'Very difficult to beat us' - Wolves winger on standard set ahead of Leeds United clash

WINGER Pedro Neto says Wolves will be very difficult to beat if repeating their latest 45 minutes in Friday night's Premier League clash against Leeds United at Molineux.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 11:30 am

Wolves approached Sunday's contest at Southampton having savoured victory in just one of their last nine Premier League games and having gone eight league fixtures without a win prior to the home clash against Arsenal at the start of the month.

However, a 2-1 win against the Gunners at Molineux was followed by a goalless draw at home to Leicester City and Wolves then turned Sunday's contest at Southampton on its head with a strong showing in the second half.

Danny Ings fired the Saints into a 25th-minute lead but Ruben Neves equalised with a penalty eight minutes after the break before Neto bagged a 66th-minute winner.

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COMEBACK COMPLETE: Winger Pedro Neto, centre, celebrates with his team mates after scoring the winning goal in Sunday's clash at Southampton in which his side were 1-0 down. Photo by Andy Rain - Pool/Getty Images.

The victory has left Wolves 12th and just two points behind 11th-placed Leeds ahead of Friday's showdown against the Whites at Molineux, although United have a game in hand.

“We have to take this second-half that we did as an example," said Neto, speaking to www.wolves.co.uk.

"We did a very good second-half, we pressed high, we were very aggressive, we won duels and we had quality in the game.

“We were very good in the second-half, and we have to take it as an example for the next games because we are working harder than the others.

"It’s very difficult to beat us, so we go again.”

Reflecting on changes made for the second half, Neto said: "If you noticed, we changed a little bit of our way to play; Adama (Traore) was to the left side and I went to the right side to play more inside, it was more tactical. In terms of being aggressive and winning the duels, that was the most important thing in the second half, like they did in the first-half.

"We did poor in the first-half, in terms of how Wolves play and being aggressive. They were above us in winning the duels and being aggressive, but in the second-half we did a good response and we played like we always want to play.

“But then we speak in the locker room at half time and we say that we have to improve on these terms. I think in the second half it was the most important.

“We did a very good job as a team. We worked harder than them in the second-half, winning the duels, having quality in the game. In the first-half I think we start better, but then we went down a little bit. In the second-half, we stayed high all the game and we did very well.”

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Thank you Laura Collins