The five key quotes from Nuno Espirito Santo's pre-Crystal Palace press conference
Nuno has lost just one of his four meetings with Crystal Palace as Wolves manager. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Wolves will look to extend their unbeaten run to four games as they host Crystal Palace at Molineux on Friday night. 

Wanderers will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 1-1 draw against Newcastle on Sunday, with Jacob Murphy's 89th minute free kick, costing Wolves a third straight win.

Roy Hodgson's Eagles are level on points with Nuno's side, having ended a three game winless run with a 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage last Saturday.

Nuno spoke with wolves.co.uk to discuss Friday's game, attacking options, Nelson Semedo and more. 

  • On preparing for Friday's game

With Wolves only facing one game per week for the majority of this campaign, Nuno discussed his preparations on the training ground and if anything had changed ahead of the visit of the Eagles. 

“It’s been basically the same as all the games. We had a good week and the approach is always on searching for improvements. At the moment of the season we are, we still have to improve a lot of things in our game," he said. 

“This is what we’ve been working hard on, and the approach is exactly the same, trying to pass as much details as we can on Crystal Palace, because it’s going to be a very tough game, they’re a very good team.”

  • On his defence

Excluding the notable absence of Jonny Otto, Nuno confirmed all his defensive options were available for Friday's game.

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“We have all the options available. We prepare and tomorrow we’ll decide. It’s good to have options, versatile players. There is no player under threat in our squad, everybody’s ready, everybody’s committed. Everybody’s anxious to play, so let’s decide and play well, this is most important.”

  • On improving the team

With six new summer signings being integrated into the first team, Nuno discussed what improvements he is looking for, both from his new additions and more established players.

“I look always at the performance. Things we want to achieve, looking at the pre-season, how we started the competition, the schedule, so it’s not the table. What I see and think is we have to improve. The previous game we had a lot of the ball, had good spells of possession, we were very organised and didn’t concede any chances.

“We made a terrible mistake on a set piece, so this is what I look at, all the details inside the game. It’s what we have to work on during the week, to be able to compete better against Crystal Palace.”

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“We have to be patient enough to recognise that a lot of the dynamics we have inside the team have changed. Players that came in need time to settle down.

“Players that were here, and due to many factors, have to improve their individual performances, so trying to do things fast is not the way we work. We have to sustain ourselves during the competition, so we don’t have ups and downs, so this is our aim, being competitive game after game, sustaining our performances.”

  • On his side's slow starts

Sunday's draw with Newcastle ensured Wolves had gone six games without a first half goal in all competitions, with Nuno mentioning this was something they needed to improve.

“It’s very much a concern. I wish we could score in the first minute, the first action, but we’ve played against very good teams. The most difficult part of the game is to score, so we have to work hard for it. It starts with being organised, being compact, not conceding. Then you think about scoring, but as long as we are organised, we will do better in our offensive situations.”

  • On Nelson Semedo

Since his arrival from Barcelona in September, Nelson Semedo has started all four Premier League games at right-wing back, and produced a solid performance against Newcastle. 

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Nuno praised the Portugal international, but insisted there was still much to improve on.

“His previous game was better than the other ones. This is the growing process of a player that arrived later than everybody, getting integrated into the dynamic of the team. The progression is there, the evolution is there, keep believing that he still has a lot of things to improve, but he can give us so much because he’s so talented.”

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