Nuno Espirito Santo believes Wolverhampton Wanderers were lucky against Southampton

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has suggested that his team may have been lucky to secure a victory over Southampton on Saturday. The match was tightly contested with both teams testing the opposition goalkeeper but, ultimately, it was the Wolves who prevailed after goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonny Otto in the final 11 minutes of the game.

Speaking after the match, Nuno admitted that he cannot determine where his side deserved the three points, though they managed to gain control of the game following the opening goal, he said: “In the end, if we deserve it or not, you never know. If you ask if we deserve it or not, I would say yes. Probably Mark Hughes would say no, but this is the game, this is sport, this is football. What we know is we are ready and able to adapt to any scenario we come across in the game. Even when you are not having the ball you have to stay consistent, organised and that's what keeps you in the game. You have to score and after the first goal we had the game controlled and managed well and we arrived at the second goal.”

At the start of the season, “ Wolves were fancied to compete for a top half finish to the standings and they appear to be moving on the right path to date. “ Out of the seven matches, Wolves have managed just three victories but they have been involved in a couple of hard-fought draws against the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City which “ have earned them plenty “ of plaudits.

Up next, Wolves have a rather winnable schedule with the likes of Crystal Palace, Watford, and Brighton & Hove Albion to tackle but thereafter, they can expect a tough challenge as they are expected to face both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the space of three matches. Nuno’s side are currently eighth on the table with 12 points already on the board.