Conor Coady says the victory over Aston Villa on Saturday, with all the emotion it brought, was one of his most enjoyable in a Wolves shirt.
With ten minutes to go, Wolves were staring defeat in the face at 2-0 down, but once Romain Saiss reduced the deficit, the contest flipped on its head and the skipper’s equaliser five minutes from time set up a grandstand finish. The winner, courtesy of Ruben Neves’ deflected free-kick, sparked pandemonium in the away end and Coady made sure he savoured the moment, with the team mates who’d shown character in abundance.
On a big win
“It’s tough going to Villa Park, they’re a top team, they’ve spent a lot of money in the summer on some top, top players, but it’s a derby, and one we came fully prepared for, and I thought the game was quite even before the goals.
“We gave two sloppy goals away, but on days like that you try not to think about the goals you’ve conceded because to come here and show the character and fight that we have to stick in there at two goals down and come back is testament to the boys. So, it’s an incredible day for us.”
On the spirit to come back
“It’s character that we’ve shown. We’ve got a great team spirit here, I’ve said it plenty of times, the boys are incredible. It’s a pleasure to be around these players and be involved in this dressing room because they’re fantastic.
“It doesn’t matter who plays, we know Raul Jimenez to us is work class, and when he plays, he brings us so much, but we’ve got players in the team who want to step up and help each other.
“We’ll never, ever stop, we tell ourselves every single day in training that we want to be the best version of ourselves. We’ve got an incredible support base and we’ll never stop for them.”
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The pitchside view of our skipper's 85th-minute equaliser.
On getting his goal
“It came off my knee and as it was there, I just got my body in the way. It wasn’t one that most people will remember forever, but I certainly will. No matter how they go in, it’s incredible, my boys and wife were in the crowd going mental, as the rest of the Wolves fans were.
“It’s something that we try to stick to, whether I score, or somebody else scores, Romain scored first, we work on set pieces quite a lot, second phases, third phases, so to score off them is really pleasing, but it’s an emotional day, it’s a day we’ll remember for a long time, and let’s take it all in.”
On being one of the best wins
“By a mile. To come here’s tough, it’s full testament to Aston Villa, but we’ve come here and shown how we want to play in spells. We can always get better, we’ll always push to get better, and we’ll do that week in, week out, but enjoy days like today.”
On getting results under Lage
“Since the manager came in, he’s been fantastic with the boys. He’s trying to improve us every single day, we tell ourselves to give our best to make this football club better and that’s what we’re here for.
“We were on the end of some bad results and results we didn’t think we deserved to be on the end of. There is loads to improve on, but it’s a day we want to enjoy and the supporters to enjoy because we know how much it means to them.”