Hark at him! Wolves boss Santo comes over all Jurgen Klopp in petty attempt to put down Sunderland


Wolves boss Nunos Espirito Santo has suggested only one team took to the pitch at Molineux yesterday seeking to win the game. Not since Jurgen Klopp took his occasional paddies with Sunderland visitors to Anfield have we raised a wry smile at such posturing huffiness. 


He may be mid-way through his first season in English football, but Wolves boss Nunos Espirito Santo has already come over all Jurgen Klopp to take a swipe at the way Sunderland were set up to grind out a draw at Molineux yesterday. 

Not since the Black Cats set out to frustrate the mighty Liverpool under first Sam Allardyce and then David Moyes have we witnessed a little petty bad humour from an opposition boss. And you have to wonder about Santo's mentality for the rest of the Championship campaign if he doesn't anticipate more sides lining up with the aim of snatching a point from his cash-splashing Wolves side.

Asked about yesterday's game, Santos insisted he wasn't frustrated that his multi-million pound table-toppers had been unable to find a way past Chris Coleman's bottom-three dwellers, before, erm, visibly expressing his frustration and questioning the home support: 

  "I am disappointed that this is not a victory, I'm not frustrated. This is part of football. Victories are hard  to achieve. We work hard to achieve that and the boys worked hard. 

  There was only one team on the pitch trying to achieve three points and that was us. Our fans need to realise that we need them to keep pushing really hard right until the end." 

It is of course either a sad indictment of Sunderland's plight that not since we were battling for Premier League survival have opposition managers moaned about a little bus parking, either that or the Wolves camp are a bit ahead of themselves with nigh on five months of a promotion campaign still to come. 

It was just over a year ago that Jurgen Klopp was accused by assorted pundits of being 'disrespectful' to a struggling Sunderland side that he described as being the "most defensive team" he had ever played against. 

The Anfield boss was seemingly oblivious to the desperate need of clubs to gain points when up against it and the outburst merely followed up his earlier spats with the Black Cats. Sam Allardyce had famously described Klopp as a "soft German" in December 2015 after he had been upset about a Jeremain Lens tackle on Mamadou Sakho. 

Sunderland may have had just 28% possession at Molineux yesterday but did play a third of the game with 10 men. And whilst the visitors first shot on target didn't come until the 56th minute, free-scoring Wolves were restricted to just four of their own in a largely dull encounter. 

If this is the first time Santos has happened across a niggly Championship fixture, he may in for a long winter in the Wolves dugout. 



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