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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton Live Commentary, 11/02/2021

0 - 2
D. Ings (49)
S. Armstrong (90)
Molineux Stadium


That is all from this FA Cup tie, until next time!
The hosts, who disappointed in this cup tie, sit 14th in the Premier League and their next fixture sees them face tonight's opponents, Southampton. Hasenhuttl's side are 12th in the division, two points above Nuno's men with a game in hand. Saints will also find out their quarter-final opponents later today.
After an uneventful first half, Ings' scruffy second-half goal put the visitors ahead, despite the assistant initially suggesting the striker was offside before VAR got involved. Wolves rarely troubled Forster, barring chances for Silva and Traore, and Armstrong confirmed the Saints' quarter-final place with a late, composed finish. The away side then thought they had a penalty in the final moments; however, VAR once again played a part to confirm the initial contact on Tella was outside the area. Hasenhuttl's men go into the next round with a 2-0 win here.
90' + 4' NO PENALTY! After some deliberation, VAR overturns Moss' original decision, indicating the contact was outside the box and instead Southampton will have a free-kick just outside the area.
90' + 3' PENALTY TO SOUTHAMPTON! Tella dances past a few defenders to make it into the area, falling to the floor under the contact of Moutinho. Referee Moss instantly points to the spot but VAR is going to check whether the contact was in the box or not.
Adama Traoré
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
90' + 2' Traore is the next man to go into the book as he drags down Tella on the left.
90' + 1' Barring a minor miracle, Armstrong's goal confirms the visitors' place in the quarter-finals as the fourth official indicates there will be four minutes of added time.
N. Tella
90' Tella appears caught in two minds but eventually opts to tee up Armstrong, who doubles Saints' lead late on in this cup tie.
S. Armstrong
90' GOALLL!!! 2-0 SOUTHAMPTON! Dendoncker puts Ruddy in all sorts of trouble with a horrible pass backwards. Tella dispossesses the goalkeeper, fakes to shoot and then opts to unselfishly roll in Armstrong. Saiss retreats to defend on the line but Armstrong composes himself to place a right-footed finish into the back of the net off the right-hand post.
89' There was only ever going to be one man to take the set-piece. Neves ponders his options before wandering up to the free-kick, striking it straight into the wall, who do their jobs by standing tall and jumping to protect Forster's goal.
Oriol Romeu
Yellow Card
88' Romeu hacks down Neto, offering the hosts a free-kick in a great position, 25 yards out from goal in the centre of the park. For his cynical efforts, Moss also books Romeu.
N. Tella
M. Djenepo
87' Djenepo, who conveniently finds himself on the opposite side of the pitch, takes an age to make his way to the touchline after being substituted. Tella is the man to replace him.
86' Now fit to carry on, Bertrand returns to the pitch with his hand bandaged up. Immediately the left-back gets involved in the action, dispossessing Traore before the Spaniard fouls him and sends him crashing to the floor once more.
85' Bertrand stays down, seemingly holding his wrist after a collision with Traore. Referee Moss slowly makes his way over when play stops and allows for the visitors' medical team to run on.
C. Adams
D. Ings
83' Scorer of the first and only goal, Ings, wanders off and Adams takes his place up top.
82' Armstrong has an important job to do in these closing stages, given that Neto looks like the hosts' brightest spark down their left-hand side. On this occasion, Armstrong executes his defensive duties perfectly, recovering well to tackle the Portuguese forward before clearing long.
81' Hoever invites Bertrand to tackle and, after beating the full-back, crosses towards the front post. Salisu, perhaps aware of his mistake a moment ago, hurries his clearance and mishits it out of play for a corner to the hosts.
80' CLOSE! Neto drills a teasing ball from the left towards the far post, where Salisu gets his feet in a tangle and fails to clear. This means Neto's cross finds Traore, who drives a low right-footed effort towards goal, only for Forster to pull off a great save with his feet.
78' The Saints move it quickly, launching a counter-attack through Ings and Armstrong. The latter reaches the right of goal but his right-footed effort gets blocked by Kilman before it can trouble Ruddy in the Wolves goal.
77' Hoever overlaps Traore and fires a high cross towards the back post, where Walker-Peters takes the sensible option, heading away from goal with Neto breathing down his neck.
75' The left-hand side of Hasenhuttl's defence has looked indecisive throughout this cup tie. On this occasion, Bertrand carelessly gives away possession deep inside his own half and Salisu, fortunately for the visitors, glides across to deal with Neves before he can cross for Neto.
74' Ward-Prowse whips in the inswinging corner and, after a few little touches at the near post, Romeu's flick cannons into Kilman and rolls through to Ruddy. The visitors appeal for handball but there is nothing in that, given the centre-back was around a yard away from the Spaniard.
73' There is acres of space in front of Redmond, who travels down the left before attempting to cross to Ings. Despite it looking like a decent pass, Wolves turn it behind for a corner.
72' Bertrand twists and turns, working hard to keep possession deep towards the byline in the left-hand channel. The left-back fails to keep it but Romeu is on hand to rush across and intervene. Neves then exchanges some choice words with referee Moss before play resumes.
71' The home side are looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-final for the second time in the last three seasons, having done so in just one of the previous 20 campaigns in the competition. However, they will need to score - which they haven't looked like doing all game - twice here if they are to progress.
Pedro Neto
Wolverhampton Wanderers
69' Nuno sends on another of his attackers, this time it is Neto who is charged with getting his side back in this game. He replaces Vitinha.
69' Consecutive corners come for the hosts as Armstrong's ambitious shot gets turned behind for another corner. On the second occasion, the ball falls to Armstrong again on the edge of the area but he scuffs his shot into the hands of Ruddy.
68' GREAT SAVE! Armstrong dances in between three or four Wolves midfielders before slotting in Redmond, who beats the offside trap just inside the hosts' half. Racing into the area, Redmond chops inside to beat Kilman before shooting low with his left foot. Ruddy does excellently to save with his feet and the deflection loops over the bar.
66' Neves, perhaps frustrated with his side's performance as of yet, speeds across to clatter into Djenepo. Unsurprisingly, Moss awards the visitors a free-kick, which Bertrand sends long for Djenepo to chase.
Willian José
Fábio Silva
Wolverhampton Wanderers
64' Silva, who cuts a frustrated figure as he trudges off, is replaced by new signing Jose.
Adama Traoré
M. Gibbs-White
Wolverhampton Wanderers
63' Traore is the first man introduced by Nuno and he replaces Gibbs-White.
63' Salisu comes racing across to guide a throughball out of play for a corner to the hosts. Play will wait though, as Wolves appear to be making some changes before taking the set-piece.
62' Ings winds up to shoot from inside the left-hand channel but he underhits his effort and it tamely rolls through to the hands of Ruddy.
61' Nuno’s side had won both of their FA Cup matches 1-0 this season but Ings’ goal has denied them a third consecutive clean sheet in the competition.
M. Gibbs-White
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
59' Gibbs-White goes down in the middle of the park with Ward-Prowse appearing to foul his opposite man. Moss is unconvinced, however, as he books Gibbs-White for simulation.
58' Silva thinks he can coast past Salisu and, to the forward's credit, he races past the young centre-back with relative ease. After doing all the hard work, Silva then needlessly fouls Ings, who had tracked back to do his defensive duties in the right-hand channel.
56' Gibbs-White thinks he has just the goalkeeper to beat after some nice play by Silva to release the Englishman. Unexpectedly, Salisu comes out of nowhere, recovering well to slide tackle and avert the danger before Gibbs-White can pull the trigger.
54' OVER! Salisu, as he did in the first half, is careless and slow in possession, which allows Hoever to dispossess the defender. The hosts' right wing-back then reaches the byline, drilling across for Silva, who smashes his effort from near the six-yard area over the bar.
53' Moutinho clips a set-piece over the top but, once again, Saints hold their line to catch multiple players offside. When will Wolves learn what the visitors are going to do?
K. Walker-Peters
Yellow Card
52' Walker-Peters takes a heavy touch and, perhaps attempting to make up for his initial mistake, clatters into Silva with a sliding tackle. Referee Moss feels he has no option and shows the right wing-back the first yellow card of this fixture.
51' The hosts have lost just one of their last 10 meetings with the Saints in all competitions (W5 D4), with their home league meeting with Saints this season ending 1-1. The two sides do clash again on Sunday in the Premier League but will Ings' opener prove the difference here?
D. Ings
49' GOALLL!!! 1-0 SOUTHAMPTON! VAR indicates Ings is onside so the goal, after being ruled out, now stands. Initially Bertrand had rolled Ings in before the striker’s first shot was saved by Ruddy. The rebound ricocheted off Ings and into the back of the net in lucky fashion but he will not mind!
49' Ings thinks he has beaten the offside trap and scored after the rebound cannons off him and into the back of the net. However, over on the far side the assistant has his flag up and gives offside. VAR is going to get involved in this one and have a look before play can resume.
48' WIDE! Bertrand reaches byline after being played through by Redmond and drags a low cross across goal. Armstrong ghosts into the six-yard area and somehow, despite being under no pressure, pokes a right-footed effort wide of the target.
47' Ward-Prowse overhits a pass towards Bertrand and the left-back does well to keep it in play. However, Hoever manages to box Bertrand in in the corner and Wolves regain possession.
46' The players have made their way back out after an underwhelming first-half performance and referee Moss gets the second half underway!
R. Aït Nouri
Jonny Castro
Wolverhampton Wanderers
46' Jonny, who has only just returned from injury, lasts 45 minutes before being brought off at half-time for Ait Nouri.
Nuno may call upon his attacking trio off the bench sooner rather than later. Traore, Neto or Jose could give the hosts a different option, as they currently appear incredibly impotent up top. Hasenhuttl may be happy with his side's effort, however, the Austrian will be demanding them to be more clinical when the opportunities arise in front of goal.
In a fairly uneventful first half of FA Cup football, these sides wander down the tunnel at half-time level at 0-0. Despite being goalless, the visitors have created the best chances, with Djenepo, Redmond and Armstrong all connecting poorly with good opportunities inside the hosts' area. At the other end, Nuno's men have rarely worked an opening, meaning Forster has barely been tested as of yet.
45' + 2' Armstrong goes roaming inside the left-hand channel, drawing in Hoever before feeding Bertrand. The left-back reaches the byline, drilling a low left-footed cross towards Ings at the front post. Saiss steps in to intervene and deny the striker but Moss sees it differently, awarding the goal-kick instead of a corner to the away side.
45' + 1' Due to numerous injuries and Vitinha's lengthy treatment, there will be three minutes of added time as this game slowly heads towards the half-time whistle.
44' OVER! Moutinho floats his outswinging free-kick over the visitors' defence, who hold their line on the edge of the area. Saiss, who is completely unmarked, ghosts into the middle before smashing his left-footed volley high over the bar. However, after looking at a replay, it is clear VAR would have got involved and given offside, despite the assistant's flag initially staying down.
43' Hoever invites the tackle of Djenepo and Southampton's midfielder duly obliges, fouling the right wing-back in the right-hand channel. Moutinho and Neves stand over the set-piece but it will surely be the former who takes it.
42' Tons of space opens up for Gibbs-White, who coasts down the right-hand channel before attempting to find Silva at the back post. Bednarek does well to mark both Vitinha and Silva, dropping back to intervene and head away inside his own area.
41' CHANCE! Bertrand whips a cross towards the back post, where Redmond and Jonny collide. With the hosts' left wing-back on the floor, Redmond has a free shooting opportunity but somehow manages to scuff his shot straight into the hands of Ruddy from around eight yards out.
40' Hoever intercepts on the edge of his own area and carries possession all the way up to the halfway line, where he is then far too ambitious in trying to skip past Bertrand. Unsurprisingly, the left-back's experience shows, as he takes a step back and shelters the ball out of play, despite Hoever's best efforts to get around him.
38' Moutinho hovers over a set-piece in the left-hand channel of the visitors' half. When the Portuguese midfielder does deliver, Ward-Prowse is on hand as the first man to head away in front of Silva.
37' Ward-Prowse, after catching Silva moments earlier, now smashes into Vitinha, leaving the hosts' attacker on the floor once more. In fairness, neither tackle has looked like it had much in it and it appears the home side are trying to get the Saints captain in trouble. Nevertheless, Moss isn't buying it as he insists play carries on.
35' Silva is the next man to go down, rolling around on the floor and tapping the ground in pain. The initial collision was with Ward-Prowse but it appears the Wolves forward has exaggerated his pain, as he requires no medical attention before play goes on.
33' Both sides are moving the ball from side to side, remaining patient as they look for an opening which has not come as of yet. In the last few minutes, it has been the hosts' turn to slowly move it around but their attacking phase breaks down as Moutinho needlessly fouls Ings, who had come deep inside his own half to do his defensive duties.
31' Gibbs-White dances around Salisu inside the area, throwing himself to the floor after making it past the centre-back. Referee Moss isn't convinced as he looks the other way and allows play to go on. VAR has a quick check of the incident before sticking with Moss' original decision.
29' The Saints’ last 10 FA Cup goals have been scored by different players, including an own goal in their victory against the Gunners in the fourth round.
27' The visitors build from the back, slowly making their way forward in a somewhat methodical manner. Eventually, their hard work comes undone as Walker-Peters carelessly gives possession away, inviting the hosts to counter-attack down the left, where Salisu comes across to intervene and give away a throw-in.
25' Nuno's medical department treat Vitinha for a fair few minutes before the 20-year-old makes his way towards the touchline. A minute or so more of play follows and referee Moss indicates Vitinha can return to the pitch. 
23' After Djenepo's wasted chance, Vitinha is down in the area and requires some medical attention. The hosts' forward was the player attempting to block the previous chance and it looks like Djenepo has caught him around the neck area after taking his initial shot.
21' CHANCE! A lovely diagonal pass over the Wolves defence by Romeu sets Walker-Peters free to the right of goal. The right wing-back opts to square a first-time cross to Djenepo, who fails to connect with his volley properly as it trickles through to the hands of Ruddy. That was great build-up play from the Saints but there was no finish to match it.
20' Surprisingly, Ward-Prowse sends his inswinging corner over the heads of all of his team-mates and out of play for a goal-kick. For once, the set-piece specialist lets down his colleagues, who were ready and waiting inside the area.
19' Armstrong has acres of space to drive into in front of him and initially his attempt to offload to Redmond gets blocked. The rebound falls back to Armstrong, whose left-footed effort then gets deflected behind by Kilman for a corner.
18' Bednarek towers above Moutinho, clattering into the back of the Portuguese midfielder and leaving the Wolves man on the ground. After a quick check of the back of his head, Moutinho gets back up, carrying on with the game without requiring any medical attention.
16' An ambitious pass over the top nearly puts Ings through on goal but Ruddy is quick off his line, chesting outside of his area to Saiss before collecting the loose ball moments later.
14' Hoever and Gibbs-White alternate with passes between each other before the latter reaches the byline, where Salisu steps in to smartly head away in front of Silva in the area. The hosts' right wing-back then swings in a bouncing cross for Silva; however, Bednarek gets across well to hook away a clearance.
13' The visitors knocked out holders Arsenal 1-0 in the last round – only once in the Premier League era have Southampton eliminated top-flight opposition in consecutive rounds before, doing so in 2017-18 en route to the semi-final (Watford and West Brom).
11' Salisu is once again hurried at the back, this time by Silva pressing the back four. Eventually, the centre-back plays backwards but the warning signs are there for Hasenhuttl and the Ghanaian, who is stepping up to first-team football in this FA Cup tie.
10' The opening stages have been dominated by the Saints, with Hasenhuttl's men pressing high and refusing to let their opponents escape their own half. However, the scores remain level as the visitors search for that important first goal.
9' CLOSE! Romeu chips a pass to Ings, who acrobatically controls the Spaniard's pass, flicking it over Hoever before attempting to shoot. Unfortunately for the visitors, Saiss is on hand to come across, producing a heroic block to stop Ings from testing Ruddy inside the area after his magnificent first touch.
8' SAVE! The visitors go short from their third consecutive set-piece, with Redmond teeing up Armstrong on the edge of the area. The midfielder runs onto the short pass but scuffs his right-footed shot towards goal, where Ruddy parries initially before collecting the rebound in front of Ings.
7' Bertrand rushes his shot from the resulting set-piece in the area, missing the ball entirely. The rebound falls to Armstrong, whose shot gets blocked behind for another corner.
6' Hasenhuttl's men surround Ruddy inside the six-yard area as they wait for Ward-Prowse's delivery. When the captain does swing his cross in, the home side's goalkeeper punches away and Southampton get another corner on the same side.
4' Bertrand exchanges a one-two with Armstrong but Saiss reads the visitors' attacking intentions, gliding across to dispossess the left-back before conceding a corner against Djenepo on the left-hand side.
3' Salisu is far too slow in possession, taking his time to find Bertrand and the centre-back is lucky Gibbs-White just misses the interception deep inside the Saints half. That should be a warning sign for the young defender in this FA Cup tie.
2' Bednarek sends Ings chasing a long pass over the top in the early stages, however, Ruddy is out quickly to claim the loose ball and sweep up the danger.
1' Referee Jonathan Moss blows his whistle to get this FA Cup tie underway!
The players are wandering out the tunnel and shortly it will be time for kick-off.
This will be the fifth FA Cup meeting between these two teams, with each side winning twice in the previous four. The Saints won the last meeting 2-0 in March 2003, en route to reaching the final that season.
Ralph Hasenhuttl opts for five changes from their trip to St. James’ Park. Salisu and Forster are offered rare chances to start, while Armstrong, Walker-Peters and Djenepo are the other three introduced to the starting eleven. Redmond starts in a rather unusual position, partnering Ings up front.
Nuno Espirito Santo makes six changes to his side that drew with Leicester. The front three of Traore, Neto and Jose all drop to the bench and are replaced by Vitinha, Gibbs-White and Silva. Cup goalkeeper Ruddy starts ahead of Patricio, while Saiss and Hoever come in for Coady and Semedo at the back.
SUBS: Caleb Watts, Jack Stephens, Daniel N’Lundulu, Che Adams, Nathan Tella, Ryan Finnigan, Kgagelo Chauke, Harry Lewis, Jannik Vestergaard.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Fraser Forster; Ryan Bertrand, Mohammed Salisu, Jan Bednarek, Kyle Walker-Peters; Stuart Armstrong, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Moussa Djenepo; Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond.
SUBS: Nelson Semedo, Owen Otasowie, Willian Jose, Luke Cundle, Rui Patricio, Pedro Neto, Conor Coady, Adama Traore, Rayan Ait Nouri.
WOLVES (3-4-3): John Ruddy; Maximilian Kilman, Romain Saiss, Leander Dendoncker; Ki-Jana Hoever, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Jonny; Vitinha, Morgan Gibbs-White, Fabio Silva.
Since neither side is involved in the Premier League relegation battle, it is likely both teams will prioritise this FA Cup fixture. The visitors, who sit 12th in the top-flight table, most recently lost away to Newcastle United, while Wolves played out a goalless draw with Leicester City to remain in 14th.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the FA Cup fifth-round tie between Wolves and Southampton at Molineux Stadium.