Wolves set up FA Cup quarter-final clash against Coventry after holding off Brighton


Mario Lemina of Wolverhampton Wanderers is challenged by Igor Julio of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion at Molineux on February 28, 2024 in Wolverhampton, England. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers will play Coventry City in the FA Cup quarter-finals after a narrow 1-0 victory against fellow Premier League team Brighton.

Mario Lemina struck early for Wolves at Molineux, giving the hosts the lead in the second minute.

The goal was largely the result of Jean-Ricner Bellegarde’s lung-busting run down the left wing, with his resulting cross spilled by Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steele.

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The ball fell to Lemina, who managed to poke it into the back of the net as he lunged to reach the rebound.

After gaining the lead, Wolves were happy for Brighton to keep the ball, remaining disciplined at the back to prevent their opponents from finding an equaliser.

The onslaught from Brighton only increased as the clock ticked down, and Steele had a glorious chance to level the tie as he went up for a corner in the dying moments of the game.

He was unable to get his effort on target, however, and the final whistle blew to give Wolves the victory.

Brighton enjoyed 72% possession and had 18 shots compared to their opponent's nine, but they were ultimately frustrated by a fantastic defensive performance.

Wolves, who had beaten Brentford and West Brom to reach the FA Cup fifth round, will now come up against Championship side Coventry, who booked a place in the quarter-finals by thrashing this season’s giant-killers Maidstone United 5-0.

The most eye-catching clash in the FA Cup quarter-finals will be Manchester United against Liverpool at Old Trafford, with both teams also winning this evening.

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