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Nuno will make sure Wolves respond – Conor Coady

Conor Coady is confident Nuno Espirito Santo will rediscover the winning formula as Wolves target an immediate response against Reading tonight.

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Championship leaders Wolves lost for the sixth time in the league this season on Saturday as neighbours Villa ran out 4-1 winners.

Coady, who looks set to captain the side tonight with Danny Batth likely to lose his place after a poor showing at Villa Park, pointed to Wolves’ form this season when responding to rare setbacks.

Nuno’s men have not lost successive games in the league. They have won four and drawn one when responding to defeats this term.

“We’ve done well in bouncing back this season from different results,” said the midfielder turned centre-half. “We’ve always bounced back. It’s a huge game now. It’s about winning football matches.

“It (Villa) was a massive game and we’re as disappointed as any of the supporters. We know what it means.

“Everyone has got to pull in the right direction. There’s 10 huge games to go – 10 cup finals.”

Coady, 25, has appeared in all but one of Wolves’ 36 league outings this season. The former Liverpool youngster hails Nuno as the inspiration behind Wolves’ numerous recoveries.

Coady added: “He’s fantastic. He’s done it all season. You can use experience, we’ve won games after we’ve been beat this season.

“It’s about getting back and improving every single day. It’s about where we’ve gone wrong and making it better.

“One hundred per cent I feel we will react in the right way.

“You’ve just got to go by experience. We’ve done that all season. We’ll always bounce back. We know what we’ve got to do, it’s a massive part of the season now.”

Struggling visitors Reading have won just once in 16 league games. Jaap Stam’s men sit 19th, just four points off the bottom four.

They have Dave Edwards and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in their ranks, both who featured in last weekend’s 2-2 home draw with Leeds.

Wolves still boast a seven-point buffer to Villa in third.

Coady insisted it is vital that Wolves remember they still control their destiny at the summit of the second tier.

“It’s important to remember we are in control,” Coady continued. “We know what we’re doing. At times we played okay (at Villa) but the second goal killed us – it’s about learning. Villa are a good side, it’s a tough place to go. We’re disappointed with the result but it’s not about how heavy it is.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s 10-1 or 2-1 – we’ve been beat, it’s as simple as that.

“It’s about learning. We’re still in a position where we’re in control of what happens this season.

“We know we’re a good side. I am surprised by what happened but it was all about that second goal. It wasn’t good enough. It’s about listening to the manager.”