Saiss | 'We won with our mental strength'

Romain Saiss has put Wolves’ defensive solidity down to “hard and collective work”, after the old gold kept Leicester City at bay to secure three more big points.

Although there was no clean sheet for Bruno Lage’s backline against the Foxes, once Daniel Podence had restored the advantage on Sunday, each Wolves man stood up to ensure there’d be no second Leicester response. Saiss, who has slotted back into the defence seamlessly following international duty, was outstanding at the back – his 12 clearances was double anybody else on the pitch – and he’s enjoying the team’s defensive work currently.

On a good battle  

“We prepared for a difficult match. Leicester City are a great team, even though they may be struggling a bit at the moment. We had prepared all week for it. We started the match really well. We played good football, finding spaces between their lines, and putting pressure on them.

“Later on, perhaps we rushed things a bit too much. We should have kept possession, rather than let them play. They had their moment and equalised. But we also had our chances and could regain the lead. We won with our mental strength.”

On being solid at the back

“Hard and collective work. Not just for the defenders, but for everyone. We got a good result today because we’re a united team. We work together. We attack together, and we also defend together. We’re not scoring many goals at the moment, but we must keep up with the hard work, to remain strong in defence and also try to score more goals.

“We’re ambitious and want to go up the rankings and win many more games. Now, it’s going to be a complicated week, with two away games. We must now rest and prepare for the next match.”

On the targets

“The most important thing is to continue competing with our rivals until the very end. We must do our very best to reach the highest position possible at the end of the season. The most important is to get the three points and win consecutive matches like we have just done. And then, we will see what happens.”