Conor Coady described bagging the winner at Goodison Park as “an incredible feeling” but insisted it’s all about the team and football club.
The skipper rose highest to glance home Ruben Neves’ inch-perfect cross on 49 minutes, and it turned out to be the winner, as Wolves kept a second clean sheet in the space of four days to move up to seventh in the Premier League. It represents a big turnaround for the old gold, who banished the memory of a poor run of form with back-to-back victories, and leaving the Goodison Park pitch on Sunday afternoon, Coady’s joy was etched right across his face.
On the perfect game plan
“They’re a top team, a top football club, and it was important we came here with the right mentality to try and have the ball when we could, but also know that when the crowd gets up, it’s tough to play. We had to frustrate at times, and we got the goal second-half which was fantastic.
“The lads did everything the gaffer asked of us. We spoke at half-time, we tweaked a few little things, and it was brilliant second-half – we believed we could go and win. It was important we believed and were brave on the ball in tight areas.”
On getting the goal
“We work a lot on set pieces and second phases, the three of them this year have come from second phases, and we do a lot with Tony, our goalkeeping coach, and he’s fantastic at what he does. To score, obviously for me was a nice feeling, and it’s a good day.
“I can’t remember the last time I did it [scored three], I think it was when I was on loan at Sheffield United when I was a kid. It was about winning for this football club, and that’s what it’s only ever been about. I love being part of this club, so to win is an incredible feeling.”
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On another clean sheet
“We pride ourselves on it. We do a lot of work and we train an awful lot on these sort of things. It’s important we stick to it, it’s a base we set ourselves, and let our top players play as much as possible. It’s fantastic, it’s the whole team, what we do as a unit, how compact we are, and it’s important we keep on doing that because it sets a base for us.”
On a fine Neves performance
“How good has he been all season? That’s the norm because of how well he’s done all season. He’s a fantastic football and it’s his birthday, so a great day for him.”
On the message moving forward
“A few games ago people weren’t really looking at us when we got beat, and now you win a couple and play the way you want to, and people start talking again. It’s important we don’t get too high or too low, we keep on moving forward, we’ve got a tough game on Friday night against Leeds, so we’ll go in on Tuesday and make sure we’re ready.”