Wolves are out of the Carabao Cup after losing on penalties to Nottingham Forest.

Wanderers turned in a pretty poor performance at the City Ground. In the end they were punished for a really sloppy first-half.

Julen Lopetegui set up with a back three to start the game, with Rayan Ait-Nouri and Nelson Semedo as wing-backs.

The formation didn’t really work, and it was Forest who opened the scoring through none other than Willy Boly.

The centre-back bundled the ball in after Serge Aurier’s flick came off the bar.

Wolves then had two golden chances to equalise, with Raul Jimenez and then Hwang Hee-chan both fluffing their lines.

Lopetegui changed things up at half-time which he really needed to.

After Joao Moutinho went off on the hour mark, the 4-4-2 system we saw in the first-half against Liverpool made a return, with Ruben Neves having come on for Goncalo Guedes at half-time.

Wolves looked better, and it did yield a goal through Jimenez. Hwang gave a lovely flick to Matheus Nunes, who slipped in Matheus Cunha, who put it on a plate for the Mexican.

Wolves struggled to create anything meaningful after that, and the game went to a penalty shootout.

Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Carabao Cup Quarter Final
Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

Youngster Joe Hodge was the unfortunate player to miss the decisive kick for Wanderers, who must now focus back on the Premier League this weekend, with West Ham United the opponents.

It was a pretty poor evening for Wolves and Lopetegui.

However, the performance of Cunha was a positive for the visitors.

The Brazilian against started on the bench, but he made a real difference when he came on.

He took up some great positions just off of Jimenez, and his ball across for his fellow striker was perfect.

That’s two assists in two games now for the South American, and surely he has to start at the weekend.

Matheus Cunha has shown enough now to start for Wolves

It was somewhat surprising to see Cunha on the bench again at the City Ground.

His cameo against Liverpool perhaps warranted him a start.

But after his display last night, Cunha should really now be selected to start by Lopetegui.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Training Session
Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

The Brazilian – who is to be bought for £43 million next summer – looks very lively and sharp. And he’s not afraid to shoot.

He looks really good operating just off the main striker, and Lopetegui should unleash him from the off against West Ham.

Related Topics