Wolverhampton Wanderers recent turn in form has seen us go unbeaten in the Premier League for the last four matches, so we certainly went into this evening’s Europa League tie with Slovan Bratislava in good spirits – even if the game was tagged as behind closed doors.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo made the expected changes to the starting XI and it was a poorer first half from us, and we found ourselves 1-0 down after eleven minutes, but the match was far from over and plenty had hope of improvement in the second period and that’s exactly what happened.
Romain Saiss got us back on level terms just ahead of the half hour mark, and a penalty five minutes later from Raul Jimenez gave us the 2-1 lead. Having better dominated the game, it was nothing we didn’t deserve but the end of the match was slightly more tricky as Diogo Jota saw red for two bookable offences and we finished the game down to ten men.
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, Nuno said of our efforts on the night.
“It was tough like we knew it would be. First half was difficult, we didn’t perform very well, second half was much better. They had one shot on target and that’s something we’ve got to improve, we can’t concede this goal. Adama Traore helped a lot with his width and helping to unbalance them. With one man less it was about defending, we were brave and we managed to take what we wanted from the game. The Wolves fans here can go home happy.”
“Our aim is to enjoy this competition. You have to remember where we came from. It’s about enjoying it and seeing what happens at the end of it. The young people were shouting, I didn’t expect that from them. It was so noisy and it gave Slovan an advantage and really helped them. It was better having them in the ground though, it’s more enjoyable.”