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Friday night’s FA Cup win over Chorley, avoiding a banana skin and Vitinha’s stunning first goal for Wolves were just some of the topics discussed on the latest episode of Wolves’ Matchday Live Extra show.

Joining Mikey Burrows was regular co-commentator and former-Wolves full-back Andy Thompson, as well as pundits in the form of ex-old gold players Sam Ricketts and Michael Kightly, who analysed Wolves’ progression into the fifth round of the competition.

Also joining the panel were special guests including former Wolves captain Ally Robertson and defender Richard Stearman as the team discussed the difficulty in playing lower league opposition as well as avoiding a repeat of the 1986 FA Cup loss to the Magpies.

On facing a team from the sixth tier

Thompson said: “This is what the FA Cup means, and this is what these teams long for, to get into this fourth round. It’s a great occasion for them and it’s a shame about the fans not being here because it would be some noise coming from everywhere, with the Wolves fans in here, with the Chorley fans in here, and it’s a shame that they can’t be here to watch it.

“But these kinds of teams survive off matches like this and in the present time with how things are, it’s a nice bit of income for them with the television money.”

Ricketts added: “This is Chorley’s cup final and is the game the players would’ve been dreaming about since the draw was made.”

On banishing the demons of 1986

Robertson said: “I don’t want to talk about it! It was probably the lowest part of my life, the lowest time in my career because we were struggling for our lives at Wolves. We should’ve won the first game and then we should’ve won the replay.

“In the third game, we had about five injuries and you knew everything was going against us and when you’re down in that situation, everything was going against us.”

Thompson added: “Me and Bully were in the stands watching the game because we’d just signed and weren’t allowed to play in the cup, and it wasn’t the best, to say the least. We were definitely thinking, ‘What have we done?!’”

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On overcoming a banana skin of a tie

Kightly said: “The team Nuno picked resembles how important it is. Chorley have been on a great run and knocked out some top teams along the way, so they will be pumped up and ready for this game.

“But with the team that Wolves have gone for, Nuno knows how big this is, especially off the back of last weekend.”

Stearman added: “Wolves have not been in great form recently, so I think they’ll just be happy to get through the tie and a performance will come secondary. Getting through with another win under their belts could give them a little bit of confidence heading back into the league.”

On Vitinha’s first goal for Wolves

Kightly said: “We defended really well, and that was the big positive to take from it, but we said the first goal needed to come early and would be key, and it came through that great bit of skill from Vitinha, and what a strike it was.

“They made it difficult for Wolves to play through them and it was just the one moment of brilliance. It just bobbled up slightly before he hit it, but he hit it so true and it was a great strike.

“I’m pleased for Vitinha because he hasn’t had much game time this season, and this kind of thing can really kick-start his career. I remember after scoring my first goal for Wolves, I was flying, and I’m hoping that will happen to him because it was a great strike and worthy to win any game.”

On a lack of goals from Wolves

Ricketts said: “Hopefully that goal will give players like Vitinha the confidence to take shots like that on more often, because Wolves do need to start scoring more goals, especially from further out.

“They can’t always score by getting it to Jimenez, because he isn’t there anymore, so they need to start getting goals from other areas.”

Thompson added: “We need to link the midfield with the attack better. Silva and Cutrone were having to come deeper and we were trying to force things. The quality up front wasn’t good enough and the front two were too far apart. It just didn’t work.”

On being pushed all the way by Chorley

Kightly said: “You’ve got to give credit to Chorley because I thought they were excellent. We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game and they gave a right good account of themselves.

“From a Wolves perspective, we’re disappointed with the performance, but it’s a win, which will breed confidence, it’s a clean sheet, which we haven’t had in a while, so it’s job done as far as I’m concerned. It wasn’t pretty on the eye, but a win’s a win.”

Ricketts added: “It’s job done, isn’t it? If Wolves would’ve been beaten it would’ve been the headlines on the back pages of every newspaper in the country and Europe. But they’ve won the game, albeit not fantastically well, and there won’t be any headlines, just through to the next round.”

To rewatch the latest Matchday Live Extra show from Friday, click here.