Leander Dendoncker admitted he committed a ‘stupid foul’ as Wolves suffered FA Cup semi-final heartbreak against Watford.
The Belgium international conceded the last-gasp penalty for a foul on Troy Deeney scored by the Watford captain to make it 2-2 to force extra-time. Substitute Gerard Deulofeu’s winner clinched the Hornets’ place in the final against Manchester City.
“I didn’t see him coming. I think you can say it was a stupid foul,” confessed Dendoncker. “It was the last seconds of the game and I think I shouldn’t have touched him but it was too late.
“At first I didn’t think it was a penalty but when VAR looked at it, it was, so apparently it was a penalty.”
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had led 2-0 with goals from Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez after 37 and 63 minutes respectively. But the introduction of Deulofeu on 66 changed the game.
Th forward halved the deficit on 79 before Deeney won and converted the penalty to give Watford hope and turn the game on its head.
Wolves only once looked like retrieving the game in extra-time when substitute Ivan Cavaleiro rounded goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes only for the ball to hit his trailing leg and be hacked away with an open goal.
Not surprisingly, there was a sea of dejected faces as Wolves players made their way to the coach deep in the bowels of Wembley afterwards.
The result meant Wolves have lost their last five FA Cup semi-finals going back to 1960, and dashed hopes of what would have been a record seventh successive win at Wembley.
Dendoncker summed up the deflated Wolves dressing room after the final whistle.
“It was a horrible feeling because it was very close to the final,” he added.
“I think everybody was disappointed but proud of what we did. It was really sad because we were really close to it.”