Conor Coady has urged Wolves to ‘do it right’ in the FA Cup semi-final after his previous experience at the same stage of the competition.
Wolves clinched their place in the last four with a 2-1 win over Manchester United in a result that was more comprehensive than the scoreline suggests.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side now face Watford at Wembley on Sunday, April 7 at 4pm for a place in the final, and will have 33,000 gold and black devotees roaring them on.
The teams will know the opponents in the final as the other semi between Manchester City and Brighton is taking place the day before at 5.45pm.
Coady is the only Wolves player to have sampled an FA Cup semi-final before, having been part of the Sheffield United team beaten 5-3 by Hull at Wembley in 2014.
The Blades, who also fielded ex-Wolves men Neill Collins and Matt Hill, twice led Hull through Jose Baxter and Stefan Scougall in front of 71,820, only for one-time Wolves loanee Yannick Sagbo and Matty Fryatt to level things for the Tigers.
Another ex-temporary Molineux player, Tom Huddlestone, put Hull ahead and Stephen Quinn and David Meyler made sure, as Jamie Murphy grabbed United’s third at the death.
United were in League One at the time and it looked like they had done the hard bit, having beaten Premier League sides Villa and Fulham on their travels, and Nottingham Forest and Charlton at home on their way to the last four
But Coady has bad memories of the day. “We never did it right last time when I was there and we got beat,” said the 26-year-old, who was at Bramall Lane on a season-long loan from Liverpool at the time.
“I want to make sure we prepare right, we look forward to it.
“I’m not kidding it’s one of the best days you’ll ever have. For these players, those supporters, we want to go there and do it right.
“I know what this semi-final will give to people. Now we’re there, we want to make sure we do it right.
“The win over Man United was pleasing, but the night in general was huge for this football club and I’m sure we’ll have 30,000-40,000 at Wembley cheering us on.
“We have a few games first before that. But we’ll enjoy these two weeks, it will be long two weeks, then we go again.”
Reflecting on the United win, Coady believes Wolves’ well-drilled defence and their wing backs in particular were a key factor in nullifying the Red Devils’s strengths.
“Stopping the opposition creating chances is a big part of how we play,” he added.
“We want to be close, stay together. We’ve had a philosophy over the last couple of years and it’s helping us move forwards.
“You look at the wing-backs, the way they bomb forwards, but more importantly they do the work off the ball, where they get back into position. We are always close to each other to put a break on.
“We stayed together, we took what we did at Chelsea the previous week by staying close, defending properly, and at the same time we had more of the ball and created more chances.”
Coady added: “We need to make sure we keep listening to the manager, because what he’s done is fantastic.
“It’s important to stick to your beliefs, because if you go start trying to change your game, United are a fantastic team and will hurt you.
“We have to do what we’re good at over and over again, and I thought we did that. The goals were brilliant.”