What impressed me at Peterborough last week was the same thing that impressed me today – control.
Yes, it was only one goal and in truth not much else created aside.
But when you use the ball so intelligently and control the rhythm and tempo of the game for such long periods, one goal is often all it takes.
For all the champagne football we saw under McCarthy in the Championship winning campaign, I don’t remember many comfortable 1-0’s.
But as narrow victories go, Wolves made this look pretty straightforward.
The second half became a procession as we strangled the life out of the opposition, reducing them to a handful of breakaways and long balls into the box.
However, the first 45 was anything but a stroll. As they have been too often, Wolves were slow out of the blocks and very nearly punished. Wednesday created openings and had a decent shout for a penalty. On another day we would have been chasing the game.
But the longer it went on, the more authority Wolves exerted and after taking the lead, they rarely looked troubled.
It was another fierce strike and telling contribution from the languid Sako who can seemingly go from ‘unbothered’ to ‘unplayable’ in seconds. I’m enjoying his performances.
Doumbia and Henry can consider this another midfield battle won. Their dominance was probably the main factor that swung it our way.
A third consecutive clean sheet in the league and a first of the season at home was pleasing. Ikeme didn’t have a save to make all game.
Berra and Johnson weren’t asked many questions either, whilst Foley and Ward were untroubled after that lacklustre start.
Foley in particular impressed, using all his composure and intelligence. Perhaps more than anyone else, the full back is benefiting from Solbakken’s preference for neat possession football.
Doyle too continued his resurgence, albeit still without a goal. Equally, Ebanks-Blake didn’t get a sniff throughout to add to his 3 league goals. He’ll enjoy better days.
Peszko impressed me today after coming on early for the unfortunate Boukari. The Pole was heavily involved throughout and always causing the opposition headaches.
He occupied those pockets of space behind the forwards well and made intelligent runs. After a few anonymous outings, it was pleasing to see him have an influence.
But as this new Wolves team continues to strengthen and rack up the points in the process, it’s clear that the biggest influence of all is coming from one place only.