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49 min Ait-Nouri plays a slick one-two with Lemina, charges to the edge of the area and shoots well wide with his right foot. A poor finish but the rest was lovely.


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46 min Coventry, in the shape of Kasey Palmer, begin the second half.

Half-time reading

Half time: Wolves 0-0 Coventrry

A terrific cross from Ait-Nouri just evades Fraser and is miscontrolled by Semedo beyond the far post. That’s the latest action of the half, an interesting arm-wrestle that ended goalless. Coventry were slightly the better team and had the best chance when Ellis Simms missed a comedy sitter, though any goal may have been ruled out for offside in the build-up.

45+1 min At the other end Lemina’s crossshot leads to a scramble in the Coventry area before Fraser flicks the ball wide. Wasn’t much of a chance.

45 min “Good day Rob,” says Kim Thonger. “I wonder if you might feel like wishing ardent Wolves fan Jan Chrin all the best. He’s sure to be following the game. He’s the only man I know who looked more like Jesus Christ than Jesus Christ himself, even when keeping goal wearing baggy shorts. He married Janice, possibly so they could both have the initials JC, in Wolverhampton in I think 1981. Marvellous Polish family wedding. Great fun.

“Such a devout Wolves fan was he that, being in charge of our University Catholic Society team strip, he managed to have it changed to the Wolves strip. As the team goal poacher and token Protestant I modelled myself on Derek Dougan. Very happy days. Jan’s a physicist with a PhD now, resident in Switzerland for many years. Bald as a coot of course, as are we all these days.”

I would love to wish ardent Wolves fan Jan Chrin all the best, especially as he sounds like somebody who wears life at a jaunty angle.

43 min: Chance for Coventry! A cross from the right ricochets around the Wolves area until Simms cushions it square to Palmer. He’s slightly off balance and sidefoots a volley straight at Sa.

41 min Coventry are back on top as we approach half-time. It’s been an interesting half, albeit without many clear chances. This might be a good time to remind you that there will be extra-time and penalties if necessary. And if the tie is still level after that, we’ll have a replay a week on Wednesday.

40 min: Fine save by Sa! Simms almost makes up for that miss with a terrific run and pass to put Van Ewijk through on goal. His shot on the run hits the rump of the outrushing Sa and ricochets just over the bar.

Van Ewijk reacts after having his shot saved by Sa. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

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37 min Had Simms scored, it might have been disallowed because Bidwell was offside when Palmer had the first shot that was pushed away by Sa. As Clive Tyldesley says on ITV, we’ll never know. Unless we know the laws.

35 min: What a miss from Simms! Oof, Coventry should be ahead. Sarabia’s dodgy pass went to Palmer, whose low shot from the edge of the area was pushed away by the diving Sa. Bidwell was first to the rebound and drove a low cross into Simms, unmarked six yards out and with an open net begging to be rippled. Alas, Simms mishit a horrible attempt that was going wide until it hit the legs of Sa.


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33 min A dangerous cross by Van Ewijk towards Simms is dealt with very deftly by Semedo, eight yards out and facing his own goal.

31 min “Gary O’Neil used the short break to make a tactical switch,” says Andy Flintoff. “Lemina and Toti Gomes are now out on the left side with Aït-Nouri moving into the middle, which is what’s causing problems for Coventry down their right.”

29 min: Another chance for Wolves! Lemina’s booming crossfield pass finds Sarabia in space on the right of the area. Sarabia plays the ball back to Semedo, whose first-time shot is well struck but straight at Collins. He pushes it away and Coventry clear the danger, for now.

28 min: Chance for Wolves! Kitching lets a long ball bounce a couple of times, which allows Semedo to nick it on the byline and move into the area. His cutback is diverted to Ait-Nouri, whose shot is blocked, and Lemina slices the rebound – which bounced awkwardly – miles wide.

Lemina reacts after a missed chance. Photograph: Jack Thomas/WWFC/Wolves/Getty Images

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27 min Kilman has a long-range shot that is blocked. Wolves are playing better but they still haven’t tested Collins.

24 min The mood of the game has definitely changed, with Wolves on top for the first time. Gary O’Neil’s tactics talk seems to have done the job.

21 min Ait-Nouri’s imaginative, outside-of-the-boot cross just evades Sarabia, who tried to volley it first time towards goal as it came over his shoulder.

He should have done this.


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19 min Lemina wriggles away from Wright in the area and forces a cutback to Ait-Nouri at the near post. His shot is blocked and Coventry get the ball away.

16 min Palmer’s long-range shot is blocked on the edge of the area. Moments later, Wright i zips infield from the left and flashes a cross shot past the far post. A decent effort, though it didn’t trouble Sa.

Coventry are the better team right now.

15 min Sa is continuing for now. Wolves take the corner short and do bugger all with it. Coventry break through Van Ewijk, who runs the best part of 80 yards before being calmly dispossessed by Semedo (I think).

13 min Before the corner can be taken, Wolves have a problem with Jose Sa. It looks like a muscle injury and Dan Bentley is warming up. Gary O’Neil takes the opportunity to get his team over for a tactics tutorial.

12 min Ait Nouri sells Latibeaudiere a dummy on the left edge of the area and slides a cross that is put behind for a corner.

11 min Wolves’ formation is 3-4-2-1 with a box midfield – Lemina and Sarabia are closest to the lonely striker Fraser.

9 min Palmer, Coventry’s elegant No10, swerves away from Tito in midfield and finds Wright on the left. His cutback is poor and Wolves clear. Even so, this has been a good start from Coventrry.


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8 min Palmer teases the free-kick to the far post. Thomas heads it backs across goal and Wolves clear. Only for a couple of seconds though; Palmer collects and curls an even better cross that is headed behind by Kilman. The man in front of him, Haji Wright, dived for the ball but couldn’t make contact. “Keith Houchen would have scored…” says the ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley.

6 min Ait-Nouri trips Van Ewijk 30 yards from goal and is booked. Coventry have made a bright start.

Vvan Ewijk is fouled by Ait-Nouri. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

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3 min Sarabia drives a long pass down the left to Ait-Nouri; he is not Usain Bolt circa 2009 and the ball skids behind for a goalkick.

2 min As expected Wolves have started with a back three, though apparently they warmed up in a back four. Come on Gary, you’re better than that.

It looks like Coventry have started with a back four though, with Latibeaudiere at right-back and Van Ewijk on the right wing. I didn’t expect that. Good old tactics.


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1 min Wolves kick off from right to left as we watch.

Some lunchtime games are playing in a muted atmosphere. But not when they’re played at Molineux; the old place is bouncing.

We also have live lunchtime action from the WSL. You can follow Everton v Aston Villa with Xaymaca Awoyungbo.

Mark Robins x FA Cup

Given the context, this is the dictionary definition of a cool finish. He was such a natural.


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‘Going to the toilet was like a mad exercise’

Ben Fisher is one of our finest interviewers, in my admirably humble opinion, and this is another cracker with Coventry’s Callum O’Hare.

Team news

Wolves are without Pedro Neto, who is effectively replaced by Tommy Doyle. The inclusion of Toti for the injured Jeanricner Bellegarde suggests a switch to a back three. Nathan Fraser starts up front, with Matheus Cunha and Hwang Hee-chan still unavailable.

Coventry bring in Milan van Ewijk and Ben Sheaf for Liam Kelly and Victor Torp.

Wolves (possible 3-5-2) Sa; S Bueno, Kilman, Toti; Semedo, Gomes, M Lemina, Doyle, Ait-Nouri; Sarabia, Fraser.
Substitutes: Doherty, Traore, N Lemina, H Bueno, Bentley, Holman, Barnett, Chirewa, Chiwome.

Coventry (possible 3-4-1-2) Collins; Thomas, Latibeaudiere, Kitching; Van Ewijk, Eccles, Sheaf, Bidwell; Palmer; Wright, Simms.
Substitutes: Binks, Dasilva, Kelly, O’Hare, Wilson, Godden, Torp, Tavares, Andrews.

Referee Sam Barrott.


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Hello and welcome to live, minute-by-minute coverage of the first FA Cup quarter-final between Wolves and Coventry. It’s the only game in the last eight that doesn’t involve a Big club, and for that we should be grateful. Those games have their own appeal but so does this – no entitlement, a healthy amount of innocence and the chance to do something special.

Coventry haven’t reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup since they won it so magically in 1987. Wolves have only done so twice since 1981, and they haven’t played in a final since they won the competition in 1960. That’s a realistic ambition this year, especially given their record and performances against the aforementioned Big sides.

We’re getting ahead of ourselves: Coventry are a fine team who are again in contention promotion after recovering from a dismal start. That remains the main focus of their season, but they wouldn’t say no to an FA Cup semi-final on the side.

Kick off 12.15pm.

* not to be confused with a big club

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