Nuno very proud of Wolves after their draw at Chelsea

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed his immense pride after his pack picked up another point against one of the Premier League's big six.

Nuno Espirito Santo (AMA)

A 1-1 draw at Chelsea means seventh-placed Wolves have now gained an impressive 10 points from the teams above them this season.

And they would have completed a double over the Blues had it not been for Eden Hazard's last-gasp strike, which cancelled out Raul Jimenez's 12th league goal of the season.

It was a cruel end at Stamford Bridge for Wolves, who had defended so valiantly, but Nuno said: "I'm not disappointed at all.

"I'm very proud of the way we played – the organisation of the team, the way the attackers supported.

"I'm very proud of how the team worked.

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"It was not only the defence but all the team. It was the shape of the team.

"It's about the distance between players, about covering, throwing your body in front of the ball and protecting your team-mates. It's all the team, the shape."


Nuno was pleased to see Mexican forward Jimenez – after some brilliant combination play with strike partner Diogo Jota – put away Wolves' one and only effort on target, saying it was 'very well done'.

But he did admit his side could have defended better for the leveller, which saw Hazard drive home from long range in added-on time after a short corner.

"I think, honestly, on a set piece, you always try to be well organised because you have time," said Nuno.

"You have to be in the right positions and something was missing there.


"The players should be in a better position to avoid that situation."

Meanwhile, Nuno hailed skipper Conor Coady as a 'fantastic player' ahead of the England squad announcement.

The squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro is being announced on Wednesday and when asked if defender Coady should be involved with the Three Lions for the first time, Nuno added: "That's a question you must ask the national team manager (Gareth Southgate).

"But what I see every day is a fantastic player, a captain. And that's good."

Wolves are on 44 points in the top flight – one ahead of eighth-placed Watford.

Their next test in the league – after next weekend's huge FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United, and then the international break – is at Burnley on Saturday, March 30.

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.


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