Nuno Espirito Santo praised Wolves’ players and fans after the 1-1 draw at Chelsea – and warned the hosts they will be stronger next time.
Wolves were denied the double over Mauricio Sarri’s side and a first win at Stamford Bridge in 40 years after Eden Hazard’s 92nd-minute equaliser cancelled out Raul Jimenez’s 56th-minute opener.
Prompted by them hearing The Liquidator for the first time at a ground where Wolves were playing in seven years, the 3,000 visiting supporters were in full voice throughout and head coach Nuno was especially appreciative.
“I was really proud of the way the boys worked and proud of the singing all game long!” said the Wolves head coach.
“It says a lot to go to Stamford Bridge and be listening to our fans – it felt like Molineux, so big credit to them.
“It was a good performance – very organised, very compact and the team kept their shape all game.
“The distances and the spaces (between the players) were very good. We knew it was going to be difficult but we had our moments and we took the one situation we got with Raul.
“Then it was about staying in the game and staying compact and until the last moment, we did that.”
Wolves are unbeaten on their six trips to London this season and also have the best record against the top six outside those teams.
They have taken four points off Chelsea, won at Tottenham and drawn at Arsenal, Manchester United and at home to Manchester City, as well as beating Liverpool in the FA Cup.
The Portuguese head coach believes Wolves will be better for their latest experience against a leading side.
“I am very proud. It was not about the result but the way we competed. It’s a growing process,” he added.
“Next time when we come we will be stronger than we were today. That’s the final goal.”
Nuno had no complaints at the eventual outcome, despite Hazard’s equaliser coming so late. Chelsea had 76 per cent possession and 22 efforts, with six on target as opposed to Wolves’ tally of two and one respectively.
“We have to be fair to the game – we didn’t have too much of the ball,” he admitted.
“We went one time to the Chelsea goal and took our chance, and it was brave movement by Diogo (Jota) and Raul, but at the same time Chelsea fought very hard.”
Nuno is now looking for Wolves to repeat that performance when they play Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final this Saturday.
“It was very well done so let’s try to keep the consistency because it’s very important when you play against top teams and quality players,” he said.