Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Pedro Neto has confessed his side were lacking 'attitude' in the opening 45 minutes and that their second-half performance needs to be replicated for the entire 90 minutes.

Neto played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa yesterday, in a game of two halves. The first was dominated by the home team, with Ollie Watkins and Ezri Konza striking the woodwork before Wolves came out stronger in the second period.

Conor Coady and Romain Saiss had the Wanderers' best chances, but the two defenders failed to convert from close-range.

"In the second-half, we always do better"

Speaking to Wolves.co.uk, Neto said: "I think the first-half, our attitudes was missed a little bit.

"They had two chances to score but the ball hit the bar, I think we had to work on this aspect, because in the second-half, we always do better.

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"We have to try to do what we did in the second-half in the first-half. The win could've gone to either of the two sides because they had opportunities and we had opportunities. But it was a draw.

"I think we are not happy because we always want to win, but it doesn't always happen, so on to the next one."

"We are trying to improve our game"

The draw means Wolves have only lost once in the previous seven games as their form continues to improve after a rather mixed season prior to February.

Speaking about his side's development, Neto said: "I will continue to do my work and to play my football.

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"We are doing very well, but we are trying to improve our game.

"I think the improving of the team and the improving of the players comes individually but we still have to keep going and improving.

"We have to do more in the first-half"

It's not the first time that Wolves have displayed poorly in the opening 45 minutes, with Wolves regularly coming out better after the interval.

After scoring his first Premier League goal in the week at Manchester City, Coady had Wolves' best opportunities of the contest, hitting the post and being brilliantly denied by Emiliano Martinez.

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Discussing his captain's chances, Neto said: "What can I say? He's getting in the box and he's creating dangers. He could've score and then Saiss had a chance, but then it was a great save from Martinez in his second opportunity that he had.

"But it was not lucky for us because the ball didn't go in, but no matter what, we are happy because we improved in the second-half, but we have to do more in the first-half."

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