It’s difficult to envisage how this might have gone better.
Our star players came to the fore, those who’ve under performed stepped up their game and the few others returning from injury looked like they’d never been away.
There was even a debut for 16 year old Morgan Gibbs-White, hot on the heels of fellow academy graduates Harry Burgoyne and Connor Ronan.
Looking at yesterday’s teamsheet and the subsequent performance against a Premier League side’s best eleven, Paul Lambert now has some serious food for thought.
There were three changes to the back four and all were excellent, in particular the two center backs who kicked and headed everything.
Mike Williamson was straight into the groove, doing the basics well and most importantly instructing his youthful counterparts. Hause in particular benefited from his clear direction.
It’s tough on either Stearman or Batth (or possibly both) after the gutsy cleansheet at Hillsborough last weekend, but I think Williamson must remain in the side.
And if his steady reassurance is enough to coax the best out of Hause and Iorfa then both of those players must also be in contention.
Matt Doherty remains the only nailed on starter across the back line and possibly delivered his greatest performance in a Wolves shirt at the Britannia.
Rock solid defensively against the dangerous Shaqiri and typically dynamic going forward, it’s hard to believe the Premier League aren’t taking notice.
Some were surprised to see him standing over the free-kick that would eventually end up planted in the top corner, but he’s struck from distance repeatedly in recent weeks.
That’s now four for the season and it could easily have been double figures given the unlikely positions he routinely occupies in and around the penalty area.
Helder Costa is close to double figures and his eighth of the season was as impressive as any of the other seven, shifting inside and walloping a rasping drive through Lee Grant to give Wolves a deserved first half lead.
With the midfield anchored superbly by the unlikely duo of Lee Evans and George Saville, Costa, Bright Enobakahare and to a lesser extent Joe Mason were all free to roam.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson lead the line superbly, carrying on where he left off at Sheffield Wednesday and so nearly finding the net himself. On this form, he must be the preferred choice.
Nouha Dicko was similarly unfortunate not to register after coming on, twice coming within inches of finally getting off the mark and adding further gloss to an already lustrous scoreline.
Remarkable really, when you consider Coady, Batth, Stearman, Edwards, Price, Cavaleiro, Ronan and Dicko either didn’t start or didn’t feature at all.
That’s 8 players who’ve significantly contributed to our recent upturn in form all rested while their so-called deputies turned in the most cohesive team performance of the season.
But when they had to rely on their goalkeeper in the second half, boy did he deliver. Carl Ikeme has been back to his best in recent weeks and like Doherty, he can probably count this among his very best in a long Wolves career.
If you’re going to cause an upset in the FA Cup, you need your goalkeeper to go above and beyond and some of the saves were simply out of this world.
What an afternoon. Enjoy it, savour it and most importantly look forward to the fourth round draw for the first time since 2011.
Games like this make it feel like anything is possible and that’s the magic of this great old competition.
Long may it continue.