Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Brentford FC

January 17, 2024

Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Brentford in a five-goal FA Cup thriller

Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Brentford FC

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ thrilling 3-2 victory over Brentford in their third-round replay at Molineux has set up a Black Country derby in the FA Cup’s fourth round.

After nothing could separate the two sides in their first meeting, lightning struck twice in 90 minutes at Molineux, with Nathan Collins, Nelson Semedo, Neal Maupay, and Nathan Fraser all on target in normal time.

Another half-hour would be required to settle the match in the West Midlands, where Matheus Cunha was the hero of the night with a strike deep into added time in the first extra-time period, and Gary O’Neil’s side will now face bitter rivals West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on January 28.

Brentford were not the only Premier League team to suffer heartache in bitterly cold temperatures, as West Ham United’s FA Cup run came to an abrupt end with a 1-0 defeat to Championship side Bristol City, who advanced to face Nottingham Forest or Blackpool in round four.

With only three minutes on the clock, the Robins took the lead when Tommy Conway rolled the ball into an empty net after Dinos Mavropanos sold Lukasz Fabianski short on a backpass.

Danny Ings was an isolated figure at the helm of the Hammers’ attack, and the visitors’ uphill climb was exacerbated when Said Benrahma was sent off for kicking out at Joe Williams in the 51st minute.

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Brentford | FA Cup Third-Round

Luton Town avoided losing to a lower-league team, defeating League One club Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at the Toughsheet Community Stadium, with Dion Charles giving the Trotters the lead in the 11th minute.

Tahith Chong halved Bolton’s lead just four minutes later, and Chiedozie Ogbene completed the comeback for Rob Edwards’ side in the 57th minute, advancing the Hatters to a fourth-round match against either Crystal Palace or Everton.

The National League side’s hopes of a home game against Manchester United were dashed at Eastleigh’s Silverlake Stadium, as League Two Newport County won 3-1 to earn a meeting with the Red Devils.

Aaron Wildig started the Newport goal rush in the third minute, and James Clarke and Will Evans joined in in the second half, making Paul McCallum’s equaliser for Eastleigh meaningless.

Finally, the all-Championship match between Birmingham City and Hull City appeared to be going the Tigers’ way, as Jason Lokilo scored the first goal in the 12th minute of their replay at St Andrew’s.

With 66 minutes on the clock, Jay Stansfield drew Birmingham level, and Koji Miyoshi’s injury-time strike ensured Tony Mowbray’s side would travel to Leicester City on January 27.