Conor Coady insists the Wolves group know what is at stake in both the Emirates FA Cup and Premier League, as they prepare to face Southampton in both competitions within the space of four days.
Wolves welcome the Saints to Molineux in the last 16 of the cup on Thursday, before heading south for a league clash against the same opponents at St Mary’s, in a strange turn of events. They do so however, buoyed by a recent upturn in results, which saw them take four points from the last six available in the Premier League, and the skipper has his sights firmly set on improving game by game, starting in the FA Cup on Thursday.
On building on the Leicester draw
“We’re trying to build, trying to improve every game. We knew Leicester was going to be so, so tough, they’ve always been quite close affairs in terms of how we’ve played against them the last few years, they’re usually quite close in the scoreline, and we knew how tough it was going to be, and how well they’re doing this season.
“They’re a fantastic team with a world class manager. We had a plan going into it, last week was OK for us, we won one, we beat Arsenal, and went and drew against Leicester which was good. We picked up four points and it’s about improving and building – we’re not looking too far ahead.
“The next one for us is Southampton in the cup and then the league and we want to build. I think if you look too much as results, you can get carried away a little bit. For us, it’s about improving, because if we improve, we’ll get better, and results will come.”
On the Saints double header
“It’s mad. I don’t think I’ve been involved in too many games like this – you see it happen quite often, it’s a bit strange when things like that happen, but they’re good games for us.
“Southampton are exactly the same, they’re having a really good season with a fantastic manager, and we need to make sure we prepare right and we’re ready for the two games because they’re really important games, and tough games as well.
“We know what’s at stake, we know what’s there for us, and we need to make sure we go into it with our heads clear.”
On Jonny’s new contract and return
“It’s incredible. We saw him doing the pictures yesterday for his new contract and we were over the moon. He’s worked so, so hard to get to where he is now. His injury was a massive blow to us when it happened last season, and we wanted to get him back as quick as possible. It’s testament to him, and how hard he works, that he’s got back so quickly.
“He’s not just a top professional, he’s a massive friend to all of us, and the contract represents what he’s done over these past few months, to get himself back fit, and it’s incredible because he’s a massive part of this football club.”