The victory and two wonderful goals mean I’ll blunt my criticism over some of the less pleasing aspects of this performance.
It couldn’t have started much better with Raul lurking at the back post to convert a devastating move that saw Ait-Nouri register a long overdue assist from all that incisive running.
With Traore blasting in a Goal of The Season contender on the half hour and Nunes teasing moments of quality that show what he could deliver in a gold shirt, it was all going splendidly well.
Then the failure to convert the penalty (which Raul clearly should have taken) and a sloppy sequence of play that saw Preston pull a goal back changed the game.
Wolves were still largely in control through sustained spells of possession but the visitors tightened up defensively and on the occasions they did get forward threatened to complete the comeback.
Well done to them for taking it all the way. For Wolves, holding on and making it through at least gives them some sort of foothold in this jittery start to the season.
Nunes was the main positive with those incredible slaloming runs through tackles combined with the physicality to be as effective without the ball and dominate opposition. He certainly has qualities we’ve been lacking, as if we didn’t know that already.
I think Traore deserves a hearty pat on the back too for diversifying his game, looking for those inside passes and not just running down the line to cross.
There were murmurs of discontent in the crowd for his reluctance to continually attack his full back but you can’t criticise him for lack of end product and then also moan when he attempts (successfully) to alter that narrative.
There’s probably a strong chance he leaves in the next week but I hope he stays and I’m certain it would be to Wolves benefit.
The strength of the starting XI combined with the quality of the substitutions Lage was able to introduce show that the squad is shaping up nicely. With some luck we could go far in this competition so I hope he continues to take it seriously.