Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Rui Patricio says he and his team-mates must use their FA Cup semi-final defeat to ‘grow’.
As reported by the Express and Star, Wolves lost 3-2 to Watford at Wembley Stadium last Sunday, with Tory Deeney equalising in the last minute of stoppage time before Gerard Deulofeu won it for the Hornets in extra time.
The defeat meant Nuno Espirito Santo’s men exited the competition and therefore forfeited the opportunity to gain Europa League qualification by winning the final.
However, with six matches of the Premier League season to play the club are well in with a chance of finishing 7th, which will give them a spot in the UEFA competition.
Patricio sat out last weekend’s game completely, with John Ruddy starting in goal and youngster Will Norris on the substitutes bench.
However, he has issued a motivational message to his team-mates ahead of the season run in.
The 31-year-old said:
This game has happened and we can develop from it. We can look at the mistakes we made to improve. So, as I said, we need to take this game and use it to grow. It was hard for the manager and the team as a whole because the objective was of course to reach the final. But we are professionals and must react in the face of adversity. So, as I said, we have to use this game to improve. That is what we shall do in all competitions. We want to return to be our best and get back to winning. We have to react in the upcoming game against Southampton. We have to bounce back.
The Portuguese international will be back between the sticks when Wolves face Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium tomorrow afternoon.