Date: 13th July 2017 at 6:32am
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Conor Coady has reflected on Wolverhampton Wanderers’ one nil victory over Werder Bremen yesterday evening.

Wolves took on the Bundesliga outfit at the Parkstadion Zell am Ziller on Wednesday evening and a solitary goal from Nouha Dicko was enough to give us the one nil victory in our opening pre season friendly of the summer.

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo made eight changes at the half time break out in Austria to get match minutes into as many players as possible at this stage of pre season and it was a pretty decent night all round for the players.


Burgoyne (Jo. Ruddy 45), Batth (Ryan Bennett 45), Conor Coady, Willy Boly (Roderick Miranda 45), Matt Doherty (Aaron Simpson 58), Barry Douglas (Sylvain Deslandes 45), Jack Price (Dave Edwards 45), Romain Saiss (Ruben Neves 58), Michal Zyro (Joe Mason 45), Bright Enobakhare (Nouha Dicko 45), Ivan Cavaleiro (Connor Ronan 45).


Nouha Dicko (50).

Speaking to the E&S in his post game mini press conference, Coady was full of positives for how things had gone in pre season so far and in the game itself.

Our head coach is waiting until the end of the pre season fixtures before he gives his thoughts.

‘I loved it. It was a great run out and to beat a team like that…we knew it was going to be a tough game and it wasn’t so much about the result but improving how we’re going to play and get the gaffer’s ideas across. I thought the lads were solid and it was a great goal from Nouha as well. We’ve played against 3-4-3 a lot before and it’s tough to play against. I remember when we beat Forest at home in April, they were only just starting it under Mark Warburton and the way they were playing it out from the back it was like they always had an extra body.’

Coady went on to say.

‘We want to do it in our own way, we’re taking the gaffer’s ideas on board. You look at the squad building now, all of a sudden it’s looking very strong. Ruben Neves is a massive acquisition for us but we’ve still got Dave Edwards in there, Pricey is there, Saiss I thought was outstanding today. These boys can play – if we can get it right it’ll be some formation.’

Coady was in fact the only player to complete the full 90 minutes in his new role, and he went on to say that he’d been enjoying it in training so far.

‘I played centre half growing up a couple of times, just at youth level at Liverpool in a back four. I’ve really enjoyed it in the past couple of weeks. The gaffer’s spoken to me about a few things – hopefully if he keeps on picking me there I’ll keep improving. I’ve not played in a back three before, you can see in training every day we’re getting better. The manager’s spoken to me a lot about being in there, organising and helping the boys as much as I can.’


‘I’ve said before, I don’t mind where I play. I came back in, he started doing shapes and I was in there. I’m not one to say why I’m in or anything like that. I just want to keep on improving. The quality of players coming in is high. And you don’t just look at Neves, you look at Ryan Bennett coming in who has that Championship experience, same as John Ruddy, you could hear him today talking to everyone. Willy Boly is a beast, what a monster! He’s scary in training – you can hear him coming behind you! Luckily he’s always the opposite side to me. But you can tell he’s after people! He’s a great player. To get him here on a season long loan from Porto is a massive coup for the club.’

Speaking more about what Santo wants from the players, he ended by explaining.

‘There’s a lot of young boys in this team and the guys coming in are going to help everyone. The gaffer’s bringing his ideas across and the boys are looking into it and seeing that if we get it right as a team it will work. He wants to play with three strikers which is fantastic for everybody, we want to create, we want to entertain, we want to score goals. This is a start for us – we’ve played well today, hung on a bit at the end but sometimes you’ve got to do that. It’s about building now.’