It turns out there’s a lot to be said for stability.
While we’re all coveting those shiny new toys to play with our old favourites served up a face slap to remind us why we really mustn’t fret.
Yes, it’s pre-season, the scoreline doesn’t matter, naff opposition, blah, blah, blah but if ever there was a result to emphasise the contrasting fortunes of two proud old clubs this was it.
Wolves were organised, prepared and ready to enforce their game on a rudderless Newcastle on the verge of implosion.
Their plight is of little concern to us, but it does serve to underline that the going is still good around these parts.
Individually, we learned next to nothing.
Jota carried on where he left off last season with the match-winning first-half contribution.
His clinical brace sandwiched a powerful strike from Morgan Gibbs-White which should serve as a morale booster for a player who struggled to fire over the second half of last season.
He wasn’t the only youngster getting minutes once the result was safely in the bag and it was pleasing that the performance levels didn’t really drop even when the lineup resembled an u23s fixture.
Niall Ennis caught the eye, bustling his way past one defender before teeing up fellow academy prodigy Taylor Perry who saw his shock blocked on the line.
As Martin Tyler noted in the commentary, a small squad with particularly limited options in attack leaves the door wide open for Ennis and at 20 years old he’ll be wanting minutes somewhere this season.
The comedy own goal that completed the scoring said more about the misery and woe of the Magpies, but an assist for Ruben Vinagre was fully merited for a typically sharp cameo from the young Portuguese.
West Ham or Man City will provide a sterner examination in the final but with Nuno locked in on his strongest eleven and that team wasting little time in getting up to speed, you wouldn’t back against them lifting the trophy come Saturday.
Diogo Jota 15’, 40’
Morgan Gibbs-White 32’
Thomas David Allan 85’ (OG)
Nanjing Olympic Stadium is the home of the Chinese Super League’s (CSL) Jiangsu Suning Football Club and is currently the 2nd largest stadium in China’s top football division.
As you would expect in a country known for its rapid development and a football league backed by seriously wealthy investors, the CSL has a pretty impressive array of stadiums, although you will have to go elsewhere in Asia to discover the world’s largest football stadium. The Nanjing Olympic Stadium is one of 11 football grounds in China with a capacity of 60,000 or more and holds the record for the biggest ever CSL crowd (65,769).
Built-in 2005, the venue’s most striking features are its bright red double arches that bend over the stadium. Like many other Olympic stadiums, including the home of West Ham, the circular shape of the venue, unfortunately, means that the spectating crowd are for the most part, quite far away from the field of play.