If you view everything that came after the sending off as a training exercise, this wasn’t a bad night’s work.
City were in control well before Boly lunged in so to only concede twice more in seventy odd minutes of painfully one sided football has to be considered a decent result.
Whatever your view on the tackle, the big man adopted a strange body shape that made a strong challenge look infinitely worse. I wasn’t surprised to see the red card coming out.
Ryan Bennett got himself into a similar tangle for a soft looking penalty concession but I suppose the speed and intensity City operate at force these mistakes.
If you’re looking for positives, I thought Dendoncker was comfortable on the left side of a back three. You’d have thought he’ll be playing there for the next three games so just as well really.
The team kept a good shape and restricted the blue wave for the most part, admittedly aided by a flat atmosphere and City taking things down to walking pace at times.
I thought Nuno was right to hook Jimenez and Jota with the game so obviously up. Both have an important role to play in the more winnable fixtures to come.
Very little to be said about the OG for Conor Coady with the skipper unlucky to see another attempted block deflected into the net.
But I suspect Nuno will be pouring over that opening goal in finer detail as the whole thing felt far too routine.
OK, it’s a great pass from Laporte to find a sharp run from Sane, but from a standing start they shouldn’t be getting in so easily. Everything unravelled from that point.
No serious complaints though.
They were simply way, way, way too good from the start and however good Wolves are now or become in future, you’ll get games like this when you keep facing up against the world’s best.
Nuno called it ‘a tough night’ and I think we just leave it at that.