Match Thread: FA Cup Third Round: Wolves vs Man Utd
January 4 2020
Wolves will set out today to prove that last year's feat of reaching the FA Cup semi-final was not a fluke and can be repeated or bettered. Once again they face Manchester United at Molineux and hope to repeat last season's win whilst also hoping to avoid three successive defeats.
Coach Nuno Espirito Santo stated in his press conference that the FA Cup is a competition taken very seriously by the club, and that they want to proceed in it as far as possible. Unfortunately his ambition may be affected by injury to Diogo Jota, which was sustained in the foul which led to Kabasele being sent off at Watford. No other injury worries have been announced. John Ruddy will taking over in goal is implied in today's programme, but it is unlikely that Patrick Cutrone will make an appearance as he - and Jesus Vallejo - are likely to leave the club in the current transfer window.
The match will be shown on BT Sports and kick off is scheduled for 5:31pm after broadcast of the Mental Health video led by Pronce William. Our referee today will see the return of Martin Atkinson who recently had all the VAR issues in our defeat of Manchester City.
Unfortunately my son follows Man Utd, so we will be in the pub together to watch match!! Board members are encouraged to join me in posting their observations of the game for the benefit of other members unable to see the game.
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First corner to Wolves taken short but easy for Romero
Traore good on the ball but shows no anticipation when Neto attacks from left wing
Neves must be just adjusting his sights.
I certainly hope so BW - this game needs one of his specials!!
No added time to play before half time whistle blown. A quite ordinary first half, in which Wolves went closest through Doc & a good save by Romero. Adama has shown his speed so has Neto but few actual chances created. Ashley-Seal looks quite slow & hasn’t seen a great deal of the ball & has fallen over too easily - like Daniel James!! Defence holding up well against some exciting Utd youngsters.
Coady had a solid match and it showed how much we miss Moutinho in midfield. I quite like Vinagre and Neto but they were both a bit frustrating. They frustrated me anyway. Didn't get Traore into the game enough or he didn't get himself into it.
Felt a bit sorry for Ashley-Seal. It must have been difficult up there in that first half and I don't think we found out much about him one way or the other.
Ironically enough, I know Nuno was trying to rest certain players but if we had fielded a stronger team from the start we would probably have won and saved ourselves having to play another match that we don't need.
Anyway we're still in and playing at Old Trafford isn't intimidating anymore like it used to be.
I went, had a great day, a nice couple in the Combermere, shame about the football!!
The match never really got going. The first half involved a lot of periods when we seemed to want to give it away cheaply and easily. Having said that, if Romero fails to make that superb save and it would have been a different match altogether. Felt a bit sorry for Ashley-Seal, had a big job to do and appeared, on this occasion, to not come up to expectation. He's young but not a great debut, hopefully he'll have better.
Second half was a little more entertaining, we'd played much better having Jimenez on the pitch. Traore was a constant menace and from both sides we had some promising moments, some decent crosses but not enough fire power in the box to convert or put pressure on their numbers in defence. We got away with Rashfords effort hitting the crossbar (great work from Coady), we might of even got away with the first half penalty incident (despite VAR), however Doc will be kicking himself he failed to nod in our best chance of the match, instead it came off his arm!
0-0 was about right, maybe we edged it and it's a shame we now how to go to Old Trafford to try and dispose of Man Utd. That will be more difficult. We're still in the hat however.
Not a classic by any stretch, certainly not one for the neutral!! Good to be a Molineux however!
With regard to Neto and Vinagre they are undoubtedly talented players, and they will hopefully develop some intuition as to when they have taken on enough players and need to cross the ball!!