Coady: Getting past group stage is amazing achievement for Wolves

Skipper Conor Coady hailed Wolves’ Europa League progress and revealed they have hit their target.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side reached the knockout stages with a game to spare despite blowing a two-goal lead during Thursday’s 3-3 draw in Braga.

They are second in Group K ahead of the final game at home to Besiktas on December 12 and Coady admitted making the last 32 was their initial ambition.

He told the club’s official site: “It’s huge. That was the goal when we set out in this competition, that’s what we wanted to do and we’ve done that.

“We can look back on it, an absolutely amazing achievement, and where this club’s come from, it’s absolute night and day.

“So, it’s a massive achievement, but it’s a little bit of a mad feeling because we felt we should have won the game and we need to look at it because it’s disappointing.

“It feels something like a defeat, but we need to look at the achievement and look at where we’ve come from and that we’ve actually got out of the Europa League group stages.”

Raul Jimenez, Matt Doherty and Adama Traore put Wolves 3-1 up in Portugal after Andre Horta’s deflected opener.

But Paulinho and Fransergio levelled in the second half with Group K leaders Braga also qualifying. They travel to Slovan Bratislava in their final game a point ahead of Wolves.

Coady added: “It’s an amazing competition, we want to play in it every year.

“Every game you come into, every stadium you come into, you take every game as it comes and it’s amazing competition, and one that we’re learning from every single game.”

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