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Wolves boss Nuno: ‘We were very poor’

Disappointed Nuno Espirito Santo departed for Wolves’ trip to Marbella admitting his side produced a ‘very poor performance’ after they lost 3-1 at Southampton.

Wolves conceded an early goal for the second successive away game in the Premier League when Nathan Redmond netted after just 94 seconds.

Although Willy Boly equalised, Redmond restored Saints’ lead within two minutes before substitute Shane Long made it three for the hosts.

It was a very poor performance,” said Nuno. “Our defensive organisation was very bad. We made mistakes from the beginning of the game. We weren’t able to control. Mistakes happen, and we have to know why.

Our defensive structure was not the best – it is something we have to look at.

It’s not about what you miss, it’s about what you concede; this game is about what you concede, what you concede in your own box, and we conceded too much.

It was not a good performance and it’s something we have to analyse deeply inside and look at. From the beginning of the game we didn’t do very well.”

Wolves had an impressive 70 per cent possession, with 17 efforts on goal but only two on target, as opposed to 13 and two for Saints.

After the start, their goal, we played well,” said Nuno. “We controlled the game well and made chances until we drew level.

We had plenty of the ball, we had chances, until the moment we scored, we played really well, stable, confident, possession, and tried to break down a good team. We had half-chances and controlled the game well until we scored.

Then we were on the front foot, and the next goal again put us behind and we were not able to stand up again and the second-half was bad and poor.

We left too many spaces and we allowed them to play. They were better than us and we have to regroup and bounce back immediately.”

The squad and staff flew to Spain immediately after the game and Nuno is looking for the change of scene to rejuvenate his players for the last five games of the season.

It’s something that was planned one month ago with the idea we’ll get energy for the final moment of the competition,” said the boss. “We feel it is a good moment to have an opportunity to train and be together.

It was planned for the positive, trying to be better, now it’s the other way round and we regroup and find ourselves again in a good spirit to face these five games. We are back at Molineux in the next game and we have to bounce back.

All the good things we did, we must keep on growing, keep on challenging ourselves because we want to become a better team.”