Wolves managed to find a breakthrough in the second half when Watford defender Francisco Sierralta headed the ball into his own net from Marcal’s cross on the 75th minute, before Hwang doubled the advantage late on.
Despite losing their first three Premier League games of the new season by one goal to nil, Lage insists that it was only a matter of time until his side started to score goals and collect points.
Here’s everything the Wolves boss said in his post-match press conference…
That winning feeling… at last
“It was only a question of time to score the goals and get the three points.
“As I said in the beginning, we don’t want to change our pathway, we know what we want to do, play in this way, create chances, score some goals.
“So my ambition is the same, my feeling was the same since the first day when we play Leicester.”
Dealing with Ismaili Sarr
“I think we started really well, the first 10-15 minutes we controlled the game and then they balanced a little bit the game, they had two good situations especially on their right side and we didn’t control well that space.
“After half time we started to press in a different way to limit that space, to talk with Marcal, to talk with Saiss, to talk with Joao to resolve that problem because they put three men there to create space to cross on that side.
“In the same way, that’s why we moved Adama to the right and Trincao to the left to cause problems for them.”
Hwang Hee-chan’s debut
“We don’t have to much time to train with him, he arrived after a flight of 16 hours on Thursday so we didn’t have much time.
“But I know the player since Benfica because I’ve followed his career from the time he went to Germany and when his name appeared it was clear that we can put him in out squad because he’s one guy to help us.
“On Thursday he only trained 30 minutes because of the flight and yesterday we prepared the game and he saw videos of the good things we do when we attacked and the good things we do when we defend.
“It’s good for him to start with a goal, now he has to continue giving what he has given today.
“I’ve heard good things about Wolves and the way the people receive the staff and the players, every time it’s a good environment and it happened with me three months ago when I arrived.
“He is welcome because he’s a good player, a top player, and it’s important for us to have these sorts of players and as a manager we need these types of players to manage the way we want to play.
“It’s important every time to have different profiles of players but in the same way keeping it competitive and they know they need to work to get the opportunities and earn minutes.”
First clean sheet of the season
“We did the right moments to control, that’s why I believe that we start the game with the goalkeeper, it’s so important to play in our way, it’s important for Raul to press.
“First of all, it depends on the strategy for each game because I think today we give too many chances for goals and opportunities for them.
“Our best game when we were defending was against Manchester United because we controlled everything and we didn’t give away many chances to score and we lost that game.
“That’s why results are important but it’s also important to analyse and go forward for the next game.”
Getting his ideas across
“That’s why I said to them the secret is the way they want to work, we discuss in meetings our good examples and our bad examples, sometimes other team examples to find the best way for these players to play and how they can give us the best results.
“It’s a process, how we train and how we work, we have meetings to analyse, but the most important thing is the mentality to receive the information, not on the pitch but outside in meetings too.
“It’s not a question to win, in the end it’s the result and points, but also the way we work and the pathway we want to create is also important.”
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