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Wolves matchwinner Leo focusing on Europe

Leander Dendoncker is targeting European football with Wolves after admitting scoring helped repay fans for his Wembley mistake.

The Belgium international scored the only goal to defeat Fulham on Saturday, volleying home Matt Doherty’s cross for his maiden strike at Molineux.

Now the 24-year-old midfielder is hoping his second goal for the club can elevate them to the Europa League as they look to remain in seventh place after helping to erase the memory of conceding the penalty on Watford’s Troy Deeney in the FA Cup semi-final.

Personally, I was happy to score,” said Dendoncker. “I felt bad after the semi-final, because I made the foul on Deeney. I felt guilty for that, so I was happy I could give something back. Now I hope we can finish seventh and quality for Europe.

We want it a lot. Until now, we’ve gone game by game because the teams behind us are all close, but this was very important to maintain seventh and we did well. I hope we can stay there and I’m happy.

It would be a great accomplishment; we’ve done very well over the season, with some good moments and bad moments, but especially good ones. If we can finish seventh in our first season in the Premier League, it’s not too bad.”

Dendoncker was also pleased for the fans after their tremendous backing this season. Wolves finished their home campaign with 30,000-plus having attended every home League game for the first time since 1949-50.

It’s a great club with great fans,” said the former Anderlecht man. “They back us every time, home and away, and again on Saturday.

They are pushing us forward every time and it’s so important. I’m glad we could finish our home season with a win.

Diogo (Jota) had a couple of chances, so I think we deserved the win. Fulham played a great game, but we deserved the win. Now we have one game left, a very tough game.”

Dendoncker was delighted to score for the first time at Molineux after going close a few times recently.

I was close a few times the last few games and I wanted to score,” he said. “It was a great assist too. I was close in the first-half with the header, so I was glad to finally score.”