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Nuno demands improvements to Wolves’ deliveries

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ final ball must improve as he reflected on two points dropped after the 0-0 draw against Brighton.

Wolves dominated the game with 68 per cent of the possession at Molineux and Diogo Jota hit the woodwork twice.

Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan was man of the match after denying Raul Jimenez, Ruben Neves and substitute Leander Dendoncker, while Matt Doherty, Joao Moutinho, Jimenez and Willy Boly (twice) were off target with efforts.

In contrast, Brighton failed to force a single save from Rui Patricio, with their only half chances when substitute Beram Kayal thundered a long-range shot over the bar and Shane Duffy headed wide before the hour.

What I will say is that we should do better with the final touch and this is something,” said head coach Nuno.

I would be really concerned if we didn’t produce enough chances but that was not the case; I’m happy with the way we moved the ball and the chances created.

I’m proud of the boys and proud of the fans. We hit the ball two times on the wood, and had many chances, but it was not our day and let’s be prepared for the next one.”

Wolves had 22 efforts, of which five were on target, while they forced 14 corners. Brighton had five efforts, but none on target and one corner.

Nuno reflected: “It was a tough game. I think we had a lot of moments, and we had a good game, with good combinations, and a lot of intensity.

It’s not easy to break a team so well organised in the box, not allowing any spaces.

We tried with wide areas, with combinations, and we had many chances. The intensity was there, the balance was there, it’s not easy to finish an action and get the ball again, and we didn’t allow anything to Brighton.

Nuno admitted his side exhausted all possibilities to try to break Brighton’s resolve.

The boys tried everything, so there was nothing to say about that, it was just the case that the ball didn’t go in the net,” he added.

Our fans were pushing the boys, who were trying but it’s not easy to finish an action when we recover the ball high up the pitch, always very high. So it requires a lot of effort.

All the game, the intensity and the organisation was there – we didn’t concede anything at all to Brighton.

The tempo was fine, but sometimes it requires patience – it’s not a case of doing things in a rush, it’s about trying to make the right decisions as the game goes by.”

Brighton’s ultra-cautious approach was clear from the first whistle but Nuno had no complaints about the way they set up.

All the managers have their own ideas. I’m very respectful and I admire Chris because he did what he thought was best and he came away with the main objective, which was not to concede,” said the Wolves head coach. “But it is up to us to find solutions and break teams down that sit so deep and so organised.

Each manager has their own ideas and Chris is one I really admire, and it’s up to us to improve and to find solutions, but this is the growing process that I speak about.”