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Nuno proud of Wolves' fighting spirit after Burnley draw

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed his pride over Wolves' never-say-die attitude after they picked up a last-gasp draw against Burnley at Molineux.

Nuno Espirito Santo (AMA)

The Clarets opened the scoring through Ashley Barnes and frustrated Wolves for large spells in the heat.

Nuno's side kept their unbeaten record in the Premier League going, though, thanks to Raul Jimenez's penalty in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage-time.

"We kept on believing until the end, that's what we did," said Nuno.

"Them, after 95 minutes, we got a goal and Molineux was buzzing. Let's go again on Thursday (against Torino).

"All of the team kept going – doing their tasks right until the very end.

"We defended, running back and recovering balls that allowed us to go again.

"We must be very proud of the boys."

Barnes put Burnley ahead with a superb strike from 25 yards, and the visitors had some great opportunities to add to their advantage.

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Former Albion striker Chris Wood had an effort from close range stopped by Rui Patricio, while Barnes cut a frustrated figure after missing the target in the second half.

Jimenez struck the post as Wolves chased a leveller before he converted from the spot after being brought down in the box – and a VAR check.

The stalemate capped off a busy week for Wolves which also included a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Monday night and a 3-2 win at Torino in Europa League qualifying on Thursday night.

They have played eight games over the past month – five of them Europa League qualifiers.

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"It's something that we know, (but) maybe nobody (else) knows how tough it has been for the boys," said Nuno.

"(Tomorrow) is their first day off I can remember (in a long time).

"The boys have been working every day, so I'm very proud of them, and thank you Molineux for the help."

Three games into the league season, Wolves sit 15th with three draws to their name – a goalless draw at Leicester being their other result.

And Nuno added: "This is a statistic, but it's about how you do things. Everyone has been involved.

"It's tough, but you want to embrace it and you want to play in all of the competitions – compete in every game.

"It's about how you want to build."

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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