Nuno | On character, resilience and the equaliser

The way Wolves reacted to falling behind on Sunday, restricting Tottenham Hotspur to few chances and striking late to earn a point, delighted Nuno Espirito Santo.

The hosts conceded within the opening minute but kept their composure and dominated large spells of the contest, then were rewarded for their performance when Romain Saiss headed home Pedro Neto’s corner. Speaking after the game, Nuno was happy with large aspects of his team’s display, particularly how they managed to game to ensure Saiss’ second goal of the season was enough for a point.   

On scoring from a set piece

“Today we didn’t have big players that we usually have like Leander (Dendoncker) and Willy (Boly). We changed and went to straight corners. There’s no scientific reason for it, we always try to look for the best, sometimes it works out, so we are aware, but having solutions is good.”

On the reaction to falling behind

“I was pleased because the team realised we made a mistake and we had to chase, but the first reaction to that was good. The boys understood, kept the organisation and after that it was a tremendous effort in terms of intensity, aggression and chasing the players of Tottenham.

“It’s a learning process. Sometimes you cannot expect how things happen in the first minute. We demand focus and demand being alert. We know how games are going with the situation without fans, the edge is not there, many games with early goals.

“It happens to you and you have to react. After that, I think we stayed in the game and performed well. We combined, we defended, we reacted to the loss of the ball and we had good chances.”

On restricting Spurs to few chances

“We did well. We were very aggressive, very intense following the movements, filling the gaps, that’s why I think we played good, because when you have to chase a result, chase a game, and you are losing, the best aspect is the aggression and organisation.

“If you go crazy chasing a result you can concede another one, so the balance. Then, the talent you hope can provide you some good moments. The boys combined well on the sides, had shots on goal and good chances.

“The result is a consequence. We conceded very early in the game, but the team reacted, very intense, very aggressive against a dangerous side, but we played good so I’m happy.”

On the young players flourishing

“We have a squad of young players that we trust. It’s up to us to choose the right moments. Probably, if the situations didn’t happen, with the injuries, probably we don’t see too many of these players playing together right now.

“This is what we want, to make them grow, make them improve, and if the chance is there for the young boys, let’s go ahead and give the boys minutes and try to help and support them to become better for us in the future. Try to build a good team.”

On having Jimenez at Molineux

“It’s very nice to have him around, to see him improving, getting his health back. At the same time, not having Raul gives a chance to you players we want to develop and trust.”