Defenders never get the headlines.
But signature performances like this from Richard Stearman are worthy of a few column inches.
This was virtuoso stuff from the long serving centre back, repelling the Brentford crusade single-handedly at times.
He tackled, he headed, he kicked and on several occasions threw his body in front of goal bound efforts to keep Wolves in the game.
Physical weakness and a propensity for costly mistakes have at times called into question Stearman’s value to the team, but his leadership qualities and commitment to the cause are undeniable.
Danny Batth was just as wholehearted and unlucky to see his brave block loop up and over Carl Ikeme to give Brentford the sniff of a late comeback.
And despite the heroics, they should have leveled things up when Andre Gray somehow managed to head against the post when heartbreak seemed inevitable.
Much like against Watford less than 48 hours previous, Wolves were at their strongest in the early exchanges.
Nouha Dicko benefited from a considerable dollop of good fortune to race clear and finish unerringly. He was offside by a big margin but still had a lot to do.
More luck followed hours later with the Mali man left out of their squad for the African Cup of Nations. His presence throughout January could prove pivotal.
Sako, who is departing, shook the crossbar and saw a powerful free kick parried away by David Button, but sandwiched in between was a sustained spell of Brentford pressure.
I was impressed by the standard of the Bees’ pass and move football, but all to often their neat approach work lacked a cutting edge.
That theme carried on in the second half, with the visitors dominating the ball but failing to create clear chances.
It was pleasing to see Wolves pick them off on the break, with van La Parra walloping a superb header against the bar and McDonald following in.
But after the Scot helped himself to an early shower for two clumsy tackles, it was suddenly all hands to the pump.
Fortunately, Ikeme’s handling was crisp, Batth and Stearman excelled and when lady luck was called upon, she was kind.
With the crosses flying in, it also helped to have two strapping full-backs guarding the posts and the performances of Iorfa and Hause were close to faultless.
Iorfa in particular continues to shine, combining raw power with a calmness that belies his 19 years of age. He looks a wonderful find.
And wonderful would also be an appropriate adjective to describe 2014 for Wolverhampton Wanderers. If 2015 is even half as good, it will be a very happy new year.