Nuno Espirito Santo was pleased with the organisation of his Wolves side as they took a goalless draw from their latest Premier League clash against high-flying Leicester City.
The head coach, who had Jonny back in his side following a six-month lay-off, was missing Willy Boly and Daniel Podence through injury, but despite a well-drilled defensive showing, Wolves could have secured all three points through Fabio Silva’s late chance, which Nuno believes his young striker should be putting away.
On taking a point from Leicester
“It was a good performance. It was a tough game against a very good team, but we played good. Both teams were organised, Leicester had chances, we also had good chances, but it was a tough game for us.
“Leicester is a very good team in possession of the ball but we were able to be organised, close the pockets and close the lines, and we had good spells in possession, good chances to score, so there are positives to take from the game.
“Sometimes it’s about what your opponent allows you to do. In the second-half, we were on the front foot for many spells of the game, Leicester was a more dangerous team after Vardy came on with the counter-attacks, so I think this balance was important.
“We didn’t concede too many chances and we produced good movements on offense, with young players who are growing. We’re trying to stabilise the team, so we can progress and grow.”
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On a second clean sheet in three
“It pleasing, but at the same time, we must find that balance to go and attack the way we did it and then produce these good moments with young players that we put in the pitch who we want to grow and improve.
“We committed to the game. Leicester is a very good team in possession of the ball and if you open space and pockets, then you are in danger. But we were able to close them, to recover and not allow Leicester to stop our game, so there were positives.”
On Jonny’s half-time substitution
“We have a lot of players out, Jonny gave us a big hand, he’s come in from injury, but trying to be compact.
“It was something that was decided already. It was decided by him, by us, by the medical staff, by the doctor that operated on him.
“With him returning, we have to be very careful. The decision was made before the game started. It was a decision based on our future, how we have to preserve a player like Jonny.
“[Injuries to Podence and Boly] it’s a big blow because we are trying to recover players and then we lose some more. It’s been a hard season for us, but we will keep on fighting.”
On Silva’s late chance
“We had good chances. In the end, clear ones, but it will come. I’m proud of the way the boys faced the challenge of facing a very good team in possession and realising that they have to pass and go.
“Fabio has to do better. He [Schmeichel] did a great save, it was a fantastic save, but he has to do better.
“He will score these kinds of situations in the future because this is his talent and this is what he’s good at. He’s young, he’s very talented, but that moment requires a better finish.
“He’s very good at many aspects of the game, but this clinical touch, he must improve it, and we will work on that.”
On showing character
“This is what it’s all about. This is not a positive, this is an obligation. We have to fight. Never surrender. I must see it every day, not only in the games. Tomorrow we have a training session and the commitment must be the same because it’s the only way to improve.
“The most impressive thing was before the game. We realise that what’s happening to us and the circumstances that we face, the moment that we are in and the spirit that we have to try to do better.
“It was about the moment that we had, the circumstances that happened before, the outcoming and recovering players, the stabilising of the team, so we are again finding a good way and will grow.”