Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl branded Wolves ‘a team that has quality’, after yesterday’s 1-0 result at Molineux.
Wolves got their campaign up and running thanks to a goal from Daniel Podence in the first-half.
It was a brilliant counter from Wanderers which started with good work from Jonny and Ruben Neves to advance the ball up the pitch.
Pedro Neto played in Matheus Nunes who put in a delightful ball to the back post for Podence.
The star bobbled his finish over Gavin Bazunu, giving the impression he might have tried to square it to new signing Sasa Kalajdzic who was positioned for an easy tap in.
Wolves fans won’t care how it ended up in the back of the net, just that it did.
Wanderers played some nice football again, but did ride their luck a couple of times in the second-half. Che Adams really should have scored for the visitors.
After the game, a disappointed Hasenhuttl gave his thoughts. He felt his side had chances to take something from the game, and praised Wolves.
He said (Hampshire Live): “It is not easy to create chances against this team. They are organised with good experience and they break the rhythm very often and you have situations like we had where Kyle [Walker-Peters] can go, but the referee stops the game and that breaks it. There were a lot of fouls and it kills the rhythm, but we still tried it, we stayed positive and I had the feeling that until the last minute we could turn things around.
“I haven’t seen too many chances from the opponent, and we have had some good moments where we entered the box and maybe the last pass wasn’t there. But no, absolutely ok. What do you think? We come here and play them off the park? This is a team [Wolves] that has quality, yes they have not won yet before this. We are coming here and we’re not Man City.”
Wolves’ defensive organisation is very good, as Hasenhuttl showers praise
It was always going to be fascinating to see how the system change would affect Wolves from a defensive standpoint.
Playing with three at the back and wing-backs for so long has helped Wolves carve out a reputation for being hard to beat.
But from these first six games, it seems Wolves have not really sacrificed any solidity which is really encouraging.
Nathan Collins has proven to be a really good signing so far, and his partnership with Maximilian Kilman is looking better with each game.
It is also important for Wolves to be good at killing the rhythm of the opponent. Tactical fouls are part and parcel of the game and are sometimes needed to avert danger. Making these in the right areas can help to alleviate pressure.