Soccer-Lopetegui is a great coach, says Wolves skipper Neves

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[1/2] Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui earlier the match. Sevilla v Borussia Dortmund - Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain - October 5, 2022. REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

WOLVERHAMPTON, England, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Wolverhampton Wanderers skipper Ruben Neves welcomed the assignment of Julen Lopetegui arsenic their caller manager but warned that the Midlands nine needed to apprehension their descent earlier the Spaniard officially takes over.

A 3-2 location decision by Brighton & Hove Albion connected Saturday near Wolves second-from-bottom successful the Premier League array with 10 points from 14 games and lone 8 goals scored.

Wolves person mislaid 4 of their six games nether caretaker manager Steve Davis, who volition motion disconnected with adjacent weekend's location clash with Arsenal, and though they are not losing touch, things request to get amended successful a hurry.

The Midlands nine besides person a League Cup necktie against Leeds United connected Wednesday.

"I'm 100% definite he's a large manager and he'll assistance america a batch but we request to absorption connected our adjacent 2 games we person successful beforehand of us," Neves said of the erstwhile Real Madrid, Sevilla and Spain manager who gave him his elder debut astatine Porto.

"Two much games astatine home, effort to get wins, that's our target.

"Of people we cognize he's a large manager, he's done a batch of large things successful football, he's coached a batch of large teams. But the adjacent 2 games are the astir important things for us."

Wolves appeared to beryllium heading for a morale-boosting triumph erstwhile Neves scored from the punishment spot to springiness his broadside the pb aft Goncalo Guedes had cancelled retired Adam Lallana's opener.

But Kaoru Mitoma equalised, Nelson Semedo was sent disconnected earlier halftime and Pascal Gross struck a precocious winner.

"Effort wise, combat wise, immoderate prime successful the crippled we showed: I was pleased with those aspects but contiguous we didn't support good enough," Davis said.

"We talked a batch astir connecting amended from beforehand to back, we've got to beryllium compact and hard to bushed and I deliberation contiguous we didn't get that right."

While Wolves volition anticipation Lopetegui tin steer them wide of the drop, Brighton are thriving nether Roberto de Zerbi who replaced Chelsea-bound Graham Potter.

After outclassing Potter's Chelsea past week they posted different triumph and are up to sixth.

"I americium precise happy, it's a large 3 points for america successful a precise hard crippled but I consciousness we deserved to win," De Zerbi said.

"We played successful our style; we played amended and amended without and with the shot and I was blessed with the prime of the show from the players."

Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Clare Fallon

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