Wolves Work Ethic Continues To Delight Santo
Wolverhampton Wanderers' head coach Nuno Espirito Santos has praised the sides work ethic for taking another victory over Queens Park Rangers this weekend.
Hosting Ian Holloway's side at the Molineux for the tie, Alfred N'Diaye gave is the advantage 12 minutes into the first half and Helder Costa doubled our advantage in minute 21. Having largely dominated the first half, QPR rallied in the second period and hit back in minute 51 and then had a number of good chances that John Ruddy repelled to give us a two one win and move us over 70 points for the campaign.
Speaking to the Official Website as he met with the media following the game, Santo explained that each half needed to see us draw on differently qualities, and whilst the first half stood out for attacking intentions, the second period saw a strong defensive display to protect the points.
'The first half was good - good football, a lot of chances, and beautiful goals. We deserved that half-time score because we created plenty of chances and it was good work by the boys. The second half was different. They went more direct in the second half, playing long balls up to their big guys. Their goal came early and it took us a while to settle down, but afterwards we controlled the game. They're a tough team to defend, but we defended well and we had to be more compact. We worked well - good work, a good result and fantastic support.'
The pleasure for Santo was in seeing the work ethic remain the same regardless of which period of the game we were in. We attacked with intent and then defended with intent to ensure we notched up our third win on the spin.
'The philosophy and the identity that we have is one of work ethic. The players work every day - this is what's most important; teamwork and hard work, because success comes based on that and only that. QPR beat us in the previous game, so we knew they were a tough team. They're well organised, they have good players and they have a way of playing football that requires good organisation to combat. Today was a very difficult game and we won it. The support of our fans was great throughout the game, so we thanks them for that.'
Conor Coady was signing roughly from the same hymnsheet as well as he spoke about the spirit in the camp being on a 'different level'.
'It's such a tough league to play in - we know every team can cause problems. When they brought Matt Smith on at half time they started to go more direct, and we had to dig in, stick together and be resilient, and we did that. The team spirit at this club is at a different level - it's fantastic. The boys are sticking together - we all know where we want to be. We were disappointed to concede the goal early in the second half, but we've got to be ready with solutions when teams are causing us problems, and we were.'
Agreeing it was a game of 'two halves' he went on to explain.
'We were outstanding in the first half. We moved the ball, we passed it well and we scored two fantastic goals. It's a pleasure to play alongside these boys. When they're in full flow like they are at the minute, it's a real pleasure. The last couple of weeks have been good for that - we've scored plenty of goals and done it well. Hopefully we can just keep going.'
With QPR stepping up their efforts in the second period and Wolves having to hold tight at the back, including a late goal line clearance from himself to secure all three points, he went on to add.
'John Ruddy came out and made a great save and I think it was just instinct from me. I think Ryan Bennett was on the line as well, to block it if it went the other side of John. It's just a defender's instinct in that situation - making sure you're in the right place, and luckily I was and it's helped us win the game.'
Despite our commanding lead at the top of the Championship table, he ended by saying that nobody would become complacent as there are plenty of games left so now it's all eyes to Preston North End.
'We've not looked too far ahead all season. We've not focused on other teams, just on ourselves. There's still a big chunk of the season left to go and we need to keep on learning, keep on listening to the manager and to the solutions that he gives us to beat the teams that are coming up. Our sole focus is on Preston now, it's as simple as that. That game-by-game mentality has been instilled in us by the manager - that's what we've got to keep following and keep doing, and hopefully we'll keep winning games.'