Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui came in for high praise from Danny Murphy on last night’s Match of the Day.
Wanderers beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 yesterday in the Premier League to relieve some of the pressure.
Adama Traore scored in the second-half, having come on at half-time.
It was just his third goal this season, and one that could be huge for the club.
It was a massive three points, with Wolves having just stuttered a little in recent weeks.
The win came about because of Lopetegui’s boldness. The head coach realised that Wolves didn’t threaten in the first-half.
He opted to change to a back three, and brought on Nathan Collins for Mario Lemina. And Traore replaced Pedro Neto.
These tweaks allowed Wolves to dominate the second-half, with Raul Jimenez also putting in a superb display after replacing the injured Diego Costa.
Lopetegui’s management impressed Murphy, who gave a lengthy analysis on Match of the Day.
He said: “He does this a lot. He notices the problems in the game and he changes and adapts. He went to three at the back with wing-backs and match up Spurs. He made two substitutions with Adama Traore and Collins and it worked a treat.
“It gave them better control in the game and better width. It allowed them the front three to be higher up the pitch and cause problems.
“It was a completely different Wolves in the second-half and that is due to the manager’s ability to change and adapt. And he’s done it on more than one occasion.
“That’s what the coaches are brought in and get paid for. Adaptability and seeing problems and finding solutions.”
The comments come after Glenn Hoddle also lauded Lopetegui for his in-game management.
Julen Lopetegui is showing why Wolves were desperate to bring him to Molineux
Yesterday’s win was huge and it is so refreshing that Wolves now have a manager who will not hesitate to change things at the first sign of a problem.
A lot of supporters felt frustrated with Bruno Lage’s tendency to make changes late in games.
His style felt a little reactionary at times.
Lopetegui is the completely opposite. He is as proactive as they come.
It is very apparent now why Wolves were so desperate to bring Lopetegui to Molineux. He really is a top manager.