Conor Coady: Nuno's keeping Wolves in check
Wolves stopper Conor Coady has hailed boss Nuno Espirito Santo for keeping everyone grounded as they chase the Championship crown.
They are 12 points clear at the top, with 15 games left to play.
But Coady insists Wolves cannot think about what may be, they can only focus on the next challenge – Saturday’s trip to Preston.
That mentality has been passed on to the players from the manager, and the 24-year-old said of Nuno’s approach: “It’s fantastic. It’s brilliant. You listen to him when he talks and he makes things clear for you.
“We’ve always got a way of playing and a way we want to do things but we always look at the opposition as well and respect what they bring to the table.
“Game by game, it’s instilled into the football club – that is what the boys are doing.
“That’s what we’ve got to do and what has got us this far up to now. That comes from him.
“He’s instilled that into the boys, the boys listen.
“Hopefully we can keep on listening and keep learning and go from there.”
Villa leapfrogged Derby into second place at the weekend after their 2-0 victory against fierce rivals Birmingham.
Coady and his team-mates are not paying attention to that, though, or any other outside activity in the promotion race.
“We can’t look at anything else that’s going on in the division. We don’t look at any other teams and how they’re doing or playing,” he said.
“We just look at ourselves and prepare for the next game.
“It’s Preston now. We’ve been told all season by the manager and his staff – it’s game after game after game.
“We all know how tough the division is. Every team causes you different problems.
“We prepare right. It’s going quite well at the minute.”
He added: “We know what we want. We are all very determined. We know where we want to go, but we know how good the teams are in this division.”