Wolves 3-0 Sheffield United: Bruno Lage’s side advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to goals from Daniel Podence and Nelson Semedo to eliminate the Blades
- Wolves advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup following a comfortable win
- Daniel Podence scored the opener before the Blades had a goal disallowed
- Goals from Nelson Semedo and Podence in the second-half killed the game
It might not have possessed the wow-factor of stunning Manchester United at Old Trafford, but Wolves’ second successive victory of 2022 was no less enjoyable for fans and Bruno Lage alike.
The Portuguese boss saw his side record their biggest win of the season as they eased past Sheffield United and into the fourth round of the FA Cup, thanks by-in-large to the left foot of Daniel Podence.
The forward scored twice and started the move for Nelson Semedo’s strike as the Premier League side followed up their memorable start to the year with a convincing display in front of their home fans.
Daniel Podence scored a brace to help Wolves reach the fourth round of the FA Cup
Podence gave Wolves the lead after 14 minutes in their clash with Sheffield United
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
Wolves: (3-4-3): Ruddy 6.5; Kilman, Coady, Marcal (Moutinho 46, 6.5); Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves (Jordao 86), Ait-Nouri; Traore (Trincao 68, 6), Silva 7.5 (Jimenez 68, 6.5), Podence 8 (Cundle 86).
Subs not used: Moulden, Giles, Sanderson, Lembikisa.
Goals: Podence 14, 80, Semedo 72
Manager: Bruno Lage 7
Sheff Utd: (5-3-2): Foderingham 5; Bogle 5.5, Basham 5, Gordon 6, Robinson 5.5 (Freeman 6, 5.5), Norrington-Davies 5; Berge 6 (Norwood 79), Hourihane 5.5, Osborn 6; McGoldrick 6 (Burke 65, 5.5), Sharp 6 (Ndiaye 79).
Subs not used: Brewster, Slater, Eastwood, Starbuck
Booked: Basham, Freeman
Manager: Paul Heckingbottom 5
Referee: Dean Whitestone 7
Wolves hadn’t actually played in front of their own fans since before Christmas due to Covid issues that plagued the top flight over the festive period.
They appeared to be making up for lost time and a breakthrough against the Championship outfit didn’t take long.
Fabio Silva has had to be patient for opportunities this season with Bruno Lage using him sparingly in the Premier League, the majority of his nine appearances amounting to late cameos from the bench.
The 19-year-old was keen to make the most of a rare start then, and he did just that by creating the opener after just ten minutes.
Capitalising on a mistake from Rhys Norrington-Davies, Silva pounced on the ball wide on the right, before cutting inside and picking out Podence in acres of space inside the United box.
The No 10 had time to take a touch and set himself before slotting into the bottom corner beyond Wes Foderingham for his third goal of the season.
The pair almost provided a sumptuous second. Reversing roles, a cute one-two between the pair saw Silva race clean through on goal.
Electing to clip the ball over Foderingham, the teenager succeeded in beating the goalkeeper but saw his effort fall just the wrong side of the far post.
There were others in gold looking to force the issue, too.
Rayan Ait-Nouri cut inside from the right and attempted to whip an effort into the far corner but his left-footed effort flashed just wide.
The Blades thought they had equalised through Billy Sharp only for the goal to be ruled out
The pace of Adama Traore was causing Sheffield United problems as they searched for a second
At the other end, the visitors had their moments. David McGoldrick had actually tested John Ruddy from close range before Heckingbottom’s men fell behind.
They even had the ball in the back of the net before the break, too, as Wolves struggled to clear a corner. Billy Sharp’s celebrations after hooking the ball in from close range were cut short however, with the 35-year-old penalised for a high foot.
In the second half the hosts looked to pull away. Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez were introduced from the bench, with the Blades’ resistance eventually succumbing to the barrage of attacks.
They eventually got their second through full-back Nelson Semedo after 72 minutes
Podence started the move which led to Semedo striking home to put the game out of reach
It was Podence who began the flowing move that brought the second. Turning and looking up midway inside his own half, the winger produced a lofted ball down the left to send Ait-Nouri galloping away into space.
The full-back had plenty of time to look up and spot the run of Nelson Semedo at the back post, weighting the past perfectly for the former Barcelona man to smash the ball back across goal to make it two.
The third blow delivered to Sheffield United, that put the tie beyond any doubt, was largely self-inflicted.
Foderingham misjudged the bounce of a ball deep into his box, allowing Jimenez to steal in. The former Rangers shot-stopper did well to hold his ground and prevent the shot at an open goal, but it proved only a brief reprieve as the Mexico international picked out Podence on the edge of the area, who steered home.
Jimenez appeared hungry to get his own name on the scoresheet, flashing a vicious shot over in the final stages as Wolves were forced to settle for three. They’ll take that around these parts these days.
Substitute Raul Jimenez picked out Podence on the edge of the box to fire the ball home
Wolves will now be keen to find out just who they will draw in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup