Graham Taylor’s only full season in charge at Wolves was also my first as a season ticket holder.
I look back on that 94/95 campaign with great fondness, despite the fact it ended with crushing disappointment.
We won 15 of our 23 homes games that year and were only beaten on three occasions. Molineux was a fortress.
This victory under the same floodlights was eerily reminiscent of those happy times and as such it felt like a fitting tribute to the great man.
Villa fans might disagree of course but I thought their team contributed to what was a fast paced and open game of football.
Wolves were good value for the win, always looking the more incisive with their attacking play and always the more capable of creating chances.
The visitors enjoyed more of the ball but didn’t manage anything like a meaningful effort on target all evening.
Once Ross McCormack sent a header sailing over Carl Ikeme’s crossbar following a superb run from Jordan Amavi, Steve Bruce’s men failed to threaten.
They were already a goal down at that point after Joe Mason profited from Nouha Dicko’s forceful run and cross, which was just reward for a good spell of intricate football.
I suppose the only frustrating aspect from Paul Lambert’s perspective was that his team didn’t then go on to kill the game off with the opposition there for the taking.
Instead Villa got a foothold and started to exert a measure of control, but without the powerful Kodija or the tricky Ayew – both away on African Cup of Nations duty – they lacked the pace or guile to break through.
Even the introduction of Jack Grealish (a somewhat surprising omission from the starting lineup) couldn’t alter the pattern of play as Wolves coped with a degree of comfort.
Helder Costa was once again instrumental and opened up the their defence several times in another impressive outing.
Had Nouha Dicko had the presence of mind to offer a return pass when racing clear in the second half, the Portuguese winger would have had the tap in he so richly deserved.
Richard Stearman also enjoyed his finest performance in a long while with the specters of Mike Williamson and Kortney Hause no doubt at the forefront of his mind.
His aggression, desire and hunger to be first to every ball was characteristic of the whole team, which is testament to the job Paul Lambert is doing.
He said afterwards it was the hardest decision of his career leaving out Williamson, Lee Evans and a few other of the heroes from last weekend’s cup victory at Stoke.
I’m sure this precious triumph over his former club (played down unconvincingly in his post match summary) felt like more than adequate compensation.