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Wolves boss saw the match a little differently to Steve Bruce…

2 weeks ago
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Bruno Lage has been reflecting on Saturday afternoon’s match at Molineux.

Wolves scoring their first goal(s) at home in the Premier League this season and their first home points.

Bruno Lage and his team moving up to nine points and twelfth in the table, six points and seven positions above Newcastle United.

In some kind of parallel universe, Steve Bruce has been claiming how good Newcastle played and how unlucky the away team were.

When in reality, NUFC only created one clear chance, apart from their goal that came out of a chaotic series of events. Steve Bruce having the nerve to blame ASM for Newcastle losing, NUFC’s only attacking threat and positive seeing his snapshot from six yards out brilliantly saved by the Wolves keeper.

Bruno Lage though saw what the rest of us did, Wolves by far the better team and deserving of their win.

The home side with easily the two best players on the pitch, Raul Jimenez who superbly made both goals and Hwang Hee-Chan who scored them.

Bruno Lage speaking to the official Wolves site:

On getting the Molineux win:

“It was 90 minutes in a good environment, with a good feeling us. I think we did a good performance. I was waiting for this because after the way we played against Southampton, the three points, the way we worked all week and prepared to play well, we won the game and scored goals.

“The most important thing is the way we start the game and finish the game, and today we did everything. We scored one goal in the first-half, we scored one goal in the second-half, and we win the game which is the most important thing.

“I had the feeling during the week, we did well, a good week of training and came and the players did the scenario we created during the week, so it was very good the way we played, the way we pressed, the way we created chances, and also with the support we have.”

On his ideas coming through:

“Since the first day, we came with that idea to challenge the players to play in a different way and they are doing that. All the managers have their own ideas, but the players need to understand what we want, the players need to believe in our ideas, the players need to work hard like these guys are doing and in the end the support from the stands was amazing. Today, it was 90 minutes with a good environment, and a good feeling since the first minute.”

On Hwang’s day:

“For him, today of course, it’s a special day because they were two great goals and two great assists. It’s not just him, if you look at the opportunities we had, we have a lot of players to try to link the game between the lines.

“He did that, the same situation happened with Trincao, we are working a lot to have that kind of moment. I’m very happy to have four wingers because they have different profiles and can give me different solutions.”

On two Jimenez assists:

“He didn’t score, but was very important for us, especially what he did for the second goal. We try to work with him to come and link more in the game. What he did for the second goal was very good. The combination with all the players, we had moments where we had the ball from Jose, passed through to Raul.

“Good dynamics – that’s the football I want. Try to find the best solutions, keep the ball and try to create chances. When you look at the two goals we did, and chances we created, the way we play, it was good.”

On signing off for the internationals:

“It’s one more three points. This is a hard competition, we are happy in the moment, but need to continue to work to continue with these performances, score goals and win points.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Wolves 2 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 2 October 3pm

Goals:

Wolves

Hwang Hee-Chan 20, 58

Newcastle:

Hendrick 41

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Wolves 52% (56%) Newcastle 48% (44%)

Total shots were Wolves 7 (5)  Newcastle 8 (2)

Shots on target were Wolves 3 (2) Newcastle 2 (1)

Corners were Wolves 5 (0) Newcastle 4 (2)

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo (Murphy 70), Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie, Sean Longstaff, Hayden, Almiron (Gayle 77), Willock (Hendrick 36), Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Krafth, Fraser, Anderson

(‘Unbelievable Jeff’ – What a week topped off by Wolves 2 Newcastle 1…Read HERE)

(Gary Lineker and Ian Wright speak the truth on Steve Bruce shambles – Read HERE)

(Steve Bruce shameless as usual with comments after losing at Wolves – Read HERE)

Steve Bruce has to go now – This clown is taking Newcastle United down – read HERE)

(Wolves 2 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat – Read HERE)

(Steve Bruce takes Newcastle United into relegation zone with clueless defeat at Wolves – Read HERE)

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