Lage | 'It’s not about the result, it’s about the way we played'

Bruno Lage praised his group for playing their own game, which they’d worked on in training and yielded three points against Watford.

Wolves bounced back from Saturday’s disappointment with a stunning performance, four goals and a return to form, and Lage wants momentum to build from this point. The head coach made four changes to his side, and each one impressed under the Molineux lights, and now Lage has called on his players to not relax, but kick on from here.

On the performance

“After what we did in the last game, especially the first 45 minutes against Crystal Palace, we deserved this because of the way we worked, and the fans deserved a good performance. We did very well.

“The target today was to play our way and we played. We started the game very well and it was a good performance. We scored three goals and did a good performance.”

On taking chances in front of goal

“It was very good. Good situations, and the third goal also good because we started a press – it’s not the first goal we scored in that way, we scored a goal against Tottenham and Arsenal in that way.

“That’s the thing, we’re doing little things, and the pressure for my players is the little things, we need to do them more times. I make every day for them and every day I work more for them.”

On a Neves classic

“It was very good. Ruben is in a good moment. He knows what I want from him, what I wish for his career, so I’m very happy with this moment. We need to continue to work because top is top, but he should be top of the top, so he needs to continue. What I want from Ruben is what I want from my team. Sunday, against Everton, another good performance.”

On Jimenez back with a bang

“Sometimes the players know better than us what they are doing on the pitch or in training. Raul, the way he works, the way he comes every day, he deserves the goal, a good performance, and that’s what I want from him.”

On learning from Sunday

“We needed them to play against us. We didn’t play against Crystal Palace, we were afraid to play with the ball, we tried to play with long balls and didn’t take any risks. After, when we watched the game, we had a handful of nothing.

“Today, it’s not about just the result, it’s about the way we played. We had more possession – we dominated the game with the ball, and we didn’t have fear to play, which is so important for us and this should be our philosophy. Come to the game and play the way we trained since the first day.”

On winning for the fans

“Every time it’s important, especially after the last game, because the fans since the first day were there to support us, and they deserved it. The performance was for them, they are there to support us.”

On returning stars

“I’m very happy with Boly and Jonny, he’s working hard, he played very well. Rayan and Marcal are also in a good moment, and Boly came back. I know he’s a very good player, he’s important player for us, and let’s see.

“After a good performance, for him, I think Boly is back. Now, understand the way he plays, the way he recovers, that’s the most important thing.”

On building on the win

“Finish analysing the game and every time I want more from my players – that’s the main goal. We are in a good position, 43 points, and we need to have confidence and confidence isn’t relaxing, it’s to play like we played today, that’s the target until the end of the season.”