To quote John Lennon – the dream is over, what can I say?
Although it saddens me to be writing about another cup exit, games like this always require perspective.
Sure, a proper cup run would be magical but tonight’s team was a far cry from the one which matched Man United on Saturday, with Connor Coady and Jonny the only survivors from that starting eleven.
Indeed, one glance at an experienced Leicester line-up left me fearing a long evening was ahead.
The early stages suggested that would be the case, with Wolves seeing little of the ball and the chief threat of Adama Traore and a returning Ivan Cavaleiro marshalled out of the game by an experienced opposition defence.
However, as is so often the case with Nuno’s charges, confidence grew as soon as they began to impose their style of play on proceedings.
Though our wingers never managed to hit peak form, they gave the Foxes defence plenty to think about both on and off the ball.
Traore had some particularly stand-out moments, turning in a performance that once again teased his clear potential.
His counterpart was not quite so effective, but it was nonetheless great to see him in a Wolves shirt again after an injury-imposed hiatus.
Our real true stand-out performers were some of the more fledgling members of the team, with Ruben Vinagre hugely impressive in both his defensive and offensive play. He seemed completely unperturbed by the fact he was up against Ricardo Pereira, a Portuguese international.
Kortney Hause also offered a timely reminder of the quality he offers in reserve, and was seldom troubled by a Leicester attack which included the experienced, title-winning duo of Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy.
But it was Morgan Gibbs-White who really caught this blogger’s eye, turning in a performance that once again belied his teenage years.
Despite having to contest a midfield battle against two hugely experienced players in Adrien Silva and Vicente Iborra, our homegrown playmaker saw plenty of the ball and played a huge part in the positive aspects of our play.
It’s clear to see that he is a player growing in confidence with each passing game, and that will no doubt thrill a manager who has already placed a great deal of trust in him.
Our academy has given us plenty to be excited about in recent years, but for my money Gibbs-White is the most exciting prospect it has produced in many a year. It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited about one of our own.
Individuals aside, this was an evenly contested contest that neither side deserved to win.
That being said, I don’t think anyone will begrudge Danny Ward for ending up on the winning side after he saved three penalties in the shootout. Admittedly, his help was caused by the fact that we seem to be pretty hopeless at taking penalties.
Ah well, there’s always next year.
And so we move back on to the league, where things are all rosey at present. Southampton at home looks a winnable fixture, so hopefully we’ll be skipping out of Molineux next time around.