What a difference 11 months can make.
Last time Fulham pitched up at Molineux, the points were shared in an eight goal thriller which, although entertaining, said more for the quality of the opposition than it did the home side.
As Thomas rightly pointed out in his match preview, the Fulham of 2016/17 offered a blueprint for Wolves to aspire to.
Slaviša Jokanovic’s side oozed confidence when slaloming through last season’s ragtag equivalent, and few left the ground on that grisly December afternoon under any illusions about the gulf in class between the two.
When you consider tonight’s routine victory against the Cottagers in that context, it’s hard not to raise a wry smile.
If ever a game demonstrated the progress made by Wolves since the curtain fell on last season, this was it.
Nuno’s men were simply irrepressible in the first ten, claiming an early lead through Romain Saiss’ second goal of the season.
And though the visitors grew in stature after conceding, they were unable to prevent Barry Douglas and the increasingly prolific Leo Bonatini from combining for the second.
From that point on, proceedings were fairly routine in a bonfire weekend fixture low on sparkles.
Nonetheless, only the most hard nosed of supporter could fail to be impressed by the efficiency with which we kept our opponents at bay.
Whereas the Wolves side of years gone by looked flustered when put under the slightest amount of pressure, today’s group look capable of weathering almost all storms that come their way.
Even more impressive is the extraordinary confidence with which they move the ball, regardless of its position on the pitch.
For that we have to thank Ruben Neves, who is beginning to resemble more a gift from the heavens than he is a club record signing.
How such a supremely talented footballer has come to be plying his trade in England’s second division remains a mystery to me, but it’s certainly a sight to behold.
Tonight’s man of the match performance is arguably his best in old gold, especially given the technical dexterity of his counterparts in white.
Whether it was the ferocity with which he pressed when out of possession or the simple outrage of his passing range, there was plenty to laud the Portuguese for this evening.
Simply put, he makes us tick and keeping him fit has to be a priority for Nuno and his staff moving forward.
That being said, credit ought to be afforded to the performances of Barry Douglas, the provider of two sumptuous assists, and Willy Boly, who alongside Connor Coady looks by far and away the best of our current crop of centre halves.
However, as has been the case all season, this triumph was the result of a concerted team effort, one which leaves us sitting pretty at the top of the division irrespective of what our nearest contenders do tomorrow.
Only the boldest of match goer would have predicted that a year ago, a truth which leaves this writer brimming with optimism – albeit cautious optimism – about what’s still to come.