Date: 19th January 2018 at 12:30am
Written by:

Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has said he will take the positives from our FA Cup loss to Swansea City in midweek.

Having headed to the Liberty Stadium in midweek for the third round replay having initially held the Premier League side to a draw, Wolves dropped out of the competition following a two one defeat.

Former Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew opened the scoring, but Diogo Jota had us level in the second half. Unfortunately for us Wilfried Bony scored a few minutes later and it was enough for Carlos Carvalhal’s side to go through to the fourth round.

Rather than being disappointed, Santo told the Official Website that he was pleased to have taken them to a draw in the first match, and although they were the better side in the first half, our second half reaction just left him with positives even if the result went against us.

‘There are good things and bad things about the game but we will see more from deeper analysis. It was a competition in which we wanted to go on and go further but it was not possible. First half was not so good and the second half was better. I think we were in control of the game when we equalised and it seemed like we were going for the win – I think we were the better team in that moment and the momentum was ours. Like always, we will analyse but we have to go and look for the future and the future is just around the corner on Saturday.’

With the torrential rain hampering Wolves ‘up and at them’ approach that we’ve largely seen this season as we rose to the top of the Championship table, Nuno admitted it wasn’t ideal given how we like to play but by the same token it certainly wasn’t an excuse for the defeat as in this country you have to cope with those conditions, and presumably he himself will have learnt from first hand experience moving forward.

‘For both teams the pitch was difficult, it was a tough night and a typical winter night. When you lose a game, the first reaction you have is that there are no positives but there are a lot of positives from this game. It’s about the squad, it’s about growing the team and it’s about having options for the rest of the season. We have to look how many games we have gone without losing a game – now we lose, it must be the same again. We have shown again that we really can compete against any opponent – we are ready to compete game by game, this is what I’m looking to improve. I want to create an identity that allows us to go to each pitch and compete.’

He ended by saying.

‘Today, we showed that we are in the right way. I know it’s disappointing and the fans came a long way to support us until the end, but they saw what we are ready to do – the team is ready to compete in any pitch.’