Wolves boss Nuno says Adama Traore "totally changed the game"
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers interacts with Joao Moutinho after the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion at Molineux on May 09, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Rui Vieira - Pool/Getty Images)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes that his side had to be patient in their win and that he was disappointed with his side's performance in the first-half.

Nuno's side came from behind to beat Brighton & Hove Albion with late goals from Adama Traore and Morgan Gibbs-White following Lewis Dunk's early header before he was sent off for pulling the shirt of Fabio Silva.

And whilst he praised his team's efforts for coming back into the game, he felt that his side didn't show the right levels of intensity in the first-half. 

"We did a very bad first half, very bad. Lack of energy, didn't play good, we had possession but didn't threaten.

"It requires patience, it requires balance. It's about moving the ball around and trying to use the more space we have.

"We had to correct that and the boys showed a good reaction."

On the impact of Adama Traore

Substitute Adama Traore was the main catalyst in the turn-around at ​​​​​​​Molineux after his introduction early in the second-half.

Coming on for Ruben Neves, Wolves looked to attack more and they did exactly that. Utilising the pace and power of the Spain international, Traore was able to break forward and burst past defenders to put  crosses into the box and  his equaliser was testament to his display.

After the impact he made, his manager was full of admiration for his player.

"He changed the game. He totally changed the game.

"The impact he had, the way he broke, the one on ones on the wide areas and he scored a fantastic goal.

"I'm delighted for him and he's a fantastic player and he did so well for us."

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On the late winner

The red card helped to change the momentum of the game and after Traore's equaliser, it was home product ​​​​​​​Morgan Gibbs-White who stole the headlines.

After his mistake from close range earlier in the game - where he missed a great chance to put Wolves in front -  the youngster was on hand to redeem himself, firing home from close range right on the verge of stoppage time.

His winner, his first goal in the Premier League proved to be the final blow and Wolves boss Nuno heaped praise on the mentality of the youngster to recover from his earlier miss.

"Besides the goal he did a good job, full of movement, especially in the second half.

He did well. It shows character to be focused after that awful mistake he made (open goal). I'm very happy for Morgan."

​​​​​​​"It's a shame that that the South Bank wasn't there to see that but it was fantastic and I'm really happy for him."