I’m only dealing in positives.
With this being the first win in 13 attempts in the Premier League, it’s about time we were able to look on the bright side.
The decisive moment in the game was pleasing for a couple of reasons beyond the simple fact that Wolves scored a goal.
That driving run and delicious ball across from Nunes were precisely why we broke the bank to get him in a gold shirt.
And when it did arrive in the penalty area I was rubbing my eyes in disbelief with an actual overload in the middle and both Kalajdžic and Podence waiting to pounce.
There was a balance of good fortune and good judgement about the finish but who cares right?
For all his shortcomings (no dig intended), Podence is effective. The numbers always support his inclusion and with two league goals to his name it’s now impossible to leave him out.
He produced another lovely bit of skill that ended with Pedro Neto screwing a good opportunity wide before his goal and there were plenty of other flourishes in one of his better overall outings in recent times.
Ait-Nouri was just as industrious on his return to the side, riding out a tough examination from Walker-Peters in the early exchanges to turn in a solid performance with plenty of his usual flicks and tricks.
Jonny too caught the eye in the second half, showing a lot of composure in and out of possession and driving through the Southampton midfield a few times. We haven’t seen enough of that this season.
With Collins and Kilman so reassuringly consistent it gives us a platform to hopefully be more progressive in possession as the season unfolds.
That said, we did need Ruben to get back and help out a few times, which he did with aplomb. His efforts without the ball are increasingly impressive and vital to the team’s success.
Yes, we could have conceded a few times in the second half, but we also could have added to the lead had we made the most of some good counter attacking positions.
Southampton are a good side with a good coach and this win is a feather in the cap for Bruno Lage who, let’s be honest, needed it a lot more than his counterpart.
We can’t get too carried away with the horrendous fixtures to come but can at least now see them as bonus opportunities rather than just an ongoing extension of the misery conveyor belt.
I’ll take it.