I could get used to this Europa League lark.
And by the looks of it, so could this Wolves team.
When we embarked on our European journey, few would have expected the early stages to go quite so swimmingly.
Six games played, six games won and a whopping 19 goals scored.
Crusaders and Pyunik won’t go down as our greatest opponents but Torino showed themselves to be a more than capable foe over two legs.
They certainly started the better side tonight, benefitting from another of our slow starts.
I’m still flummoxed by Raul’s opening strike but, regardless of how he managed to squeeze Adama’s cross past Salvatore Sirigu, it was a crucial moment in the game.
It lifted the crowd and gave the visitors quite the mountain to climb. Though to their credit, they had a bloody good go at scaling it.
Their equaliser was well worked and, were it not for the defensive calamity that preceded our quick-fire second, it could have well turned the game in their favour.
But we remained steadfast and actually looked pretty comfortable by the end of proceedings.
We’ve shown plenty of technical ability in these opening spate of fixtures, but the attribute that has really shone through for me is the mental fortitude of the players.
Just look at the improvement in Adama for a start. From a figure of occasional ridicule to one of our most potent attacking threats, all in the space of one pre-season. He could be Nuno’s greatest success story yet.
Romain Saiss is waiting patiently for a Premier League opportunity but, on every occasion he has been called upon in Europe, has reminded everyone of just how dependable a player he is.
Jota and Raul have not taken the competition lightly either, grasping the opportunity to keep Pedro and Cutrone in reserve.
If we continue to complement our ability on the ball with that inner toughness, we’ll be more than okay this season.
I personally thought Jesus Vallejo was a shining example of how this team copes under pressure. He looked more than a little ropey in the opening 20 but ended the game looking every inch the player you’d expect him to be given where he’s been borrowed from.
As fans, we can only burst with pride watching this team perform. That and of course check all of our passports are not about to expire.
Wolves are on their way to Europe and they’ll be an army of us following them there, whether we know how we’re getting there or not.
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