Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted for Ruben Neves after his first headed goal for Wolves, and has called on the midfielder to produce more moments like that in an old shirt.
The Portuguese arrived late to meet Pedro Neto’s cross at St James’ Park and his equisite header earned Wolves a valuable point to extended their unbeaten run to five matches. The equaliser came after Wolves had weathered an earnly storm from the hosts and Nuno was pleased with how they grew into the game and finished the stronger side in the north east to earn a point.
On a point at Newcastle
“I’m disappointed the way we conceded, the second phase of the set piece, it’s something that we have to look at. Honestly, I felt we were in the game. In the first-half Newcastle started really strong, and created some problems, but I think after the team settled down and controlled the game.
“We played good, had chances, in the last push. Disappointed with the way we conceded, from our point of view, but the reaction of the boys was amazing with the goal, the way they kept playing, searching for the spaces, and achieved a very good goal from Ruben.
“I’m not looking so much and the result, I’m trying to look at the performance. We finished the game really well, with the intention to go and get a win.”
On Neves’ goal
“I’ve seen it (in training), it’s something that he should do more often, sometimes the game doesn’t allow the midfielders to go in the box, but today, after we found wide areas, we were able to put a lot of bodies in the box and fortunately Ruben was there to make a good header.
“It was very important. It was only Willian there, so Ruben got there, so happy for him and let’s try to do it again.”
On coming from behind
“We settled down, after the first period of the game, when Newcastle were really strong, but after we settled down and started playing, had good lines of possession of the ball.
“We unbalanced Newcastle, and created gaps, spaces, finding lines of pockets, Adama [Traore] and Pedro [Neto] did an amazing job, and we had many situations in the box which required better finishing, but we keep on going.”
On Silva’s late chance
“That’s what goalkeepers do, they get compliments sometimes, when one player is not so accurate or clinical, but it was a good save from Dubravka.”
On continued improvements
“The expectations are always very high because I honestly think we have very talented players, that can do beautiful things. So, our expectation is to reach those high standards, but we have to be aware that the aptitude to do so it here.
“I honestly believe that we will come good with more time, trying to keep this consistency through the games and through the competition.”
On what happens next
“We have to analsye what happened, the situations that happened to us, and we try stabilise the team and give good things because are expectations are high and we demand a lot from our players because they are so talented.”