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Coventry 16/1 to win the FA Cup after dramatic Wolves win

Coventry City have upset the odds once again to book a return to Wembley after they staged a dramatic recovery to beat Wolves 3-2 at Molineux.

The Sky Blues had looked to be the ones to be on the end of some FA Cup heartbreak as Rayan Ait-Nouri and Hugo Bueno both scored in the last seven minutes of normal time to seemingly turn the match in the hosts favour.

However, the drama was far from done as Ellis Sims - who had given Coventry the lead shortly after half-time - headed home his second of the game in the seventh minute of stoppage time to level matters.

Although extra time was looming, there was still time for Haji Wright to curl in a beauty in the 110th minute to fire his side through to the FA Cup semi-finals.

Robins men deserving winners

Despite dealing with an ever-growing injury list, Premier League side Wolves were expected to progress, having won four of their previous five games going into the contest, which included their last three at Molineux.

However, the Championship visitors had the confidence of three wins from four games themselves and used that to great effect against Gary O'Neil's men as they set about their hosts right from the off.

Jose Sa was the busier of the two keepers while Sims somehow contrived to miss an open goal as City ran Wolves ragged at times - the former Everton striker would later make amends when it mattered most.

Wolves were of course able to create chances themselves but Coventry looked more purposeful and it was no surprise when Sims finally put his side in front in the 53rd minute, bundling home from close range after a delightful left-wing cross - even though VAR took an age to ratify the goal after a potential handball.

Coventry looked destined to rue a host of missed opportunities when Ait-Nouri - who had also struck the woodwork - swept home an equaliser before Bueno's first senior goal gave Wolves a lead they did not deserve with two minutes of normal time to go.

The rollercoaster of a Cup tie was not done though as Sims, somehow unmarked at the far post, scored his 10th goal in eight games to keep Coventry's hopes alive, before he then played his part as provider for Wright's super winner.

Although the manner of the victory could not have been more dramatic, Mark Robins' men had an xG of 4.40 having outshot their hosts 24-17, with 12 shots on target compared to Wolves' 5, to suggest it was more than deserved.

Sky Blues enjoying rapid rise

Saturday's success makes it the first time Coventry have reached the FA Cup semi-finals since 1987, when they went on to win it, but they endured a troubling downward spiral following that famous 3-2 win over Tottenham.

The Sky Blues - who were the victims of a famous giant-killing by non-league Sutton United two seasons after winning the FA Cup - finished seventh in 1988-89 but then a series of bottom-half finishes eventually ended in relegation in 2001, and struggles in the second tier soon followed. Financial problems of course played their part with the club forced to sell its share in their new stadium and were facing a very real threat of going out of business.

Problems on and off the field saw them relegated once again in 2012, although the situation was not getting any easier in League One. A dispute with the owners of the Ricoh Arena saw them forced to groundshare with Northampton Town, and the light at the end of the tunnel seemed some distance away as they fell into liquidation, only able to play on under hedge fund owner Sisu Capital's company Otium.

After an eighth-place finish in 2015-16, a bittersweet season followed with Coventry lifting the EFL Trophy - their first trophy for 30 years - but falling into the fourth tier the same season after winning just nine of their 46 league games.

However, that seems to have been the low point with the Sky Blues making rapid progress back up the football pyramid as they look to rekindle their glory days.

They beat Exeter City in the play-off final to make a quick return to League One before they were promoted from the third tier within two seasons after being awarded the title on a points-per-game system in the curtailed 2019-20 campaign.

Another ground share followed, this time with Birmingham City, but things are now looking a whole lot brighter for the club. Coventry threatened a surprise promotion to the Premier League after finishing fifth in the Championship standings before making it all the way to the play-off final last season.

Unfortunately for the Sky Blues they lost to Luton on penalties but are very much in the play-off hunt once again, now buoyed by another Premier League scalp to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Robins realistic on Cup romance

Manager Mark Robins knows what it is like to taste FA Cup glory, having done so as a player with Manchester United back in 1990, and he has led his side within two games of what would be a much more remarkable success.

However, he is under no illusions as to the size of the task ahead, despite claiming a top-tier scalp in deserving fashion on the road.

With the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and the team that he won the cup with as a player still in the competition, Robins acknowledged that there was a "small chance" his team could go all the way, but insisted he or his players "are not stupid".

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