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Wolves hero Raul: Let’s make it a Wembley hat-trick

Raul Jimenez wants to make it a Wembley winning hat-trick after leading Wolves to the FA Cup semi-finals.

The 27-year-old striker took his tally to 15 goals this season with the opener in the 2-1 win against Manchester United in the sixth round on Saturday.

The Mexico international was a Wembley winner in the 3-1 win against Tottenham in December after becoming an Olympic champion at the national stadium in 2012.

It’s very important for us to have that experience that we can do it against anyone,” said Jimenez.

It’s a stadium that has good memories for me. In 2012 we won the gold medal with Mexico (at the Olympics, 2-1 win over Brazil) and then with the last win against Tottenham.

I am unbeaten there. I will keep doing my best and help the team to be in the final.”

Jimenez has proved himself a man for the big time with goals against United and Liverpool in the Cup, plus in both games against Chelsea and Tottenham this season.

Wolves are set to make Jimenez’s loan from Benfica permanent in a £30m move, and the in-form forward wants to stay at Molineux.

I like it very much here. I’m enjoying the team and how I play. It feels very good to be here,” he said.

I was looking for this sort of feeling since I arrived in Europe, to have this confidence and the games.

Now that I have it I don’t want to lose it. That is what gives you confidence, playing every match. We all know we are a team and we are all important here.”

Goals from Jimenez and Diogo Jota against United took their tally to 19 in 21 games together since December 5 when Wolves switched to 3-5-2.

Jimenez reckons their partnership is ‘amazing’.

I think it’s amazing; we are trying to do our best,” he said. “We are making goals and that is important for us.

I’m very happy for Diogo and for all the team that we are making the difference.

In the beginning it took Diogo and me a little bit more time than we expected but now we are doing this, we don’t want to stop.”