Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Hull City 0
Seven points from a possible opening nine is a more than decent start to the season by any standards. But when it comes to Wolverhampton Wanderers the facts don?t quite paint the full picture.
Because while Wolves are currently sitting pretty in third place in the embryonic Championship table, they are yet to produce a sustained performance to the level of which they are capable.
And therein perhaps lies the main source of optimism and excitement among the Molineux faithful that this could truly be their year.
For 40- odd minutes against Hull they were irresistible. The workaholic Kenny Miller would have opened the scoring on 11 seconds but for a save from Boaz Myhill which the former Aston Villa goalkeeper knew little about.
Miller was then only inches off target on five minutes, and, as a plethora of chances were created by some razor-sharp and quick-fire passing, Carl Cort was also denied by Myhill?s reflexes when his powerful header was tipped over the crossbar.
That Wolves only had one goal to show for their remorseless domination was unfortunate; that when it came on 19 minutes it was courtesy of a Hull defender just plain cruel.
Seol produced some superb trickery on the right flank to outwit two Tigers? defenders and deliver a fierce driven cross which Damien Delaney could only divert into his own net. And the second of Wolves? three goals this season to have arrived courtesy of an opposition defender is the only tiny negative to have emerged this season. Glenn Hoddle?s men have simply been unable to convert their passages of superiority into the hard currency that really matters.
As a consequence Hull were always in the game and, minutes after Wolves? old boy Keith Andrews was forced off with an injury, Nick Barmby thought he had ?equalised? only to see the flag go up for offside.
There were more flutters towards the end, with substitute Stuart Elliott letting fly with two vicious shots which Michael Oakes did well to save, in particularly the second effort which he managed to divert with the slightest of touches onto the crossbar.
Other than that Wolves? defence remained unpassable, marshalled as ever by the imperious Joleon Lescott who could also have earned his side some breathing space, only for his 47th minute header to be cleared off the line by Stuart Green.
Ultimately it was job done. ?Last season we would have drawn a game like that so I?m delighted with the performance,? said Hoddle.
?We could have been out of sight by half time, it could have been three or four, but if we carry on playing like that then the goals will come.
?And it?s another three points on the board, making it seven out of nine which is a nice start.?
Wolves also made it a club record 21 league games unbeaten, ending a sequence posted during the 1923-24 season, but that was of little concern to anyone from the class of 2005. ?We haven?t even spoken about it,? said Hoddle.
?Not interested,? added skipper Paul Ince. What is of more interest is what the history books will be saying in 43 games? time and Miller is confident it should make pleasant reading.
?Last season we played well for the second half of the campaign but ended up with a lot of draws,? said Miller.
?Now we?ve not quite played as well as we could have done and got two wins in a week. It?s a good sign and I look forward to seeing what we?re like when we really hit top form.?