Nuno cites familiar reason why Wolves struggled to beat West Brom

Date published: Monday 3rd May 2021 9:04 - Neil Foster

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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was pleased with Monday’s draw at the Hawthorns but felt West Brom’s physical approach made it tough to ‘play’.

The game finished 1-1 in the pouring West Midlands rain. Fabio Silva’s lucky goal on the stroke of half-time gave the visitors the lead. But Mbaye Diagne’s 62nd-minute header ensured the points were shared. Wolves went into the match knowing they were safe from relegation but it was different story for the Baggies.

Only victory would give them a chance of completing an unlikely escape from the drop. But it was the away side who bossed proceedings early on without creating too many clear-cut opportunities.

Albion played their part but conditions meant that the Black Country derby was lacking in class. Nuno felt his men were always in command of proceedings but pointed out why they could not nail down all three points.

“We controlled it from the beginning. We had some good moments. We did a good game,” he told Sky Sports. “We should have done better in particular moments. We created many chances to have the final pass and final touch better.

“West Brom fight very hard. It’s hard to play because they’re very physical. They went for a back three and then Sam changed again. I think we started really well and controlled the game.

“After the change of West Brom we had momentum until the end of the first half.”

Nuno offers mixed report on youngster

Silva scored the goal to give the Molineux outfit the lead. He was one of a number of young players given a run-out by the Portuguese tactician.

Nuno was pleased with his compatriot’s work-rate but picked out an area which needs working on.

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“[Fabio Silva] was good. We had a lot of young players. We want them to work hard,” he added. “Fabio did, he had goal and a couple of chances that required better finishing.

“Against West Brom, it’s good to give him the experience of the physicality the Premier League requires.”

The result leaves Wolves 12th in the top-flight standings and with little to play for between now and May 23. But Nuno will make sure they give their all, with games against Tottenham and Manchester United still to come.

They are set to finish with their lowest points total since returning to the Premier League. But they have had to battle for the majority of the season without star striker Raul Jimenez.

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