Wolverhampton Wanderers travelled to high-flying Bristol City on Saturday in hopes of continuing a run in the FA Cup which has already seen them defeat fellow top-flight giants Liverpool.
The home side, who are no strangers to Premier League opponents having dumped Manchester United out of the League Cup in 2017, put in a decent enough performance but were unable to emulate the success of previous years.
Wolverhampton’s build-up play was typically slick and consisted of well measured and calculated passing using every possible inch of space to stretch their opponents.
A long-ball from Conor Coady finding compatriot Matt Doherty on the right-wing would be the answer to the opening goal.
Doherty, who’s had an incredible season up to now, latched onto his first golden opportunity to run at opposing defender Jay Dasilva and turned provider for a grateful Ivan Cavaleiro from 12-yards out.
Wolves continued to apply the pressure and saw another couple of good efforts narrowly miss the Bristol City goal: Doherty hitting the post soon after the opening goal and Raul Jimenez seeing his effort denied from Fielding just before the end of the half.
Clearly inspired by Lee Johnson’s halftime frustrations, City would start the second-half far stronger of the two teams. Early efforts from Dasilva and Marlon Pack were squandered, and Ruddy was forced into some activity, but the best was certainly saved until the final 10 minutes of the game.
City bombarded their opponent’s penalty area in search of an equaliser and were unlucky to see Ruddy in good form to save from Matty Taylor and Pack.
Webster’s headed shot which was cleared off the line closed the game.
Matt Doherty deservedly claimed the Man of the Match award, but we believe special credit should also be given to Joao Moutinho.
The Portuguese maestro has been consistently quality since arriving this summer and the game against Bristol City was no different. He orchestrated play with such confidence and ease, delivering passes from all angles and providing well-needed cover for his teammates in the centre of the park.
From provider to a hardened defender in the final 45 minutes, Moutinho was everything Wolves needed on the day.