Nuno Espirito Santo insists his Wolves players will continue to compete until the last minute as they face Shrewsbury Town in an FA Cup Fourth Round replay at Molineux.
It took a Matt Doherty equaliser in the 93rd minute at Montgomery Waters Meadow to set up tonight’s clash, and the head coach has called for his players to maintain that mentality this evening.
Nuno also spoke about his squad taking a break from the UK following tonight’s match as they travel to Marbella for a warm weather training trip in preparation for the visit of Newcastle in the Premier League next Monday evening.
On recent performances
“We’re doing OK, but we know that success doesn’t last long, and you need to work to maintain it.
“To sustain the performances and achieve the consistency is one of the hardest things to do in football, but we are really trying to aim for that.
“The growing process of the team, the way the boys work every day on their training sessions. The way they focus, the way they’re committed to the club and to the challenge that we have as a small group, that everyone wants to improve.”
On Shrewsbury challenge
“It was a tough game and we were fortunate to get a last-minute goal that allowed us to get the draw. We are very aware that it’s going to be a very tough game.
“We know we can expect a very organised Shrewsbury, who are going to try and reduce the spaces, it’s going to be a tough task.
“They are going to come here knowing that for them and for us it’s a cup final and everything is going to be solved tomorrow.
“I expect a very tough game tomorrow against a very highly motivated team and we have to match those standards with our talent and our organisation and we must be able to compete in a good way.
“There’s no giving up, every game we have to compete until the last minute.”
On Molineux crowd
“I’m delighted. It says a lot of the support the fans are giving to us and tomorrow we expect a full pack and a noisy Molineux to help us go through.”
On utilising the under-23s
“We have a small squad. In this moment we have 16 players, plus the goalies, plus the back-ups of the under-23s, so there’s no such thing as rotations. It’s a strong 11 based on the game plan
“I don’t recall one week where we didn’t use the under-23s in training sessions. They give you real moments during training sessions that we can use for the competition.
“If you work every day with the same guys you don’t see different actions happen, so this is the idea with bringing young players in. It gives you an answer, how you have to behave, because in this competition you don’t know who you’re going to play against.
“It doesn’t have to be with an injury, sometimes it’s just a game plan. At the same time, they know their group is the under-23s and they are working there, after the situations of who really deserves to be involved with the first-team. There’s clear communication between the technical staff.”
On warm weather training
“Like we did last season, the schedule allowed us to go, and we go to work, to focus and to prepare for the game against Newcastle.
“There’s no holiday. Holiday is only in May.”