Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo was pleased with his side’s “very brave” display following a narrow 1-0 win at Bristol City in the FA Cup.
The Wanderers survived a gruelling encounter at Bristol today largely through muscle and wit above anything else as the Championship side looked to cause an upset.
Portuguese forward Ivan Cavaleiro’s first-half goal at Ashton Gate proved to be enough for Wolves to book a place into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after overcoming a late assault by Bristol.
“We tried to find solutions, but it’s hard to defend when they put so many people in the box and put in long balls, you hope for the best sometimes,” Nuno told the club’s official website.
“You just have to be ready, when you’re not ready you’re in trouble if you are ready you’re always able to compete and stay in the game.
“The boys were very brave today. We had bodies behind the ball, protecting our box, it’s very hard. It was about getting the job done. We could have done better when we tried to go out, we played the ball too soon.
“We knew it was going to be tough and the final moments of the game showed how good Bristol City are.
“We were brave to hold onto the result. It’s tough to come to Ashton Gate and take something away.”
The Portuguese coach lamented his side’s failure to take advantage of their strong start as Bristol initially struggled to settle into the game.
He added: “The first-half was well-played. We kept the ball, we had chances and really unbalanced Bristol City and could have put the game to bed.
“In the second half the momentum of the game was with Bristol City, and sometimes the shape needs to adapt and we had to hold on until the end.
“It was two different halves, first-half us, second-half Bristol City’s. The only way to build a team is with discipline and consistency. Everybody involved is important, credit is for the group and the club.
“I respect the competition, but we respect all the games. We’re always trying to pick the best options, that allows us to compete in the best way.
“I’m very happy. It was very tough but I’m very happy for the boys and for our fans. It’s a moment of joy.”