Performance and result – finally.
We’ve had both in recent weeks but not together since winning at Barnsley at the back end of January.
The latter remains the most important of course, but the former was a stark reminder about what this group of players can produce when they all turn up.
Paul Lambert’s more balanced team selection helped, returning to the side that secured victory at Anfield save for Danny Batth replacing Richard Stearman.
But this wasn’t a backs-to-the-wall defensive masterclass. It was Wolves on the front foot attacking throughout. 24 shots on goal in total, which must be a season high.
Perhaps the only worrying aspect of the night is that despite controlling much of the play, we came within five minutes of losing.
In fairness, Brentford’s goal was well-worked and ruthlessly dispatched. But Wolves should have been ahead long before and level much sooner.
That familiar wastefulness in the final third oh so nearly cost us again, with Nouha Dicko and George Saville the main culprits after some excellent build up play.
But credit Wolves and the manager who continued to throw everything at Brentford until they eventually buckled under the onslaught.
Ben Marshall’s influence in the last two games has been clear. Two pivotal assists, one on Saturday for Andi Weimann to profit and last night the teasing ball that allowed Matt Doherty to crash home the equaliser.
That’s what we’ve desperately lacking of late, our key match winning players making those killer final passes for others to latch onto.
Once Marshall and Cavaleiro were on, it also freed up Helder Costa to ghost in and thunder home the winning goal.
I’ve been critical of our star man of late, but only because he seemed to be operating on the periphery. Last night he stepped back in and looked up for the scrap.
You could see his visible frustration as team mates squandered chance after chance and then the release after netting the winner.
We need more of that in the remaining games, not just from Costa but everyone else.
The standard has been set.
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