Coady philosophical after Europa League progress

Conor Coady urged everyone connected with Wolves to take stock of how far the club has come after Nuno Espirito Santo’s side booked their place in the Europa League group stages on Thursday night.

Coady joined Wolves four years ago and has been instrumental in the club’s revitalisation – from winning the Championship in 2018, to securing seventh place in the Premier League last season and now, thanks to a 5-3 aggregate victory over Torino, advancing to the group stages of the Europa League. That aggregate victory was sealed by a 2-1 win at Molineux on Thursday, and after Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker were on target, skipper Coady was philosophical about what the achievement means to the club.

On the achievement

“I think that remembering where we’ve come from is massive, because three or four years ago we were 15th in the Championship.

“I think what this club has done to get to the Europa League group stages is huge, and everyone in that changing room and around the club can be incredibly proud of what’s happened.

“Just to see Wolves in the Europa League group stages is amazing. The supporters are going to enjoy it, so it’s something we’re looking forward to.”

On the Torino victory

“We like to be disciplined and be in shape, and I thought that we stuck to that and we counter-attacked at speed – the goals that we scored were brilliant.

“We’re disappointed with their goal, but they’re a really good Serie A side who have given us two great games in the last two weeks.

“We had to stand firm and stand close to each other, and we defended right. It got a bit scrappy at times, but you’ve got to see those games out, and now we can look back on tonight with fond memories because these are the nights you’ve got to enjoy.”

On attention turning to Everton

“I said last week that we had a really enjoyable week ahead. We’ve done the first job, and we’ve done our recovery in the changing room after the game, and now we’ll come in and prepare right and make sure we’re ready to go for Everton.

“Every game in the Premier League is tough. It’s something where we’ll look to that now, we were focused on Torino, but we’ll now switch our attention to Everton and make sure we go there all guns blazing.”