That was tough to watch.
Not because of anything that occurred on the pitch (though Ryan Bennett’s own goal was an eyesore) but because of what was going on across the terraces of Seaview.
I would have loved to have been one of the crowd in Belfast, but dog-sitting duties put that dream to bed.
Though I doubt that Premier Sport’s perfectly adequate coverage did the night justice, it was clear to see that a fantastic day had been had by our travelling contingent.
Whether that’ll still be the case in the morning is unclear, unlike a scoreline which was about as definitive as we could have hoped for.
The aforementioned opener thankfully only served as a heart-in-mouth moment, Raul quickly marking his first start of the season with a smartly taken equaliser.
From there it became clear that this was not going to be a repeat of our toils against Shrewsbury.
Bennett redeemed himself with a thunderous header from Moutinho’s deft corner, and Raul once again showed his class with an excellent second.
Like everyone else, I was troubled to see the best in the world hobble off shortly into the second half but would assume the substitution was merely a precautionary measure.
It’s clear to see that even when facing far inferior opposition, Raul still makes us tick. We’ll need to keep him fit again if we’re to build on last season’s heroics, though I’m sure having Patrick Cutrone around will help ease his load.
The second half was very much a damp squib, as Wolves recycled possession with relative ease.
An own goal to better the game’s first added even more gloss to the scoreline, wrapping up an easy-on-the-eye aggregate score.
Up next is a gruelling trip to Armenia, a European night that festival duties will deprive me of. Logistics alone may mean it proves trickier than this tie, but we should prevail all the same.
I’ll have my eyes peeled on the draw for the final qualifier though and hope to finally get a taste of a Wolves European away day.
From what I saw tonight, it looks like quite the experience.