Wolverhampton Wanderers fans saw their side labour to a penalty shootout win over Championship side Reading in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening, but managed to find a positive from the game when reflecting on it on social media.
Wolves are in the middle of a run of matches which sees them competing on three fronts, and it remained to be seen what sort of side Nuno Espirito Santo would put out against the Royals.
As it was the Wanderers boss made a number of changes to his line up, both to get a rest into those who needed one, and also give some of the fringe players the opportunity to show what they could do in a competitive environment.
It has to be said that not too many of the Wolves men on show took their opportunity, even though they looked like winning the match for much of the 90 minutes.
Wanderers took the lead through 20-year-old midfielder Jordao on his debut for the Molineux outfit, but the Premier League side could not push on from there, much to their disappointment.
They were made to pay for not doing so deep into injury time when Reading found an equaliser, but to Wolves’ credit they held themselves together strongly enough to win the shootout, and set up a meeting with Aston Villa in a juicy last 16 clash.
On a night where finding positives was tough for the Wanderers fans, one did appear in the form of Jordao, who impressed in his display, which was cut short by injury on 42 minutes.
As well as providing the goal for the home side, the Wolves midfielder appeared comfortable and looks like one for the future for Santo, as the Molineux supporters recognised when posting about the match on social media after the final whistle.
Here are some of their posts:
Positives from tonight were the performances of Ruddy, Kilman and Jordao for me. The latter pair look like really good prospects #wwfc
— Ben Rasmin (@benrasmin) September 25, 2019
— Rbeartoe ▶🐺 (@Rbeartoe) September 25, 2019
Pleasantly surprised by Jordao, neat and tidy and got a goal a tad fortunate but if you don’t buy a ticket you cant win the raffle. Hope his and Shabanis injuries aren’t too bad #wwfc
— Matt Cook (@Cookmtt1976) September 25, 2019
Well, same old problem of not being able to kill a game.
Was impressed with Killman, MOTM for me. Pity about Jordao, he was looking good. Disappointed Cutrone and Gibbs White didn’t take the chance to shine more #wwfc
— Tim Rigby (@newbridge_wolf) September 25, 2019
⚽️ Pleased for Jordao
🚑 Gutted for Jordao and Shabani
👍🏻Job done though
— 𝙍𝙊𝘽𝘽𝙄𝙀 (@ItsRobbieAyit) September 25, 2019
Gutted for Shabani and Jordao both getting stretchered off on their debuts hopefully they’ll both bounce back! #wwfc
— Josh Franklin (@Josh_franklin14) September 25, 2019
Key players rested for sat ✅
Promising debut from Jordao ✅
Into the next round ✅#wwfc
— Zackary Haynes (@Z4CK93) September 25, 2019
— PlayWolves (@PlayWolves) September 25, 2019
Jordao looked decent. Hopefully not too badly injured. Some of our players aren't good enough to play with cutrone. His movement is so good. #wwfc
— Stuart Polak (@stu_polak82) September 25, 2019
Shame about Jordao, looked decent. Wouldn't have minded seeing him Saturday #wwfc
— Sam (@SamW160) September 25, 2019