So limited are the club’s achievements since the mid 80s, one of my favourite Wolves memories was an FA Cup quarter final.
I was at Elland Road in 1998 to see Don Goodman score the only goal of the game and Hans Segers turn away Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s late penalty for a fine victory against a much fancied Leeds team.
We’re the Premier League big boys this time, so hopefully we can avoid a similar fate against a dangerous looking Bristol City and advance to a quarter final where the prize for victory will be a trip to Wembley.
It’s a demoralising lunchtime kick-off but the atmosphere at Ashton Gate should still make for a wonderful occasion.
I definitely didn’t have them down as top 6 contenders this season so massive credit to Lee Johnson for having The Robins in the play-off places with less than a third of the campaign remaining.
9 straight victories (yes, 9) including 7 in the league have catapulted them into fifth and – like Wolves – they must see an opportunity here to really attack this competition with so many of the heavy hitters eliminated.
They’ve disposed of Bolton and Huddersfield already to reach the fifth round and have generally done well in the cup competitions in recent years.
It took a late, late penalty to see off QPR and keep their winning run going in midweek, but confidence will be high regardless.
Former Wolves man Andreas Weimann is a possible starter and he was instrumental when we upset the odds at Liverpool a few years back.
It’s got to be the strongest team possible Nuno. I can make peace with Ruddy in goal, but the other 10 should be the boys that started against Newcastle if everyone is fit.
Obviously if we win nobody cares, but it will be a bit galling if we go out having not given everything to progress, which means starting with your best players.
I suspect one or two more fringe players might see some action with at least one of Cav, Costa or Traore getting a start. Of that trio it would be Cav for me.
The likes of Vinagre and Saiss have generally done well whenever they’ve played so I wouldn’t be upset if one or both came in I suppose.
But the midfield is key, as is Jimenez up top. I hope those things are retained at all costs.
No Prediction League points going in the cup so just for fun and I’m backing us to get the job done.
I believe it’s straight to extra-time and penalties if scores are level, but if we field a strong side and play to our potential we will win the game in the regulation 90.
I think City have a few cup-tied and/or injured so that could also play into our hands. Hot atmosphere so we need to weather a likely onslaught at some stage.
2-1 to us.
Up The Wolves!