Nuno calls for Wolves improvement after Carabao Cup win

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published: | Last Updated:

Nuno Espirito Santo was pleased to progress to the next round of the Carabao Cup – but again called for improvement from his team.

Nuno Espirito Santo (© AMA / Sam Bagnall)

Wolves edged past League Two side Yeovil thanks to Nouha Dicko's 76th minute winner.

It was a poor game at a sparsely-attended Molineux but it did mean Wolves have won their last four matches 1-0, including pre-season victories over Peterborough and Leicester and Saturday's opening-day win against Middlesbrough.

However against a team that had conceded eight goals four days ago Wolves struggled to create clear-cut chances.

"I was pleased for some moments, but I think we should do better," Nuno, who made nine changes to his XI, said.

"We were able to rotate and give minutes. The idea was the same. We have to prepare a squad for every situation, they have to be ready for any moment we decide to put them in to play.

"We need a full squad, everybody is important for us. We just have to be ready, this is the team spirit we want to build, that everybody cooperates and competes at the same time to help the team.

"If you have a large number of players able to compete it's easy to have solutions. (Leo) Bonatini played 65, another game someone will play 90.

"In this moment we don't care what competition – it's about the game. We prepare this game exactly the same we did as Middlesbrough.


"The minutes and hours we spent analysing the opponents is exactly the same."

Dicko's goal was the second winner from a striker in four days after Bonatini's against Middlesbrough.

The boss was pleased with his all-round performance – and that of Jordan Graham who played at wing back and set up the winner from a corner.

"Dicko worked very hard," Nuno added. "In the first half he had a different task, playing with two strikers, we tried to bring more mobility. And in the second half he was more in the central zone, giving the wingers the inside space. I feel he felt more comfortable in this situation.


"He was able to score to help the team. We can never say anything (negative) about the effort they put on the pitch – it's fantastic.

"It's a new position for Jordan, someone that's used to be in another position. He's trying to adapt and improve as soon as possible.

"He can give us different things – it's all about versatility. Each game will demand something and Jordan did well. I try not to individualise the situation."

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living


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