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?!’”