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2019

Wolves boss Nuno: Let’s use pain to reach another semi-final

Nuno Espirito Santo called on Wolves to use the pain and disappointment of their FA Cup heartbreak to reach another semi-final – and win it. Wolves lost 3-2 to Watford after extra time, missing out on a first final in the competition since 1960 after leading 2-1 in normal time, only for Troy Deeney’s penalty to earn the Hornets a lifeline, then winning through Gerard Deulofeu’s second goal. Matt Doherty’s header (37) and a smart turn and volley from Raul Jimenez had put Wolves 2-0 up by the 63rd minute only for substitute Deulofeu to halve the deficit 11 minutes…

Raul is ‘a loser’ for wearing mask – Deeney

Troy Deeney mocked Wolves top scorer Raul Jimenez as a ‘loser’ for donning the mask given to him after he scored. Watford captain Deeney won and scored the penalty that forced extra-time either side of Gerard Deulofeu’s double that clinched their 3-2 win and a final against Manchester City next month. Jimenez donned a wrestling mask given to him by fellow Mexican and WWE star Sin Cara after putting Wolves 2-0 up after 63 minutes at Wembley. But Deeney and Watford had the last laugh and the former Walsall striker said: “I genuinely didn’t see that until just now. “I’m…

Jota: ‘Wolves had final place in our hands’

Diogo Jota admitted Wolves had the FA Cup final in their hands only to let it slip through their grasp as they fell to Watford in the semi-final. Wolves were 2-0 up through Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez and seemingly cruising towards their first final since 1960, only for substitute Gerard Deulofeu to score twice, sandwiching Troy Deeney’s penalty which forced extra-time. “We had the game in our hands, and had the chance to go to the final in our hands, but we lost it in the last minutes. So the feeling is not good,” said Jota. The Portuguese forward…

‘It was a stupid foul’ – Dendoncker admits mistake that cost Wolves

Leander Dendoncker admitted he committed a ‘stupid foul’ as Wolves suffered FA Cup semi-final heartbreak against Watford. The Belgium international conceded the last-gasp penalty for a foul on Troy Deeney scored by the Watford captain to make it 2-2 to force extra-time. Substitute Gerard Deulofeu’s winner clinched the Hornets’ place in the final against Manchester City. “I didn’t see him coming. I think you can say it was a stupid foul,” confessed Dendoncker. “It was the last seconds of the game and I think I shouldn’t have touched him but it was too late. “At first I didn’t think it…

Deulofeu’s double does for Wolves in Cup exit

Wolves 2 Watford 3 Wolves broke the hearts of their supporters as they threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 after extra-time to Watford with substitute Gerard Deulofeu’s brace sending the Hornets into the FA Cup final. Matt Doherty’s 37th-minute header gave Nuno Espirito Santo’s side the lead before Raul Jimenez made it 2-0 with a smart volley on 63. But Deulofeu, who replaced Will Hughes three minutes later, put Watford back into the game with an outrageous flicked chip before captain Troy Deeney sent the tie into extra-time with a penalty with virtually the last kick. Deulofeu calmly…

Hibbitt: Wolves’ name could be on the Cup – providing I stay away

Kenny Hibbitt is staying away from Wembley in the hope that Wolves’ FA Cup dream will come true. The legendary Wolves midfielder, who won two League Cups in his 16 years at Molineux, fears he will bring bad luck on his beloved club by attending the FA Cup semi-final against Watford after they have lost on the last two occasions he has watched the team on their travels. “I am not going to the semi-final because I feel I might be a kiss of death on us,” said the 68-year-old, who scored 114 goals in 574 games for Wolves from…

Parkin wants Nuno’s Wolves to win after shedding a tear at semi-final loss

Derek Parkin admits he shed a tear at missing out on an FA Cup final with Wolves. The club’s record appearance holder is hoping Nuno Espirito Santo’s side put the record straight at Wembley tomorrow against Watford after he missed out on the Wembley showpiece three times. Parkin, now 71, was one of four players who played in three consecutive losing semi-finals in just eight years with John McAlle, Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards. But, like his old team-mates, it was the 1-0 defeat to Leeds in 1973 that he still feels aggrieved about. Richards struck a shot that hit…

King John – National could hold the key to Wolves’ destiny!

John Richards believes he knows what could hold the key to Wolves’ Wembley destiny tomorrow – the Grand National! The one-time Molineux idol and king goalscorer reckons it’s too much of a coincidence that the last time the same horse has won back-to-back Grand Nationals, Wolves played Manchester City in a Wembley final. Tiger Roll, the 4-1 favourite, won a thrilling National today to become the first horse since Red Rum 45 years ago to win the Aintree race back-to-back. Manchester City face the winners of Wolves and Watford in the FA Cup final after beating Brighton 1-0 at Wembley…

Meet the Wolves favourite who is travelling on the fans’ coaches

John McAlle is sampling one first tomorrow – and is hoping for another. The former Wolves defender, now 69, reckons he will be travelling on a coach for the first time since he hung up his boots more than three decades ago as he joins supporters on Wolves Official Travel for the FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley. And after playing in three losing FA Cup semi-finals as a player – a series he shares with team-mates Derek Parkin, Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards – he is finally hoping to make it fourth time lucky this weekend. McAlle, who…

McGhee: Why I benched Bull and Keane – and dedicate Cup win to this man

Mark McGhee has revealed why he ‘benched’ Steve Bull and Robbie Keane in Wolves’ last FA Cup semi-final – and who they should dedicate a Cup victory to. McGhee, now 61, was manager when Wolves were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at Villa Park in 1998, but for years fans have wondered by why he didn’t start the game with the two goalscorers. Wolves, who face Watford at Wembley in their first semi-final since that day tomorrow, never looked like retrieving Christopher Wreh’s 12th-minute goal and the Gunners went on to win the Double. Bull replaced Don Goodman in the 68th…