It was a relief to see Wolves in the hat of the final 16 Carling Cup draw.¬† It could so easily could have been very different as a spirited County side¬†impressed in a familiar under-par Cup showing by Wolves.
County were ahead with seven minutes to play, when Berra was hauled down in the box.¬† The County player received a red card and Milijas calmly converted in what was the first turning point in the game.
The second turning point was the introduction of Doyle for extra time.¬† Within 2 minutes, he and fellow sub Fletcher had linked up to put Wolves ahead for the first time.¬† Doyle then got his first Wolves goal of the season in the dying moments before the change of ends.¬† It was 3-1 and it should have been plain sailing, but Wolves contrived to allow the ten-man¬†League One outfit¬†back in the game, before Doyle sealed the result with another goal in the final minute.
All credit to Notts County for a fine display, but the fact that Wolves made such heavy weather of the game is a worrying reflection on the quality of the not-even-really-second-string.¬† These are players if not enjoying regular first team football,¬†definitely¬†with¬†ambition to be there, who should have managed better in normal time.¬† On the positive side, it was good to see Doyle and Fletcher linking up successfully in extra time; let’s hope it will be the start of a beautiful relationship.
Sadly the win was overshadowed by a shameful attack by apparant Wolves ‘fans’ on Notts County coaches travelling back from the game.¬† I am embarrassed, as all real football fans will be,¬†to seem to have any kind of association with these thugs.¬† The attacks have nothing to do with Lee Hughes or his behaviour on the pitch, and are the responsibility entirely of the idiots who perpetrated them.¬† I hope that they receive lifetime bans and criminal convictions and that anyone who can help to identify those involved does so.¬† And then the rest of us from all teams can get on with watching the game of football¬†in peace.