Wolves boss Bruno Lage believes goalkeeper Jose Sa can become one of the Premier League’s ‘good names’ after giving his side a point in their 0-0 draw with Fulham.
Portuguese goalkeeper Sa saved Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty in the 81st minute after Rayan Ait Nouri tackled Bobby Cordova-Reid.
Sa, in his second season at Molineux after joining from Greek club Olympiacos, ensured Lage’s side had something to show for their efforts after dominating much of the game.
Lage said: “Jose had a fantastic season, the pre-season wasn’t good for him because he was recovering (from an injury).
“He only had one (pre-season) game against Sporting, then against Leeds and today he came with that save.
“I’m happy for him. He has to keep working because he can be one of the good names in the Premier League.”
Lage said Sa blamed himself for Leeds’ equalizer in last week’s opening day defeat when Rodrigo’s low shot hit him at his near post.
“This is football,” said Lage. “In the last game we talked about Jose because he wasn’t happy with the first goal (against Leeds).
“Now he made a save and gave us a situation where we didn’t concede a goal. Football is about the good things players can do.”
Lage was pleased with all aspects of his side’s performance on a sweltering afternoon against Fulham, apart from their inability to convert chances.
Pedro Neto and Hwang Hee-chan both saw their first-half efforts saved and Morgan Gibbs-White missed the game’s best chance when he failed to convert Ait-Nouri’s low cross in the second half.
Lage, who said he was happy with Goncalo Guedes’ signing for £27.5m from the bench, added: “I think we deserved to win the game but we need to score goals.
“We had a lot of chances to do that. Sometimes our players faced a goalkeeper, twice the goalkeeper wasn’t in goal, I think with Neto and Morgan.
“These are clear chances to score, so in the end we look at the performance. Another good performance.”
Fulham manager Marco Silva didn’t blame Mitrovic for failing to convert his late penalty.
“Mitro knows he’ll be there for the next penalty, he’ll take it and score,” said Silva. “It’s part of the game.
“Last week he had one and he scored. This afternoon the moment came to win the game, but ok, it’s part of our job, the life of a footballer.”
Silva, whose side have taken two points from their first two Premier League games after promotion, added: “It was a tough game, as we expected.
“It was against a good team playing their first Premier League home game of the season against a newly promoted team.
“We controlled the game more or less well, but we have to get better with the ball.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/bruno-lage-jose-aleksandar-mitrovic-fulham-premier-b2144599.html Bruno Lage greets Jose Sa after the goalkeeper’s penalty saves Wolves