Nuno Espirito Santo revealed his biggest thrill was to give Wolves fans the joy back from the club’s glory days after beating Manchester United to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.
Wolves clinched their first Wembley cup appearance for 31 years and their first semi-final for 21 years on an unforgettable night at Molineux after beating United 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota.
Head coach Nuno said: “What pleased me was when I walked down the side, there were people saying they saw the 1950s and the 60s and they’re still coming to the stadium so to give them back this joy and seeing our fans going out of the stadium with their smiles, with a lot of beer of course, but it feels good!
“They played their part the noise was amazing during the game. The atmosphere was fantastic – we did it together. It was so good.
“It means a lot of course. The FA Cup is the oldest competition and we played well.”
Nuno praised the supporters for a joint effort with the team as they deservedly beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, whose reply from Marcus Rashford in injury-time flattered them.
“We achieved it with the amazing support of our fans believing in us and the noise was fantastic,” he added.
“When we achieved it, we achieved it together. Now we have to prepare for the next one.”
Wolves dominated in the second half and could have had more goals but for the brilliance of goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who superbly denied Jimenez’s bullet header and a chip from Joao Moutinho before the Mexican opened the scoring.
Romero also denied Jota in a one-on-one in the best opening of the first half.
“We defended very well in the first half, we were very organised and very compact,” said Nuno.
“We allowed them possession of the ball but we tried to recover it in the right areas. The shape worked very well.
“We also had a chance with Diogo but then in the second half we had better possession of the ball and created some problems for them with our movement.
“Then it’s talent based on organisation but the important thing is to stay in the game consistently. That’s what pleased me more.
“It was exceptional. We conceded a goal at the end and it was almost done, but it’s never finished until it’s over. One loss of focus can create problems but it was very good.”
Nuno was full of praise for Jimenez’s work for his 15th goal of the season, which came after he swivelled 180 degrees when he had his back to goal and had been crowded out.
“He’s doing very good work but what allowed that was the movement, the line of the ball, and then talent. It was well done,” he added.
Many thought it was one of the best performances of Nuno’s reign but the Portuguese was not having it.
“Last season we did amazing games in the Championship, so it’s a growing process, it never finishes. It will never be perfect,” he added.