Nuno Espirito Santo recalls 'emotional mistakes' when Wolves played Bristol City last season
By Liam Grace
Last Updated: 15/02/19 2:17pm
Ahead of Wolves' FA Cup meeting with Bristol City on Sunday, Nuno Espirito Santo has recalled the emotional mistakes he made last season.
Wolves boss Nuno was sent to the stands after impeding on Bristol City's technical area when the sides met in the Sky Bet Championship, while there were red cards for defender Danny Batth and Robins 'keeper Frank Fielding.
The Ashton Gate fixture in December 2017 saw Wolves win to open up a 10-point lead at the top of the league as they eventually were crowned champions and promoted to the Premier League, where they now sit seventh after 26 games.
"That game was so emotional," Nuno said. "Particularly it was so hard for me as I was sent off and went to the stands. Being there, you realise that you cannot help the team.
"All the emotions come and later what I felt was a big, big joy and a tremendous moment of happiness. It was so important for us that I could not contain myself.
"All of us are different. I just try follow my instincts and sometimes I know that I make mistakes. At the same time I admit them, I apologise when I have to and I try to avoid them in the future."
Bristol City have won their last nine Championship games, which has seen them move up to fifth and into the play-off spots.
Nuno is friends with Robins manager Lee Johnson after the pair completed a coaching course together a few years ago.
"Yes, it was good, me and Lee were there and we know each other since then," he added. "Yes (we get on well) - we spent some time together.
"Both of us want to compete, he is doing well, he lost so many players (in the summer) and keeps on fighting. I know how hard the Championship is, so I have a lot of respect and admiration.
"We know it's going to be very tough. They are a good team with good momentum. We started against Liverpool and then we went to Shrewsbury. Those challenges were so, so difficult.
"Now we are in the fifth round and we know how tough it will be. The only way we'll go through is if we compete to the best of our standards on Sunday."