Conor Coady has claimed he will never recover from his Wembley agony as he prepares for a European shootout with Watford, the team who conquered Wolves in the FA Cup.
Coady, the Wolves captain, says he is “haunted” by the memories of the heartbreaking semi-final defeat earlier this month, when Watford recovered from 2-0 down to win in extra time.
Wolves will face the Hornets this weekend in a crucial re-match at Vicarage Road, with both teams battling to finish seventh in the Premier League.
A seventh-placed finish, and Manchester City beating Watford to win the FA Cup, would guarantee Wolves Europa League football next season so Coady is acutely aware how high the stakes are this weekend.
The defender insists Saturday’s game will not be a revenge mission, but has lifted the lid on his bitter disappointment at Wolves’ demoralising defeat.
“I will be honest with you, I don't think I will ever get over it,” he said. “It will haunt me for the rest of my life, it really will.
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“It was a tough one to take, we were so close. Everyone saw we were nearly there but we don't want to look back over it.
“It was a great achievement to get to the semi-finals and we want to make sure we learn from it and move forward.”
Wolves’ 3-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday night lifted them above Watford into seventh place.
Watford are now a point behind but Javi Gracia, the manager, has beaten Wolves in both the league and FA Cup this season.
Coady said: “We know how big the game is for the football club and they will probably be saying the same thing.
“We are looking at ourselves, we had a good performance against Arsenal and we want to make sure we build on it.
“We’ve said all season we don't look too far ahead but if something like that [a European place] was to come, it would be amazing for the football club. It is something everyone wants.”
Wolves also face relegated Fulham and title contenders Liverpool before the end of the season.
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