Wolverhampton Wanderers v Norwich City: The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
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Bruno Lage: Wolves 'did everything' to win v Norwich

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Bruno Lage felt that his depleted side “did everything” they could to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

While Pedro Neto is still recovering from his broken kneecap and is not expected to return for another month, Hwang Hee-chan is also still a couple of weeks away.

Following Adama Traore’s move back to Barcelona late in the January transfer window, Wolves were left with just two senior wingers in Daniel Podence and Francisco Trincao for the clash against the Canaries.

But after Trincao was ruled out of today’s 1-0 defeat to Norwich City, due to testing positive for Covid-19, Lage could only call upon youngsters Chiquinho and Chem Campbell, as his back-up winger options.

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Speaking after the FA Cup defeat, via the Athletic, Lage said: “First half, different dynamic, Norwich usually play with a line of four and our plan is wingers to cause problems, but after Trincao with Covid-19 and only one (senior winger) in the squad.

“Second half we came with different dynamic, created chances and deserved to score. Congratulations to Norwich.

“We did everything in our hands with the players in our squad. The fans look for Europe and the top six. I look at my squad and the players available and try and find solutions for every game.”

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Nine substitutes could have been named against the Canaries, but Lage could only name seven, two of which came on – Raul Jimenez and Chiquinho.

With a pivotal clash in the race for European places to come on Thursday against Arsenal, Lage will be hoping some absentees can bolster the depleted squad ahead of that clash at Molineux.