Gary O'Neil: 'Display against Burnley should be Wolverhampton Wanderers' benchmark'

Head coach Gary O'Neil has revealed that he views Wolverhampton Wanderers' performance against Burnley earlier in the season as one that he views as a benchmark.

Despite only taking over in the days prior to the opening Premier League fixture of the campaign at Manchester United, O'Neil has progressed Wolves into one of the most entertaining teams in the division.

A total of 39 goals have been scored in 25 games, already more than have been netted in the previous three campaigns, and Wolves have put together a number of eye-catching wins.

Manchester City have been defeated at Molineux, while the West Midlands outfit have impressively recorded doubles over each of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

However, speaking at a press conference on Thursday, O'Neil has claimed that he views an unspectacular 1-0 win over Burnley as one of the games that have satisfied him the most.

On that occasion, Burnley squandered one double chance before Hwang Hee-chan scored the only goal of the contest, Wolves later seeing out the game in the second half with minimal fuss.

Addressing reporters ahead of a meeting with Sheffield United, another relegation-threatened side, on Sunday, O'Neil has hinted that he would like to witness more of the same.

The Englishman said: «The importance of being really solid in situations around our goal is huge because of the lift we gave Brentford — we gave them a lead and it was going to be tough enough at 0-0.

»But keeping pushing at 0-0 and trying to find a way to get yourself in front is a much better feeling than giving them a soft goal and having to fight your way back.

«I think the Burnley game was what we need to be like — as tough as they were to break down, we didn't give them anything silly. We managed

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