Wolves super-sub Ivan Cavaleiro hails perfect day

Wolves super-sub Ivan Cavaleiro hails \perfect\ day

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits his side were lucky to secure victory over Southampton

Late goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonny Otto earned a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Saints at Molineux.

Cavaleiro was on the pitch for just 94 seconds before he scored with his first touch with 11 minutes left and Jonny added a second three minutes from time.

It was harsh on Southampton, who competed well in an even game, and Nuno conceded Wolves – who are now eighth having lost just once – may have been fortunate.

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.

Even when you are not having the ball you have to stay consistent, organised and thats 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.

The Saints bossed possession in the second half and Rui Patricio denied Stuart Armstrong and gathered Jannick Vestergaards free-kick at the second attempt.

Boss Mark Hughes admitted the visitors were frustrated and defender Vestergaard said the Saints sob stories cannot continue having won just once this season.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Mark Hughes manager of Southampton during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton FC at Molineux on September 29, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

The game was an even affair up until the latter stages where two breakaway goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonny ultimately condemned Southampton to a fourth Premier League defeat of the season.

A strong period for the Saints came and went midway through the second-half and Hughes was pleased with the attacking traits that his team showed during the contest, but he also admitted that it was defensive frailties that let his side down again.

“I thought we came here with good intent and good purpose to our play. For long periods of the game, I thought we were the dominant team in terms of possession and, for the most part, chances created as well.

“We had better possession stats and better shots on target, but unfortunately for us, the only stat that matters is the 2-0 at the top of the page.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Mark Hughes manager of Southampton during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton FC at Molineux on September 29, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

“We’re disappointed with the manner of the goals because they clearly could have been avoided. Both times the Wolves players were in an area of the filed that we should be able to deal with, with not too much room to operate in.

“On two occasions we allowed them to be able to get past and put the ball into a dangerous area and, as a consequence, we’ve conceded two goals. It’s difficult to take because the first goal came at a time when we looked the more likely team to score.”

Tuesday night sees Saints travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton in a delayed Carabao Cup Third-Round tie.

With changes expected from both sides for the clash, Hughes issued a challenge to his fringe players to push themselves into the reckoning for league games.

He said: “You can stick with it for so long and with individuals for so long, but at some point you might have to make a change to make sure you stimulate the group.

“We’ll look at things. We’ve got a game on Tuesday against Everton, and a number of players that weren’t involved today and are probably a bit frustrated that they haven’t bee able to break into the team will have a chance.

“We’ll see what kind of performance they are able to produce. I hope they give me more options, and more options for Premier League teams.”

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