Lage | On cutting out mistakes, fighting back and penalty heartache

Bruno Lage was pleased with how his Wolves side were able to fight back from two-goals down against Tottenham Hotspur to take the game to penalties but was ultimately left disappointed by not moving through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Similarly to how his side dropped two goals to Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday, Wolves once again dropped behind at Molineux, but Lage was glad that his players were able to learn from the weekend and come back from behind and also have the opportunities to take the lead.  

On believing his team could win

“The way we prepare for the game and the way we saw our first game against Tottenham, we had that feeling, even with the changes, the dynamic is there. We have that feeling since the beginning that we can win the game.

“But the way we started, we tried to control the things, but Yerson [Mosquera] came out and in that period, the way we suffered the goals, we gave two goals to them.

“But we have the power and the strength to turn the game to ourselves, from 2-0 to 2-2, and then we create the better chances to win.

“So, it’s a disappointing result, but I’m happy with what the boys did during the game.”

On fighting back

“That’s been the feeling since the first game. The biggest thing we are doing and the players, they are there, they are working very hard to try to play in this way and we believe we can win more games in this way.

“But we are making some mistakes, some individual mistakes, some collective mistakes, and there are things we need to work, because every time we conceded easy chances for the opponents to score.

“This is one side and the other side is how we are creating chances to score. The goals are coming. Today they came, two good goals. In the end, I’m happy, but I’m not satisfied with the result because we didn’t go forward in the cup.”

On falling short on penalties

“That is how football is like. In the same way, I thought it was going to be a good game for us and the people today against Tottenham, I had that feeling, but this is football.

“This is why we have people around the world enjoying the game because it’s an emotional game. In one minute, everything changes. The way we played the game, and I felt it during the week, it was going to be a good game for us, a game to go through our plan, but we began two-nil down, we recovered the game and then Ruben misses his penalty.

“But this is football.”

On learning from the weekend

“Every time we take something from the game. Winning or losing, we always take something to build on and it comes from that.

“Last game here, we suffered from the goals and we lose the control, and I think we learned from that game today.

“At two-nil down, you can’t worry, and if you don’t come to the emotional side, you stay focused on our plan and our tasks, and you keep going. We have that from the Brentford game, and for this game, we used that.

“I don’t believe in bad luck, what I believe in is hard work and planning everything well to create the squad I want to create to play like this and win more games for the club.”