Match report as Wolves edged past Crystal Palace to reach the FA Cup fourth round; Adama Traore’s powerful strike sealed victory; Wolves await Monday’s fourth-round draw; Palace exit at third-round stage for second straight season
Friday 8 January 2021 21:54, UK
Adama Traore’s first goal of the season was well worth the wait as his powerful strike secured Wolves a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace and a place in the FA Cup fourth round.
In the 35th minute, the 24-year-old produced a smart bit of skill and a powerful thunderous strike which flew past Jack Butland to give Wolves the advantage.
It proved to be the only goal of the game as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side booked their place in Monday’s FA Cup fourth-round draw.
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing night for Palace, who threw on Wilfried Zaha as a second-half substitute as they went in search of an elusive equaliser. The result means they exit the FA Cup at the third-round stage for the second successive season.
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Opta stats – Wolves back to winning ways
- Wolves have progressed from the Third Round of the FA Cup in three of their last five attempts after failing to do to do in each of their four previous appearances at this stage of the competition.
- They enjoyed their first win in five games in all competitions, keeping their first clean in 11 games, since a 2-0 league win over Crystal Palace in October.
- Crystal Palace have been dumped out of the FA Cup at the Third Round stage in consecutive seasons as a top-flight club for the first time since between 1990/91 and 1992/93.
- Palace have registered just one clean sheet in their last 17 games in all competitions, shipping a total of 30 goals in that time.
- Wolves midfielder Rúben Neves has registered goal involvements in consecutive games in all competitions for Wolves (2 in total – 1 goal, 1 assist), as many as he managed in his previous 43 for the club.
Wolves host Everton in the Premier League live on Sky Sports Premier League on Tuesday; coverage starts at 8pm with kick-off 8.15pm. Crystal Palace travel to face Arsenal in the same competition on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event on Thursday; coverage starts at 7.30pm with kick-off at 8pm.
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