English Premiership

Nuno impressed by Wolves' attitude

Nuno Espirito Santo (Getty Images)
Nuno Espirito Santo (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo relished his team's fighting spirit as they improved their unbeaten streak in the Premier League to 11 games.

Wolves continue to impress in the top flight this season despite the added workload of playing in the Premier League and they picked up another crucial point on Sunday afternoon with a 2-2 draw at Brighton.

Diogo Jota scored twice either side of quickfire goals from Neal Maupay and Davy Propper in a crazy 16-minute spell at the end of the first half on the south coast.

Nuno was expecting a tough game at the Amex Stadium and was delighted to come away with a point after showing great character.

"I think it could have gone either way but we finished on the front foot and I'm proud of the way my players keep going," he said. "Resilience is the word. We never give up. We want to improve and get better."

Jota opened the scoring when he collected the ball on halfway, sent Raul Jimenez down the left and then raced into the area to meet the cross and sidefoot home.

Jota was denied a second by Mat Ryan after racing through one-on-one, and the miss quickly proved costly when Brighton launched an astonishing turnaround.

First Maupay latched on to a ball over the top from Dale Stephens and crashed a superb first-time volley inside the near post.

Then Wolves, who moments earlier had been in cruise control, were stunned again 90 seconds later when Leandro Trossard pulled the ball back and Propper thumped his header home.

It was Dutch midfielder Propper's first home goal for Brighton, more than two years after joining the club, but it took him just eight minutes to cancel it out as a breathless first half came to a close.

Propper's blind pass sideways rolled straight to Jonny, who was able to slip in Jota to equalise.

After the break Dunk survived a VAR check after blocking Jota's close-range shot, with Wolves claiming a handball which would have been harsh, as both sides settled for a point.

- TEAMTalk

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