This season’s FA Cup’s been full of pleasant surprises. From Premier League clubs failing to lower division minnows to many top two tier giants not even making past the initial stages, it’s definitely one of the more unexpected ones in recent times. The FA Cup’s magic is sparkling once again.
However, amidst all the spills and thrills, Wolverhampton Wanderers have managed to scrape their way into the quarter-finals. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have clawed past varied oppositions, stretching through the three leagues of English football. They knocked out the mighty Liverpool in the first round, before playing a two-legged fixture against League One side Shrewsbury Town.
Wolves barely managed to avoid humiliation when Matt Doherty’s last-minute goal helped them force a replay, in which they came back from behind to win the tie 3-2. Doherty’s been the surprise package in their FA Cup journey, having scored three goals despite operating as a right wing-back and optimism must be high in the Black Country.
Their squad depth is a big reason for their success as well. Players like Leander Dendoncker and Ivan Calvaleiro, who’ve not featured much in the Premier League, have shone through in the FA Cup. Calveiro found the winner against a stubborn Bristol City, whose 15-man unbeaten streak was broken by Wolves.
What seemed a distant dream’s suddenly a stark reality for Wolves. They’re statistically the third best team remaining in the FA Cup and knowing the knack of pulling off wins and strong record at the Molineux, they might surprise many by going all the way to winning at Wembley.