Second-half performance delights Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo praised the second-half performance of his players as Wolves made it back-to-back wins in the Europa League group stages and maintain their winning away run in the competition.

Roman Saiss and Raul Jimenez’s goals were enough for Wolves to come from 1-0 down to claim all three points and move up to second place in the Group K table, and the head coach was pleased with how his team reacted following the half-time break.

On coming from behind to take the win

“Everybody’s happy. I think the first-half was not so good, but the second-half was very, very good. It’s something that we have to analyse, why we required so much effort.

“In the first-half I felt we didn’t play so good and we conceded a goal that we cannot. It was only one man. I’m happy, happy for the fans – the 200 that were here were buzzing. This is what we wanted to do, we wanted to play well, enjoy ourselves and show our talent.

“I think the team showed good things and we keep on going.”

On the first-half threat of Slovan

“It was not a surprise at all. We mentioned it yesterday that we knew about Slovan and they were very good in the first-half.

“They caused us a lot of problems as they’re a well organised team with a good manager and we expect another tough match [at Molineux], but now we have to focus on Newcastle on Sunday.

“We play against Newcastle and then we’ll start thinking again. It’s game by game, but it’s going to be tough, for sure, because they’re a very good team.”

On the Tehelne pole atmosphere

“It was noisy. People make noise. At the end of the day, it’s better to play in a stadium like this. Once again, I think the message was clear, so let’s stop racism and the people heard the same message today.

“They all enjoyed themselves because something that someone did wrong. But it cannot repeat itself. I think it was a good message and a good environment.”

On the state of the pitch

“We had a training session yesterday where we could see that the pitch was not in better conditions, so it was tough to play football, the ball was always bouncing.

“But it’s the same for both teams, so we have to adapt quicker.”

On Jota’s sending off

“Of course, we are quite frustrated. I don’t know how long – two or three minutes before – the ball was out and it was our ball. It made us come out of concentration and he made a mistake.”

On switching between formations

“It depends. It depends on a lot of things, the types of options you have, the players that you have. We have to analyse each moment we have and the players that were out and those coming in, so it depends on a lot of things.

“It’s a good thing that we have two things that we dominate and that we can use when we need to. With one shape we can get good results, good results with another shape, but what’s more important is the idea.

“Why did we change? It’s because what happened in the first-half, we were allowing Slovan to press us and we needed width, that is why we changed. I think it’s good to be able to be versatile throughout the matches.

“We have players versatile enough to do different positions inside the same shape, it’s one of the good factors that we have among us, so lets us them when the game requires. Hoping that always the performance will be good, like it was today.”

On Maximilian Kilman’s performance

“He did well. He took the moment that we concede the goal because our defensive line was good. It was much better in the second-half, more aggressive on the opponent, but they did good.

“He has to improve, he’s a young man, but we also had TP [Taylor Perry] on the bench, that also shows that we try to bring players up and try to build a better squad.”