However long Walter Zenga remains in the home dugout, I doubt he’ll ever enjoy a more serene Molineux experience.
With the sun shining, the South Bank packed and Wolves coasting to victory against a Reading side I could scarcely believe were so bad, the Italian’s only concern was remembering to acknowledge the crowd as they sang his name for the umpteenth time.
He’ll know better sides won’t be anything like as charitable as the Royals, but will take heart from several individual performances and the team collective.
The visitors had 66% possession but that consisted almost exclusively of stroking the ball along the edge of their own penalty area and inviting Wolves to pounce.
And pounce they did, repeatedly until Matt Doherty slammed home the opener after a host of earlier chances had been repelled by the mercurial Ali Al-Habsi.
Joe Mason’s header just after half time killed the game and saved the striker’s blushes as he sandwiched his goal with two guilt edged misses that would have given the result a merited coat of gloss.
Speaking of gloss, Joao Teixiera was silky smooth again, dancing over challenges and sliding passes through lines all afternoon. He was at the heart of everything good in the final third and brings an added dimension to a previously one paced side.
Up front Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was the ideal focal point, occupying defenders, bringing others into play and when opportunity presented itself, running towards goal.
The big Icelander might be disappointed he didn’t bury a late header to get on the scoresheet but his all round performance was to be admired. He’s already an established and key member of the team.
Credit to for Conor Coady who impressed at right back, albeit against meagre opposition who rarely asked the question. One wonders if that’s a temporary fix or a longer term solution to our full back shortage?
For Coady it might be his only way into the starting eleven, with Edwards, Evans, Saville and Price all seemingly preferred and some bloke call Prince also on the cusp of signing.
Many were surprised to see Jack Price omitted after Tuesday but nobody could complain about the efforts of Saville, Edwards or Evans who were all industrious and continually first to the ball, setting the tone for the team performance.
If this is what’s possible when you take last season’s workhorse approach and sprinkle in some final third impact, then our prospects for the season appear promising.
More players will be added before the end of the month and others will hopefully return from injury, meaning there’s no reason the feel good factor won’t continue.
But right now at least, things feel pretty damn good.