Progressing is all that matters.
Win tonight and beat Bristol City to make the quarter finals.
On paper at least there’s an excellent opportunity to reach the latter stages of the competition.
It’s a different challenge of course, winning two games you’re expected to win, but one this highly capable group can easily manage.
The fact this game is close to a sell out tells you Molineux believes.
I expect the game plan from Sam Ricketts won’t be significantly different to the previous match.
They’ll sit in, remain as compact as possible and look to seize on loose balls and set pieces to do the damage.
Dave Edwards could feature but the indication in yesterday’s press conference was that he’s still slightly off the pace so a substitute appearance might be the limit of his aspirations.
They have another former Wolves man in their group now after signing Scott Golbourne on a free transfer but he’s unable to feature due to FA Cup rules stipulating anyone signed after the initial tie can’t feature in the replay.
Still, he’ll be a great signing for Shrewsbury and I find it hard to comprehend that such a capable performer, still only 30, couldn’t find a club in the summer.
The heat is on at the New Meadow though after two league defeats sent them second bottom. With suspensions to contend with they’re not coming into this replay in great shape.
Jota is ruled out but thankfully the injury to Neves wasn’t serious and he could feature. Not sure he’ll be risked though.
Complete guesswork on the starting XI, but Nuno has confirmed Ryan Giles will get another taste of the action.
I’d have thought Saiss, Gibbs-White and Traore might be given a go. Costa and Cav haven’t seen much action lately either so will be in the manager’s thoughts I’m sure.
Niall Ennis is also being awarded a place in the squad but I think he’ll be introduced from the bench with so many attackers in the first team short on minutes.
No Prediction League points up for grabs in the cup but I’m forecasting a win, hopefully with a bit to spare.
Surely if they were going to eliminate us, it would be from 2-0 up on their home patch?
Taking into account they can’t even field their best XI, I’ve got to predict a Wolves victory.
Up The Wolves!