Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.
How do you do it Wolverhampton Wanderers?
With any victory down the final stretch seeming fanciful, Molineux anticipated another chastening afternoon.
But with a roll your sleeves up attitude and a fantastic team ethic, hope returned and Derby were swept to one side.
George Saville is an unlikely hero based on so many anonymous outings to date, but the former Chelsea man was inspired.
Hard in the tackle (albeit in conceding the free kick for their equaliser), neat in his passing and clinical in the final third, this was finally potential realised.
Alongside the steady and reassuring presence of Kevin McDonald and the possessed Conor Coady, Saville’s role in the side suddenly makes complete sense.
A word too for Coady, who pushed his midfield colleague close for Man of the Match and was a constant driving force. This was the performance he was bought to consistently deliver.
We’ve seen glimpses against Blues and QPR, but this was Coady’s finest outing in a Wolves shirt to date.
It was also proof positive that these players are prepared to give everything for their under fire head coach.
Quite what possessed people into chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ is beyond me, given that Kenny Jackett had both his tactics and team selection spot on from the outset.
I might not have hooked Nathan Byrne either, but given that everyone (including myself) thought Derby would swat us away, he’d earned sufficient credit to do as he saw fit.
Jackett will have been pleased by the natural balance Jeremy Helan brought to the left side of midfield.
The on loan Sheffield Wednesday winger was an effervescent presence and his combination play with Matt Doherty a feature of the team performance.
Doherty himself was brilliant, frequently getting in behind Derby’s back four and finding the inch perfect cross for Saville’s match winning moment.
Most pleasingly for everyone though, after so many dull, attritional Molineux contests, this was an afternoon to savour, fizzing along towards an exhilarating finale.
A most welcome interlude in otherwise trying times.
Nice one lads.