Wolves 3 Blackburn Rovers 1

From ‘The Wonder of You’ as we arrived to Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ as we left…

Wolves celebrate blackburn

…Feel-good anthems are in plentiful supply at Molineux right now and after another hugely encouraging Championship performance, they’d rarely sounded so good.

Those miserable days, when we’d shuffle off home to that morbid Groundhog instrumental are but a distant memory, with every passing performance like this doing so much to change the record.

Progressive, passing football for those stymied stodge-fests of yesteryear and if music be the food of love, then let us jolly well eat.

A 3-1 triumph over a hugely impressive Blackburn Rovers possibly represents our best win of the season, as the men from Ewood Park looked easily the best team to play at Molineux this season.

Without testing Ikeme in the first half too often, there only looked to be one winner at 2-1 in the second, at the time Jordan Rhodes reduced arrears from a dubious looking penalty.

With the impressive Ben Marshall and the imperious Craig Conway weaving patterns around our penalty area, we were chasing shadows right up until the moment Bakary Sako converted Dicko’s cross to restore our two goal advantage.

From then on in, the Wolves side we’ve all taken to our hearts – that wonderful Wolves side – began to keep the ball in the same virtuous way we’ve been seeing since a January 3 away trip to Gillingham.

Batth and Stearman were typically assured against Blackburn’s blatant goal threat Rhodes and with Doherty and Golbourne alongside, we surely boast two of the most mobile full-backs in the division.

Behind Dave Edward’s lungbusting display of distinction, Lee Evans was only a tad less impressive than his Cardiff masterclass, with McDonald finishing the game like the Rolls Royce we’ve somehow purchased for the price of a Ford Focus.

Bakary Sako was undoubtedly man-of-the-match for his sumptuous first half free-kick, assist for Dicko’s opener and all-important killer goal in the second half.

Nouha Dicko meanwhile gave Grant Hanley and Jason Lowe more work than they probably thought possible from a lone man.

Finally, James Henry eased into his right midfield berth when replacing the booked van La Parra at half time, reminding us all what a safe pair of feet he represents.

And two new faces in Saville and Rowe suggests that this squad isn’t as light as we sometimes think.

With Blackburn nominally 14th in this embryonic league, it’s easy to see why it’s so bloody tough.

So with that in mind, we really shouldn’t expect Elvis on the tannoy every single week, however joyously indefinite it currently sounds.

But because I can’t help falling in love with what Kenny Jackett has created, expect me to sing along regardless.


Wolves 1 Cardiff City 0

You don’t always get what you deserve.

Wolves Cardiff

Just ask Mark Hudson.

The big centre half manfully repelled everything a dominant Wolves side had to offer in the regulation ninety.

But a tired injury time slip and slice later, he’d denied his side what would have been a hard earned point.

It was cruel on the Cardiff skipper yet there can be no doubt Wolves merited the fortune.

For 45 glorious Molineux minutes, the home side subjected the Bluebirds to wave after wave of unrewarded bombardment.

Sako hit the inside of the post from the corner flag, van La Parra headed wide and Doherty could only graze the side netting but the crowd purred at the prowess of Wolves’ zip-zapping possession football.

And whilst yes, conversion rate remains a significant concern, nobody can deny this is a wonderful team playing some of the best football we’ve seen in decades.

Team is the crucial word. This isn’t about a few talented individuals carrying the weak links. This is one to eleven operating as a fluid and cohesive unit. It’s fantastic to watch.

Kenny’s boys didn’t have it all their own way of course and when Cardiff got their act together after the break, it could be argued they carried the greater threat.

They definitely created the clearest chance of the game with Kenywe Jones only able to fire straight at Carl Ikeme from point blank distance. The keeper did well to stand up strong.

Wolves were huffing and puffing by that stage but dutifully stuck to their passing principles and forced the all important mistake.

The finish might have owed much to lady luck, but they again shuffled the ball smartly to McDonald in the crossing position and the law of averages did the rest.

With a whopping 67% share of possession yesterday (incidentally Chelsea only managed 63% against Leicester) it’s clear Wolves always had an element of control.

And any team will do well to get anything at Molineux this season if the home side can replicate that type of ball retention on a consistent basis.

Consistency will perhaps be the greatest challenge of all over a grueling 46 game season.

But nothing we’ve seen so far suggests Wolves won’t continue to get what their performances deserve.

The gaffer

Fulham 0 Wolves 1

While it’s probably advisable to ignore the league table for the first six games of the season, we can bask in trumping two recent Premier League names in the meantime.

Wolves Fulham

Beating Fulham, in addition to the opening day Norwich City scalp, is probably the most succinct commentary on where our team is currently at on the pitch, amid much gnashing and wailing of teeth off it.

This 1-0 win was as straightforward as any could dare hope for from a notoriously difficult Craven Cottage ground, where we last got pumped 5-0 (after a miserable 2-1 loss the year before).

Resolute at the back and dangerous on the counter, Kenny Jackett’s recipe looks as tasty as ever – but for that missing ingredient that so many are crying out for.

Danny Batth’s missed header in the first half – followed by Matt Doherty’s even easier opportunity in the second – sounded as ominous as those squandered at Rotherham.

Thankfully they weren’t, with Sako’s injury time penalty miss proving mildly irritating at the very worst.

So from New York to London and back to Wolverhampton with three points, which represents a better return than the two draws I’d have personally taken beforehand.

View from the away end

View from the away end

Raj van La Parra sounded sublime once again, and might have hogged the back pages but for an iffy final ball or two.

Equally encouragingly, Lee Evans enjoyed his best game of the season in a deeper lying role, allowing McDonald to influence the game to our advantage.

Then there’s our mercurial matchwinner Sako, opening his account with a well worked corner routine (when have we said that before?!), only to miss the chance to grab a second from the penalty spot to add an appropriate coating of gloss.

If those ‘big decisions’ Kenny referred to after Rotherham can be made off the pitch, then the smiles engendered tonight will last a little longer.

Add some better judgement in front of goal and they’ll still be etched to our faces when we’re finally allowed to look at that table!

The gaffer