Nuno Espirito Santo believes Wolves’ J-force are going to continue getting better.
Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota both got on the scoresheet in the 2-1 win at Watford as Wolves made it back-to-back wins.
Jimenez is now Wolves’ leading goalscorer in a Premier League season after bagging his 13th league goal of the season to put them ahead, overtaking Steven Fletcher’s previous record of 12 set in 2011-12. The Mexico international has 17 in all competitions.
Jota, who crossed for Jimenez’s goal, volleyed the winner for his ninth goal this season. That cross means he has provided five assists for Jimenez this season, more than any other player has supplied another.
Their combination delighted Nuno and the head coach is convinced they will continue to flourish.
“They have been working very hard and have provided moments of real talent and quality,” said Nuno. “The relationship between them works and we believe that the more time they spend together, the more good things will happen, because it’s like a small society and they get along quite well.”
Victory was some retribution for Watford’s dramatic FA Cup semi-final win over Wolves in extra-time three weeks ago. But Nuno again stressed it was not about a revenge mission.
“It was nothing to do with the past,” he insisted. “But it feels good because the boys worked hard and the team was organised. There was a moment when we were out of focus or it was bad luck but these things happen in football.
“But I think it was reward for the boys. It was a well deserved victory against a very tough and difficult opponent.”
Wolves fans at Vicarage Road were singing about Europe at the end of the game, but Nuno said seventh place – which would guarantee a Europa League place if Manchester City win the FA Cup – is still not on his mind. Wolves are four points clear in seventh place with two games left.
“Maybe I am the only one in the country that knows seventh place doesn’t guarantee you anything,” he said. “So we have to prepare for the next game.
“We’re focusing on finishing as well as possible, not as high as possible.
“It has been a long, hard season and there have been good moments and bad moments but we always stick together. I truly believe we have a fantastic chance of becoming a really good team and a better team for our future.”
There was a moment of controversy in the second half when Watford’s Jose Holebas
was accused of using an alleged elbow on Jota.
Nuno said: “No I didn’t see it. I see a lot of things but I didn’t see that.”