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Wolves 2 Cambridge 1 - E&S fans' verdict on EFL Cup win

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Our fans give their verdict after Wolves labour to victory over Cambridge in the EFL Cup.

HEATHER LARGE

What's your verdict on the match? Another win, our unbeaten run continues and we're into the third round - I'm definitely not going to complain.

I thought there were a lot of positives to take from our performance and overall it was an enjoyable game to watch - albeit slightly frustrating at times.

But our new style of football is already so much better to watch than some of those lifeless games we witnessed last season and there appears to be more confidence in the team which is never more evident than when we are attacking.

We just need stop wasting our chances and improve our finishing because we made it easier for Cambridge to try to get back into the match.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? My man of the match vote has to go to Costa.

He was incredibly quick, got himself into good positions and was confident in front of goal which he proved with his calm finish.

Definitely another new signing who is going to be exciting to watch. I thought Wallace and Price were also stand-out players for us last night.

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But Saville looked out of his depth and the whole defence was very dodgy at times - still not sure what exactly happened when Cambridge scored, it all looked a bit messy from where I was sat and there were times when I thought they were going to get an easy equaliser thanks to some clearances that went awry.

PETER ABBOTT (LONDON WOLVES)

What's your verdict on the match? As I was only saying to my new mate Walter Zenga before the game "its the League Cup but let's kill this one off early, quickly let them back in to make a game of it and then see it out quietly..."

Almost to plan then. The Wallace/Costa combo worked perfectly to get the early goals but the big wobble that led to Cambridge's comeback goal seemed to stay with the reshuffled defence right to the end.

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Not only the last round's Coady as full back but now Saville tested on the other side and I'm not certain anything was learned.

At the other end, we looked more than competent but without the cutting edge, Wallace and Costa leading the way but Teixeira has seemingly lost his way.

As substitute and without a goal, Bodvarsson's still enlivened proceedings and showed how powerful he will be for us.

And how James Henry might have redeemed his ordinary performance if he had put the penalty away.

Now, as I was saying to Walter...

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Man of the match is between Costa, Wallace or Coady, so couple that with Saturday's runner-up vote, this game I'll go for Jed Wallace.

Hause looked under pressure throughout and we were obviously missing Batth.

RUSS EVERS (HATHERTON WOLVES)

What's your verdict on the match? Before the game I had to google "cup run" but here we are through to the novelty of the League Cup third round whilst remaining unbeaten in the league.

In truth we struggled to really get going for the third successive Tuesday home game.

When we were good we were excellent when we were bad we were poor and this was borne out by all three first half goals.

It could and should have been a bigger margin despite having a team based on squad rotation and giving players match minutes.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Price was busy and Coady strong and resourceful whilst Costa looked sharp and the Prince provided some excellent defense splitting patterns.

RUSS COCKBURN

What's your verdict on the match? I really enjoyed last night. These aren't words you normally associate with Wolves and the League Cup, but that wasn't bad entertainment at all and importantly a fourth win out of six this season and in the hat for the next round.

It wasn't perfect. After a blistering start and two very well worked goals we should have put the game to bed.

Cambridge were reeling and we were carving them open at will with some fantastic free flowing football, more often than not started by our full-backs recycling the ball forward quickly. These weren't aimless hoofs up field. These were calculated passes into feet or in the channels, possibly down to two centre midfielders filling in at the back.

However, this is Wolves and we don't do things easily. Within minutes Cambridge took advantage of calamitous defending between Iorfa and Hause to hit back and this started a pretty woeful 75 minutes for the young pair.

They defended like a pair of plums to be honest. No communication, failing to pick up players and hurriedly clearing their lines to either the opposition, the touchline or against each other.

Everyone has been singling out Batth as the reason for our defensive frailties last year, but interesting that the two times he hasn't played (last night and second half against Swansea), the defence loses all shape and the opposition look like they're going to score with every attack.

On a positive note, the speed of our passing is getting quicker and it seems the Zenga approach is to break at pace and in numbers and, when it works, it's a joy to watch…especially when you consider some of the laborious stuff we had to endure after Christmas last year.

We move on to Huddersfield on Saturday, which will be a challenge but one should we relish and look at as another possible three points.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Costa was the pick of the players for me last night. One goal, one assist and the run to secure the penalty that Henry missed. Never saw the original Pele take one that poorly.

The Portuguese lad brings natural pace to our game, runs at players, is direct and a great 'out' ball for defenders or midfielders looking to stretch the play. When he gets fully up to speed I think he will be a quality addition.

Coady again did well at full-back and Jed Wallace's run of good form continues, although I wish he'd be a bit more decisive with his finishing.

Oniangue's first run out in gold and black pretty much passed me by, apart from the good interchange for the first goal. He seemed a bit off the pace and looked like the 'prince of marking fresh air' for the rest of the first half. Much more to come from him I'd say.

In terms of who played badly? Can't look much further than the two centre backs, who looked ill at ease last night, culminating in the Benny Hill sketch for Cambridge's first goal. It will be a long time until Zenga tries that pairing again.

ROB CARTWRIGHT

What's your verdict on the match? This was not quite what I was expecting, but as a training exercise to further assess squad players it was a decent workout and quite an entertaining game.

I'm both happy and surprised with our start to the season.

Certain consistencies have become a feature in every game....1) expect a surprise or two in the starting XI, 2) we will allow a free header at a corner and 3) Zenga will make subs early enough for the players to make an impact.

So it was captain Coady at right back, Saville at left back and Henry given a chance on his favoured right wing.

They enjoyed mixed fortunes. Coady did very well. Saville looked relieved when moved into midfield for last half hour. I feel Henry missed his chance to impress and lay claim to a place in this new era.

Both Wolves goals came straight from the Zenga coaching manual, with Wallace and Costa linking up well and breaking with pace - great to see.

Wolves' defence was fragile from start to finish. I really expected better from Iorfa and Hause. There was much head shaking from Zenga and rightly so.

Overall, I left Molineux quite happy to be in the draw tonight. There will be a fair few around West Mids who wish they were!!!

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Wallace and Costa both impressed. Price did well too, as did Bodvarsson when he came on.

Lonergan doesn't impress me, as he does not command his area. Iorfa and Hause were a disaster waiting to happen and Henry had a poor game. Teixeira can't shoot so don't expect many goals from him. Good job he can create for others.

STEVE PLANT

What's your verdict on the match? The magic of the cup...can anyone remember the last time we put a decent team out, let alone put a run together?

The new recruits enabled Zenga to give much needed rest to six of Saturday's starting line up with the game played in conditions more suited to Lisbon than Wolverhampton.

Two-nil up and attacking with flair and pace this game should have been dead and buried but give Cambridge credit, they dug deep when it would have been easier to fold.

Lonergan pulled off a couple of cracking saves but a blind man with a squint could see that Iorfa and Hause without the calming experience of the skipper are not the answer.

Special mention to Price and Tex who linked well in midfield plus Conor Coady who is slowly converting the doubters.

A game we would have lost in previous seasons was eventually put to bed leaving Wolves still unbeaten and in the hat for the third round.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Costa on his full debut looked full of beans with a display rich in promise but I am going for the most improved player at the club this season, Jed Wallace, who is getting better with every game.

On the night a Prince made his home debut the white Pele inched closer to the exit door with a display poor by his standards.

Yes Hause was worse on the night but Henry looks to me like a man who doesn't expect to be at the club come the end of the season.

SARAH CONNOLLY

What's your verdict on the match? The first 13 minutes were incredible. We were lively, attacking and the build up play to the first goal was nothing short of beautiful.

So what happened? A calamitous mistake at the back knocked the stuffing out of us it seemed, and the defence was a shambles all night, save for a good performance from Coady.

The Iorfa/Hause combination just didn't seem to click and the lack of communication which led to their second goal was shambolic. The game slowed of pace and excitement from there on and it felt like we just needed half time to rejuvenate again.

However, even Zenga's half time talk seemed to have little impact as we still failed to really get the engines going again in the second half. I'm not sure why Henry took the penalty when he looks so devoid of confidence as it is.

Had that been scored, I feel we could have relaxed more and not spent the last 15 minutes biting our nails as Cambridge had a few chances to equalise, save for their lack of a finishing touch.

As with the last cup tie, it wasn't enthralling but the job is done. I can't see that starting XI ever making it as a starting line up again, although I understand Zenga wants to give everyone a fair crack. Some of them have probably made his decision slightly easier for him after last night.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Very impressed with some of the football Costa played last night.

He made some good runs and played some good football. I've never been a fan of Coady before, but he seems to be excelling under Zenga. He played some good balls through to Costa in what looked like it could be a promising partnership if worked on.

As I mentioned, Iorfa and Hause as a pairing just didn't work.

They were shaky and didn't seem to gel. Hause hasn't impressed yet this season, he seems to be struggling.

Saville had a very poor first half, although that was probably down to the fact that he hadn't a clue how to play at the back.

Henry's body language is all wrong and at times it looked like he'd rather be anywhere but on the pitch.

All in all, not a line up we're likely to see again I imagine, but some promising flashes of brilliance at the front.

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