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Nuno so proud of Wolves after superb comeback at Southampton

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed his huge pride after Wolves' sensational second-half comeback saw them win 3-2 at Southampton.

Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates after the final whistle (AMA)

Wolves were two down at the break courtesy of goals from Jan Bednarek and Shane Long, and on course to make it six games without a win in all competitions.

But they phenomenally turned things around, with Raul Jimenez's double after a Pedro Neto strike completing a rollercoaster journey and sealing all three points for Nuno's charges – back up to sixth in the Premier League – at St Mary's.

It was Wolves' first triumph since also coming from two behind to beat Manchester City 3-2 on December 27, and Nuno said: "We said a lot of things (at half-time). We were aware of the situation.

"In the first half, Southampton were a lot better than us.

"Even though we started the game well – having a chance, corners – we conceded from their first set-piece.

"Southampton, after, they were in front and became more aggressive. It was very hard for us to have possession of the ball. That was not possible in the first half.

"I think our adjustment in the second half was better. We didn't abandon our tasks.

"The boys did amazing, so I'm very, very proud of them."

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Wolves, playing their 39th game of the season, appeared fatigued in the first period.

But they sprung into life in the second, thanks in no small part to a shift to a 3-5-2 formation – Neto playing in behind a front two of Jimenez and Adama Traore.

"We keep reacting, trying to improve, managing the game better," said Nuno

"The schedule has been demanding and we are aware of how we are doing things, with who we are doing things.

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"Even though in the first half we were losing, I was proud of the team as the work rate was there. The spirit is good. We know how to speak and react."

Southampton chief Ralph Hasenhuttl gave credit to Wolves for showing 'how you can turn the tables'.

But he was also unhappy with the decision to award Nuno's pack a penalty, which Jimenez converted.

Referee Darren England did not give a spot-kick at first, but a VAR review concluded Jonny Castro Otto was fouled.

It was a rare example of VAR working in Wolves' favour. Nuno, though, is still not a fan of how the technology is being used.

"I didn't see the images, but we are speaking so much about VAR every week," he added.

"We've been on one side, and now we're on the other side.

"But it's not clear. The message from the fans in the stadium – I don't want to repeat it – but it's so clear, so evident something must be done.

"I'm positive that it's going to be done. It's about making things clear and better.

"I expect something good, while I focus on my work."

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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