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New Wolves boss Walter Zenga is on a learning curve

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"My philosophy is that sometimes you win and sometimes you learn."

Walter Zenga certainly learned a lot about his new team on Saturday.

A dreadful opening 20 minutes saw Wolves fall 2-0 behind – but a stirring comeback with 10 men earned a deserved point.

Zenga heads into his first game at Molineux tonight calling for 100 per cent effort from whichever XI he picks.

He said of Saturday's game: "In my opinion if the manager or the coach is here for two years you (still) learn something.

"You have to push your players all the time to the next level.

"It was special for how the game goes 0-2 then to 1-2, then down to 10 men and we drew, and was close to winning the game.

"It was a fantastic atmosphere.

"And in the first half I learned a lot about what we can do better.

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"Normally we can talk about mistakes, but also we must think that the opposing team can play very well.

"We had a discussion about this situation and we have to learn from it.

"My priority is the next game. The next game is the League Cup and it's 100 per cent important from us.

"We're fully concentrated to make a good result and go as long as we can (in the competition)."

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Zenga is expected to make several changes tonight to give others a change to impress.

Andy Lonergan could feature tonight

Andy Lonergan, Sylvain Deslandes, Jack Price, Conor Coady and Joe Mason were on the bench at Rotherham alongside new signings Helder Costa and Joao Teixeira.

Nathan Byrne and Bright Enobakhare didn't even make the bench and may come into the head coach's thinking.

"We have to evaluate the situation," he said. "We have some idea about it.

"There are two ways – go with the same XI or make some changes and give everyone a chance to be fit with 90 minutes.

"It's a discussion with our technical staff, medical staff and, of course, with the players. Everybody must be involved with any decision.

"A game every three days is a challenge. If you take a look at the first results in the Championship, some teams they lost but it's not a drama because it's a very long season.

"Forty-six games is a long season. Probably sometimes we'll be down or up.

"Of course, we're working to try and keep the same high level.

"It's important to prepare one good starting XI. We have to check physically how they feel and then make a competitive starting line-up.

"My personal opinion is everybody must have a chance to show themselves to be involved in the season.

"What can happen during the season for the most important game you could have a player suspended or some player not in the right shape.

"You cannot (then) say to someone 'I believe in you' if they haven't had one chance."

None of Wolves' three Portuguese signings started on Saturday and Silvio is now out injured.

Zenga said of the trio: "They came without pre-season, just only taking some training with us.

"Silvio is injured now, Joao Teixeira played well for 30 minutes, Helder Costa is a player with his technical quality he needs to work, but is going to show himself soon."

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