Wolves ran out 1-0 winners against Southampton yesterday – and it was a strong day at the office for Jonny Castro Otto.
Wanderers needed three points at Molineux, with some hard games coming up in the Premier League.
And the team delivered, with Daniel Podence scoring the winner in the first-half.
Wanderers then survived some dangerous moments in the second-half, but were value for the victory in the end.
There were plenty of positives to take yesterday. The biggest obviously being getting three points on the board.
But one man who is deserving of a shout out is Jonny, who was named as a starter once again.
The 28-year-old featured at right-back, with Nelson Semedo dropping back to the bench and Rayan Ait-Nouri starting at left-back.
Jonny’s inclusion was something of a surprise, with Semedo having looked really good since his return from injury.
Bruno Lage might have been tempted to rest Jonny, who has been used heavily so far in 2022/23, starting every Premier League game so far and even featuring for 15 minutes against Preston in the Carabao Cup.
But the star was named in the starting XI once more yesterday – and arguably he had his best outing of the season.
Jonny defended well, and was really tidy in possession.
He also carried the ball with confidence, dribbling inside a number of times before switching play over to the other side.
And, with his confidence clearly high, he nearly scored a stunning goal from around 25 yards. His strike whistled just past Gavin Bazunu’s far post.
Jonny Castro Otto responds well to Nelson Semedo return for Wolves
Jonny struggled in the first few games this season, as did Ait-Nouri.
But the Spaniard was absolutely excellent yesterday in everything that he did.
Semedo has come back into the picture and looked really good and sharp and so it was important for Jonny to play well yesterday. And he absolutely did.
Ait-Nouri also impressed, so Lage now has all three of his full-backs in a good moment, which is very healthy.
It remains to be seen if Jonny will keep his place in the team against Liverpool. After his display against Southampton, he could certainly feel hard done if he was benched at Anfield.