A stunning long-range goal by Vitinha proved the difference as Wolverhampton Wanderers endured an uncomfortable night to edge out sixth-tier Chorley 1-0 in the English FA Cup fourth round.
Vitinha, on loan from Porto, unleashed a swerving shot from 30 metres past Chorley’s Matthew Unwin in the 12th minute – the only shot a disappointing Wolves managed on target on Friday.
Apart from that moment of quality it was hard to believe Wolves, 14th in the Premier League, began the game 111 places higher up the English soccer pyramid than their hosts.
Chorley pushed Wolves hard, especially after the break when Connor Hall twice had great chances to equalise and Wolves keeper John Ruddy had to make a fine save from Andy Halls pushing his effort over the bar.
Chorley sensed they had nothing to lose but Ruddy stood firm.
Wolves responded with a triple substitution, sending on Ruben Neves, Adama Traore and Pedro Neto in an attempt to get the job done.
Chorley fought on gamely but in the end Wolves were relieved to hear the final whistle as Chorley’s courageous attempt to cause a shock fell short.