Nuno Espirito Santo

Nuno Espirito Santo admits Wolves were ‘lucky’ to beat Newcastle

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted that his side were ‘lucky’ to beat Newcastle in a controversial encounter at St James’ Park.

The Black Country outfit took the lead through Diogo Jota after 17 minutes who followed up his midweek goal against Chelsea, by firing past Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal.

However, the hosts were back on terms just six minutes later when Ayoze Perez headed home a Salomon Rondon cross.

Newcastle were however reduced to 10 men in the second half when DeAndre Yedlin hauled down Diogo Jota who was steaming towards goal before Matt Doherty popped up with a 93rd minute winner to take all three points back to Molyneux.

However, speaking after the game, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo wasn’t getting carried away with the win, saying his side were lucky to bag all three points.

“A late win. Enthusiasm disguises things – we didn’t do the best performance. We allowed Newcastle to put us behind. We didn’t win our duels or manage the possession of the ball,” Santo told Sky Sports.

“A draw was clearly the right result. The red card changes the game. We were lucky to beat them in the end.

While Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was furious at some of the decisions in the game, Santo didn’t want to pass comment on Mike Dean’s decision to send Yedlin off:

“It’s too difficult for me to judge because I’m on the other side of the pitch,” he commented.

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