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Nuno Espirito Santo warns Wolves: “Seventh doesn’t guarantee anything”

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Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo had some words of wisdom for his players after moving four points clear in the battle for seventh place in the Premier League.

After their FA Cup semi-final defeat earlier this month, Wolves got a bit of revenge this afternoon by beating Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

Raul Jimenez set Wolves on their way upon slotting home Diogo Jota’s cross in the 41st-minute. It was the Mexican striker’s 13th Premier League goal – a club record for the most goals scored in a single league campaign.

Shortly after the break, however, Andre Gray equalised for Watford following Ryan Bennett’s mistake.

But Hornets keeper Ben Foster then made an error was his own by misjudging Ruben Neves’ long ball, which opened the door for Jota to score a 77th-winner for Wolves.

The Wanderers are now four points clear in seventh-place in the Premier League table following this afternoon’s 2-1 victory. Thus, they will take the final European qualification spot for Europa League football next season.

Although Santo warned Wolves not to get carried away as Watford could snatch that from them if they defeat Manchester City in next month’s FA Cup final.

“It feels good because the boys worked hard. I think it was reward for the work of the boys against a very tough and difficult opponent,” the Wolves boss told BBC.

“Jota and Jimenez have been working really hard. I truly believe the more time they spend together the more good things will happen.

“Maybe I’m the only one in the country that knows that seventh position doesn’t guarantee anything. It’s not about finishing as high as possible, but it’s about finishing as well as possible.”

Wolves will now turn their focus on to next Saturday’s Premier League match against the already relegated Fulham.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – APRIL 27: Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates with teammate Raul Jimenez after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Vicarage Road on April 27, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)