Gary O’Neil commended the resilience of his Wolves team following their 2-0 victory over West Brom in the FA Cup fourth round, despite the match being marred by crowd trouble.
The Premier League side emerged victorious in a heated Black Country derby at The Hawthorns, where play was suspended for over half an hour due to disturbances in the stands.
The issues escalated shortly after Matheus Cunha scored the second goal in the 78th minute. O’Neil expressed hope that the achievements of his players are not overshadowed by the crowd trouble.
The stoppage raised concerns, especially with West Brom players fearing for their family members in the affected area, but the situation was addressed by police and security.
While two arrests were made and one fan was hospitalized with head injuries, no players’ family members were harmed. O’Neil emphasized that his players were determined to complete the game during the delay.
O’Neil claims Wolves came ‘to do a job’ and did it!
He said in a press conference: “They weren’t unsure, I think they’re a resilient group. We put big faith in the people that are in charge. The police and safety officer and officials, to only put us into situations that they think are safe.
“We came to do a job. Of course, I sit here and answer questions around the other stuff. But the main aim of today and of all week was to get a team ready to come here and win, and I don’t think that should be lost in it either.
“I think it’s really important that the lads get the credit for what was a fantastic win away from home at West Brom, in really tough circumstances.
“It’s been 28 years since we’ve been here and won and, in the end, 2-0, was fairly comfortable. We dealt with a tough atmosphere and a good side. The lads were really professional and managed to get the job done.”
West Brom boss Carlos Corberan said his players also wanted to play on.
“We wanted to play the game,” he said. “The referee wanted to keep playing the game, Wolves players and coaches wanted to keep playing the game.
“And the situation for me. The word was that the safety people in the stadium had made a very good job to allow a restart of the game. That was the target that we had.”