Coady | On a big win, early goals and the week ahead

Conor Coady was able to enjoy his weekend after Wolves’ thoroughly impressive victory against Crystal Palace on Friday evening.

Two first-half goals from Rayan Ait-Nouri, on his debut, and Daniel Podence settled the contest the home side’s favour, but it was the whole performance which pleased the captain. A clean sheet and how Wolves managed Crystal Palace’s threats were equally satisfying for Coady, who can now look forward to a positive week on the training pitch.

On a big win on Friday

“It was massive for us, huge. We always want to improve, get better, it’s important we keep on picking results up and the most important thing is we keep on improving and we did that again on Friday.

“I thought we dominated large spells and, when we had to defend, we defended as a team, we defended as a unit. We enjoyed it, it’s good to play on a Friday and obviously get a win.”

On holding Palace off

“Palace are always dangerous, they’ve got some fantastic players going forward, we know about them from previous seasons, they’ve got some really good players.

“It was important we concentrated all night, we stuck together, controlled it deep, going in behind because they’re really quick. It was a good night for us because we improved on the last game and it’s a good win.”

On starting strong

“We’d love to score two, three, four in the first-half, I’ve said it plenty of times before. I can’t put my finger on it, but on Friday it was a good night because we did score in the first-half.

“They were two fantastic goals. Rayan was absolutely fantastic, I thought he was brilliant, he’s come in, he’s learning the role inside out. It’s up to us to help him as much as possible, but for a young lad coming into a Premier League like that, I thought he was brilliant.”

On helping Ait-Nouri settle

“He’s really sharp. He turns you inside out. He’s got bags of tricks. It’s important we try and help him settle in as much as possible.

“He’s a young boy coming from a different country. He’s a fantastic person, he’s brilliant to have around the place, and it’s up to us as teammates and friends to make him settle as quickly as possible and hopefully we’ll keep on going.”

On looking ahead

“We say it every year, we never put targets on where we want to go, because you put yourself under unwanted pressure. If you give yourself a target, you try to get there week in, week out. We’ve never done it since the manager came in and we won’t start now.

“This week is about improving. We’ve got a long week now, I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing, because we’d rather play straight away, but we’ll enjoy the week, the rest and work hard in training to go again next week.”