Podence | Wolves won't be 'surprised again' by Brentford

Daniel Podence insists Wolves have been preparing very well for the visit to Brentford on Saturday afternoon so not to experience a repeat of the last time the sides met earlier in the season.

Wolves put in an unusually under-par performance back in September as the Bees ran out 2-0 winners at Molineux, but the Portuguese winger, who is looking for his first Premier League goal of the season having notched twice in the FA Cup two weeks ago, is hoping the side take confidence from their victory over Southampton last week and not be caught out by Brentford again as they head to the capital.

On preparing for Brentford

“They’re a tough team, and we know that from experience. They beat us 2-0 here at Molineux and we are preparing very well for the game.

“A few days ago, we watched them play against United and they played very well, but they were unlucky. They defended very well with three centre-backs, two full-backs, like we play, and with two guys at the front who are very strong and very fast.

“That’s the two main points that we have to be aware of and prepare ourselves to not be surprised again. They’re two strikers are very strong and their defensive line is very prepared to defend.”

On three goals and three points last weekend

“It was a fantastic win. Not just because of the result, but also because of the week that we had, and also the games before. We had a few difficult games and we did great performances and results, and now we are building some consistency, and Southampton was about that.

“We found a difficult team to play, they are tough in the duels and they create a lot of chances, but as we have been doing so well, defensively we were very good and in the attack we struggled in the first minutes of the game, but we managed it well and had chances.

“We scored three goals, but we could have scored more and we were looking for one more clean sheet, but they scored a fantastic goal. In the end, it was three points, three goals and almost another clean sheet. It was a fantastic result and a good performance from everybody.”

On James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick

“On the pitch, it was the best I’ve seen. I was looking at the ball and was thinking, ‘No. He can’t shoot at goal because it’s too far.’ Even we didn’t do the wall, just two men in the wall.

“But he is a great player, and it is what he does normally. He kicks every corner and every free-kick, but we were winning 2-0 and we were a bit lazy, I think, and we didn’t believe it would go in. But it was a fantastic goal.”

On an impressive season for Jose Sa

“We also didn’t believe he could score that goal because Sa has been amazing and it’s very difficult to beat him from so far.

“It was a great free-kick, but also in the first-half, Sa did a few amazing saves like he has been doing for a while, so we are very happy to have Sa with us.

“Even for me as a winger, I’m very confident when the opponents go to our box, that if they shoot, they will not score because it’s not easy to beat Sa and beat our defensive line. They are in a good moment, especially Sa.”

On Toti Gomes’ debut performance

“All the team helped him to make his debut so perfect. During the week we had a great week, and Toti as well. He managed the ball well, he managed the duels and he was so strong.

“We didn’t believe that he would do so much of a great game as he did, but in the end, with Conor [Coady], Max [Kilman], Rayan [Ait-Nouri], Joao [Moutinho], Neves – everyone in our team, it helps him to be better and confident.

“I think the most important thing is the confidence. He’s so confident that he can do everything and he can do so well. That’s why I think he did a great game.”