'Devastating': Eddie Howe delivers his verdict on Wolves and Nuno's tactics

Sam Preston November 24, 2020
'Devastating': Eddie Howe delivers his verdict on Wolves and Nuno's tactics
Photo by ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was asked what it’s like to play against Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves side last night.

Howe was a guest on Sky Sports’s Monday Night Football, which showed Wolves’s 1-1 draw against Southampton.

It’s not often Old Gold fans will get to hear a man who has gone toe-to-toe with Santo so recently speak about how tough it is to stop them.

Howe mentioned how patient Wolves are in matches, and just how dangerous they are on the break.

David Horton – CameraSport via Getty Images

“We had a game after lockdown, 0-0 quite late into the game and they nicked a goal towards the end,” said Howe. “They’ve done it so many times that it can’t be by luck.

“It’s to do with how good they are at soaking up pressure. They let you have the ball, it’s almost like they’re controlling the game without having the ball.

“On the counter attack, they can be devastating. Transitions against Wolves, it’s absolutely vital. You cannot leave yourselves exposed, you can’t leave yourselves outnumbered.

“You have to have an extra defender especially playing away from home. Our record against them wasn’t very good but they were always close games.”

Michael Regan/Getty Images

Santo’s Wolves have largely played the same way since getting promoted but there has been a definite shift this season.

The departures of Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota signalled something of a changing of the guard and the team last night had an even more unfamiliar look without Conor Coady.

Santo went for a four-man backline for the first time during his reign. It left Wolves more open but also gave them more of an attacking threat.

Perhaps they don’t want to be as patient and reliant on counter attacking as the club looks to push to the next level.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know
Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.