Santo praises Leeds after ‘difficult’ Wolves win at Elland Road

Date published: Monday 19th October 2020 10:45

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Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has praised opponents Leeds United after his side narrowly beat them 0-1 at Elland Road.

The match was goalless at half time as both teams got the measure of each other. Wolves came alive in the second half and thought they had taken the lead in the 54th-minute.

Wing back Romain Saiss fired a brilliant volley into the bottom corner after a quick break from Santo’s team.

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VAR ultimately ruled soon after that Daniel Podence had been slightly offside in the goal buildup.

Raul Jimenez won the match for Wolves with a well-taken goal in the 70th-minute. The striker held up the ball before turning two Leeds players quickly. He then shot from the edge of the box and was lucky as Kalvin Phillips headed his shot into the net.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Santo said: “It was a good performance with some aspects to improve. We were better in the second half, but at the start it was very difficult for us.

“They broke us, created chances, they were so dynamic.

“We had to adjust and be more clinical in front. The goal was fortunate but we had chances.”

When asked about the VAR decision which ruled out Saiss’ goal, he responded: “There was a proposal from Arsene Wenger for daylight for offsides, VAR is fine margins and we want them to make good decisions. It is a challenge for referees to improve, to be better, be faster and let the game flow.

“Nobody likes to celebrate and then come back. VAR can go both ways, let’s try to help and make things better together.”

Wolves have now moved up to sixth in the Premier League table following their third win of the campaign.

Their next fixture is against Newcastle at home on Sunday 25th October.

Meanwhile, Leeds play Aston Villa away from home on Friday 23rd October.

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