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Julen Lopetegui reaction: Wolves boss not fooled by late Everton win; turns thoughts to United

Julen Lopetegui Everton v Wolves

New Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui is not fooled by their late 2-1 victory over Everton and insists he and his players can only allow themselves to be happy for a few hours.

Substitute Rayan Ait-Nouri lifted the club off the bottom of the table with their first away win since they visited Goodison Park in March courtesy of his counter-attack goal in the fifth minute of added time.

Lopetegui, in his first Premier League match having taken over from Bruno Lage, was pleased with the way his team responded to going behind to Yerry Mina’s seventh-minute header with Daniel Podence scoring the equaliser midway through the first half.

Despite the win, the former Spain coach knows there is plenty of work still to do.

He said: “We knew it was a hard task against a good team but they have suffered a goal and have shown a good mentality and didn’t think about it and continued to work on this situation.

“That is going to be very important for us and belief in ourselves. We are happy but we are happy only for today.”

Focus now turns to United clash

And while Lopetegui was delighted with the win, he has now turned his attention to Saturday’s visit of Manchester United.

He added: “We will enjoy it but it is only three points and we know we have ahead of us a very hard task and we will continue working to improve a lot of things.

“I am aware of our position. We need good news for our fans and we are very happy for our fans and above all for my players as they have suffered a lot and they have to believe more in themselves.

“But this is only one step. We are a in a bad position and we have to be ready tomorrow morning to start thinking about Manchester United.

“We have to enjoy our victory but we have not done anything yet.

“When we are win we are happy for two or three hours, no more.”

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