Conor Coady: Long throws Wolves' new launchpad
Skipper Conor Coady says fellow defender Ryan Bennett’s sensational long throws prove there is more to Wolves than initially meets the eye.
Bennett launched some Rory Delap-esque deliveries into the box in their 2-1 win against Chelsea on Wednesday night.
And while they brought a collective gasp from the Molineux crowd, and may not exactly fit into Nuno Espirito Santo’s free-flowing philosophy, they were very effective as Wolves stopped the rot in style.
“We want to play a certain way, have an identity, but I think in certain games in the Premier League you have to adapt your game to other teams,” said Coady.
“We did that. We wanted to harm them and get inside them – and the long throw worked quite evidently, to be honest.
“Benno can launch them. He’s a big lad, a strong lad.
“We’ve worked on that over the past couple of days.
“Whenever the manager has an idea, it’s good to try to take it on board and put it into the game. We’ll do whatever he says.”
Bennett had not unleashed his powerful throw-ins before Wednesday night.
In fact, it was a string Wolves added to their bow after the approach was used against them by Neil Warnock’s Cardiff – Aron Gunnarsson the thrower on Friday.
“We had a conversation and the manager brought it on to us over the last few days – this is how I want to attack, bring this into our game,” said Coady.
“I think it worked. You saw a bit of panic in the box.
“Long throws are horrible. We dealt with them (at Cardiff) and they’re the worst things in the world as anything can happen. The way we used them was OK.”
Coady was delighted with the spirit shown to beat the Blues at a packed-out Molineux.
“In the first half, we were disappointed with the goal that we conceded, coming off my head,” he said.
“We were disappointed. Other than when Benno came around and made a good tackle, we thought we were doing OK.
“So to do what we did in the second half, against a top team in Chelsea, was really refreshing for us. The confidence it gives you, beating a team like that, is really special.
“The way we did it was fantastic, but now we’ve got a huge game on Sunday against Newcastle.
“We’ll make sure we’re ready for that.”
Coady also praised youngster Morgan Gibbs-White for his game-changing contribution.
“He’s brilliant. I’ve said before how good he can be – and how good he is,” he added
“We all know he’s got the technical ability to change games, but what impressed me is how he took the game by the scruff of the neck.”