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Europe or not, it’s been a great season for Wolves – Jota

Diogo Jota insists Wolves have had a great season whether they get into Europe or not.

Wolves remain seventh, three points ahead of Leicester, who climbed to eighth after beating Arsenal 3-0 at home on Sunday. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are four points ahead of Everton and Watford in ninth and 10th places respectively after Saturday’s 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.

The club finishing seventh will qualify for the Europa League if Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final.

Leicester have gone eighth in the table, so we’re just going to wait and see what we can do in the end of the season,” Jota told Wolves’ official website.

But what matters is we have had a great season and nothing will change in these final two games.

For a team in its first year in the Premier League, the results we’ve had have been excellent this season.”

Jota insists victory at the weekend, just three weeks after Wolves lost 3-2 after extra-time to the same opponents in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, was not about exacting revenge.

We competed hard in the FA Cup semi-final for a spot in the final, the game went for them that day, but it wasn’t like a revenge, it was just one more game,” said the 22-year-old, whose winner at Watford was his ninth goal of the campaign.

We are shoulder to shoulder to fight for the seventh place, so it’s a great result in their house.”

Jota’s latest goal was a cushioned volley following an outrageous 52-yard pass from Ruben Neves on the right wing which left goalkeeper Ben Foster in no-man’s land.

The Portuguese forward revealed how he dealt with the pass.

When I received the ball from Ruben, I looked to the air and I saw Raul there alone, and I just tried to take my opponent out of the way and the cross went perfect and it was a good goal for us,” he said.

Ruben made a great pass, but we know what he can do. Fortunately for us the goalkeeper tried to anticipate the cross but this time he couldn’t, and I was faced with an open net. All I needed was the perfect touch and the ball went in.”

Jota also crossed for Jimenez to head Wolves in front at Watford. All of his five assists have been for the Mexico international – more than any one player has assisted anyone else in the Premier League this season.

Jota admits they have a terrific understanding together after being paired together as a front two from the Chelsea game on December 5.

I think we know each other very well now, at this moment of the season,” he said. “We know what the other can do in the specific moments of the game and the team takes advantage of our good relationship, so we just want to keep on going.”

Jota says the team wants to thank the Wolves fans for their support by finishing as high as they can. Wolves play relegated but in-form Fulham at home this Saturday before going to Liverpool on the final day, a week on Sunday, for a potential title decider in their final game.

Playing at home with our fans is always easier, but our fans are always with us, even away. So, fortunately for us we were able to get a great result here,” said Jota.

I think for a team that have just come up, it’s very important to have our fans in the good moments and in the bad moments, and they have been always there for us.

We want to thank them and give them the highest position in the table we can at the end of the season.”