Wolves, excited but certainly not daunted at being back in the Premier League, staged a firework display before this match but the game itself was a damp squib until the 79th minute, when Ivan Cavaleiro blasted in the opening goal. The Portuguese midfielder’s celebration was befitting of a man making his first league appearance of the season following a back injury, and the festivities soon intensified, as Jonathan Castro Otto added a second goal in the 86th minute.
For most of the game this ending seemed unlikely due to a lack of sharpness up front. There is something quite polite about these teams, both well-mannered in their play, easy on the eye and a little toothless. Wolves, in particular, have had spectators cooing this season thanks to their cultured build-ups but they, like Southampton, came into this game cursing an inability to turn chances into goals often enough. Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo insisted beforehand that it was just a matter of time before his team increased their strike rate and he was vindicated here. Eventually.