Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo has warned Saturday’s Premier League opponents Newcastle United to be ready for another late show although he would be keen to avoid it.
Wolves have taken 5 points from Newcastle in their last 3 meetings and the goals that secured these points came very late in the game. Jonny snatched a point in the 1 all draw in October 2019, Willy Boly equalized at the final blast of the whistle at the Molineux last season whilst Matt Doherty scored a 90th-minute winner at the St James’ Park in December 2018.
This penchant for scoring late goals has become a norm under Nuno. His side has scored more goals after the 75th minute in games than any other team in the Premier League and he insists that his side has the character to fight to the death.
“I think it shows the resilience, the character and the belief of the players,” said Nuno.
“We don’t give up until the game is finished – it will never be finished for us, so we keep on going.
“The determination of the players is that they go over and over again, no matter how many games we have.
“Also, it’s down to the physical conditioning that the players have.”
The Portuguese boss insists he wishes Wolves did not have to come from behind and would prefer them to be leading from the front.
“It’s good but I would rather and prefer it the other way round – score soon and manage the game,” he admitted.
“But we know the reality is not that. All the teams are so tough and competitive, so it’s very hard.
“We must and we will not change. We never have so we keep on going.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle United will be boosted by the return of the likes of Jetro Willems, Claran Clark, Paul Dummett, Dwight Gayle, Miguel Almiron, and Andy Caroll.
Nuno said: “I’m sure they have the quality and Steve (Bruce, manager) will find solutions.
“All the teams know each other very well. We are ready and it will be tough.”