46 min: Hall goes to close finding Chorley an equaliser early in the second half! If anyone is going to score it looks like it’s going to be him.
Magic of the Cup
Half-time: Chorley 0-1 Wolves
Vitinha’s peach is the difference at the interval but it’s hardly been a Wolves masterclass. Patrick Cutrone did just send a effort over seconds before the whistle but they have not had too much fun in the opposition half. Sixth-tier Chorley have not had a lot to shout about but remain very much in the tie.
43 min: Coady spreads play with an exquisite cross-field pass to pick out Hoever but Wolves fail to capitalise on a gap down the Chorley left.
42 min: Wolves have not really clicked in the final third. Vitinha has just overcooked a pass and Silva and Cutrone remain have been fairly anonymous.
41 min: … Tomlinson flights a ball in but Wolves clear their lines.
40 min: Cardwell goes up for a header and is fouled by Boly. Chorley win the free-kick on halfway and another opportunity to float the ball into the box …
39 min: There is a cardboard cutout of Adele in the crowd. Of course.
37 min: … he ends up rolling it to Hoever but the wing-back makes a mess of it and Wolves waste a free-kick that was in a promising area, 20 yards from goal.
36 min: Tomlinson is booked after chopping down Hoever, who bounced in off the right flank. Moutinho places the ball down and takes aim …
35 min: Now, here’s a stonking stat courtesy of Opta: Vitinha is the 32nd different player to score a goal under Nuno Espírito Santo for Wolverhampton Wanderers and the 11th different Portuguese player to do so.
32 min: Saying that, Wolves look very, very comfortable. A moment ago Birch flew down the Chorley right and a member of Wolves’ coaching staff yelled at Ait-Nouri to stay on his feet and avoid making a foul. They know Chorley come into their own at set pieces.
31 min: As much ball as Wolves have had, they have struggled to get Cutrone or Fabio Silva involved. Chorley have not offered up stacks of chances.
28 min: … Dendoncker clears. Still, Chorley have been a bit more positive in the last few minutes. Jamie Vermiglio, who finished his day job working at a primary school in Warrington at midday, will be encouraged by his team’s courage.
26 min: And now Chorley stream down the right, with Connor Hall doing well to feed Birch on the overlap. They win a throw-in deep inside the Wolves half. Chorley fancy launching a long throw into the box …
25 min: Chorley fashion half a chance, working the ball into Cardwell who cannot quite get enough on the cross to glance it at goal. They pushed down the left flank and picked out Cardwell, who certainly looks up for the fight.
22 min: Wolves have 10 men and the ball in the Chorley half. Chorley have 11 men behind the ball. We wouldn’t expect anything less, would we?
18 min: Wolves get sloppy, with Moutinho taking a heavy touch from a routine throw-in out on the right flank. Chorley must not be too disheartened at going behind to that early goal. They tested Ruddy within seconds and will fancy their chances of carving out another couple of openings.
15 min: Hall wins Chorley a free-kick approaching halfway. They could do with gaining a bit of territory.
GOAL! Chorley 0-1 Wolves (Vitinha, 12)
Wow – a piercing strike from a good 30 yards out. The midfielder sends a swerving effort at goal and it deceives Urwin in the Chorley goal. Chorley were a little sluggish to close the Porto loanee down and, by the time they did, it was too late. The Portuguese notches his first Wolves goal in style.
10 min: … Chorley work it to Cardwell, who was completely left alone by Wolves at the back post. He tries to bring a team-mate into play but it fizzles out. In the end Tomlinson sends a speculative effort at Ruddy from distance.
9 min: Kilman fouls Cardwell and Chorley have a chance to send it into the box. How they would love to make the most of it …
8 min: Calveley does well to buy a throw-in off Hoever. Chorley have not had too much of the ball but they will be encouraged by this start.
6 min: Wolves probe on the edge of the area but when they finally float a ball in, Shenton does well to make life difficult for Hoever, who is pulled up for a barge. Chorley win a free-kick and a chance to earn some early respite.
5 min: Wolves cut Chorley open but Halls does brilliantly to deny Cutrone! Coady freed Dendoncker inside the left channel and the midfielder spied Cutrone unmarked in the box. He squared the ball but Halls got a timely block in.
2 min: Hoever hits the byline, crosses and Leather clears for a throw-in. Wolves will recycle the ball and aim to kick-start another attack.
1 min: Brilliant start by Chorley! With 37 seconds on the clock Newby drifts into the box and, after chesting Harry Cardwell’s ball down, he has a pop at goal. Ruddy has to deal with it. Meanwhile Chorley supporters let off a raft of fireworks behind the main stand.
João Moutinho, Portugal’s second-most capped player, gees the Wolves troops before the Premier Leagues side get things started.
Is this quite a big night for Nuno? His side go into tonight’s tie winless in their past six Premier League games. Chorley’s part-timers have already beaten 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan, Derby and Peterborough on their Cup run this season and manager Jamie Vermiglio, a headteacher at a primary school in Warrington, says his team will relish the occasion. “Every few years something happens in football that makes you think ‘how did they do that?’” he said. “That could be us. There is a genuine belief there – a tiny, tiny chance, but while there is we’re going to give it a go.”
Chorley, realistically, face a tall order but they have history on their side, having brushed Wolves aside once before:
Essential pre-match reading, courtesy of Nick Ames:
Team news news: Nuno Espírito Santo names a European Champion and an England international in his starting lineup, with six changes from the team that came unstuck against West Brom. On the bench? The brains of Ruben Neves, the brawn of Adama Traoré and a £37m signing in Nelson Semedo, who this time last year was lining up with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez in Barcelona. Midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White is absent having tested positive for coronavirus. Chorley, meanwhile, recall Lewis Baines and Connor Hall, who did not start last weekend’s 3-2 National League North victory over Farsley Celtic.
Chorley: Urwin; Birch, Halls, Leather, Baines, Calveley, Newby, Tomlinson, Shenton, Hall, Cardwell
Subs: Smith, Miller, Malakai, Henley, Putnam, Garratt, Roberts, Dutton, Birchall
Wolves (3-5-2): Ruddy; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Ait-Nouri, Dendoncker, Vitinha, Moutinho, Hoever; Silva, Cutrone
Subs: Patricio, Lonwijk, Richards, Otasowie, Semedo, Neves, Neto, Traore, Corbeanu
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Boot up the boombox. Chorley of the National League North have become renowned for belting out Adele in cramped dressing rooms since sending Wigan, Peterborough and then Derby’s kids packing in the Cup. Wolves may be 111 places above the sixth-tier side but the part-timers have their eyes trained on another upset. Chorley memorably beat Wolves in the first round of this competition 35 years ago and, better still, Wolves lost their last Cup meeting with non-league opponents, Luton, in 2013, a result that cost Stale Solbakken his job.
To Lancashire, then, where headteacher-cum-manager Jamie Vermiglio, whose party trick is a credible Donald Duck impression, has been rallying the troops for their biggest upset to date. “I’ve always been able to do the voice as a kid and when you go into teaching you look to have little tricks up your sleeve to get the kids on side,” Vermiglio said.
For Wolves, awkward Cup competitions mean two things: a rare outing for John Ruddy, who was superb en route to promotion three years ago, and pre-match gripes about the playing surface at Victory Park. The now infamous Chorley groundsman Ben Kay, who slept on the pitch the night before their third-round win over Derby’s youngsters to ensure the game went ahead – and boiled kettles of water to pour on to the boggy ground – has again been working overtime.
“We’re going to find a pitch that is not in the best conditions,” said Nuno Espirito Santo. “We already had photos taken of the pitch and we know that the FA have made an effort to try and preserve the pitch by covering. We have to adapt to it.”
Kick-off: 7.45pm (GMT)