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READ | It's A Great Achievement

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16:00 17th February 2017

Carl Ikeme dicsusses reaching 200 senior appearances for Wolves and looks ahead to Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie.

The goalkeeper joined the '200 club' on Tuesday evening as Wolves faced Wigan Athletic at Molineux.

Reflecting on his achievement, and on Tuesday's game, Ikeme said: “Obviously it didn’t go the way I wanted it to but to play 200 games for the club is a great honour.

“It’s a great achievement and hopefully I can make 200 more appearances.

“I played a handful of games when I was in my early twenties and then went on loan while the club was in the Premier League.

“I probably didn’t come back here until I was 25 or 26 to start playing regularly. There’s been a lot of highs and a few lows as well but that’s just part of football.

“It’s an honour to be at this club and I’ve loved every minute of it."

Wolves defeated Liverpool in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup to earn a home tie against Chelsea.

But, due to suspension, the goalkeeper was unable to feature for Wolves and instead took up position in the press box as a co-commentator.

“I was disappointed to miss the game but I was still able to be there," explained Ikeme.

“I got a little bit carried away on the commentary. I think part of me was still on the pitch.
 
“When I listen to it back I put my head in my hands and wonder what I was thinking.

“It was a great day. Whether I’m playing or not, I still support the team.

“My reaction was towards my teammates doing well. I become a fan when I’m not playing.

“After the game I just wanted to get down to the changing room to celebrate with them. It was a massive achievement.

“I’ve been here for 15 years so it’s the team I support and it will be the team I support even after I’m long gone from here."

Saturday's game matches Wolves up against Premier League leaders, Chelsea, and Ikeme believes that, while it will be a tough test, it will also be a game for everyone to enjoy.

“Saturday’s going to be even tougher as they’re flying at the moment," he said.

“It’s something that we can enjoy. I think it’s a game we can give back to the fans.

“We haven’t been in the Premier League for a number of years and we’ve had a couple of low points during that time as well.

“As players, as staff and as supporters I think it’s game that everyone can just go and enjoy.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Molineux packed. It’s going to be a great atmosphere and a great occasion.

“The bigger the occasion is, the better we seem to play.

“It’s going to be something that everyone’s going to revel in. Nobody’s going to have any fear.

“You’re playing against the best players in the world so it’s going to be something that we’re all going to enjoy and we’re all going to do our best."

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