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Wolves boss Nuno gives credit to 'fantastic' Burnley

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Nuno Espirito Santo had kind words for Burnley after Wolves' 1-1 draw with them.

Nuno Espirito Santo and Sean Dyche shake hands

Wolves nicked a point at the death at Molineux through Raul Jimenez's spot-kick.

But Sean Dyche's Clarets were in the ascendancy for a lot of the match after opening the scoring through Ashley Barnes.

Barnes and strike partner Chris Wood each had chances to add to the visitors' lead before Wolves' fighting spirit saw Jimenez win a penalty and put it away – deep into added-on time.

"Very difficult. It was very tough. From minute one, until the last minute, so, so tough. Burnley, they sit so good," said Nuno.

"The way they play, it's very difficult to manage that.

"They scored and they had chances, and in the second half we acted well, we had the patience to find the right lines."

Nuno's side seemed short of energy and ideas after their 3-2 win at Torino on Thursday night, especially in the first half.

But he insists Wolves' Europa League involvement is not having a negative effect on his players.

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"No, no, no. It was a tough week, a tough cycle, against very good opponents," said Nuno.

"We played against Man United, Torino, and a very good Burnley – a team that does things very well and have started the season very well.

"Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes hold the ball as a two, and not a lot of teams have that quality. It's fantastic."

Dyche, meanwhile, insists Wolves' penalty was a debatable one.

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Jimenez went down in front of goal under a challenge from Erik Pieters and Craig Pawson swiftly pointed to the spot – and the decision stood after a VAR check.

"They managed to get a grip of the game late on, but I can’t remember (Nick Pope) having a save to make," said Dyche.

"They never really opened us up. The back four was good, the shape – I thought we’d see the game out – and then inevitably a big decision goes against us.

"I’m a big believer in VAR so I’ve no problem with that. I think it’s a tough one. Erik is just going to play the ball and their lad has actually lunged back in front of him to almost make him bring him down. I think that’s a tough one.

"There will be some awkward ones and some contentious ones, I just think we’re unfortunate because that one is at least contentious."

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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