Considering the respective narratives surrounding the two clubs, I was pleased with that performance.
In a stop start tactical affair, Wolves had their say and at times looked the more likely winners.
There was a nice period at 1-1 when it seemed to be gold shirts hoovering up all the second balls and recycling attacks. Boubacar Traore was at the heart of a lot of that in an energetic cameo that bodes well now Lemina is suspended.
The only time it had the appearance of a team towards the top exerting their authority over a team towards the bottom was when they had the numerical advantage in stoppage time.
Emery went with a back three to match our own setup which set the tone of the game to cautious with very little attacking penetration from either team in the first half.
Sa did well to keep out a Cash effort and Ait-Nouri swiped at a cross but two organised defences dominated.
Cunha barely got a kick all game but did manage to swing the ball out wide for Pedro to put it across for Hwang to score. The front three do suddenly look like they’ve got the cut through to hurt defences. It was a smart goal.
The immediate equaliser felt preventable but it was a nice cross from Watkins on the angle that took out our entire defence.
Villa’s star man nearly won it with the final kick (or head) but on the balance of play I would say a point each was the fairest outcome.
Gary O’Neil should feel good that the defence seems more robust and the attack sharper than it has been for a while.
It’s disappointing that Lemina and Semedo (I think) are suspended for Bournemouth because the team is developing some consistency. Still, there are players to fill those gaps and belief is growing.
It’s been a good couple of weeks.