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Wolves star Raul: I wanted to wear the mask again

Raul Jimenez insists he has his revenge and was ready to wear his mask again after scoring for Wolves against Watford.
But the club record £32m signing admitted the backroom staff never handed it to him after he found the net in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.
“I brought it with me and I don’t know why but the people on the bench didn’t give it to me. Maybe they didn’t remember but I would have done it,” said the Mexico international.
“I haven’t scored since that last time against Watford and that is why I didn’t do it. Will I do it in the future? Why not?
“When you score you can do whatever you want. I don’t know if I’m going to win or if I’m going to lose, I just did it. It is something from Mexico and I’m happy with that.”
Jimenez donned the headgear – a WWE mask worn by Mexican wrestler Sin Cara – after netting against the Hornets at Wembley three weeks ago.
But he was criticised for wearing it afterwards by Watford captain Troy Deeney, who called him a ‘loser’ as the Hertfordshire club went on to win the FA Cup semi-final 3-2 after extra-time.
Dozens of the 2,100 Wolves fans who watched the game at Vicarage Road paid £10 each to charity to buy masks in support of Jimenez, who made history by becoming Wolves’ record scorer in a Premier League season after scoring his 13th goal in the competition, overtaking Steven Fletcher’s 12 from 2011-12.
“I had one chance to have my revenge and I scored,” said Jimenez. “It was a comfortable header and I was in the right place.”
Deeney spent much of his programme column talking about Wolves – 277 words to be exact – but Jimenez said he hasn’t got a problem with the Watford striker.
“I read that I was 32 years old and I am not! I like to read the programme before matches and I saw that,” he said.
“I heard all the interview he did and it’s OK, no problem. This is football. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and you have to be happy with that.”
The result left Wolves in seventh but extended the gap to the chasing pack to four points with two games left, leaving Nuno Espirito Santo’s side favourites to claim the final Europa League spot. To do so, they must remain seventh and Manchester City must beat Watford in the Cup final.
Jimenez says it would be some achievement to become the first Wolves team to qualify for Europe for 39 years.
“It would be a great achievement as at the beginning of the season all the people thought we would be fighting to stay in the Premier League,” said the striker.
“Now we are doing good things and we are one game away from staying in seventh.
“That gives us extra confidence for the next match and it would be amazing if we get to the Europa League.
“It is one possibility if we stay in seventh place but they have the FA Cup final to play.
“Since the beginning – the eighth match more or less – we’ve had a very good run of wins and that was the moment we knew we would fight for the first places. It is a very good season for us and we are very happy for that.”
Wolves only have 16 outfield players plus three goalkeepers and the extra games playing in the Europa League would bring would put added strain on an already small squad.
Jimenez added: “Maybe we need to have more players and there would be more matches but this is down to the coach to think about it and we’ll see.”