There might only be one statistic that matters, but it isn’t always a true reflection of the contest.
Case in point – Wolves dominated this entire game.
10-0 wouldn’t have flattered them, so firm was their grip on proceedings as a workmanlike Burnley huffed and puffed but were largely pursuing shadows.
30 shots and just 7 on target paints a more accurate picture of a match Wolves just couldn’t put to bed.
Joe Hart’s goal was repeatedly peppered and although the former England number one made some wonderful saves it was the home side’s profligacy that kept things interesting right through to the finish.
The front three all squandered presentable chances, while the buccaneering Jonny couldn’t get it done either with an open net gaping.
It didn’t seem possible for the second half to be so one-sided, but after Jota ran clear less than a minute after the restart and Jimenez fired over, it was a sign of things to come.
Fortunately the Mexican found the finish his outstanding forward play warranted on the hour to ensure justice was ultimately done.
Burnley had moved their defensive line up the pitch by this point, obviously hoping to squeeze the play, but the space this afforded in behind was exploited over and over again.
In fact the final 20 minutes were borderline farcical with Traore continually afforded an ocean of space to drive into the area and tee up his misfiring team mates.
Matej Vydra came close to drilling home an undeserved equaliser in the midst of it all, but after his effort skidded wide, Rui Patricio was free to reposition the deckchair as the zonal marking system repelled the crosses, long balls and set pieces.
Nuno has shooting to drills to organise ahead of next weekend’s trip to Old Trafford that’s for sure, but other than a concerning generosity in front of goal he must be delighted with how his ever improving side are shaping up.
This was categorically the most dominant Premier League performance Wolves have ever mustered and the style of football was a pleasure to behold.
While Burnley look like they’re in for a long and challenging season, their deterioration should take nothing away from the performance levels we’re seeing from those in old gold.
It was three of the summer additions that caught the eye for me, with Jimenez just edging Moutinho for the champagne as the former Benfica man embodied all the qualities you would ask from a number 9, even allowing for a couple of bad misses.
Jonny too was excellent, often occupying an advanced position on the inside left and rolling through challenges. You could see his confidence growing with every passing minute.
I could talk about every individual in equally glowing terms of course, but most pleasing of all is the team that are organised and plugged into a way of playing that’s devastatingly effective.
‘We’re on our way back’ echoes around Molineux, but on days like today it truly feels like we’ve already arrived.