Lemina | ‘It’s important and we need to win’

Mario Lemina knows the importance of Tuesday’s trip to Ipswich Town and is hoping a win can spark some positive momentum for the Old Gold.

Wolves head to Portman Road for the first time since 2018 on Tuesday night, looking to book their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Lemina was speaking after Wolves drew with Luton Town at the weekend and he’s called for more consistency from the Old Gold, as Gary O’Neil searches for a complete, 90-muntue performance from his team.

On the week ahead

“We need to think about the game in the cup at Ipswich because it’s important and we need to win. Then after that we will think about the game on Saturday. We all know about Man City and we will have to work hard.”

On putting in a 90-minute performance

“It’s really hard to say. We’re trying to work really hard in training to get the chemistry that we need to be the team we need to be. We’re struggling a bit at the minute but I’m still confident that we are going to go on and be that team.”

On the overall performance at Luton

“We need to be more consistent to be honest. I love the group and I love the players we’ve got but we were really bad in the first half.

“Luton controlled the game and we were struggling to build up the game. In the second half we played with our hearts and in the dressing room we said a lot of things.

“We were committed and all together. We scored the goal and tried not to concede but it’s hard with one man less. We gave everything on the pitch and we have to take the draw.”

On the controversial penalty

“I didn’t watch the video, but the ball clearly touched the leg before the hand and the rules are the rules. For me they need to check, and they have to be honest about these rules because we don’t really understand the rules.

“Every time it changes and we don’t really understand. He didn’t explain anything. He didn’t want to talk to us. He just said, ‘Go away, it’s a clear penalty’.”

On Neto’s brilliant goal

“He is the key player at moment, but we need more key players to help us achieve what we want to achieve. Pedro is in a good moment, and he has to keep that going and keep focused on what he needs to do.”