Wolves were brave in FA Cup victory over Bristol City, says Nuno Espirito Santo

"It is very difficult to defend against such a very good team, and we had to be brave"

Wolves celebrate Ivan Cavaleiro's opener at Bristol City 1:23
Nuno Espirito Santo praised his Wolves side for their bravery in holding off Bristol City to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals

Nuno Espirito Santo said his Wolves side had to be "brave" to overcome Bristol City and progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 16 years.

Wolves produced a hard-fought performance to beat their Sky Bet Championship opponents 1-0, with the West Country side on a nine-game winning streak entering the fifth-round tie at Ashton Gate.

Nuno praised the performance of his players after the game and was pleased with his team's mentality.

He said: "I thought we played really well in the first half, building, creating chances, scoring.

"The second half, we had to hold onto what we had.

"It is very difficult to defend against such a very good team, and we had to be brave."

Wolves have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since the 2002/03 season, having also knocked out Shrewsbury and Liverpool en route to the last eight.

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And with Wolves edging closer to the final, Nuno insists he is trying to put out the strongest side possible in every round.

Ivan Cavaleiro
Image: Ivan Cavaleiro scored the only goal in Wolves' 1-0 win over Bristol City

The Portuguese manager added: "I am very happy because we have achieved something very positive for us. It is a tough stadium to come to and take away something.

"We were the better team in the first half, we created a lot and didn't concede too many chances.

"We are always looking for the best options in a strong XI. There is no such thing as rotation for us, it's always looking for the right options.

"We really appreciate this competition, and we go for it, of course."

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