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Emile Heskey brands Hwang Hee-chan a bright spark for Wolves against Liverpool

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey praised Hwang Hee-chan for his impact for Wolves in yesterday’s FA Cup clash.

The South Korea international was on target for Wolves in what was a pulsating game at Anfield.

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Julen Lopetegui’s side played out a 2-2 draw with the Reds, and were very unlucky to come away with only a draw.

There has been a lot of controversy about Toti Gomes having a goal disallowed due to an apparent offside. Matheus Nunes was flagged, and that decision had to be upheld because there were no camera angles available to show his exact positioning.

But Wolves did really well on the night.

They found themselves 2-1 down after Mo Salah had scored.

Lopetegui decided to make a triple substitution.

Matheus Nunes, Matheus Cunha and Hwang all came on – and those changes made a big difference for Wolves.

And it was Hwang who got the equaliser for Wolves, driving at the Liverpool defence and playing a one-two with fellow sub Cunha.

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It was a bit of a scrappy finish. But Hwang was in there to make it happen, and that was his first Wolves goal since February 2021.

After the game, Heskey – on punditry duty for ITV – praised Hwang.

He said: “You make your own luck, don’t you? Hwang playing that one-two and driving in there… he makes his own luck. He was a bright spark coming on as well, to pick them up another level.”

Wolves star Hwang is really improving under Julen Lopetegui, as star makes big impact against Liverpool

It was nice to hear some praise for Hwang after the game from Heskey.

A lot of the talk has been about the goal that was ruled out for Toti, and also the Salah goal for Liverpool.

It is being slightly forgotten that Lopetegui’s subs did really well when they came on.

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It was brilliant to see Hwang get back on the scoresheet for Wolves after so long.

He had a pretty bad 2022. But he’s obviously just had a great experience at the World Cup, and he already appears to be a more confident player.

Hopefully we can see him finding the net a bit more regularly from here on in.