Wolves captain Conor Coady claims he is ‘haunted’ by the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Watford and will never get over it as they prepare to face their tormentors this Saturday.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side looked to have finally eased away the pain of their agonising 3-2 defeat to the Hornets after extra-time when they beat Arsenal 3-1 on Wednesday, their first win in four since their Wembley heartache.
But to Coady, the memories are still too raw nearly three weeks after the event and he confessed he doesn’t think he will ever get over it as they look to play them again.
“I will be honest with you, I don’t think I will ever get over it,” said Coady. “It will haunt me for the rest of my life, it really will.
“It was a tough one to take, we were so close. Everyone saw we were nearly there but we don’t want to look back over it.
“It was a great achievement to get to the semi-finals and we want to make sure we learn from it and move forward.”
Victory over the Gunners saw Wolves climb back above Watford into seventh spot and they are a point and a place above Javi Gracia’s side with three games left.
Seventh place will secure a Europa League place if Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final.
Watford have now beaten Wolves twice this season and Coady appreciates the game at Vicarage Road will be seen by visiting fans at least as a grudge match.
Many Wolves fans will be sporting masks at the weekend in support of striker Raul Jimenez, who was criticised by Watford captain Troy Deeney as a ‘loser’ and by Hornets legend Luther Blissett for briefly donning the headgear in celebration after he scored against them at Wembley.
Nuno refuses to talk about the prospect of Wolves getting into Europe for the first time in 39 years but Coady is happy to talk up their prospects.
“We know how big the game is for the football club and they will probably be saying the same thing,” said the skipper.
“We are looking at ourselves – we had a good performance against Arsenal and we want to make sure we build on it.
“We’ve said all season we don’t look too far ahead but if something like that (a European place) was to come, it would be amazing for the football club. It is something everyone wants.”
Deeney won’t be involved at the weekend as he completes a three-match ban following his sending off for violent conduct against Arsenal on April 15 for catching Lucas Torreira in the face.