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Coady insists Wolves focused on Europa run

Conor Coady insists Wolves are fully focused on progressing in the Europa League, despite the big kick-off in the Premier League looming next week.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will play Armenian side FC Pyunik away next Thursday as their reward for beating Northern Irish outfit Crusaders 6-1 on aggregate. Wolves face a gruelling 6,370-mile round trip for the third qualifying round first leg, just three days before they start their top-flight campaign with a trip to Leicester.
But Coady insists they will not be distracted by the trip across the Midlands. “Our minds are on Armenia now, because we need to go there and put in a good performance away from home,” said the Wolves captain. “It’s a European tie and one we’re looking forward to – that’s why we wanted to qualify for the Europa League, to have ties like this, so we’re preparing for that.
“But we know what’s coming next Sunday, it’s the start of the Premier League season. We know how tough it’s going to be, but we need to make sure we do next week right to prepare the right way.”
Wolves fans might not know much about FC Pyunik – meaning ‘phoenix’ – but they are a dominant force in Armenia. The 14-times champions – including 10 titles in a row from 2001 – launched the career of Arsenal’s former Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored 30 goals in 70 games for them from 2007-09 to earn a move to Ukrainian side Metalurh Donetsk. Pyunik, who have never finished lower than sixth in their short 27-year history, finished second last season. They play at the 14,403-capacity Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, which has a population of 1,075,000.
“It’s a different tie, it’s something different for us, but we’ll embrace it and we’ll look forward to it,” added Coady.
“We’re part of the Europa League and into the next round, which is what we wanted to do. We’ll go there as confident as we can be to hopefully get a result.”
Wolves came from behind to beat Crusaders 4-1 in the second quaalifying round away leg to progress 6-1 on aggregate. Coady felt Nuno’s men did a professional job to progress through. “We’ve done it right, done it well, and we used it as a game to prepare for what’s coming next week, but we’ve also got the job done because we always knew it would be a tough game,” added the skipper.
“We knew the first 15 was going to be hard as we knew they were going to come out, try to press us and get the ball in the box to the big lad they had up front, and that’s what they did, and they got the goal off it. We were gutted with the goal we conceded as we wanted to keep it tight, but it was a good ball which ended up in the back of the net. I thought we responded well, we were in control for the rest of the game, and Raul scored a couple of great goals.”