Nuno Espirito Santo has challenged Wolves to prove they are winners as they look to bounce back from their FA Cup blow.
The entire Wolves family was saddened by the huge disappointment of last week’s semi-final defeat to Watford after extra-time.
Head coach Nuno gave the players a few days off to recover and try to clear their heads before resuming training to prepare for today’s trip to Southampton.
But he wants them to use the feeling to win something in the future.
“If you truly want to win things, you have to work harder and harder in training,” said the boss. “The ambition of the squad is something that we really want, to always be present, it has be on a daily basis.
“All season long there has only been one option – work hard and become successful.”
Nuno is convinced the players will be stronger for the Watford defeat and will use it as a motivation to try to inspire them to future success.
“It can only make you stronger because you acquire different situations that make you better – like in all the games,” he reflected.
“It’s been like this in all the 19 months we’ve been together. It’s not a question of a message, it’s a question of philosophy.
“It’s our modus operandi. We analyse all the time – we are a competitive team that always wants to play.”
But rather than remain disappointed at a chance missed, Nuno has turned it into a positive, by revealing the pride he feels at what was the club’s first semi-final for 21 years.
“We came so far. It’s a very good thing to achieve a semi-final. We must be really proud,” he added.
“Every time we don’t achieve what we propose, the disappointment comes. But you look at the other side and you’re proud you’ve competed well.”
Wolves are looking to go above seventh-placed Leicester, who were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at home to Newcastle last night.
Nuno’s side went into today’s game at St Mary’s behind on goals scored, with both teams on the same points. Wolves will still have another game in hand on the Foxes after today’s match.