Second-half response delights Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo was extremely satisfied with how his side overcame a difficult first-half to earn three big points at Norwich City.

Wolves were second best in the opening period, and were trailing at the break, but it all changed after the interval as Nuno’s side upped their game and produced a comeback victory. Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez bagged the crucial goals and the head coach was full of praise for how his players worked out a way of getting three points from a losing position.  

On the ideal response

“The second-half was very good. I think we controlled, we pressed, we recovered a lot of balls, so happy with the reaction, the bounce back of the boys, happy that we achieved something really important, that we learned from our mistakes.

“That’s the most important thing. All of the opponents have quality, if you let them play, you have problems. When you don’t, then you take control of the game, and in the second-half we did it. When you learn from your mistakes it’s an immense growing.

“The first-half was not good. Norwich are a very good team, the lines that they had, the way they moved the ball, it caused us a lot of problems, but we lost a lot of balls in the middle. I asked to try and do better in the second-half and we did it.”

On what changed after the break

“The way we were doing things, the way we were defending. We were not working Norwich, if you cannot work your opponent, you are in trouble.

“Everybody realised that we were not performing well, and we were making mistakes on the idea that we had for the game. Our game plan was not working out, so we had to find new solutions. First of all, it was to block Norwich and I think we were better in the second-half.”

On the spirit in the camp

“It’s part of us, something that is in our character, we are relentless and go until the end. We started three seasons ago. We played here, on the same pitch, against more or less the same players, and it’s something that’s part of our character.”

On Patricio’s performance

“There are many ways to play football and one of the ways is to defend well. You can get a lot of credit when you defend well. In the first-half it was Rui, this is his job and he has to do it.”

On starting a busy period well

“We always have confidence because we try to prepare but the schedule we have is going to be a challenge, for the all the teams in the Premier League, many managers mention it now because it doesn’t make sense, but let’s try to survive.”