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Wolves will get ‘even better’, says Hee Chan Hwang after ‘honour’ of facing Son Heung-min in Premier League win over Spurs

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Wolves forward Hee Chan Hwang has warned his team-mates they can “never settle” after helping Gary O’Neil’s side produce one of their best victories of the season with a 2-1 win at Tottenham on his first appearance of 2024.

South Korea’s Hwang led the line and was a key part of O’Neil’s tactics with his runs beyond Spurs’ defenders as Joao Gomes scored twice to give Wolves a third successive away win in all competitions and extend their unbeaten run on the road to six matches.

“It was a near-perfect game as a team, especially defensively,” said Hwang, who has 11 goals and three assists in 22 appearances this season, speaking to Wolves’ official website.

“In terms of attacking, there were some things we could’ve done better, but we got the result we needed in a tough away match.

“If we do our best every game in order to reach our goals, I’m sure results will follow. We can never settle and be happy with where we are; we need to keep improving and aim higher and us players are always talking about what we need to do to improve.”

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Wolves, who are three points behind seventh-placed Brighton, have been a surprise package in the top flight since O’Neil was appointed five days before the start of the campaign, recovering from losing four of their first five matches to win nine and lose only six of their 20 games since then.

“When the season first started, the manager had just come in and had a period where he was trying to build a strong team,” said Hwang, who is in his second season as a permanent Wolves player.

“I feel he has made us a great team and we are getting better with every game. The team is well drilled to the manager’s tactics and the results are following due to those efforts.

“The match gave us the confidence that we will become even better and gives us a clear idea on where we aim to head.”

Tottenham’s Son made game ‘special’

Hwang was making his first club appearance since playing for South Korea at the Asian Cup, where he joined Tottenham forward Son Heung-min in the national squad’s run to the semi-finals.

“Playing against Heung-min is always special, especially on the best stage in the world like this,” he said.

“For two Korean players to face each other in the Premier League is an honour. He had a great game but our defenders also did a great job of defending against him.

“So many Korean fans were there Saturday and it made me feel I want to become even better to repay their support.

“I hope the fans enjoyed watching us. I really want to say thank you to all the Korean fans in the stadium and who watched the game in Korea.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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