Wolverhampton Wanderers will hope they are over their mini set of wobbles in this season’s chase for the Championship title – Nuno Espirito Santo certainly hopes so.
With a dip in form of late, culminating in our heaviest defeat of the season to near neighbours Aston Villa last weekend, Wolves got back on track in Tuesday evenings game against Reading with a sublime three nil victory.
Speaking to the Official Website as he met with the media following the game, the message from our gaffer was basically well done on responding, and now get back on track before the hardwork gets blown.
I’m paraphrasing obviously.
‘It was a good performance, a very good performance, a good result. Good football and good goals. I was very pleased with the reaction and approach of the team, I think it was very good. We have told ourselves this is how we must perform. We must be consistent, we cannot have one good performance, then one bad performance, and that is what will be the focus. We have to be consistent game after game, performance after performance.’
With Tuesday seeing a return to the Molineux after three successive away games, in some ways maybe that helped and Santo certainly felt so.
‘Home factor – fantastic support, fantastic crowd, I think they enjoy and we really need our fans to be behind the team. We enjoy playing at home. We are focussed on the schedule. The schedule told us we had three games away from Molineux but today we wanted the home factor and we need to repeat it on Saturday. We try every game to find solutions – this is what we want to build. We want to build a team that is able to give answers to all the problems.’
In terms of Villa and the derby defeat, Nuno knew we’d been well below par on the day so he was pleased to see the players step back up to their normal levels as it was the best response they could’ve given.
‘It was the same as whenever we haven`t performed well, we speak about it together and we did it after Saturday. Reading is a team that has good possession and when they are able to break you, they can cause you problems. We were very, very in control in that part of the game. When we have the ball we have talent, we have quality, we enjoy being with the ball and when things go well, it looks nice. The combinations that we have, the way we play football is good. Now Saturday is a very important game, like all the games, but before the break it`s important to go out with a good performance.’
On an otherwise great evening, the downside was in Diogo Jota picking up an injury and leaving after 25 minutes had been played, but Santo was cautious with scans and assessments still to be done.
‘I don`t know how serious it is but we are worried, of course. Diogo is a tough boy, he gets up and he keeps on going, so when he cannot it`s because the pain was there. Let`s see what it is. We have the squad and you see answer after answer that the players coming in play good.’