Conor Coady revealed the secret behind Wolves’ FA Cup victory over Manchester United – become history makers for the club.
The Wolves captain was imperious alongside his team-mates as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side deservedly beat United 2-1 to earn a place in the semi-final and a first cup trip in 31 years to Wembley, where they will face Watford on April 6 or 7.
United were favourites to win the tie and few outside the region gave Wolves a chance, but Coady said an inspiring team talk between the players before kick-off for the team to create lasting memories was a factor in their success.
“We said ‘let’s make history, make sure this team doesn’t go unnoticed,” he said.
“‘Players come and go, years and years down the line. We’ll come and go. More players will come in. But make sure people remember this team’.
“We said we have players who have played in big games. We wanted to stick to what we do, and we want to make history for this football club.
“We are a good team. We have some unbelievable footballers. Now we’re there everyone should enjoy it.”
The 26-year-old converted sweeper has captained England Under-20s, skippered Wolves to the Championship title and reached a semi-final before with Sheffield United.
But he admitted Saturday’s win was a stand-out moment in his career.
“That’s the proudest I’ve been for the boys in the dressing room, all the staff, everyone to do with this football club,” he added.
“Where it’s come in the last couple of years is nothing short of sensational.
“For the boys to perform like that, it’s the best one, it really is. We knew what the crowd would be like – we’ve felt the atmosphere all week, we’ve been the same, we’ve been looking forward to it.
“I couldn’t hear a thing. Not just after the goals, people can usually hear me shouting but not thus time.
“It was amazing. I came to see all the volunteers put the flags out, I saw the atmosphere building.
“We knew what they were going to bring, they pushed us and pushed us, but for the boys to perform like that against United for the full 90 minutes is brilliant.
“You take away the whole emotion of the game and everything that’s gone on I thought we were outstanding from start to finish.
“The way we moved the ball, we nullified a club like Manchester United, it was fantastic.
“We could have scored a couple more as well, because their goalkeeper was brilliant – he made a couple of good saves.”