Nuno: Wolves' fringe players proved they can help with 'crazy' schedule
Wolves' fringe players have proved they can help the team in their promotion bid, Nuno Espirito Santo believes.
A number of players including Kortney Hause, Will Norris, Jack Price and Connor Ronan impressed in Tuesday's penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester City despite barely playing in the league this season.
Ahead of today's trip to QPR – the first of three games in seven days – Nuno said it was proof he could rely on his squad members if they were fielded in the Championship.
"Before we knew but now we are sure that we have good options and are ready," Nuno said.
"It shows the squad is ready – it’s good to count on everybody.
"That was the plan (in the Carabao Cup) from the beginning and will be again when the FA Cup comes.
"We have to deal with both competitions.
"The recovery (since Tuesday) has been good. It was a different competition so it changed the dynamic a bit, the boys that played Tuesday we had to recover from 120 minutes which has a big impact physically.
"It was a good performance and a job well done from the boys – it was a night to remember and take the positives from it.
"One of the positives is the individual performances of the players who showed that hard work gives good results and they showed they’re ready to help the team out if we consider them an option.
"We’ve prepared well and we’re ready for QPR."
Wolves travel to Norwich on Tuesday and then host Fulham at Molineux on Friday before the international break.
Nuno labelled the schedule as 'crazy' – and praised centre half Hause for his performance on Tuesday after missing the whole season up to now with injury.
"It’s crazy – they are not supermen," he said of the busy week ahead. "A football game has a big impact on the amount of effort the players do. We have to take care of that."
"My biggest joy was to come to the end of the Man City game and ask Kortney how he felt and he felt good.
"He’s progressing. He’s started the season totally different to his team mates and it's good.
"Not only Kortney – Connor came in, an 18 year old boy in a big stadium and showed his character."
Nuno also revealed that Porto loanee Willy Boly is 'almost there' in terms of fitness but could play at Loftus Road today if needed.