Well it wasn't always pretty, but it was better than the last time we played them. What a goal though, take a bow young man, step aside De Bruyne and Pogba.
That goal took the sting, and the nerves, out of the game. We managed the game well and had plenty of possession without getting out of second gear. There was some sloppiness about our play, poor passing and we continually gave Chorley chances to win the second ball. It would actually have been nice to get out of second gear!
Boly, Coady and Kilman did well enough with just the odd moment of hesitation. Ruddy, our clean sheet king, was on his game from start to finish and gets my MOTM. Hoever looked lively in the first half and willing to go forward with the ball. Ait-Nouri saw slightly less of the ball but was also keen to advance as often as he could.
Moutinho was close to a four out of ten. Never quick, he suddenly looks off the pace too often and his set-pieces have never been worse. Dendoncker was the one always available for a pass which helped us retain the ball, he added the physicality not there with Vitinha.
Silva deserved sympathy, he spent the first half pointing and running where he wanted the ball played but the ball rarely headed his way earlier enough. With his back to goal he fails to hold the ball up. There was no link-up with Cutrone, who frankly looked like he didn't want to be there at all.
The thought of Chelsea next up sounds a bit scary and this performance went no way in taking any fears away. Still, it's more exciting than going to Lincoln which is where we headed off to last time. The line-up will be an upgrade of course and we will probably be back to 'fans favourite' five at the back.
If ever there was a ‘banana skin’ game then this was it.
It seemed TV pundits, commentators and the whole viewing public wanted a Chorley win. Premier League team in town and out of form. Would Nuno pick the right team?
Well, he did. Wolves won the game, kept a clean sheet and are through to round five. Chorley didn’t get this far without knowing how to win or spring a surprise result.
The performance was unconvincing. We are in a bad run and I’m sure a 1-0 win will do us more good than a defeat would have! We clearly had the majority of the ball, yet had just one shot on target in the whole game. Thankfully, it was a shot worthy of a winning goal from Vitinha. I like the look of this player and hope we can see much more of him in the starting eleven.
We have become so lacklustre. A sure sign that confidence is low and players are feeling the pressure of expectation. The front two were anonymous. Is that their fault?
I saw little from either Moutinho or Dendoncker to get the ball into dangerous spaces.
We also missed our wide players, so you could say they had no service whatsoever.
Boly had a decent game, while both Coady and Kilman looked fragile. My man of the match was Ruddy. He was called upon a number of times to make good saves to ensure a clean sheet. Hoever and Ait-Nouri were reasonably good but couldn’t get forward at all.
It’s clear to everyone that we desperately need an experienced forward and it looks like we have found a good one. Let’s hope he has an immediate impact and rebalances the team.
So we’re on a Cup run. The demons were not really exercised as we couldn’t be there to see it.
So the real banana skin has been avoided. Well played Chorley for getting the game on and for having more efforts on goal from open play than Sandwell did last week. We only needed one shot.
Nuno was relieved at the end but knows it was not a great showing but it was enough and you get no more for winning 5-0 in the cup than you do for winning 1-0 – ask Leeds fans if they would have settled for a 1-0 win in round three.
For the Chorley players it was a cup final and they raised their game. We just had to be professional and largely we were and are now safely through t round five Round 5.
A win in the cup is a win and I still remember wildly celebrating a 1-0 cup win away at Tranmere in the early eighties so why not celebrate this win as much?