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Nuno eyes consistent Wolves approach home and away

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves' approach will be the same both home and away – as he eyes up extending their winning start to the season.

Nuno Espirito Santo (© AMA / Sam Bagnall)

Wolves travel across the Midlands to face Derby today looking to add to their perfect opening week which saw victories and clean sheets against Middlesbrough and Yeovil.

After three 1-0 wins in a row at Molineux including the pre-season victory over Leicester, Wolves face their first away game of the campaign today.

But it won't mean a change in tactics or approach from the 3-4-3 passing game Wolves have utilised so far.

"Absolutely not – it's the same," he said. "It's our idea to compete no matter where we are with the same idea.

"Fight for each ball, try to play football and enjoy. Our fans are going to be at Derby on Saturday, we have to thank them and show them that we deserve their travel.

"Thank you to them. They're going to see the same team they saw at Molineux – a team that wants to win and compete."

Ivan Cavaleiro is set to make his first appearance of the season at Pride Park after serving a three-match ban for a red card at the same stadium towards the end of last season.

Nuno wasn't giving anything away for his team selection, though.

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"He's on the list, let's see," the boss added. "We have to make decisions yet. He's going to be an option for us, good player, good for the team – let's decide on Saturday.

"This is the competition we need. It's a long season – all the players here are very important to us. Everyone is going to have his chance.

"It's up to us to take advantage of the players to put them in at the right moment so they can perform.

"Derby is a very strong team with good players, Gary (Rowett) is doing a good job. It's a big fight for us, they have quality."

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Ten of Wolves' 11 summer signings (with the exception of the injury Phil Ofosu-Ayeh) have already been handed their debuts.

How does Nuno think they've integrated within the squad so far?

"It's like a puzzle – step by step you have to join the pieces together," he said.

"But the way the players who were here before received the new players coming in was a big help.

"This shows me it's possible to build a new team based on what we have, and the commitment the boys have.

"It's about integrating the players in the right way but 10 debuts, but they're all here with one idea, to help the squad.

"It's all about the team, not individuals."

Conor Coady was rested for the Yeovil cup game in midweek but is set to return to the heart of Nuno's three-man defence today.

Coady was the subject of a speculative bid from Sheffield United this week, which Wolves flatly rejected.

Nuno says Coady is going nowhere. And he added: "Conor, since day one, is doing a fantastic job. He's one of the options in the squad.

"When Danny (Batth) and Dave (Edwards) are not involved in the XI he is the captain. He's doing his job and we're all happy with him.

"That's what I say he's staying with us."

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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