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Walter Zenga delights in stunning Wolves win

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Walter Zenga said his players proved the Barnsley defeat was 'an accident' after Wolves' stunning 2-0 win away at Newcastle United.

An own goal from Chancel Mbemba and a great strike from Helder Costa saw Wolves bounce back in style.

Zenga's team restricted Newcastle - who had won six games in succession in all competitions and not conceded a goal since August 17 - to very few chances and won the game comfortably.

The Italian said: "I'm delighted because we prepare this game to show that the last 15 minutes in the last game was an accident.

"We have to follow the philosophy that what's done is done and we have to continue in our confidence in our job.

"Especially here in Championship you play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday and it's very important to react (to a defeat) or confirm (after a win).

"I think this is what everybody wanted to see, the reaction. Even the players they wanted to see for themselves, to show the last 15 minutes of Barnsley was a shock for everybody.

"The spirit of the team, how they approach the game, how they start the game, how they play, is the big answer to everybody."

"Playing in this stadium in front of 52,000 fans against one time that came from five victories in a row, four games without receiving a goal and the last games was 6-0 for them and 0-4 for us - the approach was very important.

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"This is my satisfaction about today. I didn't expect that all the fans come from Wolverhampton to follow us and this was something we have to give back to them, something very important.

"In the 90 minutes I'm satisfied about the team. And they're satisfied because we got three important points."

Zenga made five changes and handed a debut to Romain Saiss who excelled in midfield, as did David Edwards and Prince Oniangue alongside him.

The Wolves boss said of Saiss: "Romain Saiss gives to us balance, concentration and calm. We know he's a very important player for us - that's why we buy him.

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"But I don't want to forget any component of the starting XI.

"If everybody, even the players that are out in the stand, believe in what we do, it's a big, big help for everybody.

"For us - new club, new management, new coach, new players. It's not so easy to put everybody together.

"Sometimes you can have ups and downs. But we have to continue to believe in our job and go on our journey.

"It's difficult to find a player who doesn't given 200 per cent.

"When the team plays in this way, when everybody thinking the same way in the same moment, they are compact, they play for each other, they sacrifice - at the very least you have a great match, and then the result depends on many components.

"All these details are important if you prepare yourself great during the training.

"The game is all the time the face of what you did during the week."

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