As is often the case against the top sides, they just found the extra bit of quality to win a well contested game.
Salah’s finish was exquisite and while it was disappointing to concede a second from a straightforward recycled cross into the box it’s tough to begrudge Van Dijk his goal.
The Dutchman was colossal at the back for his team and the only moments of joy Wolves had came when playing around the giant defender.
Nuno thought we were worth a goal and I wouldn’t disagree, particularly after a 20 minute first half spell in which multiple openings were created.
Matt Doherty should have pulled the trigger after dancing inside from the right but instead opted to offload to Jimenez who was immediately crowded out.
And that move more or less summarised the performance – plenty of effort and invention but lacking in the decisive moments.
We found it much harder to get up the pitch in the second half and with Salah seeing more of the ball the back three did well to keep the score down when the gaps began appearing.
I thought Nuno got the tactics right but perhaps not the personnel. Without the energy of Gibbs-White our three man midfield was too static at times despite Moutinho’s typically neat use of the ball.
Neves is struggling of late, too often missing simple passes or surrendering the ball and he was second best to Saiss last night.
Traore did what Traore does which is excite and frustrate in equal measure but I don’t think he did too bad considering the opposition and the role he was asked to fulfil. Cav was tidy in his short cameo though and deserves a start in the upcoming games.
Jimenez was again superb, doing the work of a number 9 and a number 10 albeit lacking the finish his typically smart approach play warranted. He should have scored when that deflected cross span back into his path late in the game.
But he and the team should feel content enough with their efforts. They did enough to be competitive against the very best and on another night a break of the ball could easily have altered the outcome.
I would hope the majority of the biggest crowd Molineux has seen for decades would agree and morale remains high for a very winnable game at Craven Cottage.