5 Key Quotes from Nuno Espirito Santo's Post Southampton Press Conference

Wolverhampton Wanderers' FA Cup run comes to an end after a 2-0 defeat to Southampton at Molineux.

Danny Ings and Stuart Armstrong grabbed the goals to send the Saints through to the last eight.

Here is what Nuno Espirito Santo said when speaking to wolves.co.uk.

  • On exiting the FA Cup:

It is no secret that it has been a disappointing season so far, which is what makes the exit even harder to take.

The FA Cup offered a great opportunity to put the season's miseries on hold, as well as the opportunity to be one game away from a trip to Wembley, had this game ended with a victory for Wolves.

However a frustrating performance, and a lack of chances going forward summed up the seasons woes into one game. 

Nuno said: “We didn’t produce enough. Southampton pressed very well. We were organised, but not a threat like we wished to be. Nights like this are disappointing, but we have to bounce back and react. The FA Cup is finished, we have to focus on the Premier League, so we can produce better performances.”

  • On his team selection:

Nuno was criticised for team selection for fielding an arguably weakened side. 

The Wolves manager made six changes from the side that drew to Leicester City last weekend, with the likes of Conor Coady, and Rui Patricio rested on the substitutes bench. 

What made matters even worse, was that Southampton fielded a full-strength side. 

The decision to rest key players put emphasis on the Fabio Silva and Morgan Gibbs-White to make the most of their chances, which unfortunately they did not. 

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It was clear that the focus was on the Premier League fixture against tonight's visitors this weekend. 

Nuno said: "The schedule, the game, what we have in front of us, solutions for the team, trying to find other options in our shape. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Today it didn't."

  • On the lack of chances:

The Wanderers have struggled in front of goal all season, and Raul Jimenez's injury has only made this harder. 

Wolves only had five shots this evening with just the one on target. To put this into perspective, Southampton had 18 shots on target, with eight troubling John Ruddy between the sticks.

Nuno said: “We are not producing enough. We’ve had some good chances, but the final touch was not there, we have to be more clinical, we have problems in the final section of the pitch. It requires improvement, it requires better decisions and it’s our job to improve our players, this is what we are going to try to do.

"We are missing something and are trying to achieve them. One of those things is to improve the players so they make better decisions, they are more sharp, more accurate, find new solutions for the team.

  • On Fabio Silva:

The 18-year-old striker arrived from Porto for a club-record fee. However, since his arrival, he has struggled to live up to his price tag. 

Since his move to West Midlands, Silva has scored just twice in 17 appearances. 

Tonight was no different, as the Portuguese registered just one shot, which did not trouble Frazer Forster in the visitors net. 

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Nuno said: “Everybody recognises he’s 18 years old, most players that were on the pitch, when they were 18, they were in different situations. We trust Fabio, of course, he has to learn his trade, all his tasks, but he has talent. He had a good chance again today and we will be side by side to him so he can improve faster.”

  • On tonight's opponents:

Southampton went one better compared to their last visit to Molineux earlier on in the season, where the two sides shared the points in a 1-1 draw. 

The two sides will meet again this weekend when Wolves travel to St Marys Stadium

Nuno said: “They’re a very good side, they played good, were organised, were very aggressive and the duels they won, and we have to improve, but definitely a good team. In football, each game has its own history and we’re trying to get momentum and we have to do better.”

 

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