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gary o’neil talks wolves v coventry fa cup quarter final


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  • He has decided not to give injury updates before the “big game” against the Sky Blues: “Any injury updates I will save for tomorrow after the teamsheets are named.” He added that Pedro Neto and Jeanricner Bellegarde, who were due to have scans this week, are both “OK and in good spirits”.

  • O’Neil is “delighted” to have Matheus Cunha back in training though: “The lads are happy to have him back in and around them. It’s an unbelievable effort from him to get back in training as quickly as he has. So it’s now on us to manage him in the best way we can.”

  • The build-up to the quarter-final has been “exactly the same as always” but O’Neil recognises it will be a “big game” for Wolves: “When the prize is Wembley, which is slightly different to when I was growing up, it would be fantastic for the club.”

  • On focusing their efforts on the cup this season: “The ability that I saw in the group made me believe that just wasting the cup would just be a waste. But, the fact we set our stall out very early and we spoke to the players about the amount of talent we have in the room, why would we not go full tilt?”

  • He added: “I don’t ever feel comfortable. So the fact that we’re in the quarter-finals, and we’ve got 41 points, won’t make me feel any better about losing a game. The next loss will still hurt equally as much. So we’re working very hard to make sure we keep the level up.”

  • Manager Mark Robins has done a “very good job” to have Coventry “knocking on the door” of the Championship play-offs: “I don’t know Mark overly well. I’m very impressed with his team. Obviously, I know they’ve had some tough times recently as a club, financially, and they’ve managed to put a very good campaign together this year.”

  • O’Neil recognises the Sky Blues will be “full strength” when they come to Molineux: “I can’t imagine it feeling like a Premier League team versus a lower league opposition. My players are well aware that we treat it as if Manchester City are coming tomorrow. We’re equally as serious and equally as focused.”

  • It will be “tough” for Wolves to go the whole way in the competition: “I think you can see from the teams that are still in it that it’s tough. You need a lot of things to go your way to be able to progress. Zero of my attention is on trying to win the FA Cup at the moment, to be honest. It’s just on trying to beat Coventry.”

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