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Nuno: Wolves must bounce-back from FA Cup heartbreak

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Nuno Espirito Santo has urged Wolves to bounce back from their FA Cup semi-final heartache and try to make it to Wembley once again.

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Wolves were on the verge of beating Watford in the semi-final at the national stadium yesterday, but conceded a late penalty and then lost 3-2 after extra time.

They will now hope for Manchester City to beat the Hornets in the final next month, and then clinch a Europa League qualifier by finishing seventh in the Premier League in which they have six games remaining.

Nuno, after being backed by 34,000 fans, wants to return to Wembley with his pack as soon as possible too.

"We are going to go again. Every challenge we have, it's for us to work on it," he said.

"Even though we are in real pain, we are conscious that we should have done better.

"We had parts of the game playing really well, good football, controlling.

"It's difficult to play against Watford, because of all the long balls and they have physical players for the second balls.

"Congratulations to them. But we should have done better.

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"All that I can say now is nothing is going to change.

"But we have to realise we had it and it went away from us.

"It's been a tough competition and we want to improve and grow, so we have another chance to come to Wembley."

Matt Doherty put Wolves ahead in the first half against Javi Gracia's side and Raul Jimenez's second – complete with donning a Mexican wrestling mask given to him by WWE star Sin Cara – had supporters in dreamland.

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But the euphoria turned into silence as Gerard Deulofeu came off the bench and chipped into the net to give Watford hope.

Troy Deeney won a penalty which he scored in added-on time, then Deulofeu grabbed his second in extra-time to complete the comeback.

"We realised it would be tough in extra-time as the momentum of the game was with Watford," added Nuno.

"It's difficult to erase (the penalty) from our minds, but we fought until the end. I'm proud of the boys."

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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