When you dispatch a local rival with an inferiority complex bigger than their entire ground with such ease, you know you’re having a good season.
When you then send a text and a ‘3-0’ scoreline is predicted after you’ve typed the word ‘Wolves’, then you know it’s a positively brilliant one.
As Danny Batth jigged along to his signature song and Jack Price kissed his badge at full time, the realisation dawned that only injury, suspension or something bloody stupid can stop us returning to the Championship.
A record equaling eighth successive win and sixth straight clean sheet made for an ultimately stress-free experience, like so many pre-season afternoons at the Banks’ when we indulge Walsall in a friendly.
‘We’ll never play you again’ sang the 3,400 Wolves fans (amongst other terrace chants), most of them with the purpose of ‘pecking order’ in mind.
Walsall – or ‘West Brom Fans’ Second XI’ judging by the mysteriously high attendance – know their place and will point to the amazing job that their Ginger Mourinho continues to do.
Judging by large sections of the game, Dean Smith deserves such plaudits, as there was little to separate the sides on a bobbly pitch amid a spiky atmosphere.
Indeed, this eventual 3-0 triumph was quite unlike our others of late, as we showed our top-of-the-league credentials in brief snapshots of decisiveness rather than sustained periods of dominance.
Take the opening goal, during a scrappy first half:
Jacobs – Henry – Dicko – GOAL!
Then see the killer second goal just minutes into the second period:
McDonald – Golbourne – Henry – Dicko – GOAL!
Those two strikes, in what must have been about 20 cumulative seconds, effectively won us the game.
And as if to underline the point, Sako smashed a free-kick into the top corner to completely kill off the contest, just when the ‘2-0 is a dangerous scoreline’ adage was creeping into our minds.
You could see what Dean Smith was thinking on the touchline, who will continue to gain plaudits for his humble demeanour, virtuous football ethic and general common sense outlook, no doubt.
Kenny Jackett on the otherhand – who has created fresh air amid poison, ingenuity for deadwood, wage cuts over profligacy and harmony over a near war – will probably be told all this was part of the script.