Wolves 3 – 0 Sheff Utd

Daniel Podence scored twice as Wolves entered the FA Cup fourth round with a 3-0 win over Sheffield United in Molineux.

The wolves received a couple of respite following some unusual loose defenses at the start, but Podence opened the scoring in the first quarter of an hour and, from there, the hosts barely turned around.

They had to wait until the 72nd minute for Semedo to double the lead before Podence took the second goal soon after, the striker’s first goal since scoring in the Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham on 22 September.

Billy Sharp thought he had equalized before half-time but the goal was canceled for a foot high as the Blades suffered an unfortunate return to ground where relegation from the Premier League was confirmed last season.

The championship team had won all three of their previous games since Paul Heckingbottom took the lead, but this was their first outing since December 20 following several postponements and part of the team appeared rusty.

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Nelson Semedo celebrates after doubling the Wolves lead

Both teams made five changes to their line-ups, with the Wolves, four-time winners of the competition, giving a rare start to the impressive Fabio Silva, even if they were at a disadvantage in early raids.

Only leaders Manchester City have conceded fewer than Wolves’ 14 Premier League goals this season, but Bruno Lage’s side were sloppy at first and Rayan Ait-Nouri’s return should have been punished for a rebellious pass.

Instead, Sharp shuffled to the side before attacking mate David McGoldrick dismissed a couple more chances, first throwing an off-target header when not scored and then shooting straight at Wolves back-up goalkeeper John Ruddy when he was hit. given time to choose his seat, with Conor Coady clearing a stray ball dripping to the goal out of line.

Where Sheffield United have failed to capitalize on individual mistakes, Wolves have succeeded. There seemed to be no danger following a hopeful ball over the top, but Blades defender Jack Robinson hashed a game, giving away possession
to Silva and his dismissal led Podence to definitely shoot over Wes Foderingham after 14 minutes.

Wolves largely dominated the rest of the time, though Adama Traore fired off after being pulled over by the influential Silva, who was denied by Foderingham’s fingertips after a clever one-two with Podence.

Sharp appeared to drag Sheffield United to pre-halftime level after passing Coady at the far post and hooked into the net, but the Blades captain’s high foot meant that the Wolves were let go.

Lage, a former Sheffield Wednesday assistant under Carlos Carvalhal, beefed up his midfield for the second half when Joao Moutinho was introduced, while Robinson was obviously hooked at half-time after an error-strewn display.

Shortly after Raul Jimenez and Francisco Trincao were brought into the scrum midway through the second half, the Wolves doubled their lead, with Sheffield United defenders hot on their heels following Podence’s forward ball.

Ait-Nouri, who started for the first time in four weeks after a groin injury, hit the ball on the left and teamed up for Semedo to finish past Foderingham before Podence made sure there was no way back for the guests .

Foderingham came out of his own door in an attempt to collect, but was beaten on the ball by Jimenez, who calmly stepped back to allow Podence to shoot into an empty net in the 80th minute and ensure the Wolves pass safely to the next round.

What’s next?

Wolves host Southampton, while Sheffield United visit Derby County, with both games starting Saturday at 3pm.

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