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REPORT: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Coventry City

Wright sends City through to the semi-finals...

16 March 2024

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REPORT: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Coventry City

Wright sends City through to the semi-finals...

16 March 2024

Haji Wright scored in the 100th minute to help send the Sky Blues into the FA Cup semi-finals.

Ellis Simms scored the games opening goal, but Wolves turned the game on it’s head with goals from Rayan Ait-Nouri and Hugo Bueno.

However, the game wasn’t finished there as the Sky Blues completed a turnaround of their own, with Simms and Wright scoring deep into injury-time to send City through to play at Wembley.

The first real chance for either side fell to Haji Wright, with the striker cutting in from the left and looking to pick out the far post, only to pull his effort narrowly wide of goal.

At the other end, Wolves got in down the right through Nelson Semedo and he pulled the ball back for Ait-Nouri, but his shot was blocked by Ben Sheaf and then Mario Lemina fired wide on the follow-up.

Brad Collins was called into action moments later, getting down low to cover his near post and keep out Semedo’s strike.

City thought they had created a golden chance to take the lead after Kasey Palmer’s shot was saved well by Sa, but it fell into the path of Bidwell and he picked out Simms in the box, who’s shot was saved.

The chances kept coming and this time it was Simms who turned provider, picking out the run of van Ewijk and the wing-back forced Sa into a stunning stop to keep the scores level.

Another chance and the momentum kept building as City were finding spaces in behind and the next opportunity carved out was a shot from Palmer, which Sa was able to gather.

HALF-TIME: Wolves 0-0 Sky Blues

It was a similar story at the start of the second half, as Mark Robins side came out of the traps and with a sight of goal offering itself up to him, Wright unleashed a powerful effort that went over the bar.

City’s resilience would finally pay off when they took the lead through an Ellis Simms chest at the back post, which had been headed back across goal by Liam Kitching.

The Sky Blues could have doubled that lead moments after when Wright pulled the ball back for van Ewijk, but he fired over the bar.

Wolves went in search of a leveller and a free-kick from Tommy Doyle presented itself to the home side, but the midfielder couldn’t find the target.

It could have been 2-0 and the Sky Blues were left with their head in their hands when Wright’s shot was saved by Sa, Eccles had a strike blocked and then Palmer bent the ball inches wide of goal.

Wolves were denied by the woodwork twice in the space of five minutes. Firstly, a shot from Joao Gomes was saved superbly by Collins as he tipped the effort onto the post.

Then, a ball into the box was met by Ait-Nouri at the back post and his header came back off the woodwork to deny the hosts again.

Despite a flurry of chances for Gary O’Neil’s men, City remained dangerous on the break and they were denied twice by Sa once more.

A shot from Simms on the volley was kept out by the shot-stopper and then Callum O’Hare’s effort was palmed away.

Another chance came and went going for City to double their lead as it was the heroics of Sa in the Wolves goal which denied Liam Kitching at the front post.

However, City would be left to rue those missed chances as Wolves levelled the game five minutes from time after Ait-Nouri latched onto a misplaced pass in the area and smashed the ball past Collins.

Wolves then went and took the lead in the game through Hugo Bueno, who took a touch and picked out his corner.

But the game wasn’t done there and with two minutes left in stoppage time, Ellis Simms headed home an equaliser to draw City level.

Then, in the 100th minute of the game, Haji Wright struck the decsisive blow to complete the turnaround and beat Wolves 3-2.

FULL-TIME: Wolves 2-3 Sky Blues

Goals: Ellis Simms 54’ 96’, Haji Wright 100’, Rayan Ait-Nouri 84’, Hugo Bueno 88’

Yellows: Rayan Ait-Nouri, Pablo Sarabia

Attendance: 31,262

Wolves Xl: Jose Sa (GK), Nelson Semedo, Max Kilman, Santiago Bueno, Toti (Doherty 59’), Rayan Ait-Nouri, Joao Gomes, Mario Lemina, Tommy Doyle (Bueno 73’), Pablo Sarabia, Nathan Fraser (Chiwome 59’).

Subs: Dan Bentley (GK), Matt Doherty, Hugo Bueno, Boubacar Traore, Ty Barnett, Tawanda Chirewa, Noha Lemina, Leon Chiwome, Fletcher Holman.

Sky Blues Xl: Brad Collins (GK), Bobby Thomas, Joel Latibeaudiere (Tavares 90’), Liam Kitching; Milan van Ewijk, Ben Sheaf (C), Josh Eccles (Torp 90’), Jake Bidwell; Kasey Palmer (O’Hare 69’), Ellis Simms, Haji Wright.

Subs: Ben Wilson (GK), Luis Binks, Jay Dasilva, Victor Torp, Liam Kelly, Kai Andrews, Callum O’Hare, Matty Godden, Fabio Tavares.

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