GO TO SECOND LEG WHICH WOLVES WON 3-2 but lost on Pens ..with a fantastic performance - the only team to put 3 past the Saints this season.
Well although Saints won this 1-0 our boys played extremely well and must think that they can take them in the return leg next Wednesday and get through to the final. Saints hadn't expected a crowd of 5,621 and the turnstiles had difficulty coping with a queue right round the ground. Only o n e s i d e of the ground ppposite the benches was opened up, but it was a good crowd, with quite a few Wolves supporters spread around. Southampton youth team have only lost one match all season and are clear favourites to win the cup (? or perhapswere clear favourites).
As the game wore on Mark Davies worked hard to drive our boys forward, winning the ball in midfield and showing some great touches. Here he is tackling back on Theo Walcott who’d been put clean through. Mark forced him wide then took the ball
The defence withstood a lot of pressure, but Taylor (against Best) & Riley (against Walcott for much of the match) kept it simple and won almost everything that came their way. The lads came over to the stand at the end of the game and got a well deserved round of applause from the Saints fans.
So congratulations to the team and coach Chris Evans.
Individual scoring from “Stuart” on the Molineux Mix site:
A good battling performance from the young lads tonight but at times our midfield was simply ouclassed by a bigger and stronger team. Overall Southampton could have won by 3 or 4. They hit the post, had a goal disallowed and a good save from Hennessey in the last minute. We were restricted to just one real effort on target, this came after 10 minutes from Cornes, after the Soton keeper fluffed a clearance.
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Coaches John Perkins and Steve Wigley named unchanged teams from the first leg.
After all the appeals for the fans to turn up the great news that the Club had to open the Steve Bull Lower because of the attendance – and delay kick off by 15 minutes. Crowd – announced as 8,000+
Wolves: Wayne Hennessey, Mark Little, Conor Rafferty, Jonathon Taylor, Martin Riley, Mark Davies (Captain), Gareth Musson, Stephen Gleeson, Thomas Stewart, Chris Cornes, Lee Collins.
Saints: Andrew McNeil, Craig Richards, Kyle Critchell, Sean Rudd, Martin Cranie (Captain), Lloyd James, Tim Sparv, Theo Walcott, Nathan Dyer, David McGoldrick, Leon Best.
4 - Theo Walcott had the first sight of goal with a glancing header from Tim Sparv's right wing corner. It was a decent connection at the near post but he struggled to put much power on it and Wayne Hennessey was able to gather comfortably.
- 6 - Tim Sparv made an important block on the edge of his own area as Stephen Gleeson shaped to shoot. Although the ball fell to Mark Little on the right hand edge of Saints area his cross was poor and the danger passed.
- 8 - Walcott had another good chance, this time running on to Best's through ball but Hennessey saved well in a one-on-one situation.
9 Free kick to Saints, who push forward but it’s well cleared. Cornes and Musson still a bit isolated. But they have strung some passes together.
10th minute - McGoldrick catches out Martin Riley just outside the box and steals in slipping the ball under Wayne Hennessey. 2-0 down on aggregate.
Tom Stewart leads an attack but the cross curls out to give a goal kick.
Free kick to Wolves –Tommy Stewart breaks well Cornes to the penalty area to win a corner. Headed wide by Riley
Long throw from Rafferty headed out, Craney to super-fast Walcott who makes 60 yards and prevents the cross. Riley wins a free kick after some nifty work by Mark Davies. Cornes goes for goal from some way out.
MOTM from the first match Mark Little moves on the left and forces a corner. Curled in but headed out by Rudd. Cornes brings it back in. Davies should have been given a free kick, and takes it out on Rudd so Ref Joslin calms it down.
Saints out to Walcott who’s caught offside.
Wolves again caught on the edge of the box and Lloyd James shoots but Wayne catches. His enormous clearance is headed on by Stewart but it goes through to the Saints goalie.
McGoldrick handles to end a Saints attack in which Jonathan Taylor made three essential tackles.
20th Hennessey saves from Lloyd James.
24th minute and Wolves aren’t getting enough possession. Musson to Stewart to Gleeson – who is fouled by James.
Mark Little is left a yard behind Dyer in our box but gets a match saving tackle in, to win a substantial Davies backheel to Stewart and a promising attack but the final ball goes just behind two free Wolves.
Heavy tackle on Gleeson by Martin Cranie – the ref plays advantage but we lose control and he books Cranie.
32 Another Saints attack is closed out by Martin Taylor.
Taylor caught out by Dyer, but Riley blocks and makes up for his loss, and clears to start an attack. Soon comes back and it’s Musson back in the box helping out.
38 Dyer gets away from Little, but it’s intercepted. Mark starts another attack but again it’s broken down by Saints.
But we have three players in a break and it’s crossed for Cornes but he heads a foot wide. This will provide some encouragement.
Cornes again and Musson wins a corner. It’s mishit and the ball richochets around – Cornes inches away from pushing it home from two yards – just beaten by a defender and is injured.
Best charges forward from just inside the Wolves half, but the eventual shot goes well into the North Bank,
Another Wolves attack – but headed by Stewart to the Saints goalie. Cornes is back on the pitch but is struggling.
46th Rudd blocks an on target shot and it goes out for a corner. Cornes centres but we can’t quite get to it.
Looks like Cornes’ knock is going to stop him coming out.
SECOND HALF (Spurs have pulled 1 back against Ipswich)
Saints have come back strongly. Unfortunately Chris doesn’t make it and Elliott Bennett.replace him
Ipswich equalise against Spurs. (3-1 agg)
Ball through the centre to Nathan Dyer bit another brilliant save from Wayne Hennessey.
Bennett’s first chance is cleared by the Saints . Davies breaks into the area but Musson fluffs the half chance.
Stewart flick on t Musson, Little’s shot is charged down. Then he gets a strong warning after another foul.
Another Saints attack is broken down.
Ipswich now 4-1 on agg and that’s how it finishes.
Little prevents a Dyer attack.
Wolves win their first corner but McNeil comes off his line and catches it, and sends the ball out to Walcott.
Collins makes a clearance off the line, and the ball goes to Davies who turns and swivels putting the ball up to the right wing- Stewart has Cranie climbing all over him but the ref sees nothing wrong.
Saints win a corner.
Craig Richards heads the ball into the net but again, just as at St Mary’s the linesman rules him offside
30 seconds later and Tom Stewart runs across the area, shoots from the edge of the D and equalises in front of the North Bank.
Best fires the ball across the six yard box, but McGoldrick’s gone too far forward. Hennessey goal kick can’t be controlled by Mark Little. Lee Collins booked for bringing Walcott down who has to go off for treatment. The free kick goes to Hennessey who launches long again and McGoldrick brings Musson down. Seven gold shirts in the box, but Riley is judged to have fouled Rudd. Rudd refuses to get up and the ref books him for time-wasting. (Just what they were doing at St Mary’s) so well done Phil Joslin.
Another yellow – for Stephen Gleeson for an exuberant tackle.
Little clears from a Dyer attack.
Tom Stewart is injured and the goal scorer has to go off for treatment and Jordan Fitzpatrick is brought on.
Southampton long throw on the right is hooked clear but the linesman awards a goal kick.
8 to go - Fitzpatrick scores – chipping the goalie from 30 yards. 2-1 – all square – and no away goals counting double.
Another attack stopped by Kyle Critchell who gets booked. Saints bring on sub.Lallana - for Wallcott! McNeill catches the free kick and wins a free kick.
Hennessey out of the area to clear
Last 5 minutes. High ball into the Wolves area, but Best is beaten to it and the ball goes over for a free kick. A long ball is well cut out by Taylor. McGoldrick brings it back in and Saints are exerting a lot of pressure until Lallana is caught offside.
Dyer pushes Little in a chase and the free kick Gleeson to Musson in the area but Saints’ Richards clears it. Back to the other end but again the Saints fizzle out.
Last minute and everyone comes up but it’s a poor corner.
Davies to Musson to Fizpatrick and another corner.
Five minutes of stoppage time to be added. The corner goes right across the box for a throw to Saints.
Saints free kick into the box and Hennessey wins easily from Richards.
Fitzpatrick makes a mistake but Dyer misses the chance. Hennessey long again but we win a throw.
So it’s into extra time… with the threat of penalties to decide the match if it’s still level.
Riley again makes a match saving block.
Wolves attack, and they’re forced to concede a free kick against Bennett who is causing more problems for the Saints defence.
A Saints free kick is tipped over the bar with another great Hennessey save. From the corner Wolves try to break out but Rudd puts the ball out. Southampton press again, but Hennessey came 15 yards to take the ball.
Many signs of tiredness on our poor pitch.
Another attack with two minutes to go leads to a corner which Gleeson clears. He again clears the long throw from Richards. Davies gives a free kick and the Saints push forward but Richards can’t quite get to the long centre
Bennett breaks clear and shoots but McNeil saves.
A fantastic run on the right and Mark Little shoots. Richards clears but it’s almost an own goal. Mark Davies can’t quite reach the corner.
Little goes forward again, ball breaks out. Gleeson’s tackle is thought to be reckless and he’s yellow carded – but it’s his second and he has to walk in the 110th minute.
Bennett stays up to keep pressure on, and there’s a brief break. Another attack by Mark Davies wins a corner. Riley gets a touch and it’s forced home by England captain Mark Davies. 3-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate. We’re the only team to put three past the Saints this season.
Saints come back and our goalie beats it away.
Two Saints subs – Pondesso replaces Rudd and Wallace-Taylor replaces Critchell with 5 to go. Strong pressure again. The attack is cleared. Another attack but Richards heads wide. Critchell is still down injured. Leon Best bundles the ball in with three to go.
Pressure by Bennett on McNeil in the area but McNeil manages to grab the ball.
Leon Best gets clean through but again Wayne Hennessey pulls off another great save. One minute left with a Saints corner. Richards goes for it and it bounces off Condesso.
Pens taken at the empty South Bank end.
Davies 1–0 – McNeil warned for moving off the line
Best 1- 1 but hurts himself
Fitzpatrick 1-1 McNeil saves. Ref does
Lallana 1-2 sends Hennessey the wrong way
Saints go through, but what a fantastic performance by our “no hopers” as the Saints website thought it would be before the first leg!
An excellent commentary from Radio WM’s Mike Taylor and Daz Hale
Side story from Radio WM – the league wanted to stop the Saints team playing in stripes “because the commentators couldn’t read the names or numbers”!!! Some debate as to whether that applied to the Baggies as well.
Eye-witness views from the Express & Star Molineux Mix
What an enjoyable game.....