Wolves boss Lage finds positives in Man City defeat

Wolves boss Bruno Lage drew positives from defeat at home to Manchester City.

Wolves had Nathan Collins sent off in the 3-0 reverse.

Lage said, “They just played Wednesday night and they came here and in the first minute they scored, it’s hard to take. Between the first and the second goal we were there, we had the ball, but in a transition, they scored the second goal, but the most important thing is even with problems we had in the beginning, the team had personality to play the game.

“We tried to come back in the second-half with one less man, we tried to have a little bit more ball and I thought we had it. The first 20, 25 minutes we had the ball, and our plan was to score a goal, make it 2-1, and put a bit more pressure in the game. That was our best moment in the game.

“After that, when they scored for 3-0, they finished the game. We came with a good plan to play against them, 11 against 11, but it’s hard when you have one less man. In the end, it’s three points for them and we understand the team are growing up, I think we can see good signals and it’s an opportunity to work.

“We continue to see good signs, that was the most important thing. I don’t believe many teams in the world with ten men can do what we did against this top team. One word for my players, they were brave and confident.

“We made some mistakes, especially the way we conceded the goals and missed the ball to give good chances to score goals, but after that, ten against eleven, there were periods where we were very good. In the second-half we came with a good mentality to continue to play the game we had to play.”