Vieira red card was ‘turning point’ against Leeds United admits Wolves boss Santo

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA
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Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo refused to get carried away - despite his side opening up a four-point lead at the top of the Championship with 4-1 win against 10-man Leeds United.

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First-half goals from Barry Douglas and Ivan Cavaleiro at Molineux set up a seventh win in their last eight Championship matches.

Ezgjan Alioski raised hopes of a Leeds comeback at the start of the second half, but the dismissal of Ronaldo Vieira after 60 minutes for a second booking halted their revival.

Wolves added further goals from Diogo Jota and Helder Costa to run out emphatic winners but Nuno insists there is plenty of work still to be done.

Afterwards, Santo felt his players had been given a stern test by a Leeds side who dropped to 10th in the Championship table ahead of a tricky Yorkshire derby at Barnsley on Saturday.

Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen at Molineux on Wednesday night. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen at Molineux on Wednesday night. Picture: Tony Johnson.

“I think against Leeds it was a good performance in the first half but the result does not say how hard it was,” said Santo.

“It was hard because Leeds are a good team. They came off a good result. But knowing and respecting your opponent makes you better in the game and we did that. We were able to control and then show our quality.

“The sending-off was the turning point off the game. We took control after that.”

Santo went on to insist that a four-point advantage over their closeest rivals at this early stage of the season meant little.

The result does not say how hard it was. It was hard because Leeds are a good team. They came off a good result.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo

“It doesn’t mean anything, I keep repeating myself,” he added. “It is the feeling of the boys that they still have a long way to go.

“It is important that we don’t get carried away. The best is yet to come. It is always in the future. We have to work hard every day because perfection does not exist.

Leeds United goalkeeper, Felix Wiedwald.

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