It’s hard to believe but Aston Villa could have overtaken us with a win at the Molineux in November.
The (mind the) gap now stands at 25 points – a chasm that rightly highlights the opposing directions both clubs are heading in.
Almost two years into Wolves’ Premier League adventure and our clinical edge is now razor sharp.
Ok, it would be nice to dominate from the off and score an early goal, but against limited teams like Villa we can afford to gently assert our authority onto proceedings, knowing that one chance will come – and invariably be taken.
After a stop-start first 30 minutes, Wolves stamped their mark on the game. It was a perfect example of Nuno’s philosophy of ‘control’.
One minute you’re marvelling at the way we stretch the pitch and move teams around with probing passages of passing and link-up play from Raul; the next, our shape and organisation is easily dealing with Villa’s limited and direct approach.
Moutinho and especially Neves best sum up our quality in and out of possession. Their appetite for getting a foot in as well as dictating on the ball is inspiring.
A word for Donk and Jonny too.
I’ve been critical of the former’s anonymous displays in midfield this season, but when the Belgian breaks forward with purpose like he did today, he has an impact.
It was a cool finish to a move that Jonny played a big part in. The Spaniard’s improvement under Nuno going forward shouldn’t be overlooked.
Oh and stick Adama wherever you like. On the right, down the middle, no one will stop him in this form. His sheer presence forced Villa into submission.
Nine points, three clean sheets and within touching distance of the Champions League. Some restart. Pinch me.
Oh and no yellow cards and suspension for Saiss! Superb!