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Jota: ‘Wolves had final place in our hands’

Diogo Jota admitted Wolves had the FA Cup final in their hands only to let it slip through their grasp as they fell to Watford in the semi-final.

Wolves were 2-0 up through Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez and seemingly cruising towards their first final since 1960, only for substitute Gerard Deulofeu to score twice, sandwiching Troy Deeney’s penalty which forced extra-time.

We had the game in our hands, and had the chance to go to the final in our hands, but we lost it in the last minutes. So the feeling is not good,” said Jota.

The Portuguese forward suggested Watford deserved to come back into the game, and definitely felt the Hornets were the better side in extra-time.

First of all they did their job, and their first goal was an amazing goal,” he said. “That came when they were struggling, but that happens.

That goal gave them hope, then in the last minute they got the penalty. We played a very good game, but unfortunately for us, they scored twice to force extra-time, and they were better than us in extra-time.”

Jota revealed head coach Nuno Espirito Santo told the players afterwards that they had thrown their chances of appearing in the final away.

He said just like I said at the beginning, that we had the chance in our hands,” he added.

But Jota, who terrorised Watford’s defence at 2-0 with his strong running with the ball, is already looking forward and wants Wolves to finish their season on a high.

We want to rest now but then think about the Southampton game because we have a few matches to go and we can achieve good things from them,” he added.