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April 5, 2019

Joao: Dare to dream of final and Wolves will be Wembley losers

Joao Moutinho has warned Wolves they will be Wembley losers if they dare to already dream they are in the FA Cup final. At 32, the Portugal midfielder is the man for the big occasion, having won the European Championship with his country, the Europa League, three Portuguese league titles, two Portuguese Cups and one Ligue 1 title in France. Moutinho stressed Wolves cannot afford to think beyond Sunday’s semi-final against Watford, else they will be beaten. “We need to do our best to be focused for this game, because if we don’t and think we are in the final,…

Wolves boss Nuno: ‘We can do this together’

Nuno Espirito Santo insists the ‘amazing’ bond between players and fans can be the key to Wolves reaching their first FA Cup final for 59 years. A huge exodus of 34,300 supporters will be heading to Wembley for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Watford, the biggest travelling support since around 50,000 attended the Sherpa Van Trophy final in 1988. “The fans are important in all situations. What they are giving to us is amazing,” said Nuno. “It’s always about the fans – the togetherness between the players and fans exists now. “Both parties have made big progress on it. The…

Ruddy in goal for Wolves at Wembley

John Ruddy will keep goal for Wolves in the FA Cup semi-final, boss Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed. Nuno says he has decided to keep faith with Ruddy for the Wembley showdown with Watford, just as he has done in all the other five FA Cup ties this season. It means Rui Patricio, his first choice in the Premier League, will again be sidelined in the competition. Asked which goalkeeper would play on Sunday, Nuno said: “Ruddy. He’s done very good in all the games he has played. “Last season he was amazing, this season he has been fantastic. I…

Joao the joker in the Wolves pack is laced with fun

He’s Wolves’ joker in the pack who is such a good footballer he plays without his laces tied up. His latest prank is to chuck cold water on his team-mates as they’re soaking under a hot shower. Oh, and he uses words like irreverence, chemistry and improvise. In what for him is a foreign language. If you think Joao Moutinho is impressive on the pitch, if anything he is even more engaging off the park, which is something when you consider his contribution to Wolves this season is no laughing matter. Captain Conor Coady says: “The first training session we…

Curle: Wolves can go one better than Class of ’98

Keith Curle believes the present-day Wolves can go one better than the Class of ’98 and reach the FA Cup final. Curle, now 55 and manager of League Two Northampton, was captain of the last Wolves team to reach a semi-final, when they were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at Villa Park in 1998. Wolves take on Watford at Wembley on Sunday with seemingly not much between the two teams, who are seventh and eighth in the Premier League respectively. But Curle sees one clear victor – providing Nuno Espirito Santo’s side get their noses in front first. “I think it…

Nuno: Wolves 34,000 pack will play with us at Wembley

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ 34,300-strong pack will be playing with them at Wembley. The Wolves head coach believes the huge support travelling down the M1 to back them in the club’s first FA Cup semi-final since 1998 can make a difference as they prepare to face Watford. “You just go around Wolverhampton in the streets and you feel the excitement and the emotion of the fans,” said Nuno. “There will be 34,000 of our pack there. We’re going to play it together. “Wembley is special. Just saying ‘Wembley’ means a lot to everybody involved in football. “For both teams…