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Thursday 27 June 2019

Nuno chasing seven heaven after cup hell

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves are over their FA Cup upset and now want to finish seventh in the Premier League.

Wolves' first appearance in an FA Cup semi-final for 21 years ended in heartbreak against Watford at Wembley last weekend after they blew a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 in extra time.

They return to league action at Southampton today and Nuno (right) said: "You have to organise your thoughts, and what we feel now is pride. What we achieved in the FA Cup was a good thing. Now, we have to move forward."

The Wolves boss hopes a warm-weather training camp in Marbella will boost their league push.

Wanderers head to the Spanish resort for the second time this season after the game at St Mary's and Nuno is a strong believer in its benefits for building unity within his squad.

"This was planned and we are proceeding with the plan, going to the training camp to regroup and become stronger for the next games," he said.

"We think it allows us to spend more time together - not just training sessions but social life.

"We breakfast together, train together, eat lunch together, eat dinner together. Sometimes we spend much time together after dinner doing different activities.

"It's a really enjoyable time for everybody."

Rui Patricio is likely to be recalled in goal with John Ruddy having played in the FA Cup.

Ryan Bennett could also replace Romain Saiss in defence.

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