Ikeme: A cup run would be brilliant

Carl Ikeme knows first-hand the excitement an FA Cup run can generate within a football club and wants Wolves to enjoy a similar journey this season.

The former goalkeeper starred in Wolves 2017 run to the fifth round and on Monday drew the balls for the fourth round draw for the BBC, live from Molineux. Ikeme picked ball number 31 to signify Wolves will head to either Stoke or Shrewsbury in the next round, and he’s hopeful of another cup adventure.

On a cup run

“It was brilliant when we went on a little run. We beat Stoke and Liverpool, then played Chelsea at Molineux. It brings a bit of excitement.

“We’re doing OK in the league, there’s not much pressure there at the minute, so it’ll hopefully be a chance to give the fans a cup run.

“I know they’ve been spoilt of recent times anyway, the way the team’s played and what Nuno and the owners have done with the club recently, but it’d be nice to have a little cup run to add to that.”

On Liverpool win

“It was a really good game, I thought Wolves thoroughly deserved the result. Hopefully we can go on a cup run again, we had one in recent years and hopefully we can take it a bit further.

“I don’t want to look too far ahead but a trip to Wembley would be nice, we’re looking forward to the next round and hopefully we’ll get through.”

On doing the draw

“It was really good, something I was asked to do a couple of weeks ago, and it was a good thing for me to do.

“I was under a bit of pressure because I wanted to pull some good ties out, and after Wolves won I wanted to pick them an easier draw.

“I had messages off people saying what teams they wanted, but I don’t have any say anyway.”

On Stoke or Shrewsbury

“It’s going to be tough. Stoke haven’t got off to the start they’d have liked in the Championship.

“Shrewsbury would be a good tie, a bit of a local derby, and it would generate a good atmosphere because that’s what you remember about the FA Cup, being at the smaller grounds.

“It doesn’t matter who we play, as long as we go through.”

On Premier League life

“It’s been brilliant. We’ve exceeded a lot of expectations. There’s a lot of good players but they’ve not necessarily played Premier League football, but the way Nuno has them set up is brilliant.

“You can see they’re all working for each other, improving and learning, there are going to be moments in a season where things don’t go for them, but they always seem to pick themselves back up and make big performances like they did at Tottenham.

“Everyone is proud of what they’re doing at the minute and hopefully they can keep improving.”

On keeping in contact

“I speak to the lads now and again, and always pop in at the club for one reason or another.

“It’s good to see the lads and stay in contact, and a lot of the staff, because they’ve been here a long time and it’s good to be around.”  

Other footballing stars and BBC pundits who have had their say on Wolves’ season so far include: