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Nuno hoping ‘pain’ of dramatic semi-final defeat can help Wolves ‘grow.’

Nuno Espirito Santo hopes Wolves agonising FA Cup semi-final defeat to Watford can help the team to ‘grow’.

Wolves threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 after extra time at Wembley, with Watford advancing to meet Manchester City in May’s final.

Goals from Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez had put Wolves in control, with the Midlands club seemingly on course to reach their first FA Cup final since 1960.

Substitute Gerard Deulofeu pulled one back for Watford, before Troy Deeney won and converted a stoppage-time penalty to take the game into extra time.

Spaniard Deulofeu would later score his second, completing the comeback for Watford and sending Javi Gracia’s side through.

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Despite admitting the loss was tough to take, Wolves manager Santo hopes the ‘pain’ of defeat can help his side to grow.

“We have to stick together,” Nuno told BBC Sport.

”We will keep going. We must prepare well for the next game and keep growing as a team and try to reach a semi-final in the future and win it.

“It is tough, sometimes the pain that you feel makes you grow. You have to feel it as a group. We will stick together because it is our identity. It is relentless, we never give up and we will come again.

“It is a terrific season. Not only this season, last season we were in the Championship and came to the Premier League. We keep on fighting each game, each challenge we had ahead of us we go and compete. That will not change, ever.”