April 19, 2021

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Nuno ‘hurt’ by critics as Wolves need to ‘bounce back’ highlighted

Nuno Espirito Santo says he is aware of the criticisms that have recently been leveled at wolves and admits he is concerned.

Monday’s 3-2 loss to West Ham left Wolves with just three wins in their last 17 Premier League games. The Hammers rioted in the first period and led 3-0 after 38 minutes. He prompted Sky Sports expert Gary Neville to compare Wolves’ defense to that of an Under-9 team.

They travel to Fulham on Friday the 14th and 11 points above the third bottom Cottagers. Nuno admits he’s well aware of the flak.

Nuno said: “Of course it hurts; it hurts us because we didn’t play the way we wanted. The people who suffer the most are us.

“We have to react on our own and bounce back from a poor performance, not as individuals but as a team.

“We are always concerned when we don’t get what we expect from our players. This is what we are focusing on so that we can play and compete well tomorrow against Fulham.

“I don’t relax, I always try to find the best way to do things and try to find the right solutions.

“It’s going to be tough, we’re up against a good team. We know every Premier League game is tough and we have to prepare.

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Nuno gives a message to Jonny

Jonny is out after suffering a second ACL injury to his right knee in less than 12 months and is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the year.

The defender and the club decide on the best surgical option and Nuno knows Jonny has to stay mentally strong.

Nuno said: “He is assessed and decides on the surgery he is going to have. We have to make sure Jonny is strong and confident and has no doubts in his head.

“We need to restore his confidence so that he can join us after the operation. Before, during and after surgery is very important because it has to be sure that it will come back.

“It’s a big impact on him, he’s a strong boy, very serious and he is aware that what happened to him can happen to any player. He is confident because he has recovered well from the first one.

Willy Boly remains absent as he isolates himself after his positive Covid-19 diagnosis. Meanwhile, Joao Moutinho (groin), Raul Jimenez (fractured skull) and Marcal (groin) are sidelined.

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