Response is the key ingredient when you’re trying to achieve anything in football.
It’s telling then, that every time this Wolves team have needed to follow-up a big result – good or bad – they have responded.
From ecstasy at Ashton Gate in December, the comprehensive win over Brentford days later was just as important. The same applies to beating Derby after coming through at Cardiff.
Or what about bouncing back after that shock home defeat to Forest by grinding out a win at Portman Road? Or trouncing Leeds after losing at Fulham?
They’ve won big and they’ve lost big, but every time they’ve been sure to double down in the aftermath. That has been the difference.
Perhaps the most impressive response of all was in the wake of that defeat at Villa Park when serious questions were being asked.
Can they handle the pressure? Will they cave in? Have they been figured out?
Six victories and no defeats in the seven games that have since followed make light of the above.
Yesterday was no different. Having celebrated promotion just hours earlier, they’d be forgiven for a drop off in intensity.
Instead, they got it done, just as they have done so many times before. Nothing too flashy, just a clinical, cold kill of a Birmingham side desperate to spoil the party.
Blues had their chances, most notably in the opening minutes (from an offside position) that John Ruddy acrobatically repelled.
Wolves only manufactured one clear sighter in the first half but three precision passes were enough to give Jota a 17th goal of the season.
Garry Monk made his smash and grab intentions clear from his team selection and the subsequent retreat, but would have been pleased his team stayed in it for so long, particularly after the sending off.
Benik Afobe’s tidy finish settled any lingering doubts with his own attention now surely focused on where he’ll be playing next season.
There’s no such confusion for Wolves and the hope now is that they build on promotion in the same way they have everything else in the last year – with a big response.
The pack is back.
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