The Approach Will Never Change - Santo
Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has said that the approach of the side won't change despite back to back draws to Norwich City and Preston North End in our most recent matches.
With high flying Fulham up next this weekend as we make the trip to London and Craven Cottage, Santo told the Official Website that despite recent results our approach to matches this season will not change and neither will his philosophy.
'The day we started working we created an idea, a philosophy that wasn`t going to change, no matter what. This will be from day one to the last day. Of course, there is a moment of sadness. It feels like a punch and then the final whistle tells you don`t have time left and we lost a win we almost had. We know that football is like that, until the end you need to remain focused. Before it was us on the other side because we`ve been relentless.'
With Santo making the decision to replace Helder Costa with Romain Saiss at half time in an attempt to bolster our ball retention, he felt that had largely worked as we tried to blunt their renewed belief in the second period.
'We had to make a decision to have more of the ball so put another midfielder in and we started well in the second-half, but we didn`t have the two up front to give us pace, it`s a balance. For 20 minutes of the second-half we controlled the ball and possession, we were threatening high up the pitch. The boys never lost their shape. Norwich had things also, they started putting more people in front, the centre halves went deep and there was space behind so you create chances to win the game.'
Nuno went on to say that with them levelling at the death, clearly there were things we could improve on and that had been the focus back on the training pitch.
'I already analysed the game, it`s the last moment, we look much deeper, the 93 minutes of the game. We can learn. What was required at that moment, the decision making, that is our work. We`ll put it on the training pitch and get better.'
Alfred N'Diaye also spoke of his disappointment at losing the win and all three points late on and having to settle for a share of the spoils.
'We are disappointed as we wanted to win the game. We started the game well, but when we went 2-0 up we started to drop back and that wasn't good for us. After they scored their first goal they were able to put pressure on us, and in my opinion we didn't give the performance that we wanted to in the second half, and that's why they went away with a draw. Norwich are a good team - they play football the right way, but when you're 2-0 up at home you have to win the game. It's frustrating that they scored in the last seconds, but we know we are not the perfect team so we will try to learn from this.'
With N'Diaye getting himself on the scoresheet in the game, it does make it successive home goals for him at the Molineux.
'I'm pleased that I've scored two in three games, but you're only really happy if your goal counts towards a win. I'm playing a lot at the moment and that's good for me. I came here to play - nobody is happy to sit on the bench. All season I've tried to work hard and do my best, and everyone knows the gaffer knows what's best for the team, so everyone has that same attitude. But now I've played five games in a row and that's good for me and for my confidence. But I'm not the kind of guy who thinks I can relax now - I know I've got to keep working hard to stay in the team.'
He ended his interview with positives though, we remain in a great position this season and two draws don't change that.
'A point is still a point - obviously we wanted to win but we're still in a good position in the league. We have 13 more games now and we will work hard for what we want to achieve. We know we have to go to Fulham on Saturday with big ambitions, because we know where we want to be at the end of the season. They are one of the best teams in the league, but these big games are where you can show what you can do as a player. We have to go there and not be afraid and show why we are top of the league.'