I saw a couple of comments on social media earlier about not caring much for the FA Cup and wanting to concentrate on the league.
I must say I was of the opposite view – a cup run would be most welcome amid turbulent goings on at the Golden Palace.
Talking of Palace, they were once again the most obliging of opponents at a time when we needed to pull out a performance.
Give messrs Neves and Moutinho time and space on the ball and they’ll spray about glorious passes at will. No one more than me appreciates a stylish playmaker, so I’m glad our twin maestros are starting to get back to their best together. They just need the right system and set-up to shine.
I’m aware I bang on an awful lot about the Wolves midfield, but I’m firmly of the belief that when Neves and Moutinho are on song, the pressure is taken off the defence and we can concentrate on supplying Neto and Adama with the right service.
As for the Spaniard, a confident Traore is an unstoppable Traore. You could tell by the way he was mixing up his game, whether that was a cross from the right, driving into the box, or cutting inside and unleashing 20-yard thunderbolts!
And a word for Semedo. A promising relationship is starting to form on the right between Nelson and Adama, with the former another growing in confidence. He’s improving defensively and starting to find his feet in attack.
It would be churlish to be too critical after a pleasing performance for the most part, but when will we sharpen up our game management? Adama could have been carrying a knock, but his early night inevitably gave Palace the encouragement they needed to pile the pressure on. Conceding the upper hand has cost us in the past and it will continue to do so in the future. Thankfully Palace were hopelessly limited in the final third.
Anyway, now for the fourth (and fifth) round draw on Monday night. Chorley anyone?