Paul Lambert proud of Wolves players despite FA Cup exit to Chelsea

Paul Lambert proud of Wolves players despite FA Cup exit to Chelsea

Chelsea have set themselves in a great position to win the title and they must simply hope Luiz and Cahill remain fit until the season's finish to avoid any bad results.

Conte said Wolves presented his team with their most hard FA Cup tie so far this season, following their 4-1 win over third-tier Peterborough United and a 4-0 success against Brentford, who are four places above Wolves in the Championship.

It was Paul Lambert's side who started the game the brightest and they forced the games first corner when an awkward looking cross was tipped behind by Asmir Begovic. Instead of aggravating David's knee injury, Antonio might sub in Kurt Zouma, 22, to shine in this match.

Mark Lawrenson believes the tie is an "absolute free hit" for the U's but he backs Boro to scrape through. The hosts' line bent but didn't quite break. Cesc Fabregas lofted a super pass into the path of Willian, but Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was out well to shut down the angle.

Wolves go oh so close.

Wolves were now chasing the game and Chelsea were doing a good job keeping the possession in the closing stages, as they looked to see out the game. The home crowd sensed blood and began to get behind their side as they knew the champions-elect had started cagey.

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From the team that lost midweek against fellow relegation strugglers, Wigan Athletic, Wolves made five changes.

"Above all after the result this afternoon (at Turf Moor)".

Willian did well to find Costa in the 62nd minute as the Spaniard brilliantly held off Danny Batth, he only had the goalkeeper to beat but the tight angle failed him as he could only find the side-netting. Three minutes later, the rest of the team joined the party. The Brazilian striker won the ball, laid, it off to the supporting Eden Hazard who flicked it back to Willian.

Should Chelsea reach the business end of this competition then they might have to take it more seriously. But he contributed when it counted, taking advantage of the mismatches that the 3-4-3 provides to head the Blues into the lead.

Fabregas future at Chelsea is still up in the air.

On came Cesar Azpilicueta and N'Golo Kante, which seemed a little unfair to poor Wolves. Ruben Loftus-Cheek eventually joined the party, coming in for Hazard to partner Costa. The England Under-21 global will play as the midfield anchor thus providing Fabregas with the chance to showcase his creativity versus the Wolves. We couldn't have asked for a better game, against our rivals under the lights.