I think that’s what you call a game of two halves.
After 45 minutes of football that was positively Jekyll, Wolves’ oft-seen Mr Hyde emerged for a second period that was not for the faint-hearted.
Everton, fresh off the heels of a ghoulish first half performance, pressed higher and harder and will probably head back to Merseyside feeling hard done by.
But, in pleasing contrast to events at Elland Road, we were able to hold on for a win that permits us to re-acquaint ourselves with the number seven after a miserable season spent apart.
Perhaps it’s fitting that that should happen on the day when Nuno was ousted at Spurs.
Fosun’s decision to part with our former manager was a divisive one, with many (this writer included) feeling it was a knee-jerk reaction to a season of unprecedented challenges.
And yet, with each passing game it’s looking an increasingly shrewd decision.
It will take time and money for Bruno to fashion Wolves into the team that he truly wants them to be, but he is getting more than just a tune out of his current crop of players.
The first half performance was a welcome reminder of the talent we already possess, with the visitors simply unable to cope with the pace and positivity of our football.
Max Kilman will deservedly draw plaudits for his goal but in truth, all of the defence have massively improved under the tuition of the new coaching setup, while Neves looks totally rejuvenated now he’s been given license to roam.
Up top, Hwang was excellent once again and I thought, missed sitter aside, this was Trincao’s best performance in old gold. Though neither outshone Raul, who was simply unplayable at times. Those early season fears about his condition have certainly been allayed.
While it was frustrating to see us lose control of the game in the second half, you have to credit the player’s game management. In an ideal world, there’d be no need for time-wasting or feigning injury but, whether we like it or not, it’s a dark art that is part and parcel of the modern game and we’ll be better off being reluctant practitioners rather than noble objectors.
It’s impossible to predict how far Wolves can go this season but, with 16 points taken from a possible 21 since the opening three defeats, it feels like the good times aren’t about to let up anytime soon.