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Euro excursions not taking their toll on us: Nuno

Crystal Palace 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

Nuno Espirito Santo (Mike Egerton/PA)
Nuno Espirito Santo (Mike Egerton/PA)

By George Sessions

Nuno Espirito Santo believes Wolves' dramatic late equaliser at Crystal Palace shows his players can cope with the extra demand of playing in the Europa League this season.

Leander Dendoncker's own goal 33 seconds into the second half looked set to give the hosts a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park.

It would have been a fourth consecutive defeat for Wolves, but in the 95th minute Diogo Jota fired home from Adama Traore's cross and earned the visitors a much-needed point.

After playing in the Europa League on Thursday against Braga and finishing this game with 10 men after Romain Saiss was dismissed for a second yellow, Nuno's team still found the energy to grab a leveller.

"We had heart, character, spirit with one man down to go and keep fighting and working," he said.

"This shows a lot of things and says a lot about the spirit we have. This says a lot about the players.

"Our preparation started on June 27 and we knew that we would be involved in this challenge and we have to embrace it.

"Every player is working very hard and the proof is the way they run until the last second of the game. It was incredible - really, really great credit to them."

Palace manager Roy Hodgson said: "When you think it's our game, our three points and it suddenly becomes one, it's like a defeat.

"It's unbelievably disappointing."

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