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Coady reveals what he said to Wolves players against United

Conor Coady has revealed how he kept his Wolves team-mates on their game during a potential turning point against Manchester United.
Wolves came back to win 2-1 after Diogo Jota’s equaliser cancelled out Scott McTominay’s opener and Chris Smalling’s own goal at Molineux last night.
But captain Coady believes Ashley Young’s sending off for two bookable offences in the 57th minute at 1-1 was a pivotal moment and that he had to keep his colleagues switched on.
“When he was getting sent off, I was going round telling the boys to just become more focused, because it becomes harder,” said Coady.
“People might think just because they’ve got a man less then it becomes a little bit easier, but it doesn’t.
“They work more, they’re more in their shape, they’re more rigid and they’re harder to break down. But I thought the boys kept the ball well and we deserved the second goal in the end.”
Coady believes Wolves can finally start focusing for real on Sunday’s eagerly awaited FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley.
“We’ve got a brilliant result in the Premier League and now everyone can start looking forward to Sunday, because I know people have been talking about it!” he said.
But the defender also acknowledged the importance of bouncing back because the team didn’t want to go into the semi-final with successive defeats following Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Burnley.
“We wanted to enjoy the week and ensure it was good and we didn’t start it well on Saturday,” he added. “We needed to make sure we bounced back from Saturday, it really was because that wasn’t good enough. That was the main message and we did that.”
Coady also believes the result sends out a message to the Premier League after Wolves cemented their place in seventh on a night when Wembley opponents Watford’s 4-1 win over Fulham relegated the Cottagers.
“It’s a brilliant result for the club and it shows how far we’ve come in the Premier League this season, that we’ve improved the way we play,” he said. “To beat a club like Manchester United at any time is an unbelievable feeling.
“We had a job on our hands because United are a fantastic club with brilliant players, so we knew how we had to play.
“But we dug in and we did it. It was a brilliant night again for this club.”
It was the first time after 78 Premier League games where United have scored the first goal and been beaten, going back to 2015.
Coady believes Wolves’ fighting spirit is not to be under-estimated.
“It’s important. We speak about it all of the time as a group,” he said. “We’re not the biggest of groups but we’re very close and we’ve always got that fighting spirit. We will never change that.
“But I thought we played some good stuff at times as well.”