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Stat Attack: All you need to know about Wolves 3-0 Sheffield United
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Daniel Podence (right) netted a brace in Wolves' victory
Daniel Podence (right) netted a brace in Wolves' victory

Daniel Podence scored twice as Wolves eased past Sheffield United 3-0 in the FA Cup third round at Molineux.

The Portuguese winger gave the hosts the lead after 14 minutes with a tidy close-range finish.

The Blades had the ball in the back of the net before the break but it was ruled out. Billy Sharp hooked the ball in from close range but his celebrations were cut short due to a high foot.

Podence had a hand in Wolves' second, releasing Rayan Ait-Nouri on the left flank who delivered a back-post cross which Nelson Semedo tucked away.

Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy was forced into action to deny a strong Sharp volley from 12 yards soon after.

But the Premier League side put the game out of sight with 10 minutes to play when Raul Jimenez latched on to a mistake from Blades keeper Wes Foderingham before setting up Podence for his second.

Bruno Lage enjoyed his first cup tie in the Wolves dugout: "I am happy because I respect the competition.

"I made some changes but didn’t give an opportunity to everyone because these guys are playing and training well.

"We came with the same ambition to play our game. We played well, created a lot of chances and could have scored more goals. Also, to be fair, Sheffield United could have scored one or two goals.

Wolves are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions
Wolves are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions

"In the end, when you look at what we did over 90 minutes, we were the better team, created more chances and scored more goals. We deserved to continue in the competition."

While Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom was disapponited. He said: "The scoreline doesn't look that way in my eyes. It wasn't a 3-0 in terms of opportunities and possession, but a horrible feeling in the last few minutes when 3-0 down.

"We started well and didn't take our opportunities and I'm disappointed with the goals that we gave them.

"It's a reminder of the levels in terms of them being clinical and opportunities. It's a reminder of how good you have to be at one end, giving nothing away and then taking those chances at the other."

Did you know?

Wolves have now won three consecutive games against Sheffield United in all competitions for the first time since February 1966.

The visitors have been eliminated on each of the last four occasions they’ve faced Wolves in the FA Cup.

Heckingbottom's side have lost each of their last five FA Cup ties against Premier League opposition.

All four of Podence's goals for Wolves this season have come in cup competitions.

The 26-year-old has now bettered his goal tally from last season (three).


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