If strong communication is high on Arsenal’s wishlist as they whittle down candidates for Unai Emery’s successor, Nuno Espirito Santo just strengthened his application.
He may not even want it, of course, and those huddled together in the South Bank gave him their thoughts as chants of ‘f*** the Arsenal’ rang out in the second half.
But as the Gunners toiled away at Carrow Road, Santo’s stock rose once again as his musings on the touchline, motivating his players to stay positive and not to concede hope with plenty by way of positive body language, capped off a fine week in these parts.
Matt Doherty heads Wolves back on level terms midway through the second half at Molineux
Doherty of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates his team's equaliser against Sheffield United
Doherty celebrates his goal having made it 1-1 with a header during the second half on Sunday
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Wolves (3-4-3): Patricio 6.5; Dendoncker 5, Coady 6, Kilman 6; Doherty 6.5, Neves 5.5, Moutinho 6, Jonny 6; Traore 7, Jimenez 7, Jota 6
Subs not used: Ruddy, Vallejo, Otasowie, Cundle, Vinagre, Neto, Cutrone
Goals: Doherty (64)
Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo 6
Sheffield United XI: Henderson 6.5; Basham 6, Egan 7, O’Connell 6; Baldock 7, Lundstram 6.5 (Freeman 89), Norwood 6, Fleck 6.5, Stevens 5; Mousset 7 (Robinson 85), McGoldrick 5.5 (McBurnie 72)
Subs not used: Moore, Jagielka, Besic, Sharp
Goals: Mousset (2)
Booked: Stevens, Fleck, Baldock, O’Connell, Egan
Manager: Chris Wilder 7
Referee: David Coote 5
Yes, it was a point, and yes, they wanted three. But a comeback performance to go nine games unbeaten in the league on the back of sealing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League is no mean feat.
For 63 minutes Sheffield United were under Wolves’ skin, dominating them in midfield and causing Conor Coady and the back three all sorts of problems with the pace of Lys Mousset and David McGoldrick.
But then there was Matt Doherty, unmarked at the back post, to nod past Dean Henderson and the sides were level.
Santo turned to his coaches, wide-eyed and with a Cheshire Cat smile etched on his face, and got them all in a huddle where some words were said. Any notion talk of a switch to north London has distracted him were dismissed then and there.
Sheffield United dominated, unquestionably, and Chris Wilder and his players won’t need reminding of how they let a game they were in complete control of slip away.