Player ratings such as Bruno Lage’s side cruise into the 4th round


A position from Daniel Podence and a first goal of the season from Nelson Semedo was enough to earn Wolves a fairly comfortable FA Cup victory in the third round on Sunday night.

Podence put up the home team first in the first half, and then took a third after Semedo had put down the equalizer in the second.

Within the opening two minutes, however, the Wolves came within an inch of ending up in one – twice. Billy Sharp (yes, still going strong) held on to a loose ball in Wolves’ penalty area before shooting the ball just outside John Ruddy’s post, then David McGoldrick nodded outside after good play on the left wing from Rhys Norrington-Davies.

Despite Wolves finding the foothold a little later, it was Sheffield United who were closest to scoring next. And to be honest, they really, really, really should have scored goals.

After another good play on Sheffield United’s left flank from Norrington-Davies, the Welshman hit a brilliant ball straight into the feet of a completely unmarked McGoldrick at the penalty spot. But after checking the ball, the former Irish national team player tried … something … we think it was a really bad attempt to chip the goalkeeper … but we are not 100% … at least, whatever it was , it was well saved by Ruddy.

The guests quickly regretted the missed opportunity, when Daniel Podence hit the opener. The Wolves goal came after youngster Fabio Silva harassed Jack Robinson until he gave up ball possession outside his own box, then turned to Podence who slid the ball coolly past Wes Foderingham in the Blades goal.

It was only Wolves for most of the rest of the first half, with Silva taking care of the Sheffield United defense broken. Adama Traore rejected a great chance to double his team’s lead (what a surprise) in the 20th minute, before Silva – after some wonderful link play with Podence – saw a good save by Foderingham.

Despite Wolves’ dominance, Sheffield United saw an equalizer conceded for a high boot in the 40th minute. The illicit goal came with the permission of Sharp, who hit his foot in front of Leander Dendoncker’s face to hit the ball into the net after a corner had caused chaos in the Wolves box.

The second half turned out to be a much calmer affair, with the Wolves looking much more like their solid selves when the rather hopeless Marcal was suspended at half-time and replaced by Leander Dendoncker in defense – with Joao Moutinho coming into midfield.

The home team, after dominating the ball throughout the half, finally took a well-deserved second through Nelson Semedo in the 73rd minute. Ygebacken hit the ball beautifully in the upper left corner of the net after Rayan Ait-Nouri crossed into his path.

10 minutes later it was 3-0 thanks to some terrible goalkeeper play from Foderingham. Blade’s goalkeeper fumbled the ball to Raul Jimenez to the right of the penalty area, which caused the Mexican forward to turn and turn to Podence who hit the ball into an empty net.

Ruddy made some decent saves / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages

John Ruddy (GK) – 6/10 – Made a brilliant save to deny the McGoldrick opener. A solid achievement from the veteran.

Max Kilman (CB) – 5/10 – Not the best first half but played a little better in the second.

Conor Coady (CB) – 4/10 – Not his usual self and a very changed back line.

Marcal (CB) – 3/10 – Hooked at half time because he was not good in the first half. At all.

Semedo scored / Mark Thompson / GettyImages

Nelson Semedo (RWB) – 7/10 – Burned a few too many times in the first half, but made up for it with a well-scored goal.

Leander Dendoncker (CM) – 5/10 – Stable enough in midfield, then let into the defense when Marcal was suspended.

Ruben Neves (CM) – 6/10 – The calm figure, as always, in the middle of the park.

Rayan Ait-Nouri (LWB) – 7/10 – Came up and down on the left edge really well, and took an assist in the second half.

Silva was good / Shaun Botterill / GettyImages

Adama Traore (RW) – 5/10 – Fun, willing runner, not clinical at all. Basically what you expect from Adama.

Fabio Silva (ST) – 8/10 – Ahhh, so that’s why the Wolves spent so much on him. Best player on the field in the first half. Pressed well from the front, set up a goal and stretched the Sheffield United defense with his brilliant movement.

Daniel Podence (LW) – 9/10 – Two successful goals, and linked very well to Silva sometimes. Just way too good for Sheffield’s defense.

Joao Moutinho – 6/10 – Wolves looked much, much better when he came in.

Francisco Trincao – 5/10 – Lively enough.

Raul Jimenez – 7/10 – Took an assist after coming in.

Bruno Jordao – N / A.

Luke Cundle – N / A.

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