Nuno Espirito Santo has paid tribute to the Wolves supporters following a special day in which his side signed off a season of Premier League games at Molineux with victory over Fulham.
The head coach, who received an honorary doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton prior to kick-off, praised the support of Wolves’ home fans throughout a season which saw their team confirm a top-half finish in the top-flight for the first time in almost 40 years.
On three points against Fulham
“We were very good, and played well, so I’m happy. Performing well was the most important thing. It was a special day because it was our last game at home this season, so we wanted to play well.
“This is because our fans are amazing and the support they have given us at home was so important, and the boys played well.
“It was a special day for everybody because this way we keep the momentum at home which is so important.”
On celebratory lap of honour
“It’s for the fans. For them to be with the players because we’ve been so good at home. They have helped us so much that they deserve every man out there.
“I have been out an applauded them – if I could, I would hug them all; one by one. Just because of how thankful I am.”
On missed chances
“I was worried all the game because we were facing Fulham, a very difficult, well-organised team. The have good players and Scott is doing a good job there.
“We created good chances in the first-half, but Fulham also played well and made it hard for us.
“We had to stay focused and continue to create chances, but the moment of the goal was so well played, and it was worth the wait.
“We broke with the movement of Leander and I’m so happy for him, happy for the boys, because it’s not only about today, but about the season.”
On the finish to another season at Molineux
“I’m proud of how we played every game. The draws, the games that we lose, the way we lose – even in the FA Cup, I’m proud of that, because it was a big moment for us.
“I’m proud of every minute, even the training sessions, every minute. The achievement is for the players because how we did things here is important. How we did it. We started with a squad of 18 – plus goalies, then in December we reduced the squad to 16, and these players made it.
“They made it and committed so much. I’m so proud of them that I can’t express it in words. I can’t express how proud I am of our team.”
On receiving his doctorate
“It was an honour and a privilege, especially for an institution like a university to give you an honorary doctorate, but it goes beyond me. It’s the staff, it’s the players, employees, fans.
“It’s two years of building something. You can take away a lot of things from your life, but it’s nice to be given something this special.”
On preparation for Liverpool
“We’re going to enjoy now, have two days off for rest, because the boys deserve it, and then it will be a long week of preparation for the last game of the competition.
“Nothing will change, it will remain the same as always, as strong as ever.”