Wolves 1 (Enobakhare 13)
Sunderland 1 (Beadling 17)
(Wolves win penalty shoot-out 4-3)
Wolves are through to the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy after an absorbing contest with Sunderland at Molineux that was decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Sunderland won an early free-kick wide on the right and when Elliot Embleton lifted the ball into the box George Brady got in a header that forced a diving save from Harry Burgoyne.
Then Joel Asoro’s low cross ran to Joshua Maja whose close range shot was blocked by Regan Upton.
Christian Herc went into the book for a harmless looking challenge and seconds later he fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box.
Wolves took the lead in the 13th minute after a terrific piece of close control from Bright Enobakhare who somehow jinked between two defenders and then bypassed keeper Vito Mannone before sliding the ball home.
The visitors were desperately unlucky two minutes later as Maja cut into the area from the right and hit a low angled shot that beat Burgoyne but thumped against the base of the far post before bouncing clear.
In the 17th minute, however, Sunderland did pull evel as Thomas Beadling hit a shot from 25-yards that was a blur as it flew past Burgoyne.
The lively Asoro looked like he was going to give the Black Cats the lead as he raced past a defender into the area but Burgoyne managed to paw away the cross-shot that followed.
Upton injured after he was late with a challenge on Maja. After treatment it was soon clear that he couldn’t carry on and he was taken off on a stretcher to be replaced by Anthony Breslin.
Although both sides looked dangerous when they went on the attack, neither keeper was particularly troubled in the 15 minutes leading up to the break.
Half-Time: Wolves 1 Sunderland 1
Nicu Carnat was booked shortly after the restart and, like Herc earlier, the punishment seemed harsh to the extreme.
Two Carnat corners were cleared as Wolves made the brighter start and Sunderland’s Josh Robson was also yellow carded after he had tripped Will Randall who was in full flight.
Ethan Robson fouled Enobakhare 25-yards out and in line with the goal but Connor Ronan’s free-kick bounced off the wall for what was an unproductive Carnat corner.
More excellent close control by Enobakhare saw him hitting a short driven cross that appeared to hit a defender and bounce onto the foot of the near post before being cleared.
Randall’s drive from the edge of the box was comfortably saved by Mannone before two Sunderland substitutions sandwiched another booking – Connor Johnson for shirt pulling.
Enobakhare shrugged off the challenge of his marker and cut in forcing Mannone to block at his near post in a half where Burgoyne was mainly a spectator.
The two visiting substitutes, Andrew Nelson and Luke Molyneux, were both booked within a five minute spell and, in between, Randall almost won it for Wolves with a powerful drive that just beat the far post.
The penalty shoot-out took place at the North Bank end with Sunderland going first with Robson converting. Ronan did likewise for Wolves and then Lawson beat Burgoyne to put Sunderland 2-1 up.
And it was advantage to the north-easterners when Sylvain Deslandes’s kick was saved by Mannone and Maja made it 3-1. But after Enobakhare had slotted home his kick, Burgoyne turned things around.
His save from Molyneux was little short of brilliant and, after Morgan Gibbs-White had levelled things, the keeper did it again saving George Honeyman’s kick.
It left Carnat to finish the job off and he did so emphatically by lashing the ball past Mannone.
Wolves: Burgoyne, Simpson, Upton (Breslin28)k, Johnson, Deslandes, Ronan (capt), Herc, Carnat, Enobakhare, Gibbs-White, Randall.
Unused subs: Brown, Armstrong, Leak, Levinston, Finnie, Delacoe.
Bookings: Herc (10 – foul), Carnat (46 – foul), Johnson (79 – foul).
Sunderland: Mannone, Robson, Brady, Ledger, T. Robson, E. Robson, Embleton (Nelson 72), Maja, Beadling (Molyneux 80), Honeyman, Asoro (Lawson 90+2).
Unused subs: Talbot, Pybus, Wright, Casey.
Bookings: Robson (57 – foul), Nelson (84 – not retreating at free-kick), Molyneux (88 – simulation).
Referee: M. Heywood.