Former Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray has praised Dan Bentley following his fine debut against Manchester United last weekend.
Julen Lopetegui finally handed the 29-year-old a chance against the Red Devils, with Jose Sa dropping to the bench.
Fans expected Lopetegui to ring the changes after Wolves secured their safety.
But Bentley was the only change to the side that started against Aston Villa.
And what a change it was, with Bentley putting in an inspired performance.
He made eight saves in the game, and could do nothing about the two goals United scored.
Bentley will now likely start the next game against Everton and quite possibly the final game against Arsenal.
There is little need for Sa to come back in really, so it’s potentially a great opportunity for Bentley.
Bentley was a topic of conversation on Wolves Weekly this week, with former Molineux stopper Murray very impressed with the former Bristol City man’s performance on Saturday.
He said: “You’ve got to credit Bentley. He came out of the team at Bristol City, kept working hard and came for his opportunity. He knew that he would be the number two, but always wanted to play in the Premier League and backed himself.
“I like the free-kick he saved (from Bruno Fernandes in the first-half). Moved his feet, bang… two hands and it stuck and then he’s up and running. He got some serious, serious props. I’m sure he will be very very happy with his introduction to the Wolves fans.
“Apart from the result, it was near enough as good a debut as any player, certainly any goalkeeper, could wish for.”
Dan Bentley needs to back up his debut with another good performance against Everton
It was a superb display between the sticks from Bentley at Old Trafford.
He really was excellent in all aspects of his game.
The likelihood is that he will start again against Everton – it would make absolutely no sense to drop him.
And so Bentley needs to follow up his performance against United.
He needs to show that that wasn’t a one off.
Ideally though, the Wolves defence will be protecting him against Everton’s attack far better than they did last weekend against United’s.