A triumphant return for Nuno

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Molineux Stadium – Reaction

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Nuno Espirito Santo confessed it had been emotional returning to Molineux with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Portuguese boss oversaw his new charges single-goal success in the Black County – Dele Alli’s tenth-minute spot-kick separating the sides, although hosts, wolves will be left wondering how this one got away?

“In the beginning of the game and yesterday when we arrived it was always special,” Nuno explained.

“It was four years of our lives together and a lot of memories that will stick together and then the game starts and everything move on.”

Matchwinner Dele produced another eye-catching performance in his new deeper role: “He’s working very hard – I think all the team is working hard,” the Spurs boss said.

“We still have a long way to go and are working very hard to improve, the relationship between players and being very versatile enough.

“Dele did a very good job – he worked very hard. He scored at the beginning of the game and in the last minutes of the game, he was running all over the pitch so that shows the level of fitness that he has and the belief that he has. A huge, huge help.

“All the team worked very hard. You know that it was not the best of our games but when you cannot play as good as you want you need to do your tasks well and the boys did amazing, they did amazing.”

Wantaway striker Harry Kane appeared for the first time this season, replacing Heung-Min Son midway through the second period. However, Nuno refused to be drawn of whether the England skipper would feature in Thursday’s UEFA Europa Conference League play-off, second leg tie with Paços de Ferreira at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: “I cannot answer you that it’s too soon.

“Now we are going to recover and prepare for the next one like we always do the same way and make the decisions that we should take. Now I cannot answer you that, I’m sorry.”

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Brian Jeeves

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