Matt Doherty admits he suffered badly after Wolves' FA Cup semi-final collapse against Watford, but the Dubliner washed away the pain with another star turn that left Arsenal's Champions League hopes in serious danger.

Wolves were two goals up against the Hornets in the last-four clash at Wembley - Doherty netted the first - but Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney forced extra-time, with Deulofeu striking again to snatch it.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Doherty, who has had a fantastic maiden campaign in the Premier League, plundering eight goals from wing-back and turning heads with several influential displays.

The ex-Bohs man scored the second goal in a 3-1 defeat of the Gunners at Molineux on Wednesday night, and said afterwards that it was badly needed tonic.

"It's been difficult since losing in the FA Cup semi-final," he told the club website.

"I couldn't really get it out of my head for a couple of weeks - I was thinking about it a lot. A performance like the one against Arsenal was needed, to push those thoughts away.

"Now we're seventh again, and that's where we want to finish. That might give us a chance of playing European football - depending on what happens in the cup final - and we want to challenge ourselves, so playing in Europe is the next step.

"That's why Saturday [against Watford] is so important."

Doherty moved to Wolves nine years ago but he's had to bide his time before getting a chance on the biggest stage. His impact has been all the more impressive.

"It's my first year in the Premier League, so to contribute with goals and assists has been special, particularly considering I had never proven myself at this level before. I've managed to do that, so I'm very happy.

"I've got eight goals with a few games still to go, so you never know. It's unbelievable really - I've never scored that many. To have the most productive season of my career in the best league in the world is special.

"We've had a great season. Maybe our performances against the top six might lead some people to believe that we've over-achieved, but personally I don't believe that we have.

"People are walking around with smiles on their faces, and we just need to make sure we finish it off strongly now."