Wolves got off to a winning start under Julen Lopetegui against Gillingham on Tuesday night.
The team booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 win over the League Two side, and will find out their next opponents tonight.
It was not a great performance from Wanderers. But it was one that got the job done.
Raul Jimenez broke the deadlock from the penalty spot. Rayan Ait-Nouri then converted a Hwang Hee-chan low cross to seal the win.
It is clear that Lopetegui has a lot of work to do.
But beating Gillingham will have given some confidence, despite the expectation to win.
Wolves’ next game is against Everton on Monday, and they will hope to build on the cup victory.
The Athletic have produced an interesting report this morning about Lopetegui’s antics on the touchline against Gillingham.
It was always going to be interesting to see how he would be compared to Bruno Lage and Nuno Espirito Santo.
The publication have suggested he was ‘relentless in getting his point across’.
And apparently, there were four players on the night he was constantly ‘in the ears of’. They were the two full-backs Nelson Semedo and Ait-Nouri, and the two wingers Daniel Podence and Adama Traore (who came on at half-time for Joe Hodge).
It is clear Lopetegui places a big emphasis on wing play.
Good wing play could be a sign of things to come under Julen Lopetegui at Wolves
According to The Athletic, Lopetegui was instructing the full-backs to hug the touchline against Gillingham.
He wanted that so that the wingers could tuck inside.
Gillingham had men behind the ball. And so, Lopetegui had realised it was paramount to utilise the full-backs to make space.
It will be interesting to see if this is something that Lopetegui demands in games going forwards. Or if this was merely adapting to an opposition.