Conor Coady believes Wolves’ progress shouldn’t be underestimated, as the club secured back-to-back seventh place finishes in the Premier League.
Following Sunday’s Premier League conclusion, Wolves took their place in seventh for the second season running, two points better off than the previous year, displaying visible progression. Despite the final day loss to Chelsea, where Coady insists there’s plenty to learn from, the captain remains in positive spirits and has turned his focus on recovering and preparing to go again in the Europa League next week.
On a remarkable achievement
“We’ve not finished the season bad, Wolverhampton Wanderers have finished seventh in the Premier League for two years running – it’s a fantastic achievement, no matter what people say. It’s about taking confidence from every game, we know we’ve got to improve every game, win, lose or draw.
“We look back on the whole season, and the season in general has been fantastic for Wolves, what we’ve done, where we’ve come, and how we’re improving. We don’t look at anyone else, we concentrate on ourselves and make sure we improve.”
On the wait to learn fate
“It’s not something we’ve based our season on [European football]. We’re seventh and I think it shows what a fantastic season we’ve had again. Improving our points tally is what we wanted to do and that’s improvement.
“We were disappointed Sunday, it was a tough one to take, but we didn’t start the season and say, ‘Right, we need to get in the Europa League’.”
On Sunday’s disappointment
“I thought we started quite well. We had a plan and got in behind, creating a couple of little things, and tried to stick to it. The free-kick happened, we didn’t think it was a foul, and when you give opportunities to players of their calibre and quality, in that situation, it’s going to be tough.
“To concede one just before half-time is tough, but two was horrible. We ended up being open a bit from the long free-kick, we didn’t get the second and deal with runners, so it was disappointing. We’ve got to learn from it.
“It’s always tough going to Stamford Bridge, we’ve seen it before, but we were disappointed. It’s a loss we didn’t want, and we have to look at it and see where we went wrong. We have to move on because we’ve got a big game in the Europa League now.”
On recovering for Olympiacos
“It’s a great competition to be in. We’ll rest and recover. We’ve got a few days to rest and make sure we’re ready for what is a massive game against Olympiacos.”