Wolves supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo contemplating modifications to his staff in opposition to Brighton

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Nuno Espirito Santo has told his back-up players to prove they deserve a start by showing up on the training pitch rather than knocking on his door.

The Wolves manager is considering making changes to his side for the first time this season after last Saturday’s loss to Watford.

Nuno named the same line-up for nine matches as Wolves made a superb start to life in the Premier League but the defeat to Javi Gracia’s team prompted reflection.

‘Let’s see, we have to make a decision,’ said Nuno. ‘Every player worked very well this week, we expect a good squad and a strong XI.

‘There is no point coming to the office, we speak on the pitch every day. The best thing when you have to make a statement do it in a session, and especially when you come off the bench.

‘Many of our matches have been decided by substitutes – bringing lots of energy.’ 

Adama Traore, Ivan Cavaleiro, and Ruben Vinagre are pushing for contention after Watford impressed at Molineux. 

It was the first time this season Wolves have walked off as clearly the worse team and they still occupy a good position, in ninth on 15 points.

‘After every bad game we have to bounce back. Performance is everything for the momentum of the season. No excuses, we didn’t play good it is finished. I am expecting a good reaction.

‘It is the right mentality to have. We have to improve, realising what we did wrong and work on the training pitch.’ 

Wolves face Brighton away on Saturday, with challenging games against Arsenal and Tottenham to follow.

Nuno has received much praise for the work that he has done at Wolves and was named the Premier League manager of the month for September. 

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