Nuno Espirito Santo picks out key man for role in 'tough' Wolves win over Leeds United

Wolves secured a slender 1-0 victory over Leeds United on Friday night.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Pic: GettyWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Pic: Getty
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Pic: Getty

Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo admitted his goalkeeper Rui Patricio played a big part in handing Leeds United a 1-0 defeat at Molineux.

But the Portuguese was keen to point out that the action did not entirely take place at one end of the pitch.

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Wolves won the game with an Adama Traore strike that came back off the woodwork, hit a prone Illan Meslier and rolled into the net.

They did create other chances, mostly from distance, but struggled to contain Leeds from set-pieces, Liam Cooper unable to convert from three good opportunities.

Patrick Bamford had a goal ruled out for a narrow offside decision while both Raphinha and Helder Costa were denied by Patricio in the dying moments.

"A very tight game," said Nuno.

"It was a tough game. I didn't think Leeds didn't deserve [something from] the game.

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"I was very pleased with the attitude of the players. It's very difficult to play Leeds. I am pleased.

"The keepers were very active today. So I'm looking at a game when the goalkeeper had so many actions. It's a very active and good game.

"Rui [Patricio] did his job and he kept his clean sheet. That's always good for us as a team.

"Our keeper did well but Meslier also did fantastic saves."

Nuno admitted there were 'details' of the performance that needed to be corrected but was pleased with the spirit in which his side battled against a difficult opponent.

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"I am really pleased with the attitude of our players," he said.

"We've been working hard. The players are very committed. We must keep these high standards.

"[Leeds] have a unique approach to the game and the boys did really well.

"In some moments we were stronger but Leeds also had chances and created problems for us.

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"We still have some issues to assess but the approach that we have during these tough moments - always believing, always committing. You can't say anything about the attitude of the players. But we chase the high standards we have and let's keep on doing that."