I’m inclined to call this a victory for the old and the new.
The goals symbolic of the performance.
Firstly, great interplay between Iorfa and Doherty allowed that man Edwards to profit as the old guard kicked down the door.
Then a sumptuous cross field pass from Saiss released Costa and the Portuguese man did the rest with a dazzling dribble and finish.
This was how it was supposed to be wasn’t it? The marriage of Championship grit to continental flair.
OK, it was against 10 men and we nearly contrived to throw it away in the final minutes, but at last – something to feel good about.
It was ridiculous QPR even had a sniff given that Wolves squandered several golden opportunities to make it three, four or five before a late scramble caused predictable panic.
Thankfully we didn’t pay for that wastefulness and now have the invaluable building block of a first win in ten matches to begin reconstructing the season.
Paul Lambert obviously saw the same game we all did at the weekend and acted accordingly with wholesale changes to the team.
It’s safe to say Ikeme, Batth, Saiss, Cavaleiro and Dicko brought greater balance to the team than the five who made way.
Ikeme was quick off his line several times in contrast to Lonergan at the weekend. Lets hope the injury isn’t serious.
Batth was solid and dependable, making one fine block in the first half from a goal bound effort that may have altered the course of the game.
Saiss provided a much needed calm head and eye for a pass, particularly after the break when Wolves were struggling to find a rhythm.
The Moroccan’s ball for Costa’s goal was exactly what the team lacked in central areas against Sheffield Wednesday.
Cavaleiro submitted another hit and miss contribution but brought much needed trickery and adventure down the left.
Even in his most frustrating moments, our record signing offers glimpses of the player he could become with a pinch more confidence and a sustained starting berth.
With Jon Dadi Bodvarsson struggling for form, Nouha Dicko was handed a start and looked sharper than he has for a good while.
Much like Cavaleiro, his mere presence is enough to make defenders back off a yard for fear of being caught out by raw pace.
Bodvarsson was dangerous after his introduction but couldn’t find the finish to match the ridiculously good turn that got him a clear run on goal.
Whether it’s the Icelander, Dicko or someone else, getting our strikers scoring goals will likely be the difference between a relegation scrap and upward mobility.
We certainly can’t rely on Costa and Edwards to continually produce the goods.
But that’s for another day. In the immediate can just savour the bonus of a victory for the old and the new at a time when any victory would do.