Watch as Chorley bench laugh in face of Adama Traore during confrontation as Vitinha screamer sees Wolves through to FA Cup fifth round January 23, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Adama Traore failed to intimidate the Chorley bench as they laughed off his confrontation during their FA Cup fourth round tie on Friday night.
Vitinha’s early screamer proved the difference in the match as the Premier League side won 1-0 away at the National League North part-timers.
Midway through the second half, Traore made a late challenge and barged over a Chorley man in front of the home bench.
They all jumped up and a free kick was given, prompting a response from the famously muscular Premier League star.
He exchanged words with members of the Chorley coaching staff, though they simply laughed off his confrontation and so he walked away.
As for the game itself, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo may have made six changes from the side beaten by West Brom last time out, but the challenge was not taken lightly.
Current England international Conor Coady and European Championship winner Joao Moutinho were among their headline starters, as was £37million signing Fabio Silva.
There was also no doubting the quality of Vitinha, the 20-year-old midfielder on loan from Porto.
Vitinha struck a goal of such quality that it was a credit to Chorley that they did not allow their heads to drop.
Chorley had started positively. In 1986 they stunned a then Fourth Division Wolves in a first-round replay and they may have harboured hopes of an even greater upset as they tried to take the game to the visitors.
Harry Cardwell set off on a charge down the right inside the first minute to tee up Elliot Newby, but Ruddy comfortably dealt with his shot.
Wolves soon settled and, although Chorley were quick and strong into the challenges, looked comfortable on the ball.
Coady created an early opening with a long ball from deep which led to Patrick Cutrone having a shot blocked.
The goal came when Vitinha collected a short pass and took a couple of touches before unleashing a ferocious drive from 35 yards.
The ball dripped and swerved in the air, giving Chorley goalkeeper Matt Urwin little chance, although he did well to get a fingertip to it before it flew past him.
Despite that foothold and a continuing dominance of possession, Wolves struggled to create chances to build on their lead as Chorley – a team containing a personal trainer, a lift engineer and a butcher – held their own.
It was not until the final minute of the first half that Wolves went close again as Cutrone sent a dipping long-range drive narrowly over.
Chorley sensed they had nothing to lose and tried to up the tempo after the break.
Connor Hall, who had scored in the three previous rounds, glanced a header at Ruddy and then volleyed over.
Halls then brought a fine save out of Ruddy with a powerful header from a corner
Chorley fought on gamely but, despite applying some pressure in the final third, they were unable to fashion any further chances to force an equaliser and extra time.