The advantage of having a squad is that you can adapt to any situation. You can also right the wrongs of your initial team selection.
And I do think Julen Lopetegui got it wrong today by choosing Moutinho to fill the void left by Hwang’s hamstring injury.
Wolves were too slow, too passive, too lacking in any sort of attacking adventure.
Southampton probably couldn’t believe their luck, especially after getting ahead and seeing Lemina sent off for apparently running too aggressively towards the referee.
It was a bizarre decision but Mario has to be smarter having already been booked for a clumsy tackle minutes earlier.
Credit to the Lopetegui for acting swiftly and making the changes at half time that gave his team a chance of salvaging a result. All of the substitutes were an improvement on the players they replaced.
Bueno was a clear upgrade on Ait-Nouri in both directions and setup the equaliser with a penetrating cross. Predictably none of our strikers could put the ball in the net so Jan Bednarek’s impression of a giraffe in roller skates was just what the doctor ordered.
Cunha looks a talented player but seems more eager to link the play than be the headline act.
Diego Costa did a better job of occupying the Southampton defenders which allowed others to profit and drive Wolves forward.
Fellow substitute Adama Traore enjoyed one of his more effective cameos, most notably getting in the middle to help bundle in the equaliser, but he was a constant thorn in their side throughout the second half.
That set the stage for João Gomes to take the headlines with a composed finish after seeing his initial effort blocked.
I was impressed with the Brazilian even before he’d won the game and felt he added a bite and intensity to the midfield we’d been sorely lacking.
Nunes, for all his quality, doesn’t look like he enjoys the grittier aspects of the game and it proved a masterstroke from Lopetegui to haul him off in favour of Gomes with the game in the balance.
By the end the , this result, much like last week owes to work done in January. New faces and competition for places are driving the team towards safety.
There’s still a lot of work to do, but the signs are promising.