How are the nerves?
There was a sense of inevitably about a tense finish, but there was only one team who wanted to go all out for the three points and push up the table.
Wolves now look like a team that has the confidence to take the game to the opposition.
For much of the first half, Wolves pinned West Ham in. There was a slickness to our play, with plenty of swift passing. And we’ve finally become a side that’s willing to press. For too long, Wolves have lacked those characteristics.
If I’m being super critical, we’re still missing that final ball and clever bit of movement that leads to clearcut chances.
Matter not, Podence has hit a purple patch and took his goal superbly. Both Hwang and Podence perhaps could have done more to compliment Cunha’s smart link-up play, but you can’t keep the Portuguese out of the game for long.
It was never going to be a straightforward ending, but West Ham were always going to try and salvage something. Simon Hooper’s predictable bias to the visitors didn’t help either.
Alas, how good is it to witness a Wolves outfit that is well coached, up for the fight, and has plenty of options in terms of formation and personnel? We’ve got Sarabia and Gomes to follow too…
Although I’d feel further assured if we bring in Dawson as well as Collins’ shakiness in possession is doing nothing for my blood pressure!
A final word must go to Semedo. His decision making defensively and driving forward was spot on. Can Julen tease top quality performances out of Nelson more consistently?
After all, he is Super Lopetegui!