FA Cup - Third Round
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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Swansea City

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Highlights: Wolves 0-0 Swansea

Premier League strugglers Swansea and Championship leaders Wolves played out a goalless draw in the FA Cup third round as both sides ended with 10 men.

Wolves' Ruben Vinagre was sent off in the 40th minute for a high lunge on Swans midfielder Nathan Dyer.

Swansea's Leroy Fer was also shown a straight red for a cynical trip on Helder Costa in the 67th minute.

The hosts had the better chances but Swans goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt produced a string of smart saves.

Carlos Carvalhal's visitors came close in the first half when Martin Olsson's free-kick from just outside the penalty area crashed back off the crossbar.

A controversial day at Molineux

Ruben Vinagre's red card tackle on Nathan Dyer
Championship leaders Wolves played over 50 minutes with 10 men after Ruben Vinagre was sent off

Although the game failed to produce the cup upset many predicted - with Wolves 12 points clear at the top of the Championship and Swansea bottom of the top flight - the afternoon was not short on entertainment.

The first major decision for referee Anthony Taylor came when Vinagre was rightly shown red shortly before the break.

The Portuguese 18-year-old lost control of the ball on the halfway line and lunged in an attempt to win possession back but made contact high on the shin of Dyer with a studs-up challenge.

That decision was clear-cut but the second red card was less so.

Swans midfielder Fer made no attempt to hide his intentions in bringing down Costa as he raced away, but his clip of the heels from behind was not dangerous and was a foul that usually results in a yellow card.

Former Everton midfielder and BBC Final Score pundit Leon Osman said he "could not believe" the decision, adding that it was "never a red", and Swansea's players showed similar surprise when the card was shown, surrounding Taylor to protest.

Swansea players protest red card
Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal described Fer's challenge as a "typical yellow card"

Wolves show Premier League credentials

With an expensively assembled squad and 19 wins from 26 second-tier games this season pointing to a serene promotion push, the game offered the opportunity for Nuno Espirito Santo's side to test themselves against Premier League opposition.

The tie finished in end-to-end fashion but for the majority Wolves showed control, creativity and organisation that would not see them look out of place in the top flight.

They forced Nordfeldt into three excellent saves in the opening 25 minutes, the clearest chance a shot from the left side of the box by Morgan Gibbs-White which was saved by the legs of the Swans' goalkeeper.

Moments later the hosts should have gone ahead when the ball fell to Bright Enobakhare, following an aerial challenge between Nordfeldt and Alfred N'Diaye, but the forward blasted a half-volley wide of the left-hand post.

Nuno introduced striker Rafael Mir - signed this week from Valencia - for his debut late on and he almost snatched a winner but for a sliding block from Mike van der Hoorn.

Wolves kept Swansea at bay for the majority and, set-pieces aside, the visitors' best chance was a shot on the counter-attack from Wilfried Bony which was palmed away by Will Norris.

'Everyone felt it was a yellow' - manager reaction

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "I am happy and pleased with the performance of the team. We were the better team on the pitch.

"We deserved to win. We created enough chances and played very good football.

"I agree with both situations on both red cards.

"We controlled the game, even with 10 men. Each time we had the same number of players we were better than them. I am sorry for the result not for the performance."

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal: "Listen I don't have an opinion on the Wolves red card but my staff said it was a clear red. I didn't see it - but I saw our red card.

"It is a typical yellow card, a touch on the back of the player in the middle of the pitch. Instinctive. Everyone felt it was a yellow card. This is a situation I don't want to talk too much about, but that's two games in a row with bad decisions.

"I am very happy about my players. We had a clean sheet, the commitment was good."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 31Norris
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 30Hause
  • 2Doherty
  • 24Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forDouglasat 45+1'minutes
  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 29VinagreBooked at 40mins
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forMir Vicenteat 77'minutes
  • 26EnobakhareSubstituted forCavaleiroat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Douglas
  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 9Mir Vicente
  • 13Burgoyne
  • 25Miranda
  • 34Goncalves
  • 38Buur

Swansea

  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 33FernandezSubstituted forJ Ayewat 56'minutes
  • 27BartleyBooked at 59mins
  • 52Roberts
  • 35Renato SanchesSubstituted forCarrollat 34'minutes
  • 8FerBooked at 67mins
  • 16Olsson
  • 12DyerBooked at 69mins
  • 2BonySubstituted forMesaat 74'minutes
  • 15Routledge

Substitutes

  • 11Narsingh
  • 14Carroll
  • 18J Ayew
  • 25Mulder
  • 51Mesa
  • 56Fulton
  • 62McBurnie
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
22,976

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Swansea City 0.

Attempt saved. Tom Carroll (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Martin Olsson with a cross.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Swansea City).

Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Carroll with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Conor Coady.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty tries a through ball, but Rafa Mir is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Rafa Mir (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mike van der Hoorn.

Attempt blocked. Rafa Mir (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Attempt saved. Rafa Mir (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Foul by Roque Mesa (Swansea City).

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rafa Mir replaces Léo Bonatini.

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Roque Mesa replaces Wilfried Bony.

Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathan Dyer (Swansea City).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Dismissal

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) is shown the red card.

Foul by Leroy Fer (Swansea City).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Tom Carroll (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

Attempt missed. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Bright Enobakhare.

Attempt missed. Connor Roberts (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a headed pass.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Martin Olsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Kyle Bartley (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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