Dean Smith won his first game as Norwich manager against Southampton and is now preparing for another home game, against Wolves this weekend.

Smith has conducted his pre-match press conference ahead of the game and has offered his verdict on Wolves and Bruno Lage.

Former Aston Villa boss Smith was of course overcome in dramatic circumstances by Wolves at Villa Park last month.

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“It’s interesting, after their first three games, they’d lost all three, but actually played well in them. They had created big chances and not conceded many chances.

“It was important that Bruno and his players didn’t lose their belief, that confidence. They’ve got the results they deserve now. They’re a very good team, a lot of the players have been together for a long time.

“Everybody’s pleased to see Jimenez come back from a horrible injury. He’s proving again to be the player we all knew he was.

“They were very comfortable not having much of the ball previously under Nuno, but they’re a lot more comfortable in possession now and have some really good players. It is going to be a really tough game.”

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It is clear that Smith has admiration for Wolves and the work Lage has done in adapting the style of play since taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo.

Wolves got all three points from their last game with Smith, of course, but Lage will be looking for a better performance over 90 minutes here.

That said, if it is a dramatic late win at Carrow Road, there won’t be many fans in the away end complaining.

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