What a difference two weeks can make.
It wasn’t so long ago we were heading into fixtures against Ipswich and Rotherham with little (if any) confidence about our prospects.
Now, after two excellent performances against talented opposition, the urge to look up the table rather than over our shoulders is beginning to return.
Paul Lambert deserves credit for masterminding this turnaround in form, though the measures he’s taken to achieve it are fairly simplistic.
When you field your best attacking players and play others in their correct position, a positive outcome is more likely to be received than if you’d done otherwise.
Take the reigns off this Wolves team and they’re a match for any team in this division.
Fulham (an excellent side, by the way) were cut open with regularity yesterday, particularly down the flanks where Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro were back to their diminutive best.
It’s taken this writer some time to warm to the latter but we’re undoubtedly a better side with him than we are without.
That’s an assertion Costa is sure to agree with, given that he seems to benefit from Cavaleiro’s presence more than any other player.
With two buccaneering wingers to focus on (not to mention Ben Marshall and Andi Weimann), teams can’t afford to double up on Costa the way they were a few weeks back.
That gives him the freedom to run at teams and, as Fulham’s full backs found out yesterday, damage them.
If we can keep both players fit and focused over the summer then next season could be mightily enjoyable, providing the spine of the team is also improved.
Given the mooted interest in Costa from a number of Premier League sides, that could prove a difficult ask.
For now though, let’s savour this most satisfying of weeks and hope that it’s the beginning of a strong end to the season.