Wolves 1 (Ebanks-Blake 53)
Aldershot Town 1 (Rankine 62)
Wolves win 7-6 after penalty shoot-out.
After extra-time – score at 90 minutes 1-1.
League Two Aldershot pushed Wolves all the way before finally succumbing in a penalty shoot-out that went to sudden death. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s opener for Wolves shortly after the break, was quickly cancelled out by Michael Rankine.
Extra-time couldn’t produce a winner and so it went to penalties to decide who was to progress to the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Wolves kicked-off attacking the resplendent new North Stand but Town were the first to threaten through Ben Herd’s second minute corner which went over everyone’s heads and out for a goal kick on the far side.
A minute later Anthony Forde’s centre was headed down into the six-yard box by Kevin Doyle and hooked clear at the far post by a defender.
Ollie Lancashire was hurt in the incident and he limped off to be replaced by Josh Payne.
Stephen Ward fired an angled free-kick in from the right and the ball appeared to skim heads in the crowded area forcing a diving save from visiting keeper Jamie Young.
Then Forde laid a short pass off for Ebanks Blake but the ball ran behind before he could get a shot away.
Carl Ikeme got his body behind Craig Reid’s shot on the turn in a rare Aldershot attack and, for Wolves, Doyle chased Ronald Zubar’s through pass into the right of the box before lifting a shot high over the bar.
A good run by Tongo Doumbia took him past two challenges before he slipped the ball to Forde whose cross was headed out. Then Roger Johnson was shown the yellow card for a challenge on Adam Mekki.
Doyle was inches wide with a near post header after a stabbed cross from Ebanks-Blake, and at the other end Zubar blocked after Reid had set up Peter Vincenti.
Ward and Ebanks-Blake worked the ball across the Town area to David Davis who was wide at the far post, and then a great crossfield pass from the young midfielder picked out Forde who tried to place his shot but was wide of the mark.
In stoppage time, Ward dribbled his way into the Aldershot area before firing narrowly over the far angle.
Half-Time: Wolves 0 Aldershot 0
Six minutes into the second half, Wolves moved into the lead. Doumbia fired in a low cross that Ebanks-Blake controlled at the near post before turning quickly and shooting past Young.
Payne, for a foul on Doyle, and Karl Henry after clattering into Mekki, both went into the book either side of Zubar heading wide from a Ward cross.
Aldershot equalised in the 62nd minute through Rankine who bulleted a header into the net after a corner from Payne.
Seconds after the restart, a low driven cross from Zubar flashed across the goalmouth before Doumbia crossed to Forde who shot straight at Young.
Ebanks-Blake was pulled back by Sonny Bradley who picked up a yellow card for his troubles, and in the closing minutes of the 90, Doumbia’s shot was saved at the near post by Young who then had to beat away another dangerous cross from Zubar.
90 minutes score 1-1
Frank Nouble replaced Doyle at the start of extra-time which was seven minutes old when Alex Rodman jinked his way into the box before, having done the hard work, he shot over the far angle.
Young saved superbly with his legs from Ebanks-Blake who had been played through by Davis and after Rodman had dragged a shot wide for The Shots, Ebanks-Blake was just off target with a header from Forde’s short cross.
At the midway point of extra-time, Christophe Berra and Stephen Hunt replaced Richard Stearman and Davis respectively.
With four minutes remaining, Young held onto Forde’s short cross with Ebanks-Blake waiting behind him for a slip, then, in Wolves’ next attack, Forde hit the post with a 25-yard drive.
That was the closest to a breakthrough and the game went to a penalty shoot-out which was started by Ebanks-Blake. He successfully converted as did Hunt, Ward, Johnson, Henry, Nouble and Forde. For Aldershot, Payne, Reid, Rankine, Rodman, Herd and Aaron Morris all converted before the unfortunate Jordan Roberts, with the 14th kick of the shoot-out, had his effort pushed out by Ikeme.
Wolves: Ikeme. Zubar, Ward, Henry (capt), Stearman (Berra 105), Johnson, Forde, Davis (Hunt 105), Ebanks-Blake, Doyle (Nouble 90), Doumbia.
Unused subs: Jonsson, Batth, Foley, McCarey.
Bookings: Johnson (26 – foul), Henry (60 – foul).
Town: Young, Herd (capt), Tonkin, Morris, Brown, Lancashire, Rankine, Vincenti (Roberts 90), Mekki (Rodman 72), Reid (Payne 8), Bradley.
Unused subs: Bergqvist, Connolly, Madjo, Williams.
Bookings: Payne (56 – foul), Bradley (75 – foul).
Referee: J. Adcock.