Southampton see off Wolves to progress in FA Cup


Second-half goals from Danny Ings and Stuart Armstrong have earned Southampton a 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers and a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The victory lifted Southampton after four successive Premier League defeats, including a horror 9-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Ings fired them ahead in the 50th minute with a freakish goal as goalkeeper John Ruddy saved the striker's close-range shot from a tight angle but the ball ricocheted off Ings and trickled over the line.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside but awarded after a VAR check.

Armstrong then sealed Southampton's win in the 90th minute with a clinical finish in off the post as he took advantage of a catalogue of errors and side-footed the ball past three defenders and the stranded Ruddy.

Southampton missed several chances to win by a bigger margin, with Armstrong shooting wide of a gaping goal from close range and Ruddy denying Nathan Redmond with a reflex save after the forward's jinking run.

Fabio Silva fired over the bar at the other end before visiting keeper Fraser Foster pulled off a superb save with his feet to deny Adama Traore, but Wolves lacked cutting edge and their late pressure proved in vain.

Meanwhile, Premier League leaders Manchester City will make a trip to Everton and Manchester United travel to Leicester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals following Thursday's draw.

Everton, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 in a thrilling match on Wednesday, will host Pep Guardiola's City, who set a top- flight record with a 15th straight victory in all competitions when they beat Championship Swansea City 3-1.

United will take on fellow league title contenders Leicester. The Red Devils, who last won the FA Cup in 2016, are bidding to win the trophy for the 13th time.

Second-tier Bournemouth will host fellow south coast club Southampton while the winner of Barnsley and Chelsea will be at home to EPL bottom side Sheffield United.

Source AAP