Had we won the game in normal time, which we should have done, the predictable misery of the shootout would have been avoided.
That’s one positive to extract from another painful evening of cup football at least.
Wolves were the better side and showed a lot more quality in the game, even if, as we’ve seen so many times this season, we didn’t convert that superiority into a result.
Henderson was the hero, saving from Raul and Hwang in the first half and then keeping out two, albeit soft, spot kicks to take Forest into the last four.
They didn’t do a lot from open play, other than force a corner in and benefit from the mother of deflections for the shot that came back off the post in the second half.
But then again, for all our possession, we failed to really convert those give and goes into meaningful output, other than the fine goal that was finished off by Raul for the equaliser.
I felt Wolves should have pushed harder to get the win in the regulation 90 because the game was there for them with the right decision making in the final third.
Lopetegui was ringing the changes throughout and it’s hard to know if they benefitted the team or hindered progress.
Traore was erratic and poor overall but by contrast, Cunha did a lot of good things, including the cross for Raul’s goal and scoring his penalty in the shootout.
I like the look of our new forward and was surprised he wasn’t handed a start in this game. The manager has a big call to make on Saturday.
With Nunes starting to find his feet and plenty of others enhancing their reputations in the last week there are options everywhere for Julen to consider.
The performances are coming under his leadership, but we’ve got to start collecting results.