‘Happy’ Bruno Lage knew first victory was coming when he heard special Molineux chant

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Bruno Lage Wolves September 2022 Credit: PA Images
Bruno Lage Wolves September 2022 Credit: PA Images

Bruno Lage said he had a feeling Wolves would break their Premier League duck on Saturday against Southampton when he heard the fans chanting “Bruno Lage ball”.

Daniel Podence scored the only goal as Wolves defeated Southampton at Molineux for their first league win of the season. The striker’s scuffed finish in first-half stoppage time was enough to lift Lage’s side out of the bottom three.

Saints pushed in the second half and saw Che Adams’ effort ruled out for handball. While the former Sheff Utd striker hit the crossbar with another header.

But Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were unable to follow up their midweek home win against Chelsea. And Lage made it clear how crucial the Molineux win was.

Lage told BBC Match of the Day: “It’s important for us, but the most important is what we are doing in each moment.

“Players are arriving, we don’t have time to train and have to put them straight into the games. We try our best to have our best strategy and they’re performing well.

“We scored one goal and after that we were very brave in the way we defended. We’re very happy. I told the players it’s one win, we have to build on it. We need to practice. The team that finished pre-season and the team we have now are so different.

Lage: Raul Jimenez injury just ‘fatigue’

“I had a feeling when the fans started singing at the start about ‘Bruno Lage ball’. I told the players we have to go outside and give everything. The big attitude and the big energy comes from the fans.

“That’s why I was there at the end of the game to take all the support from them.”

New signing Sasa Kalajdzic, who had a quiet debut, was removed at half-time and Lage said the striker picked up an injury. Goncalo Guedes replaced him.

“He felt something. Nothing special, but we went with Guedes,” said Lage.

On Raul Jimenez’s injury in the warm-up, Lage said: “With Raul it is normal fatigue. He didn’t do pre-season and played straight away.

“With a good pre-season, he’d be able to play without problems, but not without pre-season. Today it was impossible for him to run – chronic fatigue. Because of that we started with Sasa.”

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