Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was pleased with Monday’s draw at the Hawthorns, but felt West Brom’s physical approach made it difficult to ‘play’.
The match ends 1-1 in the pouring West Midlands rain. Fabio Silva’s lucky goal at the break the guests gave the lead. But Mbaye Diagne’s header in the 62nd minute made sure the points were split. Wolves went into the fight, knowing they were safe from relegation, but that was a different story for the Baggies.
Only victory would give them a chance to complete an unlikely escape from the fall. But it was the away team that was in charge of the case early on without creating too many clear opportunities.
Albion played their part, but the conditions meant that the Black Country derby was lacking in the class. Nuno felt that his men were always in charge of the case, but pointed out why they could not nail down all three points.
“It simply came to our notice then. We had some great moments. We made a good game, ”he told Sky Sports. “We should have done better in certain moments. We created many chances to get the last pass and the last touch better.
“West Brom are fighting very hard. It’s hard to play because they’re very physical. They went for three backs and then Sam switched again. I think we started really well and controlled the game.
“After the change of West Brom, we had speed until the end of the first half.”
Nuno offers mixed report on the kid
Silva scored the goal to give Molineux-outfit the lead. He was one of a number of young players driven by the Portuguese tactician.
Nuno was happy with his countryman’s work rate, but chose an area to work with.
“[Fabio Silva] was good. We had a lot of young players. We want them to work hard, ”he added. “Fabio did what he had goals and a couple of chances that required a better finish.
“Against West Brom it is good to give him the experience of the physical that the Premier League requires.”
The result leaves Wolves 12th in top class and with little to play for now until 23rd May. But Nuno will make sure they give it their all, with matches against Tottenham and Manchester United still coming.
They are ready to finish with their lowest points in total since returning to the Premier League. But they have had to fight for most of the season without star attacker Raul jimenez.
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