Nuno hails cup win as 'moment of joy'

Ivan Cavaleiro scored as Wolves clinched its place in the FA Cup quarter-finals and boss Nuno Espirito Santo is hoping for a home draw.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo   -  Getty Images

Nuno Espirito Santo hopes Wolves' first FA Cup quarter-final in 16 years will be played at Molineux after seeing his side beat Bristol City 1-0 in the fifth round.

Ivan Cavaleiro's first-half goal settled an entertaining encounter at Ashton Gate, where the Robins launched a late assault on Wolves' goal but failed to beat goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Portuguese forward Cavaleiro was the hero for Wolves in round four, when he scored the winner in a replay victory over Shrewsbury Town, and Nuno said the 25-year-old had given the club's fans a memory to savour.

"I'm very happy," Nuno told BT Sport.

"It was very tough, but I’m happy for the fans. This was a moment of joy.

"We try to find solutions, but it was hard when they put so many [men] behind the ball and with long balls into the box all the time.

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"In the first half they gave us space, we had space and the chances to score, but then they changed it and they are a tough team.

"I would like to play at Molineux [in the next round] if I could ask for something."

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Nuno picked out full-back Matt Doherty for praise after he caused City problems all afternoon and provided the assist for Cavaleiro's strike in the 28th minute.

The 27-year-old Irishman was a key part of Nuno's promotion-winning side last season and has continued to thrive since the club rose to the Premier League.

"He has a big heart," said the Wolves boss. "He goes up and down, he doesn't rest.

"It's a tough job but he keeps on running. We are very happy with him.

"Last season he did a fantastic season and it was a big challenge to prove himself in the Premier League and he's doing so well."

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Wolves captain Conor Coady praised his team-mates for the way they resisted Bristol City's attempt at a second-half comeback, saying: "People think because you're a Premier League team you should come here and turn them over but it's different. They're a tough team, it's a really good club.

"I thought we dominated the first half and we knew there was going to be a reaction in the second half. They did, but we stuck in there and showed how we can defend."