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Revenge over Watford would be a mistake – Nuno

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists revenge over Watford is not on his mind.

Nuno’s side go to Vicarage Road just 20 days after their Wembley heartache to the same opposition in the FA Cup semi-final.

Watford won 3-2 after being 2-0 down before equalising with 30 seconds to go then winning the tie in extra-time.

Javi Gracia’s side have also won 2-0 at Molineux and will be gunning to make it a hat-trick of wins over Nuno this season.

With both teams gunning for seventh spot, which will guarantee a Europa League place if Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final, the game has added spice. Wolves are currently seventh, a point and a place above Watford. But head coach Nuno says payback is not on his mind.

Revenge – that would be a mistake,” said Nuno, 45. “Any symptoms of revenge or trying to pay back situations can blind you or take you away from your focus and your attention.”

Nuno is so confident that his players will not be seeking revenge that he says he does not need to tell them that.

No, it’s our idea. We always go game by game,” he said. “It’s a new game, a new challenge. The past is the past.

We work on that and motivate ourselves, we assess their strengths and weaknesses and we prepare ourselves to compete.

We know they’re a good team, so it will be a tough challenge. It’s always the same.”

It took Wolves three games to bounce back to winning ways, when they beat Arsenal 3-1 on Wednesday night.

But Nuno has no doubts about the character of his team.

We have to bounce back every time and we have been able to do so,” he added.

Every time we have done that from bad moments – whether it the semi-final of the FA Cup or something else, we have had different runs and it’s all about that.

It’s about knowing that to do it, we have to give everything we have individually to perform well.

This is the most important thing, I believe, to give everything you can do – one more effort, one more run – that’s what helps us bounce back from bad moments.

Now we are not in a bad moment. We are in a good moment so we have to keep on enjoying the momentum.”

Wolves have no injury worries for the trip south, while Watford captain Troy Deeney is still suspended, completing his three-match ban after being sent off for violent conduct for his hand in the face of Lucas Torreira.