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Bristol City 0-1 Wolves: Wanderers reach FA Cup quarter-finals

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FA Cup: Bristol City 0-1 Wolves highlights

Wolves overcame resilient Bristol City at Ashton Gate to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2003.

After a quiet opening, Ivan Cavaleiro stroked home the only goal with the game's first shot following good work by Matt Doherty down the right.

Bristol City improved markedly after the break and put significant pressure on the Wolves goal, going close through Jay Dasilva and Matty Taylor.

Despite frenzied late action in the Wolves box, they could not find an equaliser and the visitors held on to secure a place in the last eight as their impressive season continues.

The drama in added time was in sharp contrast to the game's sedate opening stages, with Wolves looking composed and seemingly on course for a comfortable win.

After going ahead through Cavaleiro they could have extended their lead further, going close through Doherty and Leander Dendoncker before half-time.

But whatever Robins boss Lee Johnson said at the break had a positive effect on his players as the Championship side improved dramatically after the break.

Dasilva wasted arguably their best opportunity when he blazed over when in space on the edge of the box before Wolves keeper John Ruddy did well to push away Taylor's deflected effort from close range.

Then in the last minute of added time, Robins keeper Fielding saw a shot saved by opposing counterpart Ruddy after going up for a corner.

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FA Cup: Frank Fielding nearly scores last-gasp goal against Wolves

Wolves' impressive season continues

It has already been a memorable season for Wolves, with the promoted side sitting seventh in the Premier League and on course for their highest top-flight finish since 1981.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have been rewarded for their positive approach with draws at Arsenal and Manchester United as well as a 3-1 victory over Tottenham at Wembley.

Nevertheless, the trip to Ashton Gate had the look of a difficult tie as a result of Bristol City's impressive recent home form.

Although neither side could manage a shot at goal in the opening stages, Wolves always had a measure of control, with Dendoncker and Joao Moutinho particularly impressive in central midfield.

Most of their attacks went through Republic of Ireland right-back Doherty, whose influence grew as the half wore on.

The 27-year-old had been directly involved in all of Wolves' last four goals in the FA Cup this season, so it was perhaps no surprise he played a role in their opener.

Conor Coady's long pass found the full-back, who bundled his way past Dasilva before laying the ball off perfectly for Cavaleiro to finish from 12 yards.

Moutinho struck the bar with a free-kick after the break but the second period for the Premier League side was more about defending in the face of Bristol City pressure.

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Cavaleiro strike gives Wolves the lead

The scenes at the final whistle illustrated Wolves' relief at surviving the questions posed by the Robins - as well as no doubt excitement at how far they can go in the competition.

The last time Wanderers reached the last eight of the FA Cup as a top-flight club was in 1981, when they went on to reach the semi-finals.

Given their form this season, Nuno's side perhaps offer Wolves' best chance of a FA Cup victory since their last triumph in 1960.

City show promise in defeat

With Bristol City well in the hunt for a play-off place in the Championship, this game against a top-flight club was the ideal opportunity to measure their progress.

The Robins went into the match on the back of nine successive wins and without a home defeat since early November, so manager Johnson will have been disappointed by their timid display in a first half during which they failed to muster a shot on target.

Johnson responded by bringing on Marlon Pack and Taylor at half-time and it sparked an immediate improvement, with the side showing the kind of form that has seen them beat five Premier League teams, including Manchester United, at Ashton Gate over the past 18 months.

In contrast to the first half, City managed 17 shots at goal after the break, but the fact only four of them were on target reflects a lack of composure at the crucial moment.

The Robins also had seven corners and put in 17 crosses from open play as they looked to level the tie.

While an equaliser did not arrive, Johnson will take encouragement from his team's second-half performance as they try to join their FA Cup opponents in the Premier League next year.

Man of the match - Joao Moutinho (Wolves)

Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho
Another impressive performance from the Portugal midfielder, with no other Wolves player making more passes, crosses or tackles.

It was a moment of joy - what they said

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo speaking to BT Sport: "I'm very happy, it was very tough, but I'm happy for the fans and it was a moment of joy.

"We try to find solutions, but it was hard when they put so many behind the ball and with long balls into the box all the time.

"In the first half they gave us space, we had space and the chances to score, but then they changed it and they are a tough team.

On Matt Doherty: "He's fantastic, he has a big heart, he goes up and down and doesn't rest. He does an important job for us.

"We are very happy with him, it was a big challenge to prove himself in the Premier League and he is doing ever so well."

On who he wants to play next: "I would like to play at Molineux if I could ask for something."

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson speaking to Match of the Day: "I think we had the chances to pull it off. We just couldn't get it over the line.

"I was very proud of the second-half performance. We have to remember where we've come from. Wolves are seventh in the Premier League, so for us to perform the way we did in the second half after a very mediocre first-half performance - the boys deserve credit for that.

"We needed to apply more pressure [after half-time] so we changed our system a little. I thought we pegged them back in the second half.

"I'm hurting because we wanted to progress in the competition. But we showed our identity in the second half and there will be many more big games like that between now and the end of the season."

Wolves in last eight for first time in 16 years - the stats

  • Wolves have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since the 2002-03 season, and the first time as a top-flight club since 1980-81.
  • Bristol City have lost their last six FA Cup fifth-round ties (1981, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2001 and 2019).
  • Matt Doherty has been involved in five goals in his last three FA Cup appearances (three goals, two assists).
  • Ivan Cavaleiro's goal for Wolves was the first shot of the match in the 28th minute.
  • Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Doherty has assisted more Wolves goals than any other player in all competitions (22).
  • Bristol City suffered their first defeat in all competitions since losing 0-2 to Leeds United in November, ending a run of 15 games without defeat.
  • Nuno Espirito Santo has won two away matches against Bristol City at Ashton Gate; the second team he has beaten twice away from home as Wolves boss, along with Sheffield Wednesday.

What's next?

Wolves return to Premier League action next Saturday against Bournemouth (15:00 GMT). Bristol City take on Championship leaders Norwich at the same time.

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 5WrightBooked at 52mins
  • 22KalasBooked at 75mins
  • 4Webster
  • 3Dasilva
  • 8Brownhill
  • 28MorrellSubstituted forPackat 45'minutes
  • 19EliassonSubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutes
  • 45PalmerSubstituted forPatersonat 66'minutes
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 9Diedhiou

Substitutes

  • 6Baker
  • 10Taylor
  • 15Watkins
  • 17Kelly
  • 20Paterson
  • 21Pack
  • 24O'Leary

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2DohertySubstituted forNevesat 81'minutes
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 27Saïss
  • 28João MoutinhoBooked at 83mins
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forTraoréat 90+2'minutes
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 70'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 8Neves
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 29Vinagre
  • 31Norris
  • 37Traoré
  • 45Ennis
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
24,394

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Attempt blocked. Adam Webster (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Attempt blocked. Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Frank Fielding (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) header from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Josh Brownhill with a cross.

Bailey Wright (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marlon Pack.

Bailey Wright (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range is too high following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Booking

Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marlon Pack.

Booking

João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Romain Saïss with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

Attempt saved. Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Neves replaces Matt Doherty because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by João Moutinho.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matty Taylor with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Bailey Wright (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda with a cross.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

Attempt saved. João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Bristol City).

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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