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Wolves star Raul hits back in mask row

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez this afternoon issued a defiant response to his Watford critics who slammed him for wearing a mask celebrating his goal.

The £32m club record signing was branded a ‘loser’ by Hornets captain Troy Deeney while Watford legend Luther Blissett called him ‘disrespectful’ and a ‘cartoon character’ after he donned the WWE mask worn by Mexican-American wrestler Sin Cara to celebrate putting Wolves 2-0 ahead in yesterday’s FA Cup semi-final.

But Jimenez today rounded on his detractors by posting a picture of himself on the pitch in the mask accompanied by the tweet “Time to raise our heads and continue #wearewolves #wolvesaywe”, along with emojis of a wolf, a football, a head popping up and the translation in Spanish, following Wolves 3-2 defeat in extra-time.

The tweet was liked over 9,000 times and retweeted over 700 times in the four hours since the Mexico international, who has over 3.1m followers on Twitter, posted it.

Jimenez’s tweet sparked a hugely positive response from Wolves fans.

Singhwhenyourwinning @pedalsingh posted: “Always staying high my friend. Wear your mask with pride! We will get stronger and better. Congratulations on possibly the best goal Wolves have scored in such a high profile stage.”

Artist Louise Cobbold, who produces the paintings for the front covers of the Wolves matchday programmes, has produced a colour sketch of Jimenez wearing his mask.

Mary Smith @smithers40fa tweeted: “Raul, yes we are in pain, we are hurting. However more than that, we are so proud of you and the team. You’ve given us so much happiness this season. Thank you, thank you. We love you RJ9.”

Stuart Mole @southdownswolf said: “I hope you get to wear the mask 3 times in the league against Watford.”

Wolves still have to play Watford away in the Premier League on April 27, when Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will be seeking revenge after yesterday’s 3-2 defeat in extra-time followed a 2-0 loss at Molineux in October.