Nuno Espirito Santo calls on Wolves to be more clinical after narrow win

Nuno Espirito Santo calls on Wolves to be more clinical after narrow win

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo accepts his team need to be more clinical in front of goal.

The number of chances Wanderers miss was already becoming a theme this season and on Sunday Nuno’s side spurned several opportunities during their victory against Burnley at Molineux.

The 1-0 scoreline flattered the visitors, who remained in the game through the brilliance of Joe Hart, with the goalkeeper denying Helder Costa, Raul Jimenez, Otto and Ruben Neves before he was finally beaten after 61 minutes by Jimenez.

Nuno said: “It was a good performance, I am very satisfied. We created a lot of chances against a good, organised Burnley team who are very narrow.

“We created a lot of situations and we deserved to win. If there is a ‘but’ it’s that we should be more clinical.

“It is one of the things that we need to work on and improve. We are trying to improve and get better game by game.

“We have another clean sheet, which is the most important aspect of the game for me, but the other part of the game is to produce and create. The players will work on the last touch and things will come.

“Burnley are a tough team, though, and they stayed in the game right until the end.”

Burnley remain without a win in 11 matches in all competitions this season, after their Europa League exploits. They have lost their last four Premier League games – the last time that happened the Clarets were relegated from the top flight, finishing bottom of the table in 2015.

Boss Sean Dyche admitted his team were second best and praised Hart for his performance.

“Joe was very good. Someone said when we signed him that he will have to prove me wrong, well I said he doesn’t have to. I knew he was a top class goalkeeper and we are lucky to have him,” said Dyche.

“There is no doubt in my mind he is justifying why we brought him here.

“Joe was so busy because they were the better side, definitely on the creative side of the game, so credit to them, they’re a good side. They’ve invested very well over the last couple of years and you can see it.

“I thought they were good today. Sometimes you have got to give credit to the opposition and I certainly will do.”

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