Wolverhampton Wanderers fell to their heaviest home defeat under Nuno Espirito Santo after Burnley battered them 4-0 at Molineux.
Former West Bromwich Albion forward Chris Wood netted a hat-trick for the Clarets in the first half before Ashley Westwood punished Wolves’ hapless defending late on.
This is the third time Wolves have lost by such a scoreline this season, but it’s the first that’s happened in their own back yard.
Nuno, who stood arms folded on the touchline for much of the second half, now has a big job on his hands to ready his players for next weekend’s derby versus Albion at The Hawthorns.
Here’s the full transcript from his press conference post-Burnley…
We played bad. We had a very bad performance today. There were too many things to explain – bad defending, not the right decisions in the right moments when we were under pressure. Burnley always pressed us and we didn’t have movement to get out of that pressure and then we defended very bad every time. Every attack from Burnley we defended poorly.
The players’ poor mentality
I will not go by mentality or character, we are the same group of players that were here, the same staff as one week ago. It’s not about that, it’s about not taking the right decisions that the game asked. It required better decisions and mobility and we didn’t have it. It’s nothing to do with the attitude. Of course, as long as the game goes on, mistakes increase and we were not able to settle down and play like we should play.
Plans for the final five
We have to analyse this game and prepare for the next one much better and do the things that we want to do. We need to create good foundations that prepare us for our future, not like today. Today was clearly the path that we should not take and I will not allow it.
When you play so bad obviously you are frustrated, this is what we have to work on. Today we made many mistakes that we shouldn’t. It’s a moment to refocus, get together again and move to the next one.
I’m disappointed with many, many things. The defensive part of the game, but the offensive part much more because we didn’t have it, movement, everybody was without mobility. This is the part we wanted to build and go through and we didn’t do it.
In previous games we’ve been solid and compact, and today it was not the case. It was a disappointing defensive performance.
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‘We will stick together’
Of course. It’s not because of a tough moment that we are going to judge. We speak with each other, look ourselves in the face and realise we made mistakes today. We will stick together, like we always do.
Outrun by Burnley
I didn’t know that. That disappoints me a lot. I will assess it in a couple of hours but if it is true that disappoints me. One of our characteristics is that we always outrun our opponents.
We have to look at our own mistakes. Credit to Burnley, they were better and they run more, but I will not judge the attitude of my players. It’s more inability to play good.