Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo proud of players after mauling Burton

Wolverhampton manager Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted with his team's performance in the 4-0 walloping of Burton.

Published: 01st October 2017 03:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st October 2017 03:33 PM   |  A+A-

Wolverhampton manager Nuno Espirito Santo | AP


LONDON: Wolverhampton manager Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted with his team's performance in the 4-0 walloping of Burton that saw Wanderers move into second in The Championship on Saturday.

Goals by Jota, Romain Saiss, Ruben Vinagre and substitute Leo Bonatini eased Wolves to victory and left the Portuguese manager purring over the way they had reacted to a midweek 2-0 loss to Sheffield United.  

The win took the Chinese-owned club -- which invested heavily in young Portuguese talent in the close season -- to a point off leaders Cardiff, who were held 0-0 at home to Derby.

It also saw them move above Sheffield United, who slipped to a surprise 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Fourth-placed Leeds United -- beaten by Cardiff in midweek -- play Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

Espirito Santo -- who was sacked by Porto at the end of last season -- said he was delighted his players had not wallowed in the misery of their previous defeat.  

"It means a lot coming back from a bad result and knowing that you cannot stay there in that moment of sadness, but to react, and the boys did that today and I am very proud of them," said the 43-year-old.

Gary Rowett manager of Derby was delighted with the manner in which his mid-table side had kept Cardiff at bay especially after the leaders had comprehensively out-played Leeds in midweek. 

"It was a magnificent effort from the players. We were fantastic," he told the BBC.

"We actually had four or five wonderful, wonderful chances towards the end.

"To come here and keep a clean sheet and really limit them, I thought we were by far the better team today."

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was philosophical despite seeing his side surrender a 1-0 lead and lose to Forest.  

"I don't know whether to cry or smile, but I'm going to go down the smiling route, because if there was a confirmer today that my team has landed in the Championship, it was that performance," said Wilder, whose side came up from the third tier last season.

Bristol City came close to being relegated last season but this term their form has come together and an impressive 3-1 win at Ipswich saw them extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 and sit fifth in the table.

"The players were energetic, in our third game in a week. We dealt with Ipswich's threats really well," manager Lee Johnson told the BBC. 

"It was a really good Championship game. It has been a fantastic month for us.

"The signs are good. It feels like the plan is coming together. We have a bit of steel, energy and some young players starting to mature."

Whilst their fortunes have turned round, Birmingham City's seem to be worsening despite sacking Harry Redknapp a fortnight ago to be replaced by Steve Cotterill.

Having been appointed earlier in the week, he sat in the stands and saw his new charges taken apart 6-1 by Hull.


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