the players must keep the confidence. There is a long way to go but it was difficult game.”
On falling to defeat at Burnley
“We started well the game and had good spells of football and we moved the ball well. But we’re disappointed. We were aware Burnley were strong and we could not hold on and be strong enough.
“We dealt with them pretty well. We were able to break the pressure, go out and have spaces, the ball was moving to the front, but then it became more difficult because there wasn’t much space and they made it difficult for combinations.
“The game required dynamic movements and we were passing the ball and staying still, that is why it was difficult.
“We conceded from a situation where we knew Burnley were strong. There are always good things, bad things, but we finished well the game with good character and good attitude, but it’s a tough game.
“Of course, we could always do something more, we created a lot of situations where we didn’t finish the actions, so we have to improve for the next game.”
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On injuries affecting team selection
“We had a lot of issues. Today, for example, we had players available on the bench but not enough to play.
“It was the right moment to really protect and prevent and prepare for the next game, because we have a tight schedule ahead of us, but we will manage and be ok for the next one.”
On a busy festive schedule
“Every team is going to face a very tough schedule and it will be very demanding on every team, so it will require good recovery and a well-managed squad to overcome this situation.”