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Wolves Triumph Over Brighton in FA Cup Clash

Lemina Propels Wolves Into Midlands Quarter Final Clash

In an exhilarating FA Cup encounter, Wolves secured their spot in the quarter-finals, thanks to a decisive goal from Mario Lemina against Brighton. This victory sets the stage for a Midlands quarter-final clash with Coventry City, igniting anticipation among fans and players alike.

Early Drama at Molineux

The match kicked off with immediate excitement as Wolves’ Jean-Ricner Bellegarde delivered a cross that Brighton’s goalkeeper, Jason Steele, couldn’t handle, allowing Lemina to slide in and net the opener. This early goal, just two minutes in, set the tone for the match, with Wolves asserting their dominance from the outset. Despite a spirited response from Brighton, including a near-miss header from Danny Welbeck and a last-gasp effort from Steele, the Seagulls struggled to equalize, ultimately bowing out of the competition.

Wolves’ Ascendancy Continues

Under the guidance of Gary O’Neil, Wolves have surpassed expectations this season. Positioned ninth in the Premier League and now advancing in the FA Cup, O’Neil’s impact is undeniable. The match against Brighton highlighted the team’s resilience and tactical acumen, characteristics that have become synonymous with Wolves’ play this season. Despite injuries to key players like Hwang Hee-chan and Lemina himself, the team’s depth and determination shone through.

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An Evening of Missed Opportunities for Brighton

Brighton, under Roberto De Zerbi, showed flashes of brilliance but ultimately couldn’t capitalize on their chances. Shots from Jakub Moder and Simon Adingra went wide, and a controversial penalty shout was dismissed, leaving the Seagulls frustrated. Even with late substitutions aiming to inject pace and creativity, Wolves’ defence stood firm, showcasing their ability to manage the game and maintain a slender lead.

The victory not only advances Wolves to the FA Cup quarter-finals, a feat achieved only three times this century, but also reaffirms their ambition under O’Neil. Speaking after the match, the Wolves manager emphasised the team’s commitment to the competition, stating, “The moment we travelled to Brentford to play in the third round we set out with the aim to obviously try and win the FA Cup. The lads are just taking the competition very seriously.”

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The Road Ahead

This mindset bodes well for Wolves as they prepare for their next challenge against Coventry City. With the quarter-finals scheduled for the weekend of 16 March, the team looks forward to continuing their impressive run in front of their home fans at Molineux.

As the FA Cup journey continues, Wolves’ blend of tactical discipline, team spirit, and individual brilliance, exemplified by Lemina’s crucial goal, sets them apart as serious contenders. The Midlands quarter-final clash is not just another game; it’s a testament to Wolves’ resurgence and ambition, making it a must-watch for football aficionados.

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