I couldn’t be more proud of what they give
It was all square at the Turf with Burnley and Wolves drawing 1-1 and the two managers have reflected on the game and their own team’s performances.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Sancho said afterwards: “It was a close match. Honestly, we played good, we controlled the game, we pressed high, we didn’t allow our opponent to feel comfortable. The boys worked hard, played the game well, we had control of the game and created a lot of chances. In the first half, we put in a lot of crosses which needed a better touch.
It was a good goal but there were still situations that we should have finished better. There are things that we have to look at and improve, but the game was well played. We were organised, we defended well, we pressed high and made Burley feel uncomfortable. When we had the ball, we always had the feeling of danger with our combinations, our talents. In the second half we arrived well, and after that we controlled well until the moment at the end, but it was a good game.”
“It’s always tough but this is football, this is the game, and we’ll go again in a couple of days. We now have time to recover and then prepare well for the next one. We will prepare like always and the approach remains the same. It doesn’t matter the table. Let’s see at the end what happens. What is more important is that the team is improving and we look forwards to the next games .
“There is still a lot to play for. We have to stay focus, forget about this moment that has upset us, and go again. We go again.”
Sean Dyche, like the rest of us, will have been relieved to see that penalty go in just minutes after we’d missed the best chance of the match, but he was also talking about the injury situation after the final whistle.
“Yet again, we’ve had to make changes but the strength and mentality of this group to take on whatever challenge comes their way was there,” he said. “Then there’s that never-say-die attitude, because if you play hard for every minute of a game, you have a chance, and so it proved.
“They are a good side. In the first half I think it’s the first time since the restart that I’ve felt like we were playing a game behind closed doors. It was disjointed and there was no edge or tempo, but in the second half it livened up a bit.
“They got a breakaway goal, although it’s a sublime finish from their lad, but we reacted, as we do and after Woody missed one of the chances of the season, he showed real strength of character to go and put the penalty home.
“I never write this team off. We ask a lot of questions and I felt we did that. We know they are an organised team who don’t always give a lot away, but we kept at it and you have to keep believing in this team.”
On the injuries that forced off first Charlie Taylor and then Jay Rodriguez, Dyche said: “We’ve lost players again and, unfortunately, Charlie Taylor has felt his hamstring. He had a similar thing recently and maybe it has a chance of settling down, but we’ll have to wait and see, and we’ve had to get Jay Rod off quickly because his calf was tight at half time and we are running out of players.
“We can only take care of the next game though and although it’s been more difficult recently, we’ll have to patch them up again. The mentality is a given. Over the season, if you can keep that strong jaw, take the knocks and move forwards, then you have a better chance, and we’ve done well again tonight.
“I couldn’t be more proud of what they give and they wear the badge with real pride.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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